Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Washington, United States
Posted Aug 30, 2012
I have owned a number of American Shorthair cats over the years, and in my experience neutered males are almost always more affectionate and loveable.
A few years ago my family, which includes three young children, adopted two kittens from the same litter, a male and a female. The male was the runt, and my son fell in love with him. I was a little worried that the runt wouldn't be playful enough to satisfy my children. I was wrong!
The female kitten, who had at first seemed so lively and exciting quickly did what female cats almost always do--turned into a reclusive and moody cat. The little, male, on the other hand, grew into a huge, lovable oaf. He bonded to my son, followed him around the house and slept with him every night.
In my experience, cats are pretty low maintenance. They're clean and easily trained to use a litter box. We've never had any problems with litter rejection, and there's no reason your house has to smell "catty" if you scoop it every day.
A couple things to consider, though: Cats do scratch furniture. I've never found a great solution for this, even though I've tried a number of scratch pad products. And so many people are allergic to cats that it can be a problem if you have a lot of visitors. Other than that, they're amazing family pets!