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
The sweetest cat
I have owned lots of cats and my favorites have been the domestic shorthairs, or mixed breed cats. I don't always like to admit it, but Layla has been my favorite. She has been super easy to care for, super healthy, and just the sweetest companion. Mixed breed cats are easy to come by if you are looking for one. Shelters are generally full of them. In all my years of working with animals, I find that mixed breed animals can often avoid the health pitfalls that purebreds can be predisposed to. I also find that a lot of mixed breed cats want to overeat and gain weight easily if food is left out, but Layla has always eaten in moderation and other than her yearly vaccines, exam, and dental cleanings, has not needed much medical attention. She is also super playful and loves toy mice and laser pointers. .
From L Sand CVT Feb 27 2018 3:41AM
Weight loss with wet food and no free feeding
We started using wet canned cat food instead of dry food and now only feed the cats a few times a day. We had a lot of unexpected bonuses! Our overweight cat who gets crystals and used to be on a prescribed diet is now at a healthy weight and doesn't get crystals, and our senior cat has put on some needed weight. Of course, it isn't as convenient as just leaving dry food out like we used to, but our cats' health is much better..
From Stephanie Marie 23 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 17 days ago