Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Apr 01, 2015
Let's face it. The American Shorthair is the generic cat. They come in an incredible variety of colors and temperaments. We lucked out with Frisky. She loved her family as much as her family loved her. It is a myth that cats are unfriendly and moody. Some are but most cats will respond to affection and love in a positive way. What cat trainers will tell you is that you can never, ever be mean to a cat or you will lose their trust forever.
Frisky was definitely a people cat and the quintessential lap magnet. Whether you knew her or not, the moment you sat down, you were fair game. She would hop up on your lap and expect to be pampered. If you were deemed acceptable, she would reward you with a "cat kiss" -- the nose to nose contact that means that cats like you.
Most shorthairs should be the same way if they are well cared for. They are a very hardy breed and almost never get sick (although you should still take them in for a yearly check-up). Grooming is a breeze with once a week brushing all you need to do. If you are a "cat person", this is a wonderful breed to own and these cats can reward you with years of companionship and entertainment.