Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 31, 2015
My current cat, adopted in 2012, is a brown American shorthair. He's... a little bit of a weird one, to put it one way. When he was adopted, the SPCA told us he had some stress issues but they attributed it to being in an animal shelter environment. This meant that he was shy and would pull hair out of his back and sometimes from his belly area as he groomed. When we got home, he quickly became accustomed to the environment, but the hair pulling persisted, and continues to this day. It is not uncommon for there to be several piles of hair found in the house each day. Before we adopted him, he must have been an outdoor cat, as he yowls endlessly during the summer, wanting to be let outside. Apart from those annoyances, however, he is a loving, snuggling cat who can be independent at the same time. He loves to play, if the time is right. If he doesn't like something you're doing, he might let you know by biting or scratching. Therefore, I might advise discretion before introducing a cat to a child, but an American shorthair can still be a good addition to a family, or just simply as a friend. Like a dog, but less maintenance (generally) and less clingy.