they have the classic form of a typical cat and are usually excellent companions
After all, unlike some purebred and showcats that are often bred largely for appearance, the domestic shorthair is a testament to what truely endures in our most popular live-in partner. It is an attractive, affectionate, clean and sometimes very useful house pet. The story goes that these cats were brought to America by the pilgrims, who took them along to control the rodent population on the Mayflower. Consequently, it is often this humble mutt that excels at the skill of vermin hunting, an asset they have never lost, even over the centuries. Not sure what breed of cat you have? Well he may just be a "Heinz 57" "All American" Mutt - the most popular pet in the world by far, the Domestic Shorthair!
the Domestic Shorthair is a carnivorous
diurnal (awake durig the day)
terrestrial(lives on the ground) digitigrade(walks on its toes)
feline (in the cat family) mammal (animal with mammary glands and hair folicles)
The Domestic shorthair Cat is not really a breed, but they are more purely representative of the species felis silvestris catus (the domestic cat) than basically any other breed on this website. Similiar to mutts in the canine world,
these cats share the bloodlines of thousands of individuals through centuries of civilized bliss with their human companions
It is thought that they could be more intelligent and healthier than purebred or pedigree cats because of the advantage of a larger genetic pool. Because of the incredibly long history we have with cats, the first choice for anyone seeking a loving companion should, by all rights, be the domestic shorthair.
The cool thing about domestic shorthair cats is that they come
in absolutely every color in the cat world, so if you like
tortoiseshell, you can find a
cat with that color. Tortoiseshell refers to a coat pattern that is a
marbleized black and brown (or orange or red). Like the fellow with the
Another common color scheme in the domestic shorthair cat is the tuxedo color, black body with white chest and paws like this, so you can have a mutt who's wearing a permanant tuxedo
Calico cats have lots of white, along with the black and brown
orange hues, and are often equal parts of the three colors. Calico is
also a very common coat pattern among these incredibly popular cats.
Oddly, almost 99% of all calico cats are female, like this beautiful
and tabby markings abound, as on this little dumpling
The Domestic Shorthair Cat...
One afternoon while out front washing my first car (the apex of my life at the time) I began to hear a strange noise, like a loud beeping. It didn't sound like anything I had ever heard before, but I knew it was a desperate sound and I crossed the street to investigate. There in my neighbors front garden was a tiny kitten lying flat on his belly with his eyes closed, and using every last ounce of energy to let out these pitiful cries. He was dirty, chilled from the damp soil, and malnourished. Where his mother was we didn't know, but we warmed him up and fed him a bottle, and that evening he fell asleep draped across my neck like a little furry scarf. Daniel had one of the loudest purrs for one of the smallest kittens I had ever heard. He grew up to be a beautiful big cat, but I will never forget how close he was to slipping away in that garden. He was a very sweet soul who loved everyone's company, and back then there were plenty of creatures in the house to make friends with. We had rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, other dogs and cats, Daniel loved them all. He was a great example of the domestic shorthair cat and our family was happy to have him for over 14 years.