How to Choose Your Domestic Short Hair Cat
Short haired cats are by far the most popular cat in the United States. It is not regarded as a show cat, but its popularity is beyond doubt. Short hair cats account for around ninety five percent of all domestic cats, so the style is clearly popular for one reason or another. It might be what we term an “everyday” cat
History Of The Domestic Short Hair Cat
Cats were transported from England during the times of English colonial domination, to control rat infestations in the colonies. Today’s domestic short hairs are descendants of those working cats. They had no defined parentage and subsequently became known as domestic short hairs.
Diversity Of The Domestic Short Hairs
There is a large number of Short hair cats all of which vary in color, style and, certainly, personality. Their owners will tell you that this diversity is what makes them so adored as house cats. The domestic short hair has almost eighty different types of recognized color patterns.
Domestic short hairs can be tabbies, calicos or solid color cats. Although perhaps the most popular domestic short hair cat is the black and white tuxedo cat. The appearance of a domestic short varies with location and the local cat population.
In colder climates then you can expect stocky, sturdy builds with thicker coats. Cats that come from regions with warmer temperatures will often be thinner with lighter coats.
Domestic Short Hair Personality
The most diverse characteristic is without doubt its personality. Whether they reflect the environment around them at the time or whether they are influenced as kittens is an unknown mystery. They can be mischievous and cheeky, tripping you up as you attempt to walk around the house, or they can appear tranquil even lazy, only stirring to get their next meal which, incidentally, you are expected to have prepared as required!
Whichever cat you want you will have to face the likelihood that you won’t know until you live with it for a while. Purebred cats are more likely to follow a pattern and have a distinct personality, but domestic short hair cats have not been specifically bred so there is no way to determine their personality. Since domestic short hairs are randomly bred, you never know what you will get. No matter what domestic short hair you get however, they are usually friendly and social.
How to Take Care Of Your Domestic Short Hair Cat
Fortunately, because of their short coat there will be minimal grooming requirements. You will however still need to remove dead hair and provide occasional grooming. All cats will groom themselves most of the time but you still need to do a little to avoid hairballs. It is also important to provide an adequate diet and not large serves so as to ensure muscle tone and skin are in the best condition.
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