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All about the common European cat: characteristics, feeding and care

The European Common Cat is the most common breed in European households. Experts believe that the earliest examples of the European Common Cat are thought to have descended from a cross between the African Wildcat (Felix-Libbyca), and the European Wildcat.

Although its origin is believed to date back to the time of the Roman Empire, the breed was not officially recognised by the International Cat Federation until 1982, when it established the European Bobcat or European Shorthair variety.


The Romans appreciated its effectiveness in keeping rodents out of cities, so they also took part in its spread throughout Europe.

What does the European shorthair cat look like?

Physically, it is a medium-sized cat, weighing between 3 and 6 kg. It has rounded eyes and medium-sized ears. Its coat is short, silky and fine, it can be of various colours but the most common is brindle. European Common Cats are muscular animals without being corpulent.


As for their temperament, they have well defined characteristics:
– He is independent and intelligent, but at the same time very affectionate with his family, for whom he feels a great attachment.
– He is distrustful and shy with strangers.
– He has a great hunting instinct.
– He has a great capacity to adapt and quickly learns to follow the rules of coexistence (not scratching furniture, carpets, etc.).
– It is important that he is socialised from puppyhood to be able to enjoy a good coexistence with other animals and children.
– He enjoys grooming very much and can spend long hours grooming himself.
– One of his favourite pastimes is to spend hours lying down, which can lead, with age, to him becoming overweight.

What is the best nutrition for the European Common Cat?

Without a doubt, the best choice for feeding a European Common Cat is a food that meets all its nutritional needs. Picart Select Cat’s range of natural, healthy, gluten-free and antioxidant-free cat food has everything you need.
At picartpetcare.com you can choose the best natural food, dry or wet, that best suits your cat: puppy, adult, neutered, light…

Picart’s entire range of cat food provides your kitten with vegetable fibre, which will help it to naturally expel the hairballs that tend to form when licking itself to wash itself.

It is very important that your cat always has clean water available, which should be changed daily. Drinking water will help dilute the urine and prevent the formation of urinary stones. Cats tend to drink very little, so their urine is often highly concentrated and can cause crystals and urinary stones. Picart’s natural food also provides control and balance of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and phosphorus to minimise the risk of these conditions.

Care of the European Common Cat

The European Common Cat requires no special care beyond a comfortable bed, water and food, plus its litter tray. Basic care is as follows:


– Brushing 1-2 times a week to remove dead hairs and maintain the lustre of its coat.
– Following the vaccination schedule and regular visits to the vet to ensure he stays healthy and fit.
– Cats of this breed tend to be very fertile, so if pregnancy is not desired, it is advisable to plan for spaying.

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    1. Good morning Telkom, here are the main characteristics for the European Common Cat, or European Shorthair, that set it apart from other cat breeds:

      1) Historical Origins: It has historical roots tracing back to the Roman Empire and is believed to be a result of a cross between the African Wildcat and the European Wildcat.
      2)Recognition: Despite its long history, it was officially recognized as the European Bobcat or European Shorthair by the International Cat Federation relatively recently, in 1982.
      3) Physical Traits: It is a medium-sized cat with rounded eyes, medium-sized ears, and a short, fine, and silky coat. While it can display various colors, the most common is brindle.
      4) Temperamental Attributes: The European Common Cat exhibits a distinct temperament—it’s independent and intelligent while being affectionate and attached to its family. It tends to be wary and reserved around strangers and has a strong hunting instinct. They adapt well to household rules but require proper socialization from an early age for harmonious coexistence with other animals and children.

      Hope this can help! Feel free to ask more questions 🙂

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