You may not know, but you probably grew up with British Shorthair. He is the smart cat of Puss in Boots and the grinning Cheshire cat of Alice in Wonderland.
The British shorthair comes from England. With the advent of cat shows during the Victorian era, cat lovers began to raise cats to a certain standard and keep pedigrees for them. At the first cat shows, British Shorthair were the only pedigree cats shown. All others are simply described by coat type or color.
Two world wars destroyed the breed, and few British shorthairs remained after World War II. With the help of other races, the short hairs, as they are called in Britain, were revived.
The American Cat Association recognized the British Shorthair in 1967, but the Cat Fanciers Association did not accept it until 1980. All cat associations now recognize the breed.
Males weigh 12 to 20 pounds, females 8 to 14 pounds.
The British shorthair is gentle and composed, which makes them an excellent family companion. He likes love, but he's not an "I, I, I" type of cat. Expect him to follow you around the house during the day and settle down nearby wherever you stay.
The short hair is full of British reserve and has a calm voice and is an unpretentious companion. He does not need a round, although he loves to sit next to you. Like a big cat, he does not like to be carried around.
This is a cat with moderate activity. He is energetic during the kitten season, but usually begins to calm down when he is one year old. More mature British shorthairs are usually couch potatoes, but adult males sometimes act like fools. When they run around the house, they can sound like a herd of elephants.
British Shorthair is rarely destructive; her behavior is a real governess, not a football hooligan. You can receive guests with confidence.
Both pedigree and mixed breed cats have different frequencies of health problems that can be genetic. Problems that have been observed in short hair include gingivitis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, both of which can affect all breeds.
The short, smooth coat on British Shorthair is easy to prepare by brushing or combing every week to remove dead hair. A bath is rarely necessary.
Brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Cut their nails every week. Wipe the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so that you do not risk spreading an infection.
Check their ears every week. If they look dirty, wipe them with a cotton ball or a soft, damp cloth dampened with a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the inside of the ear.
Keep the litter box completely clean. Cats attach great importance to hygiene in the bathroom.
Keeping a British Shorthair cat as a domestic cat is just a good idea to protect it from diseases transmitted by other cats, attacks from dogs or coyotes and other dangers that cats face when walking outdoors, such as being hit by a car. British shorthair that goes outdoors also risks being stolen by someone who wants such a beautiful cat without paying for it.
Fur color and grooming
With her short, thick fur, round head and cheeks, large round eyes and round body, British Shorthair just looks like a cuddly teddy bear. The body is compact but powerful with a wide chest, strong legs with rounded paws and a thick tail with a rounded tip. The coat is available in almost any color and pattern you want, including purple, chocolate, black, white, pointed, tabby and many more. The most famous color is blue (gray) and the cats are sometimes called British blues.
The short hair does not reach full physical maturity until the age of 3 to 5 years.
Children and other pets
This docile cat is well suited for living with families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he gets from children who treat him politely, respectfully and forgive clumsy toddlers. Monitor small children and show them how to pet the cat nicely. Instead of holding or carrying the cat, sit on the floor and pat it. Other cats do not disturb the balance. For best results, introduce pets, including other cats, slowly and in a controlled environment.
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