Routine Care: British Shorthairs need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: Low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.
Dental: British Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
British Shorthairs are quiet, social, and adaptable, making them an excellent family companion.
Has a quiet or soft voice
Excellent companion and independent
Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat
Even-tempered; adapts to a wide variety of environments
Can become overweight easily if not exercised regularly
May resist being picked up and carried
Whether you are considering adding a new British Shorthair to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every British Shorthair will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the British Shorthair you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a British Shorthairs could encounter:
Peritoneopericardial Diaphragmatic Hernia (PPDH)
Polycystic Kidney Disease
The national cat of the British Isles, British Shorthairs come from the domestic shorthaired cats introduced to the islands by Roman invaders. Nearly lost during World War II, the Brit was rejuvenated through careful crossbreeding and was officially recognized as a distinct breed in 1980. Affectionate and sociable, Shorthairs enjoy human companionship and get along well with children and other pets. They are quiet, calm, and adaptable. Do not expect an acrobat however, for British Shorthairs can be clumsy and shy away jumping and climbing.
Consult with a veterinarian if your British Shorthair shows signs of the following:
Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
Labored or open-mouth breathing, vomiting
Bruising on the gums or skin, unusual bleeding from minor injuries
Lack of response to noises