Up to 2 years
British Shorthair kitten
British Shorthair kittens are playful and full of energy, enjoying lots of games with their owners. This breed develops relatively slowly, not reaching full maturity until at least two years old.
Their quiet and calm nature means they will quickly adapt to their new home and form strong bonds with their human family.
Once formed, this strong bond will mean that British Shorthairs will want to be where their owners are. They will often sit beside them or follow closely behind as they move around the home.
From 2 years
British Shorthair adult
When fully grown, the British Shorthair is a powerfully built cat, with strong legs and a broad chest. Despite their firm expressions, British Shorthairs are loyal and friendly companions to all in the home.
British Shorthair health and ageing
British Shorthairs are known for their loyal and affectionate nature which lasts into old age. That being said, their health and nutritional needs will change as they grow older. It is a good idea to arrange regular check-ups with a vet at this stage, as they will be able to advise on any nutritional changes or health problems that ageing may bring.
The British Shorthair’s powerful, sturdy body means that they demand a great deal more from their joints than a more lightweight cat. It can be easy for this weight to cause stress on the British Shorthair’s joints or for them to develop joint disorders.
One of the best ways to prevent or combat this problem is through weight management. This can be achieved through balanced diet, adapted food portions and plenty of exercise.