All About The Common European Cat

This feline was recognized as a breed in 1983 by the International Feline Federation. Its behavior is independent and adapts to houses and apartments.
All about the common european cat

As its name suggests, the common European cat is originally from Europe and, although it has lived there for centuries, only a few decades ago it was recognized as a breed. Find out all about him in this article.

History of the common european cat

The origin of this breed dates back to several centuries ago, when Asian and African breeds – among them the  wild cat  and the forest cat – crossed and spread across Europe, thanks to the Romans. This civilization adopted them as pets.

He later arrived in America via maritime expeditions, especially to the United States, which resulted in a sub-race.

Furthermore, between World War I and World War II, the common European cat was ennobled and,  in England, breeding was controlled to obtain the current British short-haired cat.

Then, in 1983, it was recognized as a breed by  the International Feline Federation (FIFe).

Physical characteristics of the common European cat

As a curiosity of this breed, it is worth saying that there is no standard that establishes the purity of the common European cat. 

There are usually two distinct types: one with a slender body and long limbs and the other with a stout body and short legs.

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The chest in both cases is large and well developed; the head is rounded and broad, and the ears are medium, straight and well apart.

As for the eyes, they can be of several colors: yellow, blue or green (the latter is more common). The tail of the common European cat is thick and ends in a point.

The fur of this breed is one of its best known characteristics: short, soft, shiny and so fine that it hardly needs brushing.

They can be found in four color combinations: brindle (three dark stripes on the sides), solid color (white, black or orange), bicolor or tricolor (or cheetah, usually in females).

Behavior and personality of the common European cat

The character of each pet depends on several factors, but the truth is that  in the case of the common European cat, we should emphasize its independence more than any other domestic cat. Especially if he was raised on the street, it will be difficult for him to obey any orders.

If raised from an early age at home, the result will be a very affectionate and sweet pet that will want its owner’s attention at all times.

When he’s left alone, he’s likely to be entertained by showing off his poaching skills… even if it’s to catch a ball!

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Health and care of the common European cat

One of this cat’s main problems when he lives in the city is being  overweight.

It is very important that he has his place to exercise, such as a scraper or the vertical towers to climb. A few minutes a day of play will be enough.

It is a very disease-resistant cat and lives for around 15 years.  It doesn’t need very specific care, beyond what is needed according to the stage of life.

The pathologies they can suffer from are similar to those of any other race: allergies, conjunctivitis, flu, cataracts, ear infections, gastrointestinal problems and pneumonia.

A good diet is essential not only to maintain your weight, but also to stay healthy. In case he only consumes kibble, don’t forget to leave a good container of water every day.

To avoid behavioral problems, especially if there are other pets at home, we recommend neutering, both males and females.

This will also reduce unwanted litters and the development of certain diseases of the reproductive system, such as cancer of the uterus or prostate.

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