British Longhair Breed Information
The British Longhair is known to be a fairly relaxed, inactive breed, that’s prone to laziness. They can be tolerant of other pets such as dogs and rabbits but are not so happy to share the house with other cats unless they have grown up with them.
The British Longhair is not normally an overly talkative cat, and isn’t too keen on being picked up - they seem to prefer to have all four paws on the ground, but should happily sit on your lap.
Breed-related health problems:
Owners are, understandably, upset when their cat develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that British Longhairs are prone to include:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a condition where the volume of blood that the heart pumps with each contraction is reduced. This can cause fainting, tiredness and other signs of heart disease.
- Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) – a condition where cysts, present in the kidneys from birth, gradually increase in size until the kidney cannot function normally, resulting in kidney failure. A genetic test is available for this disease.
British Longhairs require daily brushing due to their coat length, especially during seasonal changes when the coat is thickening or thinning. As cats get older they may struggle to groom themselves properly, and the coat of the British Longhair has a tendency to matt/tangle easily if not groomed regularly.
Estimated cost over lifetime:
These costs are based on essential items such as:
- A bed, litter and tray
- Grooming items
- Food and bowl
- Preventive treatment such as flea, worming, vaccinations and neutering
- Cat carrier
- Pet insurance
This does not include initial purchase cost, non-essential items (such as holiday care) or potential veterinary treatment of which an excess needs to be paid before your pet may be covered by pet insurance.
Insure your British Longhair Cat with PDSA:
1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your cat is poorly, especially for breeds like British Longhair's that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:
- 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
- 4 levels of cover to suit you
- Monthly payment at no extra cost
*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.
By insuring your British Longhair cat with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s most needy pets.
For more information on taking care of your cat please visit our kitten and cat section.
Rehoming from a reputable source:
Where you get a cat from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your cat from.
|Average lifespan||14-18 years|
|Possible health problems||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Polycystic kidney disease|
|Average purchase cost||£450|
|Estimated cost over lifetime||£15,800 - £20,100|