Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Indiana, United States
Posted Mar 20, 2015
I think when people go to adopt or purchase a cat, people usually go for more "exotic" cat breeds and American shorthairs are generally overlooked. I have both a tortoiseshell and plain black shorthair, named Maya and Caspian respectively. I adopted them both from a local shelter about a year and a half ago. They have enormous (but very different) personalities and are full of life, albeit mischievous. Caspian is much more cuddly, timid and needy than Maya, who likes to bite ankles, find strange places to sleep and steal things from all over the house. My days are never boring with them around, that's for sure.
In my experience volunteering at the shelter, some cats are more reserved than others, and some cats are slightly more moody than others. They're individuals. But if they're raised with love, attention, and proper training, they'll be great human companions.
I can genuinely say that adopting cats is the best decision I've ever made. I highly recommend it.