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Domestic Medium Hair Cat: Info, Pictures, Facts & Traits

Written by: Kit Copson

Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Domestic Medium Hair Cat: Info, Pictures, Facts & Traits

The combination of several different cat breeds throughout history has resulted in a very lovely hybrid—the Domestic Medium Hair. Affectionately known as “mutts” due to their mixed lineage, this breed is commonly adopted by cat lovers.

Appearance-wise, the Domestic Medium Hair is around 9–14 inches tall and weighs between 11–22 pounds. They have medium-length double coats and come in a variety of colors and patterns—black, white, ginger, gray, tabby, tortoiseshell, smoke, unicolored, tricolored, multicolored, tuxedo, and much more. Their fur tends to be shorter on the back and fluffier around the face and the tail.

Breed Overview

Height:

9–14 inches

Weight:

11–22 pounds

Lifespan:

15–18 years

Colors:

A wide range of colors and patterns possible

Suitable for:

Families with children and other pets, first-time cat owners, pretty much any loving cat parent

Temperament:

Ranges from independent and reserved to outgoing and sociable

Body types in Domestic Short Hairs are pretty varied, too. While some are muscular and well-built, others are lithe and slender. In short, a very mixed gene pool is what makes Domestic Short Hairs so diverse and special—it’s hard to find two that look exactly the same.

Domestic Medium Hair Cat Characteristics

Energy
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A high-energy cat needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep healthy and happy, while a low-energy cat needs minimal physical activity, but still needs mental stimulation. When choosing a cat, It’s important to ensure their energy levels match your lifestyle.
Trainability
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Cats that are easy-to-train are more willing and skilled at quickly learning prompts and actions with minimal training. Harder-to-train cats are usually more stubborn or aloof and require a bit more patience and practice.
Health
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Certain cat breeds are more prone to various genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every cat in those breeds will have these issues, but they do have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Lifespan
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Due to their size or potential genetic health issues of a specific breed, some cats have shorter lifespans than others. Proper nutrition, exercise, mental stimulation, and hygiene also play an important role in your cat’s lifespan and quality of life.
Sociability
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Some cat breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other cats and animals. Cats that are more social have a tendency to rub up on strangers for scratches or jump on laps for cuddles, while cats that are less social shy away, hide, are more cautious, and even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed or gender, it’s important to socialize your cat and expose them to many different situations.

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What’s the Price of Domestic Medium Hair Cats?

Three medium hair kittens in hay
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It’s not hard to find Medium Hair cats to adopt. There are many in shelters all around the world waiting for loving homes. Adoption agencies and shelters sometimes charge an adoption fee, which is usually around $75–$100. Breeders may charge more, and prices could range from $100–$800.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Domestic Medium Hair

The temperament of the Domestic Medium Hair varies greatly from cat to cat. You can find Domestic Medium Hairs that are independent, aloof, affectionate, well-mannered, sociable, sensitive, playful, docile, full of energy, and the list goes on.

With the right socialization, most Domestic Medium Hairs are friendly, easygoing, and not too high-maintenance. They’re also smart enough to pick up the basics of house training—like how to use the litter box—without great difficulty.

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

Certainly! Domestic Medium Hairs are pretty adaptable and will have no trouble fitting into any loving family. If raised in a respectful environment, Domestic Medium Hairs thrive on and often greatly enjoy human company.

Though said to be loving and affectionate, they’re not considered excessively clingy. So, if you’re looking for a lovely family cat that will show plenty of affection and be companionable without being overly needy, a Domestic Medium Hair is worth considering.

Overall, the Domestic Medium hair is a dependable, sturdy breed. They can tolerate being alone for a few hours and do perfectly well in all types of loving, clean environments, from apartments to large, multi-bedroomed homes.

domestic medium hair cat up close
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Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Again, this varies depending on your cat’s personality, but in general, Domestic Medium Hairs get along well with other pets. It’s definitely easier for cats to assimilate into a household with other pets if socialized with them from a young age, but there’s no reason an adopted adult cat wouldn’t fit in with other pets, too.

If your Domestic Medium Hair is adopted as an adult, introduce them gradually to other pets in the household. Keep them separated for a day or two, then allow them to get used to the scent and general presence of the other pet before letting them meet face-to-face. Always supervise the meetings to ensure the safety of all your pets.

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Things to Know When Owning a Domestic Medium Hair:

Food & Diet Requirements 🐡

Like other breeds, the Domestic Medium Hair has certain nutritional needs that must be met to ensure they stay healthy and happy. These needs don’t really differ from those of other breeds, and as long as they’re getting a balanced diet packed with protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and high-quality grains, they should tick along quite happily.

It goes without saying that cats have different needs when it comes to food, and there’s no “one size fits all” approach. For cats with certain conditions like diabetes, your vet might recommend wet food as it contains more water. For overweight cats, you may need a type of food designed for appetite control. If you’re unsure what kind of diet is best for your Domestic Medium Hair, have a word with your vet.

Exercise 🐈

Domestic Medium Hair cats are often playful and active, so will need plenty of exercise. Like many cats, they enjoy chasing string and toy mice, climbing, and exploring. For this, you can provide a cat tree. If you have an apartment cat, consider putting cat trees next to windows—this way, they can climb, scratch, perch, and watch the world go by to their heart’s content!

Try to set aside some quality playtime for your Domestic Medium Hair every day. Even short, 10-minute bursts of playtime throughout the day can help keep them healthy, mentally stimulated, and out of trouble.

Medium hair cat playing in DIY cat tree
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Training 🧶

You’re unlikely to face any significant issues training your Domestic Medium Hair. They’re smart cats, more than capable of picking up the basics of house training. This depends on the cat, of course, but in most cases, you should be fine in this department.

Some cats can even be trained to play “fetch” and learn tricks. This depends on your Domestic Medium Hair’s personality—you may need to entice lazy cats with a treat or two!

Grooming ✂️

Though their fur is easier to maintain than their long-haired brothers and sisters, Domestic Medium Hairs still require weekly grooming at least. This is because they have a thick double coat that can be prone to matting, especially around the tail area. Regular grooming helps to reduce hairballs, particularly in longer-haired breeds.

If you want to groom your Domestic Medium Hair more than once per week, that’s perfectly fine, too. Cats clean and groom themselves and each other, but most will appreciate a helping hand from their humans, especially if they’re on the fluffier side, like Domestic Medium Hairs. Grooming is also a great way to bond with your cat, and many grow to enjoy the feeling of being brushed very much.

Black and white medium hair cat in Hawaiian shirt
Image Credit: Surapong, Shutterstock

Health and Conditions 🏥

Though Domestic Medium Hairs are considered a pretty sturdy, healthy breed with a decent life span, there are still a few health issues that owners should keep an eye out for. Also, it’s always a good idea to schedule frequent vet checks to make sure all is as it should be.

One of these conditions is hyperthyroidism, also known as an overactive thyroid. This means that too many thyroid hormones are being produced, and tumors can sometimes be the cause, though some are harmless. Signs of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, increased urination, and thirst.

Another condition to watch out for is chronic kidney disease. Though this condition usually affects older cats, it can sometimes occur in younger cats and kittens, too. Sometimes, signs don’t appear until the disease has progressed to an advanced state. Signs include increased thirst, excessive urination, low appetite, weight loss, and lethargy.

Other conditions that sometimes affect Domestic Medium Hair are diabetes, upper respiratory issues, cancer, heart disease, and obesity.

Minor Conditions
  • Stomach upsets
  • Ear infections
Serious Conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Upper respiratory issues
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity

Male vs Female

In terms of sex, you’re unlikely to find any major differences. Domestic Medium Hairs are so diverse that gender can’t really dictate what kind of personality your cat will have. The best way to know for sure is to meet the cat before you adopt to get a better idea of what they’re like. Male or female, Domestic Medium Hairs both make excellent companions and each cat comes with their own special quirks.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Domestic Medium Hair Cat

1. “Medium Hair” is not really a breed.

Rather, the Domestic Medium Hair is a combination of many breeds. Though these cats are a cross between Longhairs and Shorthairs, traces of many other breeds can be found in a Domestic Medium Hair’s bloodlines. Pinning down the exact lineage of a Medium Hair is no simple task.


2. Domestic Medium Hairs are great for first-timers.

If you’re a first-time cat parent, a Domestic Medium Hair is an excellent choice. This is because they’re so varied in appearance and temperaments that you won’t have a hard time finding one that suits your preferences and lifestyle.


3. Their ancestors came to the United States on the Mayflower.

Domestic Medium Hairs descend from cats that came to the US on the Mayflower with pilgrims. They were considered useful for keeping the rodent population under control.

Orange and white domestic medium hair cat in the grass
Image Credit: Pexels, Pixabay

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Final Thoughts

Domestic Medium Hairs are the perfect cats for families of all shapes and sizes, whether that’s a single cat parent or a family with children or other pets. They’re a real mixed bag, diverse in both personality and appearance. This is what makes Domestic Medium Hairs so special and exciting.

If you’re considering adopting, there are plenty of Domestic Medium Hairs in shelters just waiting for their forever home. You will be paid back in an abundance of love, fun, and wonderful memories.


Featured Image Credit: Surapong, Shutterstock

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