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The domestic shorthair cat, just like the domestic longhair 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 domestic shorthair cats are far removed from the showring. These cats are what a domestic cat looks like and acts like when there is no calculated intervention or breeding program. They are all-natural cats. 

Domestic shorthairs fall within the medium range of most physical traits like weight and height. They have the classic form of a typical cat and along with a pleasing appearance, they are usually exceptional companions. 

After all, unlike some purebred and showcats that are often bred largely for appearance, these cats are a testament to what we truly value in our most popular live-in partner. It is the ultimate attractive, affectionate, clean and sometimes very useful house pet. 

The story goes that cats of this type 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 of canned food and Tender Vittles.

Not sure what breed of cat you have? Well she may just be a "Heinz 57" "All American" Mutt - one of the most popular pets in the world, the Domestic Shorthair Cat!


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The Domestic Shorthair Cat is not really a breed. It is, however, more purely representative of the species felis silvestriscatus (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 domestic 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 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? 

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 kitty staked out your porch one day and greeted you so sweetly 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's Your cat now! Enjoy the journey and always remember...Cats Rule!


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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

If you are searching for a lovely and loveable companion for you, your family, your children, even your dogs or horse, our classic cat is incomparable. 

Kitten-proofing is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing any kitten. 

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.

In 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!.

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cat tales domestic shorthair kittensThe cool thing about domestic shorthair cats is that they come in practically every color in the cat world, so if you like tortoiseshell, you can find a domestic shorthair 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

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 htortoiseshell and white catave a mutt who's wearing a permanent tuxedo

Calico cats have lots of white, along with the black and brown or 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 little girl.... calico persian
and tabby markings abound, as on this little dumpling
 like so....   tabby                   calico exotic shorthair

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 edver heard before, but I knew it was a desperate sound and I crossed the street to ainvestigate. 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 ddirty, 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.


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  • There are over 80 million domestic shorthair cats in the U.S.A. - and about 600 million world-wide!
  • They are the "mutts" of the cat world!
  • These cats can be any color or size!

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