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Is your cat purebred?

Some cat lovers seem to focus too much on breeds and are not happy until their cat is clearly classifies within a certain breed. If you want to know if your cat is breed or not, this item is for you.

What is a purebred cat?

A purebred cat is: a cat whose ancestors are all of the same breed, or whose ancestry includes crosses that are allowed in the breed standard. For example, a purebred Bombay may also have Burmese cats in their origin. In general, the pedigree of a cat (list of ancestry) must be certified by registration, before it can be legitimately called “purebred”.

“ Purebred” is a kind of lazy term used by those of us outside the fantasy of cats to describe a cat of a certain breed. Most commonly, however, people will subscribe to the theory of “if you walk like a duck and talk like a duck, it must be a duck.”

Breed rescue groups Most of

the major breeds of cats have rescue groups of breeds, dedicated to saving and protecting their breeds. Generally they have two methods of rescuing cats:

From shelters

Most cat breeds that receive rescue groups are “similar” breeds, and will subsequently be offered for adoption as mixed-breed cats, for example, “Maine Coon mix”. Occasionally, they will be called when animal control has closed a breeder due to overcrowding, unsanitary conditions or the death of a breeder without a known family.

Directly from breeders


Sometimes a reputable breeder can contact a rescue group of breeds due to a disease or other emergency, such as a death in the family, to make sure that good homes for their cats will be found. The same applies also in the event of the death of a breeder whose heirs have no means or intentions to continue.

Breed rescue groups provide valuable service to the breeds they represent and are an integral part of the life of cats. So, what breed is my cat? To know, get acquainted with the different breeds of cats. Then ask yourself two questions:

  • Which breed does it look more like?
  • Do I have a record and a pedigree for this cat?

If your answer to question number 2 is “no”, then you can only legitimately call it a “mongrel (choose your breed)” Or, it could save you a lot of time and trouble by calling him a domestic cat. The most important thing, of course, is that no matter what you call it, you love him unconditionally, regardless of his race or inheritance.

In this regard, even if your cat is not breed, he deserves all your love. He deserves your affection and care because a cat, is a cat and is an adorable animal that just wants to belong to your family and give you all his unconditional love every day of his life.

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