Moggie cat breed information and advice

A moggie (also known as a domestic shorthair) is a non-pedigree cat of mixed or unknown ancestry. They’re the feline equivalent of a mongrel dog. They’re friendly, low maintenance and generally pretty healthy. This makes them ideal pets for families with children and other pets, single households and first-time pet owners. It’s no surprise that they’re the most common cat in the UK.

Moggie cat facts

Lifespan 15-20 years
How much £80-£90
Size medium
Weight 3.6 to 4.5 kg (males tend to be larger than females)
Grooming minimal
Temperament can vary but generally friendly and easy going
Exercise high if kept indoors as can put on weight easily


Moggies tend to be quite muscular cats. They have round faces and eyes.

Moggie cat insurance

It’s important to protect your moggie with cat insurance. This can help with the cost of any unexpected vet bills and treatment. This can include treatment, surgery as well as any ongoing medication.

Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance

With Sainsbury’s Bank, you can take out a cat insurance policy as long as your cat is over 8 weeks and less than 10 years old. But if you take out a policy before they reach their 10th birthday, they’ll be covered for their remaining years as long as you keep renewing your policy without a break.

How to care for a moggie

Moggies are easy to care for. They need a balanced diet and lots of exercise to keep them in good condition. They’re known to enjoy their food and can easily become overweight. This is a problem especially if they’re kept indoors. They have low grooming needs and so are considered to be low maintenance.

Moggies like their food (and hunting for extra treats as well) so can be prone to getting fat. Measuring out their food according to the recommended portion size on the food packet can help to maintain them at a healthy weight. Feeding at set times instead of allowing your cat to graze all day and holding back on treats is also important.

Moggies are good at grooming themselves. Their short coats do not shed much hair and a weekly brush is all they need to keep their coat looking good.

Their short-haired coat is sleek and soft and comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Coat colours can be black, white, grey or ginger with patterns of solid, calico, tabby, smoke, tortoiseshell, or patch tabby. Their eyes can be blue, green or gold.

If allowed outside, moggies will get exercise by spending their time hunting. If kept as an indoor cat, they should have a perch so that they can check out their surroundings from above and practise their climbing, jumping and leaping skills. As they’re prone to becoming overweight, encourage them to play with some cat toys such as a laser pointer or a feather. Their hunting instinct will mean that they’ll enjoy this playtime. Also, provide them with a scratching post so they can keep their claws in trim.

Moggies are intelligent and will pick up toilet or litter training quickly. They can also be trained to walk on a lead.



Temperament and behaviour

Just as moggies come in a variety of colours and patterns, shapes and sizes, they can have a variety of personalities. Some may be shy and clingy, others more independent and adventurous. However, most are affectionate and easy going and will fit in with other family pets, including cat-friendly dogs. They are generally good with children and make great pets for first-time cat owners. If you want a lap cat, they’ll be happy to curl up on your lap for an afternoon nap.

They have a high prey drive so expect them to be good hunters. They’ll happily spend their time looking for extra food so be prepared for ‘small gifts’.

Common health problems

With their mixed parentage and varied genetic makeup, moggies tend to be healthier and more intelligent than pure-breed cats. They can be prone to obesity and the various health problems linked to this. The usual problems associated with ageing can also be seen.

Moggies are more likely to develop health problems such as diabetes mellitus, liver problems and lower urinary tract disease. If your moggie is putting on the pounds, ask your vet or weight management nurse to suggest a weight loss plan for your cat.

Diabetes mellitus is a common disease in middle-aged cats and especially those that are overweight. Diabetic cats will have high blood sugar levels and will lose glucose in their urine. They will become increasingly thirsty and lose weight despite eating normally. Most diabetic cats need regular insulin injections to control their blood sugar levels. If left untreated, it can have serious effects which can be fatal.

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a term used to describe the various conditions that can cause pain and discomfort when cats try to pass urine. These can include bladder stones, blockages and inflammation of the bladder (cystitis). Make sure your cat drinks plenty of water and feed moist cat food to try to avoid these problems.



What is a moggie?

A moggie is a mixed breed cat and doesn’t belong to any particular breed. This means that they are a lot less expensive than a purebred cat. The moggie shouldn’t be confused with the American Shorthair, British Shorthair or other ‘shorthair’ breeds which are recognised as separate breeds of cats.

Do moggie cats shed?

Moggies have short coats that are easy to look after which means they have a low tendency to shed.

What’s the average lifespan of a moggie?

Moggies can live to between 15 and 20 years if well cared for. Moggies and non-pedigree cats tend to have a longer life expectancy than purebred cats.

Are moggies hypoallergenic?

No, unfortunately, they’re not hypoallergenic. Despite not shedding much hair, moggies still produce the allergen in their saliva that causes cat allergies. Unfortunately, no cat is completely hypoallergenic.

Is a moggie right for you?

Moggies are low maintenance, healthy and have good temperaments. They make great family pets and are ideal for first-time pet owners. They can be kept indoors but love to be outdoors where they can use their impressive hunting skills.

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