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
Life with A British Blue (Russian Blue/British Shorthair Mix)
We adopted her as a fairly older cat, the vets weren't sure her exact age, so they assumed it was around 3-4 when we adopted her. She was nice...Only to me. Very lax when other animals and people came up to me and enjoyed my company, but aggressive when someone who wasn't me approached. She wouldn't litter train but we could leash train her, she was raised around dogs prior to when we had her, as well as having one of our own, so I'd guess she picked up the behaviour from them. Walked her whenever she would sit by the door and meow. Odd, but fun, and a great conversation starter. She was super lazy, she spent most of her time sleeping and eating, although despite this she was healthy until we had to adopt her out to another loving family. Would suggest this best for someone who's alone and looking for a partner that'll curl up on your lap and binge watch Supernatural with you for hours..
From Mixceny Oct 14 2018 10:50AM
Great for Cats with Urinary Tract Issues
Special diets can be very helpful in fighting off urinary tract obstructions. It helps to maintain a healthy, well functioning urinary system. If your cat struggles with urinary tract infections or obstructions, prescription food from your vet may be the best choice for you and your pet. .
From Dsasada 160 days ago
Abused pets are a serious matter that you need to consider
Lily was a very difficult cat, quite aggressive. But that can be explained by her story. Indeed, we took her in after her abusive owner wanted to get rid of her. She was not really used to being pet or anything and would attack us. It was out of fear, obviously, but it was still painful to watch. Even after ten, fifteen years, she was still very cautious and not quite loving. The point of this story is that I think that you should really think before taking an animal who was abused in the past. They need a second chance, they need love but they also need an owner who knows his stuff, who can help them heal. It was not really our case and I cannot help but think that with more experienced owners, Lily would have healed "better"..
From AnissaB Jun 6 2017 7:05PM