Everything about the non-pedigree housecat

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Everything you need to know about the ‘normal’ housecat

Most people have a “normal” housecat in their home: the beloved home-garden-and-kitchen cat who is often incorrectly referred to as a European Shorthair. In this blog we tell you everything about domestic cats – about their characteristics, character and care. These cats come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but these fluff balls have one thing in common: They are great! Are you reading?

House cat or European Shorthair?

The house cat is often referred to as a European Shorthair, but that’s not true. The European Shorthair is in fact a recognized cat breed from Sweden. Such a cat is bred and always has a pedigree. Not the house cat. He is often born in a fun nest and has no pedigree. It is actually a pedigree hybrid.

Domestic cat on a Petrebels scratching post

Characteristics of a housecat

It is often not known who the parents are of domestic cats and therefore there are no specific characteristics for these cats. They have many different types – they can be large or small, muscular or slim and short-haired or (partly) long-haired. Everything is possible with a house cat!

Colors and coat length housecat

And in terms of color, everything is possible – completely black, white, red or gray, tabby, spotted or the famous tortoise or calico cat. The house cat’s coat is generally short. If one of the cat’s parents is long-haired, this can be passed on to the kittens. Then, for example, a kitten suddenly has beautiful plumes on its ears. 

Character and personality

Unfortunately, little research has been done on the character of cats. It is known that the genes of the father are the most dominant, so they are often passed on to the kittens. Because domestic cats are not bred, their character is therefore always a surprise: they can be calm, active, nice and lazy, confident or insecure.

Care of the housecat

A cat is a clean and smart creature. In general, you do not have to worry about the care of a house cat. But a few things are very important to do.

The coat

Of course, short-haired cats also lose hair. This is why it is good to brush your cat at least once a month. This gives the coat a nice shine and reduces hairball formation. In the case of severe hair loss (e.g. in the coat change season), brushing can be done more often. Most cats love these pampering sessions.


When a cat comes outside, the nails usually wear out by themselves. Indoor cats’ nails grow long and sharp more quickly. Always put a good cat tree in the house, because your cat can maintain its nails with it. You also have to cut the nails every now and then. Do you find that difficult? Then go to the vet.


Cats also sometimes have to go to the dentist. So check your cat’s teeth regularly. Are the gums red, is there tartar on the teeth (yellow or brown lumps) or has a tooth broken off? Then you have to go to the vet,  (s)he can see if something needs to be done about it.

Overal health

It is also important to have your cat sterilized, because that is better for your cat’s health. And not unimportantly: it prevents unwanted reproduction. Regular worming and protection against fleas and ticks is also necessary. Just like chipping and registering – if a cat gets lost, a chip ensures that the owner is quickly found.

Several cats on a large Petrebels scratching post


Petrebels is not a veterinarian or behaviorist: all content, information and tips on this blog are meant to inspire you and are informative in nature. Does your cat have complaints or problems and are you unsure about your cat’s health? Then always go to the vet or a behaviorist.

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