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American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)

Gender: Male

Appearance

4/5

Intelligence

4/5

Friendly with owners

5/5

Good with dogs

2/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Appropriate vocalization

5/5

Playfulness

3/5

Healthiness

5/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Need for attention

2/5

American Shorthair (Cat)

By

United States

Posted Dec 30, 2014

These cats make excellent pets. Be sure to neuter them at an appropriate age, and they will be excellent companions. Male cats tend to be a little more outgoing than females, but not too much.

Please, consider getting two cats, if you are going to leave your pet alone for many hours a day. Also, get two from the same litter, or at least of the same age. Introducing a second cat, later in the life of your first cat, can be stressful. Still, I don't regret it. Coming home to a lonely cat made me feel bad, and I was glad to get him a friend, despite their adjustment issues.

However, if you're going to get a second cat, you may do better with the opposite gender of the cat you have. I started with a male, and then got a female. This worked pretty well. However, the female ran away, and I later got a second male cat. This was a more difficult transition.

Cats need a lot of attention, maintenance, and a certain amount of veterinary care. Also, they are long-lived. Children can help feed and water cats, but an adult needs to be a back-up caregiver. Kids might be talked into changing a litter-box, once in a while, but trips to the vet and nail trimmings are adult activities.

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