Why Are Cats Called Moggies?

Moggies are often associated with cats that have a mixture of 2 or 3 breeds or for those who have unknown parentage. Typically, moggies, or mixed breed cats, reach the extremes of both sides that either make them very healthy or sickly. The ones that pass through the kitty stage are deemed to be stronger and more fit while, unfortunately, some end up dying of trauma or experiencing the Fading Kitten Syndrome (FKS)

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A lot of cat enthusiasts that are aware of this term use it interchangeably no matter if their cat is a pedigree or not. The word “moggy” sounds pleasant to the ears and most of them wouldn’t mind labeling their high breed cats like that. Many strongly prefer using this affectionate word over “mongrel” which is deemed ‘horrible’ by cat fanciers. 

Moggy: The Origin of the Word

Even before the 19th century, British people were already fond of giving terms of endearment based on a person’s name. If we are going to trace back the word-lore of the term “moggy”, sources will lead us to an English variant of ‘Maggie’, a shorter name for Margaret. Simply put, to be given a pet name is a sign of affection!

Later on, the term ‘Maggie” evolved and was referred to an untidily dressed woman. Eventually, in the 20th century, it changed to ‘moggie’ or ‘moggy’ referring to domestic cats. 

In another viewpoint in Cambria and Lancashire, UK, a mouse was usually called a moggy while the cat is labeled a moggy catcher. In the end, ‘catcher’ was excluded and both the cat and the mouse were called moggies. For some people, they perceive ‘moggy’ as a word derived from the “M” markings present on a tabby cat’s head. 

The majority of the cats suit the moggy category due to the inattentive breeding of felines. 

Are All Cats Moggies?

Different people can give you different answers on whether all cats are moggies or not. Technically, a moggy is far different from a pedigree cat. One thing to take note of, however, is that in some cases when you have no idea about the heritage of the cat you got, you would automatically assume that he is a moggy. 

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(A domestic cat with the M Markings on his forehead)

This is a common misconception made by some cat owners. If you study carefully the feline’s patterns and identifying characteristics, these clues are more likely to lead you into knowing his parents who possess the same features. You can only consider a cat a moggy if clues lead you nowhere to understanding his ancestry or if he has been a result of crossbreeding.

Moreover, most cat aficionados would agree that a moggy is no less than a pedigree cat. Moggies are as affectionate and healthy as other cats with breeds and domestic cat owners can attest to that!

Pedigree vs Moggy Cats

It is always exciting to choose which cat to bring to your family knowing how diverse these felines can be! As a cat lover, it is totally unsurprising if you find yourself stuck in a dilemma when it comes to deciding over a pedigree or a moggy kitty. Both types of cats are great, but they present different things to the table.


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(Purebred Russian Blue)

Pedigree cats are usually divided into certain breeds which can make decisions much easier for a potential cat owner. Each breed has its innate patterns, markings, and traits, so if you already have an ideal cat in mind, you can easily sift through a plethora of cat breeds into a more narrowed list of options. 

In general, going for a pedigree cat can assure you that he’s going to be more affectionate and friendlier than the moggy. The reason behind this is because breeders develop a certain cat breed to have a particular temperament and desirable features. Over the years, the intensive intentional breeding of preferable qualities became consistent which later on became a trademark of a specific cat breed. 

You can instantly predict the cat’s basic behavior even if he’s an adult or through meeting the parents if it’s a kitten. The only disadvantage of getting a pedigree feline is the cost. Adult cats or kittens can be very expensive considering how tedious ethical breeding can be.


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A moggy can come in varieties of shades, sizes, and shapes. Some have visible patterns and may still end up becoming a moggie. The great thing about a domestic cat is that his diverse genetic makeup makes him more robust and intelligent compared to his purebred cousins. 

If you are into outdoor activities, a moggy is the best cat to get. He is very spirited and has a stronger desire to roam outside the house. This kind of kitty cat is also more capable of surviving external conditions no matter the location, weather, or climate. These aspects relatively contribute to granting him a longer life span.

There are just a few things that might concern you when it comes to moggies. They are commonly unpredictable due to the vast gene pool they share. Also, they will constantly want to go out and have adventures of their own. Their outdoor activities may sometimes take hours or days before they could return home. 

Are Moggies Great as House Pets?

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They are if you are the right person! Having a moggy is no different than getting a purebred cat. At the end of the day, a cat is a cat no matter what his classification is. In getting a moggy, expect already that you might have a companion that can either be friendly, timid, shy, aggressive, or feisty.

However, if you are capable of raising a cat properly without ignoring his bad behaviors, chances are that you’ll have the best pet ever! A house cat is easy to take care of too so ensuring that he is clean won’t be an overwhelming job for you. From time to time, you’d see your adorable little tabby licking his feet and paws to maintain his hygiene!

Most of the time, tabbies do well around kids and are tolerant of other house pets such as dogs. Many cat owners with kids share delightful moments such as seeing their moggy becoming overprotective of the babies. 

For every feline enthusiast, obtaining a kitty is perhaps very easy. You can get them at very cheap prices too. Other homes, on some occasions, simply give away the rest of the kittens in the litter. The bad news with this is that domestic cats at family homes are on a decline. Many owners opt for more exotic cat breeds even though moggies are just as great as a pedigree kitty. 

Are Moggies Generally Healthy?

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Their varied genetic makeup and mixed parentage make moggies generally healthy. Unlucky for the other cats of this type though as some of them can have diseases, but the chances of getting life-threatening conditions are lesser compared to pedigree ones. The majority of the non-pedigree cats have stronger immune systems, but their thirst for outdoor escapades makes them vulnerable or worse, transmitters of diseases from other animals they would meet in the way.

One way to keep your moggy from going outside frequently is to satisfy his canine needs. Feed him meat or fish- the stinkier, the better. Let him have a play area inside too where he can apply his prey instinct. If none of these are present at your home, he’ll look for them elsewhere.

Commonly Asked Questions About Moggies

Do Moggies Shed?

Moggies normally have shorter coats that are very easy to maintain and groom. That means that they have low tendencies to shed. 

Are Moggies Hypoallergenic?

Not at all. Despite their low shedding rate, moggies still produce allergens through their saliva, urine, and dead skin cells that may trigger anyone who has cat allergies.

How Can I Take Care Of a Moggy Cat?

A balanced diet and regular exercise are enough to keep your lovely companion in shape. Be careful not to give them free access to cat food as they have an extreme liking for it which may make them gain weight very easily. 

If necessary, brushing his coat frequently can help minimize his hair fall.

Are There Any Types of Moggies?

Yes, there are! The ones we know are shorthaired, longhaired, and hairless moggy kitties. Their eyes come in a variety of colors too which can be blue, green, yellow, or gold.

Moggy Fun Facts

  • Russia has the most pet cats with over 12.75 million felines recorded!
  • Moggy felines are not picky at all when it comes to living conditions. They can thrive in hot or cold weather, house or apartment, urban or rural settings. They will make the best of any situation their owners have.
  • Moggies dominate the chart as the most common cat in UK households.
  • Moggies can live anywhere from 13 to 17 years which is relatively longer compared to most purebred kitties out there!  One notable domestic cat named Crème Puff lived up to 38 years.
  • Household cats often don’t complain even if they don’t feel good. They would rather withstand and test their determination to overcome any circumstance.
  • Moggies are the best choice for first-time cat owners due to their low-maintenance status. Aside from that, they are easy to find and any of them can be a perfect companion for you.

Should I Get a Moggie?

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(An adorable moggy expecting to receive a treat)

Getting a cat highly depends on your preferences or taste. If your goal as a pet owner is to have a rare or pedigree cat, then choosing one that is in that standard is the answer. However, if your main reason is to have an excellent family pet, either of the two is great to have. You only have to get to know the cat you’d go for, decide where to get it from, and consider its needs. 

On a different note, a lot of moggies are in shelter homes. Most have lived with families before and are in need to be rehomed. Living with a family makes a moggy feel satisfied with his life and would make even you happy in return with his funny and entertaining cat manners. 

Adoption can lower the rate of unwanted cats in these places. In fact, 70% of cats in shelters end up becoming euthanized. If you have the heart and commitment to take care of one or two rescued house cats, don’t hesitate to contact your local adoption center!