Get to know the British Shorthair
All you need to know about the breed
The British Shorthair is a great all-around feline and a wonderful choice for first-time cat owners. Their incredibly soft coat is the first of many appealing traits (and never mind that it comes in so many different patterns and colour combinations!), followed by their large round eyes, captivating to say the least.
An independent spirit, the British Shorthair cat is calm and reserved - how typically British of them! Upstanding in every way, the breed is very loyal to their owners and warmhearted, despite a somewhat independent streak. The British Shorthair cat is even adorably clumsy at times - let’s just say they won’t be winning any awards for agility any time soon. It’s aspects like these though that make them all the more endearing. The breed doesn’t reach physical maturity until they are at least three - if not five - years old.
One could describe the British Shorthair as more soft and squishy than lean and mean, but no matter: The British Shorthair has a personality that can be comical at times - imagine that, for a cat! The kitten energy of year one will die down into year two, and adult males are typically more active than their counterparts, but all around, this is a sensational pet to have at any stage, of their life, or yours.
2 facts about British Shorthair
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your British Shorthair
Better left indoors
Due to their very gentle nature, the British Shorthair is probably best as an indoor cat for the most part, to guard the breed from predators - which includes more wild animals like foxes and raccoons but also domesticated ones like neighboring dogs who may have a high prey drive. Keeping your cat indoors will also help them avoid diseases they can readily catch outside, like Lyme disease or common parasites.
Not exactly athletic….
Sweet and docile as the British Shorthair is, they won’t be winning an agility contest any time soon. The breed can easily gain weight given their propensity to sit back and take in the world, more of a “meh…” than “meow” approach to life. It’s something we appreciate as their owner but need to be wary of when it comes to guarding their health. Play regularly with your cat to keep her fit, and let her wander around the house and in the garden while observed. Keeping treats to a minimum and small, measured meals is best to keep that body as trim as possible.
Look out for gum disease.
The breed has a tendency toward gingivitis, a common irritation of the gums at the base of the teeth. Thankfully, this very early start to gum disease isn’t a reason to run to the vet but will, as with any medical condition, needs to be watched and cared for, as gum disease will progress if left unchecked. Brushing your British Shorthair’s teeth at least weekly will help prevent the build-up of tartar on both teeth and gums; daily brushing is optimal although can be difficult when it comes to feline cooperation...
Caring for your British Shorthair
Grooming, training and exercise tips