Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jan 16, 2015
Our late American Shorthair Duma was extremely loving and enjoyed nothing more than to be cuddled and petted, however at the same time was content in her own company and demanded very little.
The American Shorthair is a relatively calm breed and rarely makes any fuss unless hungry for food. They are playful and will enjoy playing with cat toys (our cat loved scrunched up tissues to play football with!). On the other hand, however, they spend a lot of time lazing around and sleeping, so don't require constant attention.
They make great indoor cats for people who live in apartments, and will commandeer your sofa as their happy place. As we were living in an apartment when we had Duma, we worried she felt confined in the restricted space so brought her outside. Big mistake! She hated it! It was safe to say she was extremely content with her safe and familiar home, and expressed no interest in exploring the outdoors.
With other animals, Duma was reluctant and very stand-offish to begin with, however developed a close bond with them as time went on. Duma and our cocker spaniel Barney were inseparable after a while, and when we got our Tonkinese kitten she eventually appeared to adopt her as her baby.
In terms of build, this breed is stocky and muscular and therefore it is essential to control their diet to monitor their weight. Although a delightful pet, our Duma became quite overweight over the years, despite the fact we weren't over-feeding her (or at least didn't think we were). Nonetheless she lived a good long life with few medical complaints, and lived for purring and cuddles.
I would recommend the American Shorthair to people looking for an affectionate yet easygoing pet who isn't too high maintenance. The Shorthair is a beautiful breed, and will get along with children and house guests perfectly. A pure pleasure to live with!