Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Collingswood, New Jersey, United States
Posted Sep 15, 2018
I have spent my life surrounded by American Shorthair (previously/alternatively called the Domestic Shorthair) cats. I come from a long line of cat enthusiasts - my grandmother at one point in her life had 21 feline children at once (don’t worry, she lived on a farm!). AJ is the love of my life; I adopted him from a local rescue at about eleven months old from a Petsmart.
I had another cat at the time and no plans for a second, but my eye was caught by his size, his tuxedo pattern so reminiscent of a favorite childhood cat, and a look in his eyes I mistook as brilliance and ennui. He was absolutely gorgeous. The look in his eyes actually proved to be vacuousness, not ennui; AJ is by no means the most intelligent animal I have met, once falling into a shower with me and taking a cool two to three minutes to realize his blunder and his wetness and determine an exit. I am reluctant to rename a cat already potentially used to one, so he remained AJ, but I joke that he probably thinks his name is “O.A.J.” from my constant exasperated “oh, AJ....” after seeing him stuck in a paper bag or meowing for me, lost, from one room over in our 1 bedroom apartment.
But, he is a lovable scamp, gets alone well with other cats and most people and dogs, and is a loyal pet who will curl up at my feet wherever I sit. There is no shortage of love from this cat, and he has many fans both human and furry. He’s fairly easy to please and enjoys Friskies Indoor Delights and Friskies Meaty Bits, but is thrilled for some plain real meat as a treat. Easygoing, easy to care for, and easy to keep happy - this was the pet for me.