Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Sep 03, 2015
We got our Beyonce cat from the SPCA when she was 8 weeks old. As a kitten, she was everything most kittens are—adorable, playful, and full of energy. She was more aloof and independent than other cats we'd had, so we used to sing "Independent Woman" by Destiny's Child to her (and that's how she got her name).
As she matured, she lost the aloofness and became much more affectionate and snuggly. Domestic shorthairs like Beyonce are happy to do their own thing throughout the day, but if you sit (or lie down), you become human furniture and will soon have a purring furball implant itself on you.
As for energy, Beyonce has always been pretty content to sleep most of the day and night. If we give her a new toy (or get the laser pointer out), she becomes very playful and she'll sometimes bat her cat toys around, but I would not describe the domestic shorthair as a high energy cat.
Litterbox and scratching behaviors are of a major concern to potential cat owners. We've had our share of outside-the-litterbox accidents, but for the most part, domestic shorthairs are easy to litter train (providing you have enough boxes for the number of cats you own and that you keep the boxes very clean). Once we put scratching posts near any furniture our cats liked to target, scratching became a non-issue, as well.
Domestic shorthairs have (as their name implies) short hair that is not a grooming concern; simply trim their nails occasionally if they become too sharp.
We've had very few health problems with this breed of cat, which is wonderful. A yearly checkup and vaccinations is all Beyonce has needed, for the most part.
We adore our Beyonce cat; I'd highly suggest domestic shorthairs for anyone who is considering adopting a cat.