Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Feb 16, 2015
I've had two American shorthairs. One was a sweetheart who loved to cuddle. He was a male and he lived until the ripe old age of 17.
He was afraid of dogs and loud children, but not aggressive towards them. He'd just hide under the bed until they went away.
Very affectionate, very loving, but not neurotic about being left alone. He had a great temperament. He was a monster shedder - we made good use of our vacuum while he was around.
The other was a small grey female, and she was pretty much hell on 4 legs. She lived for 15 years. As far as I could tell, what she loved most was:
1) looking murderously out the window
2) looking murderously into the fireplace
3) clawing visitors
4) pretending like she wanted to be petted, but then clawing you when you actually tried to.
That said, she was a gorgeous shiny, blue-gray color, and since she was small, it wasn't too hard to handle her. She was also a prolific shedder - it would have helped to brush her, but she hated to be touched, so we just vacuumed around her instead.
Sometimes you get a mean cat, and she was a mean one. We used lots of catnip and play time to tire her our so our other cat could get a break from getting beat up on.