Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Mar 25, 2015
Bittens adopted me before I adopted her. When we met, she was a stray cat that came up to me when I was on the porch smoking or talking on the phone. I would pet her a little and she would run away when she got too happy. This continued until she began scaling my house, knocking the screen out of my window, and breaking into my bedroom. She was pregnant when this began and I let her some inside. She began bleeding everywhere and there was no birthing action happening. When I took her to an emergency vet, they gave Bittens a kitty hysterectomy and told me one of her babies had calcified inside her. I couldn't leave her at a shelter, so I took her home and she has been with my son and I ever since.
As a pet, she is ideal. American short hairs are low maintenance; the only grooming she gets from a human are regular nail clippings. She will cry a little when she needs attention and she is on in years now an sometimes yowls at night because I think she gets confused. She eats in moderation and hasn't ever been overweight.
She is as cuddly a cat as I have ever known. She likes to sit in a human lap and will climb on when the mood takes her, but she also does just fine on her own. She is neat and tidy, bathing herself regularly and using the litter box consistently without incident.
Perhaps her only drawbacks are that she will nip when she gets very happy and purrful from petting and occasionally she does throw up. Otherwise, she is the best.
One last note: be sure to spay and neuter a cat. There are enough American short hair cats taking up space in shelters and being put down.