Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Massachusetts, United States
Posted Oct 05, 2012
Owning an American Short Hair is a great experience, and one I would recommend to any possible pet owner.
American short hairs, in my experience anyway, have always been very friendly, and get along with family and the owner very well. getting along with strangers is a little less of a friendly experience, however as they get to know them , they will warm right up. With dogs and other cats, it depends on two things, the age of the cats and the age of the other animals, when we introduced my cats to our dog, they at first were frightened, but eventually ended up warming up to her. When we introduced our older cats to kittens, they at first were very stand offish, but once the kittens grew to be about 9 months to a year, they became surprisingly good friends.
American Short Hairs are very self sufficient, and really don't require much care beside feeding, a litter box, the occasional brushing, and annual vet visits for shots and things of that nature. In all my years of owning short hairs, I've only ever encountered on major health issue with my first cat Gus, he was shot by a beebee gun in the woods by our neighbors, and that required a little bit more than the average care.
All in all American Short Hairs are really a great pet, they are more active when they first are kittens, but then become a lot more mellow as they grow older, and they only are only vocal when they have a need that must be met. They also are very cuddly as they grow older as well.