Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Miami, Florida, United States
Posted Nov 30, 2014
My cat "Puss Willis" appeared one day on my doorstep as a stray kitten. Instantly adopted by my dog Moose and I. Puss was an instant pleasure to have besides the fleas and ticks he came with. After cleaning him up, vaccinating him, and buying him a red collar he knew he was here to stay. At first he was shy with Moose a Chihuahua/jack Russell terrier mix but after a few days they became the best of friends even helping moose with his uncontrollable barking problem. After a few months passed I would come home to all the soil from my potted tomato plants everywhere. Puss, even thou he had a kitty litter box he preferred to up root and use my potted plants as his personal latrine. After moving the plants and covering the soil with bricks, He would still manage to get to it and make a disaster. Investigating and looking for solutions to this problem I had set up a digital camera to see why Puss would do such things. and upon seeing the video I had notice that another cat would pass by and mark his territory on my plants, grossed out to the fact that my tomatoes where being contaminated in such matter, I decided to stop planting veggies on my balcony. Having resolved that problem Puss and his uncontrollable curiosity ventured to find other ways he can make a mess of things. After purchasing a new couch he gracefully clawed and made ribbons out of the fabric covering the couch while my dog moose watched. That same night I went to a hardware store to purchase a 4x4 post and some rope to make a simple scratching post for puss. I must say it worked wonders for Puss and his urges to destroy my furniture. The only downfall to the scratching post is that it sharpens his nails so once a month I have to clip the tips of his nails so that he doesn't cut me when we play. All in all puss is a pleasure to have a pet. He keeps my dog company when I'm not home, my neighbors love him because he keeps the vermin out, and he is the only cat I have ever seen enjoy a nice sun tan. I give him 500mg of Fish oils(omega 3) in his food to help control his shedding and hairballs he sometime leave around the house, but all in all Puss Willis is a joy to have as a pet and I recommend to anyone who is interested in owning a cat to look into the American shorthair. They are very low maintenance and very well rounded cat.