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
Leader of the Band
My husband and I adopted our mixed breed (tabby) cat from the ASPCA almost four years ago—our very first pet together. As soon as we met her, we knew we wanted to bring her home. She was the warmest and friendliest of all the cats we saw, and beautiful, too (as all tabbies are!). She’s been a true member of our family since day one. Her personality profile was described by the adoption agency as “leader of the band,” which fits her to a T. I have never met a cat with more personality. Our leader of the band/star of the show/queen bee cat always likes to be with her humans—and be their center of attention, and she’ll make it well known when she doesn’t feel that she is. So happy to have welcomed this little lady into our home, and would whole-heartedly recommend her breed!.
From cscwriter Sep 23 2018 9:26PM
Our younger cat began suffering from urinary tract infections over a year ago, prompted by times of stress. After his second infection and a trip to the veterinary urgent care, our vet prescribed him the Royal Canin Feline Urinary Dry Cat Food—as well as the wet food version. Together, they’ve been an absolute game-changer. He hasn’t had a single incident since going on the new diet, and he seems to really enjoy the taste as well. Our other cat, who has no history of urinary infections, has followed the same diet for simplicity’s sake, and has been completely fine with the change in her food. It is notably more expensive than the food we got from the pet store previously, but well worth it. We’re so glad to have found an effective treatment for our cat’s painful and recurrent infections..
From cscwriter 4 days ago
Best scratching post
My husband and I purchased the Pioneer Pet SmartCat The Ultimate Scratching Post (brand: SmartCat; via: Amazon.com) earlier this summer to replace a much smaller and well-worn scratching post. It’s been a wonderful addition to our home. Measuring 32” in height, it is significantly larger than our cats’ previous scratching post and much more conspicuous to them. It is the first thing they notice when entering the living room, and they use it much more frequently than did the other post—and than they do our sofa and chairs! Not a complete deterrent to furniture scratches, but an enormously helpful one. From a human perspective, the neutral beige post and wooden base and cap make for nice aesthetics..
From cscwriter 4 days ago