Because the Moggy is not classified as an independent breed, but rather, is the name given to any cat whose parents are cross-breeds or non-pedigrees, there is no exact history for it. These cats usually have a uniform appearance as the short-haired gene is dominant, and are seen in a variety of colours and patternings. It is thought that 100 million cats exist globally, and that most of these are cross-breeds or ‘moggies.’ During the 20th century there were many stray cats in London, and these are believed to be the forebears of today’s cross-breeds. The name ‘Moggy’ has been applied to different things over the centuries, from cows and calves in the 18th century, to a woman of untidy appearance in the 19th century. In the UK, the term ‘Moggy’ is also used as a general term for cats, whether they are a cross-breed or a pedigree.
The Moggy is observed in all colour and pattern variations, although the tabby is the most common as it bears the most striking resemblance to the cats’ wild ancestors. A medium-sized cat usually, with moderate length legs, a round face, wide-spaced triangular ears and a dense coat that requires little in the way of grooming. Long-haired varieties are seen, although this is far less common as the gene for the trait is recessive. Besides this, any appearance or structural deviations are dependent on the individual cat’s forebears.
It is commonly said that the cross-breed cat is far more intelligent than the pure-breed cat due to years of inbreeding. Moreover, the Moggy is described as the best all-round cat for its inherently friendly and adaptable nature, making it compatible with children and other house pets when introduced to them gradually. Apart from this, the Moggy is described as playful, docile and sweet-natured, with a keen hunting instinct and a natural resilience. There are no exact measurements when it comes to a cross-breed as all cats will vary, although generally-speaking a healthy Moggy will weigh 8-12 pounds, with an average life expectancy of 15 years or more.
Unlike many pedigree and pure-breed cats that suffer from a myriad of health complaints, the Moggy is a hardy and long-lived cat with a natural resilience that has been primed through cross-breeding. Nature’s law ensures that when cats are allowed to select a mate themselves, only the most desirable traits are exchanged and preserved. This means that generally, cross-breed cats are the best of the bunch and are far less prone to developing severe health problems.