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.
shorthair cats are far removed from the showring.
They are simply what domestic cats look and act like when there are
no humans calculating the matings.
These cats fall within the
range of most categories like weight and height. They
classic form of a typical cat and are usually excellent
After all, unlike some
purebred and showcats that are often
bred largely for appearance, these cats are a testament to
what truely endures in our most popular live-in partner. It is
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
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 Cat!
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Domestic Shorthair Cat is not really a breed. It is,
however, 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
these cats share the bloodlines of thousands of individuals through
centuries of civilized bliss with their human companions.
It is also 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
first choice for anyone seeking a loving companion should, by
all rights, be the domestic shorthair.
know how to be
cats and they are very darn good at it!
So where do you find one?
Well there is a very 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 adopted your porch one day and greeted you so gracefully every time you came home that by the third night she was on your lap, in the den, watching "Dancing with the Stars" and now your thinking, what kind of cat is this? Guess what...it's Your cat now! Enjoy the journey!
There are few people in
the world who
haven't spent at least some time in the presence of a domestic
shorthair kitten. Wonderful,
loving and energetic, perhaps the most
important characteristic of these kittens is that they are everywhere,
often spilling out of local shelters
are searching for a lovely and loveable companion for you, your family,
your children, even your dogs or horse, our classic
cat is incomparable.
is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken
when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when
carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under
counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong
urge to explore.
Appearance, most domestic shorthair kittens
are basically miniature adults. They
tend to grow at an average rate and
reach mature height at about 6 months, filling out and maturing to full
size and weight at about one year old.
Please consider adopting a wonderful domestic shorthair kitten
from your local rescue or shelter today.
Your next BFF is waiting!.
One afternoon while out front washing my first car (the apex of my life at the time) I began to hear a very strange noise. 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.
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 permanent 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 98% of all calico cats are female, like this beautiful
and tabby markings abound, as on this little dumpling