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Proximo

American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

5/5

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

Gender: Male

Appearance

4/5

Intelligence

5/5

Friendly with owners

5/5

Good with dogs

3/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Appropriate vocalization

4/5

Playfulness

4/5

Healthiness

5/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Need for attention

2/5

A solitary, but long-living barn cat - excellent mouse killer

By

United States

Posted Jan 18, 2015

I've had this barn cat for over a decade. He sort of lives a double life. Not only does he love to be around people and to be held and scratched, he also seems very content simply living outside by himself hunting mice. He only approaches people sometimes for attention, or sometimes comes up to the house to ask to be let in for a bit. He does NOT like other dogs, mostly because I think the dogs we've always had have been too aggressive towards cats.

Wherever we have lived, there have always been a lot of mice when we first moved in. Within a couple months, Proximo takes care of most of them, so I highly recommend an American shorthair for those living in rural areas.

Do NOT get a cat and expect it to live long in a rural area, especially if you have a male. Predators will get them, almost 100% promise. Proximo has outlived 17 other cats over the course of a decade, and I am unsure of what his strategy is, but it works. It has been a joy to have him around.

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