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American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder),
Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Pet store,
Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: N/A

Appearance

4/5

Intelligence

4/5

Friendly with owners

5/5

Good with dogs

2/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Appropriate vocalization

3/5

Playfulness

3/5

Healthiness

4/5

Easy to groom

5/5

Need for attention

4/5

My American Shorthair

By

United States

Posted Jul 01, 2015

My American Shorthair that I spend the most time with is named Cricket (thanks to my younger sister). She is an incredibly friendly and interesting cat to be around. We have nicknamed her the "water cat" because she really enjoys playing in bowls of water or in the sink whenever it is turned on. This has led to some issues with water spillage on carpet floors, but she is too wonderful to stay mad at.

What I have noticed about this breed in general (having had over ten thus far) is that they tend to be fairly simple pets for the most part, but, like all pets, they will all have different personalities and come with their own potential issues. While I love Cricket, she is rather standoffish with the other cats in our household. She will growl at them whenever they come near her and she tends to remain in my portion of the house in order to stay away from the rest of them.

On the other hand, we have a few other cats who will run up to one another and bathe the other cats. It all depends on personality. One thing I would definitely advocate for is not having more than one male cat in a household. They have seemed to be the most temperamental and territorial of all the cats of this type we have owned and have harmed much of the property around the house by marking their territory. Still, these tend to be small and uncommon things, and these cats have tended to be some of the most loved members of the family.

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