All About the Common European Cat
As the name implies, the common European cat is native to this continent and, although it has been living here for centuries, it was recognized as a breed a few decades ago. Find out everything about him in this article.
European common cat history
The origin of this breed dates back several centuries when Asian and African races joined – including the wildcat and the jungle cat – that spread throughout Europe thanks to the Romans. This civilization held them in great esteem as pets.
Subsequently, he arrived in America through marine expeditions, especially to the United States, which resulted in a sub-race. Also, between the First and Second World War, the common European cat was ennobled and in England, the breeding was controlled to get the current British short hair cat. In 1983, he was recognized as a breed by the International Feline Federation.
Physical characteristics of the common European cat
As a curiosity of this breed, it is worth saying that no standard establishes the purity of the common European cat. There are usually two well-differentiated ‘types’: one with a slender body and long limbs, and another with a robust body and short legs.
The chest in both cases is wide and well-developed; The head is rounded and wide, and the ears are medium, straight and well separated. As for your eyes, they can be of various colors: yellow, blue or green (more common the latter). The tail of the common European cat is thick and ends in a point.
The hair of this breed is one of its best-known characteristics: so short, soft, shiny and fine that it almost does not need brushing. They can be found in four color combinations: tabby (three dark stripes on the sides), monochrome (white, black or orange), bi color or tricolor (or calico, usually in females).
European common cat behavior and personality
The character of each pet depends on several factors, but the truth is that in the European common cat we must emphasize its independence, more than in any other domestic cat. Especially if you have been raised in the street, it will be difficult for you to obey any order.
If it is raised from a young age at home, the result will be a very affectionate and sweet pet that will want its owner’s attention all the time. When he is left alone, it is likely that to entertain him, he shines his stealthy hunter’s talents … even to catch a ball!
The common European cat adapts to all types of homes, be it a flat or a house. It can be something reserved or distrustful of people you don’t know or see for the first time.
Health and care of the common European cat
One of the main problems of this cat, when he lives in the city, is overweight. You must have your place to exercise, such as a scraper or those vertical towers so you can climb. With a few minutes, a day of games will be enough.
It is a cat quite resistant to diseases and living for around 15 years. You do not need very specific care beyond what is necessary according to the stage of life. The pathologies that can suffer are similar to those of any other race: allergies, conjunctivitis, influenza, cataracts, otitis, gastrointestinal problems or pneumonia.
A good diet is essential not only to maintain your weight but also to be healthy. In case you only consume dry feed, do not forget to leave a good container with water every day.
To avoid behavioral problems, especially if there are other pets in the home, we recommend sterilization, both in females and males. This will also reduce unwanted litters or the development of certain diseases of the reproductive system, such as uterine or prostate cancer.