Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Posted Oct 28, 2015
Over the years I have had a number of American Shorthairs. Mostly all were the result of strays who wandered onto our property, stayed and had kittens. Only one came from a pet shop (and in retrospect I would not recommend buying any pet at a pet store). All had varying personalities and traits and I have loved each and every one of them.
All had beautiful coats, differing from all white to tabby to ginger to tuxedo. None of them were very into having us brush them, being more content to groom themselves. However a few shed like crazy. Don't be surprised if you find large clumps of fur about during the summer time.
I wouldn't say that our American Shorthairs were lazy per se, but they were content and relax in a sunbeam and be by themselves. We would buy cat toys, but they were really never into them. Koko will sometimes climb onto women and paw/claw at their chests. Snowball was an amazing mouser. My mother remembers quite a few times when she was awakened by Snowball looming over her with a gift.
We ended up having both indoor and outdoor cats. All of the outdoor cats disappeared at one point or another, but the lifespan of our indoor cats has been quite remarkable. Socks, passed away in 2012 (curled up in his cat bed). We'd had him since he was born in April '96. Koko, who we acquired from a pet store when she was a kitten in the summer of '98 is still going strong.