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Morty is a cat from the shorthair family of felines. According to the website Buzzle, There are many domestic cat breeds, shapes and sizes and colors. But the most popular cat is not the lofty Manx or the snobby Siamese, but the humble domestic shorthair cat. Calling it the "mutt" of the cat world seems a generalization. The terms "stray" or "alley" seem equally insulting.
Domestic Shorthair Cat Facts
The domestic shorthair (DSH) is not a recognized breed or pure breed cat.
DSHs are of mixed ancestry, which is very difficult to trace. If they resemble a pure breed, it is purely by chance and not genetic.
Do not confuse a domestic shorthair with an American shorthair or British shorthair, both of which are recognized Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) breeds.
The key difference between a purebred American shorthair and a domestic shorthair, is the consistency in physical features. A pedigreed cat will produce a litter of kittens with the same features, coat quality and temperament. But with a DSH, even kittens of the same litter will look and act different.
Domestic shorthair cats account for 95% of the domestic cat population in North America.
It is thought that the African wildcat, Felis silvestris lybica is the true ancestor of the domestic shorthair cat. Except for the sandy and black striped coloring of the wildcat, there are few physical differences between the two.
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