Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Apr 03, 2016
The American Shorthair cat is an ideal family pet. The shedding factor is not as great as it is with longer haired cats, but there is some shedding that occurs. Allergens I found were a bit higher - the dander can be a bit higher with some cats of this breed, although whether outdoor vs. indoor cats determine the dander difference remains to be seen by myself as my cats were always indoor.
Personality wise, the American Shorthair is a lovely, personable, affectionate animal which is suited to adults, and children alike and would make a welcome addition to any family - large or small. They seem to be suited to solo activity as well as having many people around - my cat was sometimes left alone for long periods whilst I was at work and it never seemed to bother him very much, although depending on mood, they may become a bit needy if left for extended periods without much interaction from humans or other animals. Appears to welcome a companion of some kind, especially if long hours away from the cat are to be expected as commonplace.
Health may be a bit of an issue with this cat, so precautions from kittenhood may be suggested. In particular kidney issues seem to play a real role, as my cat unfortunately passed away from expected kidney issues at the age of 4.
I would recommend regular brushing to keep dander down. The cat does have the ability to become overweight if feeding isn't controlled. The cat can also be fairly large in stature, so may need more food than expected, but in situations like this feeding should be regulated to avoid obesity. Diabetes can be an issue if weight is not controlled.