American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female





Friendly with owners


Good with dogs




Appropriate vocalization






Easy to groom


Need for attention


Belle Evangeline


United States

Posted Oct 30, 2015

I have had years and years of experience owning and working with cats and dogs. I generally get along well with most, if not all of them.

I originally adopted Evangeline when I was going through a very rough patch in my life. I was really struggling to feel connected in any way with the world and I was in a lot of pain on a daily basis so I went to the shelter. I figured, if I was going to be stuck at home, I might as well put some time and love into a cat who needs it. While I was there, I walked by one of the isolation cages (for the recovering cats) and a cat reached their arm all the way out and grabbed my jean leg. Aggressively. It was a couple of minutes before I extracted my skin and jeans out of her claws and in that time, one of the volunteers at the shelter told me that her name was Adele, due to her singing voice.

At this point, I opened the cage and she came to me when I called her. She instantly settled into my arms and began loudly purring and attempting to groom my face and hair. I instantly fell in love. It was love at first blood.

All jokes aside, she has been a wonderful addition to the family. She loves being around other people and children. She is the epitome of the dream cat: she doesn't just sleep at the foot of the bed, she wants to you be cuddling her while you fall asleep! She loves baths and the ensuing towel rubdowns and she really enjoys eating tuna leftovers. She engages you in cat conversations and will respond if you meow or trill or purr at her. She allows you to trim her nails. She looks so adorable that most of my phone space is taken up by her pictures. She will groom you until you are perfect by her cat standards!

Now, the down sides. There is always hair on my clothes. Always. Occasional aggressive grooming at three in the morning can be startling. Sometimes she is so cute when she is laying on my lap and purring, and I make bad life choices and let various limbs go numb. She also has the bad habit of watching people shower like some sort of deranged stalker and meowing very loudly when she feels like you are ignoring her (because obviously you should be petting her when shampoo is running down your face). She messes with the blinds on the windows. She has the ability to guess where you are planning on stepping and then placing herself in that exact place.

I would recommend this pet a thousand times over. She has been and continues to be a great animal, loving companion and a perfect combination of "I can do it by myself" that cats are known for combined with the "I love you forever" that dogs are better known for. It is absolutely fantastic!

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