Domestic Shorthair

Growth Size

Due to mixed ancestry, the Domestic Shorthair has no standard weight range.

Lifespan

12 – 18 years.

Temperament

The Domestic Shorthair's temperament can vary, due to their mixed breeding. Some individuals may be more placid and shy, whereas others can be boisterous and ready for adventure.

Training Difficulty

Training difficulty depends on the individual cat. At the very least this breed can be taught to use an indoor litter box.

Recommended Owners

Well suited to most home environments, but especially great for first-time cat owners.

Origin

Domestic is a generic term for a cat of mixed ancestry, so there is no concrete history for this breed. However, the look of Domestic cats differs between continents where the cats have different gene pools to breed from.

Diet

All cats are 'obligate carnivores', which means they require meat in their diet. Taurine is essential to a cat's health, and it gets this amino acid from either wet or dry foods containing meat. Depending on factors such as size and weight, adult cats can eat a quarter to half a cup of dry food per day, or 140 – 250g of wet food per day. These amounts can be halved if feeding a diet of both wet and dry food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

This breed's short hair is easy to groom, as it won't tangle. A quick brush weekly should suffice to remove any loose hairs.

Comments

The Domestic breed is so varied in appearance, but different coat colours can come with various quirks. For example, Tortoiseshells are almost always female, cats with pure white coats are often deaf, and cats with ginger hair are most often males.