Buttonz (Bo)

American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)

Gender: Male





Friendly with owners


Good with dogs




Appropriate vocalization






Easy to groom


Need for attention


Bo: my cat who loves the neighborhood


United States

Posted Jun 08, 2015

I got my cat, Buttonz (Bo for short), when I was very young. My sister and I each got a kitten from the litter; they were brother and sister. Unfortunately, my sister's cat, Lacy, passed away at age 6 of a tumor on her brain-stem. Bo, on the other hand, is still alive and well and acts like he's only 2 years old!

Bo may be the friendliest cat I've ever known. We live in a very rural area and Bo has been able to enjoy both indoors and outdoors. During the summer, he'll venture down our private road and stop at a neighbors house and join them for dinner. I've received telephone calls before saying, "hey! your cat is eating dinner with us outside..." At first I was mortified but then I realized some of the neighbors liked his company. We have a very safe road (rarely any non-resident traffic) so we are comfortable letting him stay outside.

Bo also likes taking walks! Bo has been raised with dogs so he knows the routine; they bark like crazy, the sprint down the driveway, and off we go. He quickly picked up on these habits and made it a point to walk along side us, too. Bo walks closely behind us, without fail, every time we go on a walk. He even likes to walk with the neighbors, who get rather concerned and confused when our cat starts to follow them down the road. After a few times, they understood his love for walks and has been a welcome addition to all of those passing on the street. I wasn't kidding when I said he's the friendliest cat I know!

Bo is extremely easy going. He's independent yet an absolute sweetheart who loves to cuddle. He's not afraid of strangers and he (typically) gets along great with dogs. If they scare him, he usually just jumps up to a high place where he can watch. He's extremely active and loves to play but he's "self-sufficient" and entertains himself for the most part.

He's silent for the most part, but he will certainly let you know if he wants something. He will meow like crazy, and rub against your leg, while you're preparing his food bowl. He also makes it known when he's been inside too long and wants to go out. He was very easy to litter-train and we've only had a few isolated incidents where he urinated in the house.

Bo is my first and only cat I've been able to call my own and I love him dearly!

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