Things You Should Know About Mixed Breed Cats

Posted: May 5, 2020 by Anita

mixed breed cats

One of the first things you might be curious about as a new cat parent is “what breed is my cat”?  When you adopt a cat from a shelter, it’s no telling what breeds you might encounter while searching for the perfect cat for you.

In the dog world, we would call them mutts.  The mixed breed is a mix of various breeds. They are perfect for potential cat parents that don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on a pedigree.

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, mixed breed cat is the 7th most popular cat in the United States.  90-95% of cats in the US are of mixed breed.

So, yeah…there is a high possibility that your new fluff ball is a mixed breed. Another name for it is a domestic shorthair cat. Domestic shorthair cat (DSH) is the popular name classification for mixed breed cats used in the United States.

Other names that are used:

  • house cat
  • alley cat
  • barn cat

In the U.K., these types of cats are called Moggies.  In the Philippines, mixed breeds are called Puspins, a Tagalog blending of Pusa (cat) and Pinoy (mixed).

Mixed breed cats are considered non-pedigree and shouldn’t be confused with the American Shorthair, which is a pedigree cat (U.K. version is British Shorthair).  Mixed breed cats come in all shapes and sizes but, for the most part, are not large-breed cats.

In this article, I discuss things you should know about your mixed breed cat.

Mixed Breed Cat History

Cats have been around a long time. History tells us that cats have been domesticated since 2000 BC…so the story goes?

But we do know that some cats (probably descendants of the British Shorthair) arrived with the early settlers to the United States. This breed acted as workers (killing off mice and other rodents) and companions to their families. 

They may have started out keeping rodents from ship supplies and shopkeepers but soon became a popular family pet.

American Shorthair vs Domestic Shorthair

So, what is the difference between the American Shorthair and the Domestic Shorthair or mixed breed cats?

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, ” the difference, however, is that pedigreed cat can consistently produce kittens of the same physical conformation, coat quality, temperament while a random breed cat cannot.”

“Years of selective breeding and the careful recording of many generations of cats guarantee that each litter of kittens will have specific qualities.”

My advice to any cat lover who is thinking about getting an American Shorthair is to “get those certification papers” so you can be sure!

Types of Mixed Breed cats

Mixed breed cats (DSH) can be found in any color or color combo.  Pattern and color descriptors do not suggest a type of breed.

These descriptors are used for identity purposes:

  • Tabby – blend of two distinct colors with either spotted, parallel stripes, or marbled markings.  “M” shape on the forehead.
  • Tortoiseshell – bi-color like a tortoise
  • Calico – tricolor with one of those colors being white
  • Torbie – kind of look like a tabby
  • Tuxedo
  • Color points (lighter body, darker extremities – like Siamese cat breed)
  • Pattern points (patterns such as tortoiseshell on aspects of the body
tabby mixed breed cat

Mixed Breed personality

The range of personalities for Mixed Breed Cats can range from chilled to high-energy; it just depends on the cat.  Mixed breed cats don’t have a specific personality trait assigned to their type.

What you might expect:

  • may meow to communicate with you
  • lively
  • friendly
  • scratches when bored (make sure you invest in a good scratching post)

Domestic Shorthairs are considered the best-all round cat – compatible with children and other house pets when introduced properly.

Mixed Breed Lifespan

Centuries of cross-breeding have made the Mixed Breed a very hardy, resilient cat.  They are not predisposed to genetic abnormalities or disease.

These cats are subject to the same lifestyle issues that most cats are subject to, such as:

  • obesity
  • urinary tract disease
  • diabetes
  • skin and food allergies

If you keep them on a healthy diet with plenty of exercise, you can expect the Domestic Shorthair to live 15-20 years. The domestic shorthair weight range for males is 15 pounds, and for the female cat, it is 12 pounds.

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Mixed Breed characteristics

The DSH cat is characterized by its wide range of possibilities when it comes to color and physical features.

You breed two Domestic Shorthair cats together and the kittens will be cute but…well there’s a lot going on in the DSH’s gene pool.

The good thing about their diverse genetic inheritance is that DSH tends not to suffer from any genetic issues.

How to care for your Mixed Breed (Domestic Shorthair) cat

To ensure that your DSH cat has a long healthy life, you must take great care of them from day one.

Grooming

DSH cats aren’t particularly hairy, so there’s not much shedding (thank God). However, an occasional brushing should be done a couple of times a week. Have their nails clipped regularly by either taking him to a groomer or by doing it yourself – click here to purchase my favorite cat nail clipper

Nutrition

No special diet is needed for your DSH cat. Make sure you are not over-feeding your cat and stick to age-appropriate food.

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Activity

You can combat many of the DSH cat behavior problems by providing plenty of active playtime with him.

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They are inquisitive cats, so make sure your cabinets have cat-proof locks to prevent them from getting into places they shouldn’t be.

Conclusion

Mixed breed cats are cats or kittens with no particular breed or cat mix.  In the dog world, we could call them mutts.  Shelters and animal rescue organizations in the US classify these types of cats as domestic Shorthair or DSH breed cats.

In the U.K., these types of cats are called Moggies.  In the Philippines, mixed breeds are called Puspins, a Tagalog blending of Pusa (cat) and Pinoy (mixed).

The range of personalities for Mixed Breed Cats can range from chilled to high-energy; it just depends on the cat.  Mixed breed cats don’t have a specific personality trait assigned to their type.

Centuries of cross-breeding have made the mixed breed a very hardy, resilient cat.  They are not predisposed to genetic abnormalities or disease.

If you keep them on a healthy diet with plenty of exercise, you can expect the Mixed Breed cat to live 15-20 years. Their weight range for males is 15 pounds, and for the female cat, it is 12 pounds.

Mixed Breed Cats are considered the best-all round cat – compatible with children and other house pets when introduced properly.

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