By far the most common type of cat owned by Americans is the Domestic Shorthair, which is just a fancy way of saying your typical, run-of-the-mill kitty. Cat owners will agree, though, that there is probably nothing run-of-the-mill about the Domestic Shorthair cat. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and many colors and patterns.
Because cats tend to have the characteristics of their parents, it is hard to predict the temperament of mixed breed cats, unless you happen to know the parents, that is. For instance, if you spot a bit of Siamese in your kitty’s blue eyes, you may also notice some characteristics of that breed, such as excessive “talking” or vocalization. But most of our kitties are what we like to call “Heinz 57,” or a bit of everything. This mix of lineage creates generally healthy offspring with few of the complications sometimes seen with the inbreeding of purebreds.
Although they generally have fewer complications than their purebred cousins, Domestic Shorthairs can still suffer from hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Domestic Shorthairs are prone to include heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as glaucoma; metabolic diseases such as diabetes; thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism; and kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Domestic Shorthair has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad heart or his mother’s kidney issues, you’re covered.