British Shorthair Breed Information
The British Shorthair is normally a fairly relaxed, inactive breed prone to laziness; they shouldn’t need daily brushing due to their coat length unless it is moulting season when you will need to remove loose hairs from their dense coat. 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 Shorthair is not usually an overly talkative cat and may not enjoy being picked up; they seem to prefer to have all four paws on the ground but should happily sit on your lap.
Possible health problems:
Some breeds may be more prone to certain genetic health issues, this doesn’t mean that all cats of that breed will develop these issues, it just means there is an increased chance. There are genetic tests available for some of these diseases. Research what diseases are common to the breed you are interested in and ask the breeder if their cats/kittens have been tested where applicable.
- 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 – 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.
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 Shorthair 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 Shorthairs 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 Shorthair 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|