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The domestic shorthair cat is, simply put, the "mutt" of the cat world. Alley cats, house cats, kitty cats, pussy cats, they have many names, but the best explanation is a cat with no clear ancestry. Sometimes you will find cats with parents of two different recognized breeds of cat- half Siamese, half Manx, perhaps. This would be referred to as "mixed breed". But the domestic shorthair is far removed from the showring. This cat is simply what domestic cats look and act like when there are no humans calculating the matings. These cats fall within the medium range of most categories like weight and height. 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!
Cool Cat Facts...
There are over 80 million domestic shorthair cats in the U.S.A. - and about 600 million world-wide!
The cool thing about domestic shorthair cats is that they come
in absolutely every color, 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
Tuxedo cats are a very common coat color too, so you can have a mutt who's wearing a permanent tuxedo like this cat . ...
and Tabby or "tiger cat" coats are also regularly found in
these fabulous cats, orange and brown in particular,
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
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. They are one of our
oldest and dearest friends, and with a little effort, you could
one that is perfect for you!
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.
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. Personality is why these cats
remain the most populous housepet in the world. They know how to be
cats and they are very darn good at it! So where do you find one? Good
chance your local shelter or humane society has plenty to choose from.
It's certainly possible a neighbor knows of a cat that needs a good
home. Maybe a mysterious cat has adopted your porch and has greeted
you so gracefully each time you came home that by the second night he
was on your lap watching "Dancing with the Stars" and now your
thinking, what kind of cat is this? Guess what..it's Your cat now! Enjoy