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American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

4.5/5

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

Gender: N/A

Appearance

4/5

Intelligence

4/5

Friendly with owners

4/5

Good with dogs

3/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Appropriate vocalization

3/5

Playfulness

3/5

Healthiness

4/5

Easy to groom

4/5

Need for attention

3/5

Full of surprises

By

United States

Posted Jun 20, 2015

If you're considering a cat, these will be the easiest to find, and a solid choice all around. They're a wide mix of build and and coloring - everything from tabbies to tuxedos, and personalities vary just as much; from shy to affectionate to playful, and everything in between.

Because they are so diverse genetically, they tend to be fairly healthy, though bigger shorthairs seem to pass away a bit earlier - most live closer to 10 years than the typical 14. I personally think they are generally quite smart (mine tries to turn doorknobs!). Some can be very chatty, but of course that varies pretty widely as well.

Because shorthairs are all so different, the best advice for someone adopting a shorthair is; get to know them before you adopt. There are so many at rescues who need homes that you're sure to find one you love whose personality suits you and your lifestyle.

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