Big cats are among the most powerful animals on the planet. They may look like oversized kitties, but they are ferocious predators. Most are “stalk and ambush” hunters, sneaking up on prey and pouncin
A mix of several breeds and considered one of the most popular cats in the United States, the Domestic Longhair is also one of the most common house cats.
The American Shorthair, formerly named the Domestic Shorthair, is the ideal choice for a family pet that will jump into your lap and greet you at the door. These medium- to large-sized cats have a stocky, robust build, and are recognized in more than 80 different patterns and colors (although the most well known is probably the silver tabby). Owners report high compatibility with kids, seniors, and other pets, including dogs. And, these cats surely are "American"--they supposedly came over with European settlers on the Mayflower, where they were used to hunt the mice and rats on the ship!
Behavior problems aren't as likely to arise if you understand the working of the feline mind. Understanding what underlies certain behavior will help you determine whether you should try conditioning your cat or whether you'll have to settle for changing your home environment or your own conduct. Modifying your cat's behavior will take consistent encouragement or discouragement, most likely a combination of both. Take a gradual approach and be patient, bearing in mind the feline's natural resistance to change.