The British Shorthair Cat is one of the oldest breeds known today. This is a large cat with a well-boned chunky body, dense coat and broad face. Whisker pads and cheeks are also round and the upturned mouth gives this breed a smiling teddy bear face. The British Shorthair comes in a variety of colors and patterns. The most famous variation being the ‘British Blue‘ with a distinctive solid blue-gray coat and copper eyes. The easy-going and mellow British Shorthair Cat is perfect for people of all ages. This is an affectionate cat that likes following its owner. This is a pretty laid back breed that doesn’t demand a lot of attention. Female British Shorthairs have a sober look, while males are more easy going.
Roman invaders brought Egyptian domestic cats with them to Great Britain. Later these cats bred with the local wildcat population. Thus, creating a distinctively large breed with a robust body and thick coat that’s able to sustain harsh conditions. Sturdy build and excellent predatory skills were put to a good use. People started using them to protect their food stores from rodents. Their easy going and likable nature ensured that these cats found their way in people’s homes as well. Until the end of the 19th century, there were no attempts to standardize the breed. Some sources say that Harrison Weir was the first who attempted to improve the breed through carefully selected pairings. His efforts were successful and the British Shorthair Cat was featured at the first ever cat show at Crystal Palace in 1871. At this point, the breed gained huge popularity. However, by 1890 the newly imported long-haired breeds stole the spotlight from the British Shorthair. During the World War I the British Shorthair breed was almost extinct. To regain the numbers, breeders started to mix Persian cats into British Shorthair’s bloodlines. The new genes introduced were the foundation for the British Longhair Cat. To preserve the standard after the war, the Governing Council of the cat Fancy decided to accept only third generation of Persian/ British Shorthair crosses. This decision placed the breed on the verge of extinction once again by the World War II. This time, breeders include Persian, Russian Blue and Chartreux into the mix. After the war, breeders worked to reintroduce the real British type. It was not until the 1970s that the British Shorthair Cat gained formal recognition. The American Cat Association recognized the breed in 1967. However, the Cats Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 1980. Today, the British Shorthair is recognized by all cat registries.
overweight. Make sure that you use high-quality dry cat food like Orijen. Furthermore, feed your cat according to her age and activity level.
The British Shorthair isn’t a lap cat. This breed doesn’t like being carried around. However, it will more than gladly sit by its owner on the sofa. This is an undemanding breed that can be left at home alone for longer periods of time. The female cats have somewhat more serious personalities. While males have a more happy-go-lucky temperament. This is a smart breed that enjoys puzzle toys. Toys like the Treat Maze will keep a British Shorthair occupied and help stimulate her brain. This breed is usually energetic until it reaches one year of age. After that these cats spend most of their days napping. Invest in scratching posts and cat trees to encourage your kitty to move around. This is a low energy breed without destructive tendencies. But their clumsy nature can cause small damages to your home. becomes adult, the British Shorthair becomes an absolute couch potato. You will have to interact with your cat daily to keep her active. Teach your cat to play fetch and make her run after foam balls to get her burning calories.
cat breeds, they are prone to some health issues. The following conditions are seen in this breed. But that doesn’t mean they will affect your cat specifically.
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: This is a heart condition that affects all cat breeds. It causes a thickening in a heart and affects its ability to pump blood. A DNA test for this condition is available. So check if your cat has been tested for this condition.
- Polycystic Kidney Disease: It’s a hereditary condition that causes forming of multiple cysts in the kidneys. These cysts are present at birth, but grow with time and can cause kidney failure. There isn’t a specific therapy for this condition.
- Obesity: The low energy British Shorthair can put on the pounds quite easily. Any additional weight can put the cat at risk of other health problems. Feed your cat with diet cat food like the Hill’s Science Healthy Weight formula to help her shed pounds. Additionally, include extra activities to help your cat burn fat more easily.
grooming brush. This way you will take care of any loose hair and give your cat a massage too. This breed sheds during spring and fall so you will have to groom it more often then.
like these. It is best to play with your cat twice a day for 15 minutes. This way you will prevent obesity and provide a happy life for your feline.