Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jul 19, 2015
I adopted Henry from my local Humane Society after my other cat passed away. I knew that I didn't want a kitten (as I wasn't prepared to have to deal with training, hyperness etc that comes with owning a kitten). I thought that perhaps it would be nice to have an older cat - one that needed a home. I saw a cat an older cat in one of the cages, and the employee at the HS told me that he had been brought in 3 times over the past 5 years! Henry was 10 when I adopted him and I was initially concerned about how he might adjust/fit in to my household.
Henry fit in immediately and was a gentle giant -- loveable, friendly, smart and clean. Unfortunately, he had several health problems (probably because he spent many years of his life in a cage). He eventually passed of Kidney Failure (which seems to be prevalent in American Shorthairs as I've lost 3 cats to the disease)
Anyway, I know that there are so many lovely breed out there, but for me, the American Shorthair is overall one of the best cats a person could own.