Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Mar 14, 2015
My family first acquired Marilla when my mother opened a gift shop with two of her friends. She was meant to be the store cat, but when they got her the first thing she tried to do was climb the shelves, so my family took her in. Marilla and I became fast friends - she would climb up on the back of my piano bench when I was practicing piano, and would sleep in my bed at night. When I got home from school I'd often find her sleeping on my bed.
The pluses of owning an American Shorthair like Marilla are that they're very friendly and very playful, so if you're looking for a cat with those qualities, an American Shorthair would be a good choice. The only minus is that since they are very playful, if you have fragile items in your home, you'll need to find a place to keep them were the cat won't be able to jump up and play with it, and possibly break it - I didn't have any fragile items in my room, but Marilla would often jump up on my dresser and start playing with my jewelry, especially rings and earrings -- she was even known to steal jewelry!
Unfortunately when I was in college, my dad had to have Marilla put to sleep because she'd developed feline leukemia and was very weak. I haven't owned an American Shorthair (or any kind of cat) since then, but when and if I'm ever in the position to get another cat, it may very well end up being an American Shorthair.