British Domestic Cat
British Domestic cats come in all shapes and sizes. There's no rule book for these kitties, but one thing is certain: there's bound to be a Domestic that's perfect for you.
British Domestic Cat History
Despite the growing number of cat breeds in the world, the non-pedigreed Domestic cats hold the top spot when it comes to popularity. British Domestic cats, often called moggies, are random-bred cats that have been delighting pet owners in Britain for centuries.
Experts believe Roman armies brought the first cats to the island nearly 2,000 years ago. These cats became regular features on British streets. That is, until the Middle Ages when cats became associated with witchcraft. Suspicious locals rid their towns of cats, and the cat population significantly decreased.
British Domestic cats returned to good graces in the 1500s after the plague ravaged cities and towns. People then realized that cats' keen rat-hunting skills were a weapon against disease-spreading vermin. As a result, the popularity of these cats grew once again—this time for good.
Though British Domestics aren't purebred cats, some cat associations allow them to compete in shows in a general "housecat" category.
British Domestic Cat Traits
British Domestics come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and builds. Still, they're typically medium-sized and well-balanced.
Coat and Colouring
These cats can come in all coat colors, patterns, and lengths. If a coat combination is genetically possible, you're likely to see it in a British Domestic.
Distinctive Physical Traits
British Domestics don't have a defined breed standard. The typical Domestic may display any number of adorable features.
British Domestic Cat Temperament
Don't try to pin these cats down when it comes to personality. They can be quiet or vocal, cuddly or aloof. Getting to know a Domestic's unique personality is part of what makes them a fun household addition.
British Domestics are typically athletic cats with strong hunting instincts. Using feather wands and other toys they can pounce on or chase gives them a much-needed outlet for their natural tendencies.
Domestics also tend to enjoy keeping an eye on the outside world. High perches where they can safely look out at birds and other wildlife will keep them entertained for hours.
British Domestic Cat Care
British Domestic cats thrive on a high-quality diet. Because nutritional needs vary for kittens, adults, and senior cats, choose a formula that's age-appropriate for your pet.
To prevent overfeeding, carefully measure portions and reduce amounts if your cat gains excess weight. And keep an eye on how many treats you're giving them. As a guideline, treats should be kept to 10% of a cat's daily calories or less.
In addition to meals, provide your cat with plenty of fresh, clean water.
These kitties are typically excellent self-groomers. Still, they need regular brushing to keep their coats looking their best. Weekly brushing is usually enough for shorthaired cats. Longhaired cats are more prone to tangles and mats and may require daily brushing.
In addition to combing, trim their claws monthly to prevent overgrowth. Overgrown nails are more likely to snag on something, become torn or damaged, or even grow into the paw pads—leading to pain or infection. In addition to clipping, a scratching post will help keep your cat's nails in good shape and satisfy their instinct to scratch.
Finally, all cats need regular dental care—including at-home teeth brushing and professional dental exams and cleanings.
Obesity is a growing concern in cats. Extra weight can contribute to other health risks, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart problems. Your veterinarian is a great resource for tips on keeping your cat at a healthy weight.
Reviewed 21 June 2022 by Annette Louviere, DVM