domestic longhair breed information
common health issues
Domestic Longhair cats are long-haired mixed-breed cats, not belonging to any specific breed. 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 — or can guess — the parents, that is. For instance, if you spot a bit of Siamese in your kitty’s blue eyes and chocolate points, you may also notice some characteristics of that breed, such as excessive “talking” or vocalization. But most of our kitties are a modge-podge, or a bit of everything. This mix of lineage creates generally healthy offspring with fewer of the complications sometimes seen with the inbreeding of purebred cats.
Although they may have fewer health issues than their purebred cousins, Domestic Longhairs 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 Longhairs 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 Longhair has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s poor heart or his mother’s bad eyes, you’re covered.