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American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

2.5/5

Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)

Gender: Female

Appearance

2/5

Intelligence

3/5

Friendly with owners

2/5

Good with dogs

3/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Appropriate vocalization

4/5

Playfulness

2/5

Healthiness

4/5

Easy to groom

4/5

Need for attention

4/5

Low maitenance. Plays well with others

By

Pennsylvania, United States

Posted May 03, 2015

The American Shorthair is one of the easier cat breeds to own, which makes sense from a historical context: American Shorthairs are descended from "working cats", cats that were kept for their utility rather than their appearance. Because of this, their ancestors were rarely pampered, and this resulted in a breed that will clean itself, entertain itself, and feed itself if it needs to.

Personality varies based on how the cat was raised. American Shorthairs raised with lots of interaction with people are more likely to seek out affection and do well with handling. They can be slow to adapt to new "routines", however, and cats of this breed that are used to being left alone should not be brought into a house with very young children who will want to pet and hold the kitty at their convenience.

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