Pedigree or Mongrel?

Mongrel cats

Most household cats are mongrel, and very often they have been adopted by a family on impulse. Such easily acquired cats may not have been inoculated against the infectious cat diseases, or may not have been wormed. As soon as you acquire one, you should take it to your veterinary surgeon to be examined, and they neutered. It should be understood that although they may cost nothing at all to adopt, once taken into your household they will cost just as such as any other cat.

There is no reason, however , why these mongrel cats should not make delightful companions for us. Many of them are beautiful all are graceful and most are affectionate and very easy to care for.Their hardiness depends largely on their background. In general, mongrels are stronger than highly-bred animals of the same species, but if, as often happens with cat, the mongrels are the product of a mating between immature parents, then they and their kittens may be undersized and frailer than most other cats.

Pedigree cats

Pedigree cats are usually acquired deliberately, rather than accidentally, and tend to be more carefully supervised than most mongrels. They are perhaps more prone to suffer from over-feeding and lack of exercise.

Their character is an important consideration. The Foreign and Oriental breeds, particularly the Siamese, and untypical of cats in that they are loyal to one person, from whom they demand a great deal of attention in the most vocal way. Some are notorious for being very noisy cats, especially the females when calling, but their undoubted grace and intelligence outweighs this disadvantages for most people . Orientals are also unusual in so far as they will allow themselves to be exercised on a lead.

Longhaired cats, whether pedigree or mongrel, are demanding in that they should be groomed at least once every day. In fact, devotees of longhaired breeds often groom them two or three times a day.


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