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Domestic Shorthairs

Pedigree & mixed breed information & advice

The domestic shorthair is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. They are friendly, loving and have a lifespan of up to sixteen years, making them suitable for family life. Domestic shorthairs have mixed heritage but are commonly known as ‘moggies’. Their fur can be a range of colours, but their coats typically express the pattern of a tabby cat after a few generations. Domestic Shorthairs are not aggressive, however like all cats their hunting instinct is present; this can shine through in their personalities as playful and intelligent. They don’t require excessive grooming and can be easily trained, so are great for first time owners.

The ability to capture prey was one of the reasons that domestic shorthair cats were historically brought aboard ships. Originally domesticated in Egypt, they initially made their way to America after being bought on board the Mayflower in the 1600s to control rodent populations. Today, 10 Downing Street employs Larry the cat to keep the mice at bay!

Recommended exercise & nutrition

Cats are docile creatures that don’t need too much exercise, but it is important that they are not left to fend for themselves when it comes to fitness. Cats are happy to be outside if you live in a safe area, but some need more stimulation than others. Many owners choose to take their cats on daily walks or provide them with toys that encourage exercise, such as a cat tree or scratching post. Cats aren’t too fussy about what they’ll play with, so you can easily make toys from household items such as paper bags, ribbons or shoelaces.

Pedigrees & Moggies Feeding Routine

Many cat owners choose to leave food out for their cat to nibble at, but it is important to try and keep to a routine of feeding once or twice a day. This helps keeps your cat from gaining unnecessary weight and ignoring food incentives as treats.

Larry the Cat

Ten Downing Street employ a tabby cat called Larry, and his job title is ‘Chief Mouser’.

Common health problems & illnesses

Domestic Shorthair cats are usually healthy cats and can live a long and healthy life when looked after properly. Obesity can affect your cat if they are not kept to a feeding schedule, but this is true for all animals. Take a look at the complete range of cat insurance policies.

If your cat is displaying symptoms including weight loss with an increased appetite as well as a notable increase in how much they are drinking and urinating, then they could be suffering from Hyperthyroidism. It is usually caused by a concentrated amount of a hormone in the animal’s bloodstream, but it can be treated with medication from your vet.

There are many reasons that your cat might suffer from a condition affecting their kidneys, so if you start to notice symptoms such as dry mouth with bad breath, a dry coat, frequent urination and weight loss then it is important that you take them to the vet as soon as possible.

Whilst it isn’t an ongoing condition, many people have to pay vets bills for treatment regarding an upset tummy in their Domestic Shorthair. Pets usually start vomiting and sometimes suffer from diarrhoea when something isn’t sitting right on their stomach. Consider changes to your cat’s environment if they start vomiting but if it persists, seek medical attention.

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