Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Aug 13, 2012
It's hard for me to look at this cat objectively because I loved her so much. As her owner, Lucy was fiercely loyal to me. She slept on my bed, stayed close to my side, and always ran to me whenever I started to cry.
Unfortunately, she was not such a comfort to those around her. She regularly bit and scratched several family members, especially small children. She was skittish and shy and afraid to leave the house.
Appearance-wise, she was a gorgeous cat, like most American Shorthairs. She had huge green eyes, brown and black coloring, dainty paws, and a small tail. She stayed svelte throughout her entire life. However, her thin physique was likely due to a digestion problem that left her consistently vomiting.
Other than the digestion, she had no other health problems that she was aware of. When I left for college, my parents put her outside where it is likely she was picked up by coyotes or oncoming traffic. If she had been kept inside, I am certain she would have lived much longer.
I've interacted with other short hairs that are major snuggle-muffins, so I don't know that Lucy is representative of the entire breed. While she definitley had her problems, I've never loved an animal like I loved my neurotic, quirky cat. Just keep her away from the kids.