Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Aug 02, 2015
I must admit that my wife is primarily a "cat person", whereas I am more of a "dog person", but we have both in our home and one of our pets falls somewhere in between. Jack is a brown-gray tabby American Shorthair and he constantly gives me the impression that he thinks he is a dog. When we first got him, we already had a female Calico cat and a male Beagle. Whereas the cat was ambivalent to the new kitten, the dog was much more interested in the latest addition. The two bonded early on, and Jack has adored our dog ever since and even picked up some dog-like tendencies. For instance, to show affection, he tends to lick the face of anyone who picks him up as well as the face of his canine brother whenever he walks by him. This cat is extremely affectionate and loves to be held by either my wife or I. He is still skittish like most cats around strangers, but within our family unit of humans, dogs, and cats he often wants to either play or be held. Often he will even respond to being called by name, either by coming to you or simply meowing in response. For anyone interested in getting a cat, but is used to dogs, my experience with this breed is that it is optimal for the transition. Maybe it is because he grew up around a friendly breed of dog, but he really has been the best of both worlds.