Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Mar 08, 2015
The American Shorthair is a joy to experience. Each one I have encountered is similar, but has at least one difference that gives them their own personality. I have had cats that prefer to lay in the same room as me, but do not want to play. I have had cats that play nonstop. One of my recent cats is named Sassy. She lives up to her name. She is a sweet, playful cat that is ageing gracefully. She loves to talk, but she does not overdo it. She has never lashed out at me for no reason. If she does not want to be interacted with, she warns you. My experience with cats has shown that the majority have excellent nonverbal communication skills. Two out of three times, I am warned with body language or vocals before the situation may elevate to scratching or biting.
The American Shorthair sheds, but is low maintenance. Nails trims are a must unless the cat is declawed or receives consistent training. Sassy clawed my dad's leather chair. Afterwards, I provided several, varied scratch pads for her and there has been no more incidents. Please be aware that not all animals have had the same experiences and may be more frightened or agitated that the typical cat. Some cats simply may not want to be picked up or touched. My advice in these situations is to research. Treat the cat with respect and understanding while also not allowing yourself to be disrespected.