Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Texas, United States
Posted Apr 01, 2015
I've owned a number of American Short-hair cats, and while there are some general traits that seem to be ubiquitous to the breed (easy to groom/self-grooming, playful when engaged, very healthy, and easy to train), no two have had the same personalities. My current cat, Scout, was given to us by a family when she was just 6 weeks old.
As opposed to other short-hairs I've owned, Scout will run to the door to greet people when they knock (she's very welcoming to kids that come over just to see her after school), and she's SMART. Yeas, most cats are very smart, but if I'm tying string in knots, or putting a thing together (like her cat tree) - she will watch - to see how to untie the knots in her string, or just to observe me using tools (she's a great project manager).
She's an indoor cat, so after spaying and initial shots, she's good until her yearly check-up (typical for indoor short-hairs). She takes care of grooming, but won't shy away from being brushed, and she loves playing - so long as the illusion isn't broken that there's a person making the string move (or laser pointer - once she figured that out, she became bored with it).
But that's not to say she isn't able to entertain herself. She regularly will pick up toys and wander through the house with them, and then start batting them around (which is great, because I work from home, and having a cat that's self-entertaining allows me to concentrate on my own projects.
She's also very quiet, and won't meow unless she's accidentally dropped a toy in her water dish, or if she needs me to kill a moth or some bug that she's spotted in the house.
In general, the American Short-hair is an excellent breed, and can be an excellent complementary personality to have around the house.