Acquired: Bred cat myself,
Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Aug 02, 2015
I found a black American shorthair at midnight in my neighborhood. She was a notorious vagrant by that time, walking through and staying in every backyard in the area. I named her midnight, for her color and the time I found her, and she was an excellent cat. Midnight was very independent, very quiet, and had a minimal need for attention. Her independence extended to her grooming habits and health: she groomed herself and was always healthy and robust, with no need from me or a veterinarian. She was not especially playful, however. My conception of the American shorthair changed entirely when she had three children, as they were extremely playful - not only as kittens, but as adults - and far more friendly. All of the cats were very independent, quiet, and constantly healthy. However, they were difficult to train. As house cats, they were practically unmanageable; they would scratch things and excrete all over the place. As outdoor cats, they were fine, although two of them (including Midnight) left my house for some other distant adventures, and before their final escapes, they would frequently leave, sometimes for days at a time. Overall, a very good breed, although I would not recommend them for someone with limited space, or someone who lives in a large city.