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American Shorthair

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Appearance

5/5

Intelligence

5/5

Friendly with owners

5/5

Good with dogs

4/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Appropriate vocalization

4/5

Playfulness

4/5

Healthiness

3/5

Easy to groom

4/5

Need for attention

2/5

My dog-like cat

By

San Diego, California, United States

Posted Jun 09, 2018

My cat, Summer, is way more affectionate than cats are supposed to be, and I think it's because she was socialized a lot at an early age. She has been a wonderful companion for over eight years now. She wants to be wherever we are, and if she has it her way, she's on top of whatever we're working on, reading, etc.

Summer has been relatively healthy, though she did have some trouble with an eye infection at an early age. She also went through a phase in which she put on some extra pounds, but we switched her food. She's more playful as an eight-year-old than she was as a three-year-old.

Her biggest vice is scratching things. We've had to give her plenty of places to claw, and she is still more destructive than our 55-pound dog. By the way, she gets a kick out of harassing our dog, but she also loves curling up next to her. She loves playing with stuffed mice and interactive toys, and like most cats I know, she is intrigued by boxes. (The smaller and less likely she is to fit in them, the better.)

This cat has also traveled more than any feline I know. She absolutely hates car rides and usually vomits during them. Since we move a lot, she's had to adapt to these occasional discomforts. She tolerates it because she knows that she's got us wrapped around her little paw otherwise.

Summer is also a very sensitive creature. If I'm ever sick or sad, she's right with me trying to investigate and make things better. Cats aren't all as aloof as they're made out to be. Some of them are eager to be part of the family.

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