The Domestic Shorthair

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size any weight any
vocal? maybe active? maybe
coat any family? probably
shed maybe children? probably
colors any!

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!

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All domestic cat breeds were developed with a certain look and personality in mind.
But naturally, breed descriptions are general and will not apply to all individuals.
Learn about your potential new best friend and research breeders thoroughly!

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                                                                                              There are over 80 million domestic shorthair cats in the U.S.A. - and about 600 million world-wide!                                                                        

Lots of Choices...

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 red collar...tortoiseshell cat

Tuxedo cats are a very common coat color too, so you can have a mutt who's wearing a permanent tuxedo like this cat . ...tuxedo cat

Calico is also a common coat pattern among these incredibly popular cats. Oddly, almost 99% of all calico cats are female, like this beautiful little girl....  calico persian

and Tabby or "tiger cat" coats are also regularly found in these fabulous cats, orange and brown in particular, 
 like so....   tabby domestic shorthairs                   calico exotic shorthair                                                

Domestic Shorthair Personality

The Domestic shorthair Cat is not really a breed, but they are more purely representative of the species felis silvestris catus (the domestic cat)  domesticthan 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. They are one of our oldest and dearest friends, and with a little effort, you could definately find one that is perfect for you!

 The Domestic Shorthair  Cat...

dOne 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 ainvestigate. Thered 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 tdhat 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.

So You Want a Cat?

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's Your cat now! Enjoy the journey! 

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Inside Cat or Outside Cat?

Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should never be outside cats. Hairless breeds like the Sphynx are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors. Docile breeds like the Burmese may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom. So what do YOU think ....Inside Cat or Outside Cat? Comment Here...

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