Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Jan 18, 2015
When first I was greeted with Tiny, a freshly born kitten of unknown origin (I'm guessing at American Short-hair as that's the closest looking breed) I felt somewhat anxious about helping to take care of a newborn kitten. After learning how and taking that responsibility, I quickly grew attached to her and we became fast friends for years afterwords.
Like people, most cats have very different personalities: Some are as sweet as molasses, and some are as fickle as lightning. It usually takes time to choose a cat as a pet as different breeds have different needs, just the same as different owners have different wants. A cat can be a fantastic companion for adults and children alike: Snugly and comforting, warm and attentive, most cats couldn't be friendlier. Some however can be clingy and demand your attention, needing you to provide them with their wants before anything else.
Speaking of cat needs, I would have to say that outdoor cats are the easiest to tend to. Indoor/outdoor cats are next in line and finally indoor only cats. Outdoor cats only require a cool shelter in the summer, fresh cool water and food daily. A warm shelter in the winter with fresh food and warm water does wonders for the outdoor pet and will help to reduce pest issues around the house. Indoor/outdoor cats present the advantage of no litter-box, though they do sometimes tend to bring their 'presents' inside rather than leaving them for you to find outside (by presents, I mean things that they have caught or killed and want to show you the proof thereof). Indoor only cats have all the same needs as the other types of cats though they do require a litter-box as well as a scratching post or cat habitat of some form. Otherwise, they will make do with their natural instincts to claw and scratch on most likely anything that they see fit. Furniture, carpets, shoes and clothing items, blankets etc. etc. Just about anything you don't want them to sink their claws in.
Additionally, a negative aspect of indoor living felines is that they can and will set off allergies. Whether own their own due to the dander or hairs or from something they pick up from the great outdoors (if they are allowed to stray outside the home). This can be avoided with certain breeds, though from everything I have heard and researched the American Short-hair is a moderately low-allergy breed.
On the aesthetics of cats, there are as many varying breeds of different shapes and sizes as there are people in the world or breeds of dogs. If you want stripes or spots, solids or shades, the choices are seemingly as endless as one's imagination so I would recommend looking for a cat with a personality that you can bond with before choosing one for looks' sake. Of course, a mixed breed (supposed) American Short-hair could be just the cat for you depending on how attentive you are to them.