Cats: internet sensations and possibly the most popular pets in the world (they outnumber dogs by possibly as much as 4 million in the United States!) While there are many pedigrees to choose from, some particularly exotic, the majority of cats looking for their furrever home are mixed breed or domestic.* Affectionate, playful, curious, and occasionally capricious, when it comes to this category, there’s a cat for just about everyone.
Mixed breed and domestic cats come in all shapes and sizes, all colors, and just about every temperament you could dream of. They’re often healthy and hearty pets, less predisposed to the genetic disorders that sometimes plague purebred lines. Maybe most importantly, the ASPCA estimates than 3.4 million cats enter animal shelters every year, a majority of which are mixed breed or domestic. Most of these cats are looking for new homes (which is a good excuse to get 2 or 3!)
*The term “mixed breed” is sometimes used to suggest that the cat has features which might indicate a "purebred" cat is in its lineage. For example, a cat might be described as a Persian or a Siamese “mix”. In contrast, the term “domestic cat” is commonly used to describe a cat which has no identifiable purebred characteristics.)
Appearance / lifespan:
Mixed Breed / Domestic cats come in an astonishing variety of body types and coats.
Body types range from: the "Oriental", which refers to any cats with an elongated slender build, almond-shaped eyes, long nose and large ears; to the "Cobby", a cat with a muscular, compact build and roundish eyes, short nose and small ears.
Domestic cats are often labeled by the length of their coat: as a DSH - Domestic Shorthair; DLH - Domestic Longhair; or DMH - Domestic Medium length hair.
Domestic cats come in many patterns; some of the most common types being:
Behavior / temperament:
The Mixed Breed/Domestic cat is as variable as the many breeds it comes from. They may be loyal and affectionate, or independent and aloof. Many get along with other cats, and even dogs, and some will be happiest as an “only child”. A Mixed Breed/Domestic cat may be playful, curious, and active, or quiet and lazy. Some are good with children, and some are not. There is probably a Mixed Breed/Domestic cat for just about every owner preference!
great purrsonality, quiet demeanor, indoor/outdoor cat, snuggle loving cats, marvelous companions
independent animals, flea allergies, kidney failure, temperamental cat, clean litter box
foster/rescue situations, unique personalities, nocturnal beast, great barn cats, human mental health
Consider Getting a Siamese-Mix!
I have always thought that Siamese cats were a step above the rest when it came to beauty, but I had heard that they have a reputation to be not-so-friendly pets. When a local shelter had this sweet half domestic/ half Siamese kitten for adoption I just couldn't resist. Violet was actually originally from a Siamese-mix breeder, but when she developed pneumonia at three weeks old the breeder dumped her at our local animal shelter. Thankfully she was nursed back to health and I was able to adopt her when she was just 12 weeks old. Fun fact: Siamese kittens are not often born with their coloring! When I adopted Violet she was as white as snow, except for that little black spot on her nose. Over the course of her first year, her coloring changed and now she truly looks half-Siamese. She is chatty and playful, and I believe that the domestic short-hair side of her also makes her a perfect house cat for people with kids. We can't imagine life without our little rescue! One thing to note about Violet and other half-Siamese cats is that they likely will not grow to be as large as other domestic cats. At three years old now, Violet still only weighs about 8 pounds, and when people meet her for the first time they often mistake her as a kitten. If you're considering getting a Siamese-mix cat, get ready for a lot of play time and a lot of cuddles. Violet especially loves to "hunt" her toys, and each night when we turn out the lights, she can be heard downstairs for a good ten minutes pouncing and "chatting" to her prey (stuffed mice). .
From HollyC Jul 31 2018 10:14PM
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 58 days ago
Shock mats work well at keeping a pet off our valued upholstery and preventing the animal from clawing the item. Unfortunately, I wish they made bigger mats that covered a larger area. However, you can buy more than one mat. The mat also does not need to be used forever. Once the pet learns to stay off the furniture and stop clawing, then you can discontinue using it. Cats are very smart, and it doesn't take them very long to learn not to climb up onto the furniture.
I have successfully used these mats, and I think they are an asset if you want to keep your feline off your furniture and prevent the animal from clawing the item. .
From KimberlySharpe 84 days ago