The alley cat, a common cat without pedigree

  The alley cat, a common cat without pedigree

The alley cat, a common cat without pedigree


The "common cat", most commonly called "alley cat", does not belong to any breed of cat and therefore does not have a pedigree, that is to say, genealogical lines. The name "alley cat" in fact includes all cats that do not depend on an official breed or that are the result of crosses between different breeds. Alley cats are the majority compared to purebred cats and they are the most widespread domestic felines in the world. Very close to humans, the alley cat shows a lot of affection to its master and brings warmth and comfort to a home. He is also surprised by his intelligence.
As the alley cat does not belong to a specific breed, it does not present precise physical characteristics, nor a character that can be precisely described. Each alley cat is actually a unique cat.

  • Life expectancy: up to 20 years
  • Gestation period: 63 to 68 days


Description and characteristics of the alley cat

The alley cat does not meet any standard since it is not a breed as such. He can have long hair or short hair, a small or a big head, be fat or skinny, he can be of any color, etc. The alley cat has always lived close to people who particularly appreciate it for its talents as a rodent hunter. In the countryside, he has long-protected food supplies within reach of rats and mice. Today, the alley cat has adapted to the way of life of men in the urban environment, so well that it can quite well live in a house or an apartment with a master. Over time, the alley cat has become a perfect, very affectionate pet.

The alley cat can be classified into 3 different categories:

  • domestic cat when it lives in a family that hosts and feeds it
  • feral cat when it lives only outdoors and feeds by hunting
  • stray cat when he has kept his freedom but is fed from time to time by a family.


Origin of the alley cat

The alley cat is a cat for which man has had no intervention and whose selection has therefore not been hindered. Its origin can be traced back to that of the domesticated wild cat 2,600 BC in Egypt.


The alley cat, a common cat without pedigree


Character and behavior of the alley cat - Who is it for?

Normally, the alley cat lives alone in the streets, farms, etc., and by definition they are independent. However, he is not devoid of affection towards the people who take care of him. If he is aggressive or suspicious, it is always for good reasons or out of necessity. The behavior of the alley cat depends on the one hand on the education it has received if it has taken up residence with a master, and, on the other hand, on its original character which can be very different from one alley cat to another. We can say, however, that these cats are more resourceful and less fragile than purebred cats.

How to take care of your alley cat: it's needs

The care to be given to the alley cat does not differ from that given to a purebred cat, in particular vaccination and deworming. To satisfy his instinct for freedom, it is important that the alley cat can enter and leave his master's home as he pleases thanks to a cat flap, for example.

Feeding the alley cat

As for all cats, the alley cat who lives in a household must have a balanced diet adapted to their age, size, and physical activity. An alley cat that lives exclusively outdoors will feed on rodents and, in cities, mainly on various foods collected from garbage cans.

The health of the alley cat

Considering the ancestors of the alley cat (wild or semi-wild cats), they are generally robust cats that do not present any particular health problems.



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