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Domestic Shorthair cats are cute, cuddly, and intelligent cats are known for their fun and easy going nature. Common nicknames are moggie, mutt, Domestic Shorthair, Domestic short-haired cat or domestic cat. They get along with children and other pets. However note that some are family friendly and some may not be even from same litter one may be friendly and the other may be angry. They can make better outdoor cats than pedigree cats. Being more intelligent and stronger than most pedigree cats, a moggy will usually have enough independence to be happy outside for large portions of the day.
Size: The size, appearance, and marking of cats can vary according to colors. There are variations of types of marking but the most common of all are red to cream, to black, blue, silver, brown, and tan. Tabby cats are often mistakenly thought of as being a particular breed of cat, but it is the coat pattern that is known as tabby.
Temperament & Personality: that they are quite affectionate and cheerful, and ever ready to play, unlike the typical 'lazy' behavior associated with cats in general. Tabbies love being cuddled, sitting on their owner's laps, rubbing against people's legs, etc. They are therefore often referred to as 'the dogs among cats'! They do show the occasional willful and stubborn behavior, and are not angels all the time. Also, they love to come and go as and when they please, but this is the behavior that is seen in almost all cats, so is not very exclusive to tabbies.
Activity Requirements: Domestic Shorthair cats can easily become overweight; therefore, you should take care to feed less active tabby cats a limited diet. More livelier tabby cat will find her own way to work off her energy.
Breed Traits: A Domestic Shorthair is any domestic cat (Felis catus) that has a coat featuring distinctive stripes, dots, lines or swirling patterns, usually together with a mark resembling an 'M' on its forehead. Tabbies are sometimes erroneously assumed to be a cat breed. The one important thing about tabby cats is that, they're not an independent or specific breed, as is perceived by many people. Cats who have a particular and distinct pattern on their coat are referred to as tabby cats. The tabby pattern can be found in almost all breeds. Since they are not a different breed, tabbies do not have a distinct personality, or any 'tabby' specific traits. They borrow the traits of the breed to which they belong.
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: this breed looks after most of her grooming needs on her own. However grooming will keep its striking coat in good condition. Some experts recommend bathing the tabby cats during shedding season. If the grooming process is started as a kitten they soon become used to it and enjoy the attention it brings. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails weekly.
Colors: Domestic Shorthair come in lots of colors. The most common is the brown or brown/grey tabby, which generally has brown, black and grey blended together. You can also have grey tabbies, orange tabbies, and cream or buff tabbies. Some of these color markings are explained here as follows: Orange – Tabby cats with orange markings are most common among male cats. The appearance of the orange marking can also come in different patterns such as in mackerel, classic pattern, a ticked pattern and a striped.Grey – Grey markings in tabby cats are also common. The usual appearance comes in contrast with a lighter color of the coat, which makes it more prominent. Ginger – Dark orange markings are often referred to as ginger markings.Brown – The most usual way to identity a tabby cats is also through its brown markings. It can also help refer the cat as the classic tabby and classic patterns come along with it.Black –Dark markings such as the black in color is also the most common among tabby cats. When it appears with an opposite coat color such as silver, black marking are highly visible.
History: The birth of the domestic tabby cat is believed to have started thousands of years ago when Egyptian striped cats were smuggled to Greece and Rome. As the Roman Empire grew into Europe they took the Egyptian cats with them as pest control. Of course, their cats came into contact with European wild cats, and the kittens of these two types were born as tabbies.
Origin: Unknown possibly, Near east and later from Egypt.
Life span: 15 to 20 years
Temperament: calm, easy going, adaptable, affectionate, cuddly, intelligent
Weight: 13 – 18 lbs
Height: 8 to 10 inches
Colors: brown or brown/grey tabby, black and grey blended together, grey tabbies, orange tabbies, and cream or buff tabbies.