With its characteristic thick build, dense coat, and large face, the British Shorthair is considered a common domestic cat in the United Kingdom. The "British Blue" is the most well-known color variation, characterized by a solid gray-blue coat, orange eyes, and a medium-sized tail. Tabby and Colorpoint are among the many color combinations and patterns that the breed has been bred in. According to the UK Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, the British Shorthair remains the most popular cat breed in the UK. The breed accounts for a quarter of all registered kittens in the GCCF each year, making it one of the most popular cat breeds.
What is the price of a British Shorthair?
In the United Kingdom, where the breed originates, the British Shorthair is a very popular breed, but its popularity has also begun to rise in other countries, such as Denmark. Therefore, the price of the cat depends on your location. In Denmark, a British Shorthair typically costs 7,000-8,000 DKK because there are not many breeders. Additionally, you should also consider other expenses, such as deworming and flea treatment for your kitten.
How old does a British Shorthair cat live?
A British Shorthair typically lives up to 15 years, with some cats reaching up to 20 years. Ensure your cat gets plenty of exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary visits to keep the cat healthy and fit. A British Shorthair doesn't have many opportunities to burn calories since it prefers to lounge at home. Therefore, it's essential for the cat to have the right diet, with the ideal amount of protein and carbohydrates. If in doubt, your veterinarian can help you create a dietary plan.
What is the maximum size of a British Shorthair?
British Shorthair cats are characterized as medium to large cats and, therefore, weigh more than the typical cat. Males and females typically range in weight from 5 to 8 kg each.
Health and Care of a British Shorthair
Here's how you can keep your British Shorthair healthy and happy:
1. Provide deworming for your cat: It's important to regularly deworm your cat to prevent them from being infected with worms, which can cause various health problems. We have dewormers for the most common parasites, such as whipworms, roundworms, heartworms, tapeworms, and lungworms. Learn more about cat worms.
2. Use flea treatments: Fleas can cause skin irritations, allergies, and anemia in cats. To prevent fleas, you can administer flea treatment via spot-on pipettes, collars, tablets, or sprays. If your cat already has fleas, it's essential to clean and vacuum their environment to remove any remaining eggs and larvae.
3. Protect your cat from ticks: Ticks can transmit diseases to cats, so it's essential to prevent them from attaching to the cat's skin. You can purchase various tick prevention products from us. If you find a tick on your cat, it's crucial to remove it as quickly as possible using a tick removal tool or by gently pulling it out with tweezers. Be sure to wear gloves and dispose of the tick appropriately to reduce the risk of infection.
4. Keep your cat vaccinated: It's essential to keep your cat vaccinated to prevent the spread of diseases. Consult with your veterinarian about which vaccinations your cat needs and make sure to keep them up to date.
5. Visit your veterinarian regularly: Regular check-ups with your veterinarian are essential to ensure your cat is healthy and in good condition. Your vet can also advise you on other health and care considerations specific to your cat.