Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Feb 26, 2015
Driving home from work, we heard a loud meowing coming from the hood of the car. We stopped and opened the hood, and there he was, his back legs and tail sticking out right next to the engine. How he got there we will never know, but Hoodie leapt his way into our life when he bit my sister in the arm out of fright when we pulled him out. During the week-long quarantine our required by our vet (in case he had rabies), Hoodie became a part of our family, and has never left.
Stubborn, strong-willed, and always making clear what he wants, Hoodie has been one of my most insistent and clever cats to date. (Currently, I live with five.) As a kitten, he loved to play with string, leaping and jumping and doing wild backflips up to a meter into the air, and he loved jumping into moving boxes as I pulled them along the ground with string.
Over the years, Hoodie began to identify more and more with our dogs, even eating out of their bowl and going for a walk with them. Perhaps pushed out by his dislike for the other cats, he is always meowing at us to let him outside, and then meowing to be let inside, ad infinitum.
A beautiful and very loved cat. He's softer than any other cat I've touched, and the rare occasions he asks to be pet are wonderful.
If other American Shorthairs are like Hoodie, I would highly recommend this breed if you are patient and willing to be creative and accommodating.