If your cat was not accompanied by official certification documents after its adoption, it is probably not a purebred cat. It is most likely a combination of several breeds, although it may exhibit the dominant qualities of one breed over another.
Fortunately, there are several options to find out what breed your kitty is. Completing her family tree can be tricky, however, given that there are about 600 million domesticated cats roaming the earth. In this article, we will help you get an answer to the question “How to determine the breed of a cat?”
Check The Colors And Patterns Of Cats
Most cat breed standards provide for several different eyes and fur colors or coat patterns as part of the description of appearance. This can complicate things if you are trying to determine what kind of cat you have by reading what colors and patterns each cat breed might have. Just because you have a black cat with golden eyes doesn’t mean you have a Bombay or that your large long-haired tabby automatically becomes a Maine Coon, since you read that Maine Coons can fit this pattern. Domesticated domestic cats can also come in almost any color and pattern with varying fur lengths and are simply referred to as mixed breed cats.
Learn The Characteristics Of Domestic cats
Domestic cats are rich in history and there is no one-size-fits-all description. Domestic cats can be large, small, fat, or skinny depending on their genetics, the diet, and the care they receive. Their coat colors and patterns are numerous and include black, white, gray, orange, and all shades in between. Color patterns include tabby, calico, tortoiseshell, and tuxedo among others.
Domestic cats are the most common type of cat in the world and can have an unknown pedigree filled with different breeds of different colors and patterns.
Look For Differences Between Domestic And Purebred Cats
Most domestic cats are simply considered domestic short-haired, domestic medium, or domestic long-haired and are not pure breeds. But this does not mean that you will never meet a purebred cat or that your cat cannot be a pure breed.
A purebred cat is defined by the Cat Fanciers’ Glossary as “a cat whose ancestors are of the same breed, or whose origins include crossbreeding permitted in the breed standard. For example, a purebred Bombay may also have Burmese cats in the background. »As a general rule, a cat’s pedigree must be confirmed by the cat’s breed register before it can rightfully be called a purebred cat.
The American Shorthair cat breed was originally called the Domestic Shorthair breed, but the name has been changed to avoid confusion among cats with unknown histories, among other reasons. Lacking the necessary pedigree, the domestic shorthair cat cannot simply be called the American Shorthair cat, despite the fact that it looks like her if the breeding history is not known.