Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Eureka, Missouri, United States
Posted Mar 07, 2015
Zeus is a tri-colored American Shorthair that was a gift to me from my husband (then boyfriend). He picked Zeus up as a kitten from some country farm to help keep me company.
I have never really been a cat person. The aloofness and independence is frustrating. I prefer having an animal that will curl up with me, follow me around, and want to enjoy life. A little. Zeus has feline Herpes which sounds a lot more terrible than it really is. He gets a chronic cold, sneezes often and drools. I never knew a cat to drool. His chronic Herpes hasn't caused any other problems other than the occasional (admitted adorable) sneeze and wet, pink nose.
His temperament is interesting. When I had him as a kitten, he was very affectionate and would sleep with me and be that loving pet I wanted. Then, for some reason, he began to hate me. He would get atop the refrigerator and swap at my head when I walked by. He would also hide, waiting for me (only me) to pass and jump out to attack my ankles. Needless to say, Zeus and I did not get along. He is a house cat, rarely does he go outside. However, there are those few occasions where he runs out the front door when you crack it far enough. He seems like prefer men over women. Anytime a male is visiting, sitting on our couch, Zeus will slink out and jump up on his lap. This is something he does not do with me or any other women I've seen.
Would I recommend an American Short hair? Yes, if you like cats. They are independent and have a beautiful coat that doesn't shed too terribly. For me, Zeus has become apart of our family but we're not close like my dog, Jack.