Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Apr 17, 2015
I will have to admit, I was never really a cat person. Growing up I was allergic to them and could not hardly spend time in a household that had cats. I would sneeze, have itchy eyes and my chest would get tight. As I got older, I was fortunate to outgrow that allergy.
I first got Pags, my black American Shorthair cat, when he was about 8 weeks old. I went to pick him up from the rescue and even though he was young, he was very skiddish on the car ride home. He kept scratching when trying to be held and wanted to just go under the seats. Once we were home, he did not want to socialize, he was very nervous and scared. He would poke his head out to eat and that was about it.
After about a week, he began to realize we were a safe environment and decided to come out of hiding. Once he decided to come out of hiding, he was like a completely different cat! He loved to play and even snuggle!
I always offered dry cat food for Pags and never had an issue with him not liking it. He was a very hearty eater.
He was also very good about going to the litter box, never had any issues with him.
Pags was strictly an indoor cat. I was always afraid of him running off if I let him outside. He would spend time on our screened porch for fresh air and sunshine.
If you are looking for a pet that does not require a ton of attention, the American Shorthair is a good choice! Once they are socialized, they are gentle, loving animals that can form a wonderful bond with their owner.