Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 20, 2015
I have owned two American shorthair cats. They were found and rescued together, so we think they were sisters. Both cats were extremely independent, so they could spend hours or even days alone, but sometimes they wanted to snuggle with humans or be brushed. We only needed to brush them during the summer months when they shed a lot of hair, and semi-regularly throughout the year. It seemed like they were always shedding, so maybe they need rather consistent brushing. The cats were loyal to individual people in our family and tolerant of the rest of the family. They coexisted with two huge dogs, and often either ignored or bossed around the dogs. Although they were litter box trained, they occasionally peed in the corner of a room if they were upset (and, in their older years, just because). They were very playful in their youth, enjoying string and catnip. As they got older, they slowed down considerably and got more snuggly. These cats are good companions for someone who wants the company, but also can give space.