The British Shorthair, probably the oldest English breed of cat, traces its ancestry back to the domestic cat of Rome. Although first known as the British Blue, due to the breed’s original color, its native country incorporated a wide variety of colors under the term British Shorthair in the 1950’s. CFA also recognizes the British Shorthair in many different colors and patterns.
The British Shorthair is a medium to large cat of compact build, powerful and well balanced. Taking years to mature, British Shorthairs often do not reach full size and development until the age of three.
The British Shorthair coat is like no other; short and as dense as deep pile carpet. Their coats are another factor that serves them well in English gardens during the winter. No other breed of cat has as dense a coat with more hairs per square inch, than the British Shorthair. Running your fingers through the coat is so pleasurable that breeders often extend this courtesy, when politely asked. Though luxurious to pet, the short coat needs minimal care.
Living with British Shorthairs is relaxing. They are not overly active cats, which is why they are comfortable in apartments as well as houses. With true British reserve, they will wait for an invitation to join you at your side on a couch or chair.
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Before you get kitten home, there are a few things you will want to do to make sure your home is safe and secure for your new addition.
- Close off all areas that a kitten can get into. Many kittens have been lost for a time because they are afraid in their new surroundings.
- Designate one room where your kitten can stay to get acquainted with her new surroundings. Make it a fun place with new toys, a new bed and litter box so that he understands that this is his room. Once acquainted, usually after a week, let your kitten begin to explore other areas with your supervision. If there are other pets, gradually introduce them to your new kitten. Wait a few weeks so that your kitten gets confident and comfortable in his new surroundings.
- Get your kitten on a schedule as soon as possible. Regular feeding, grooming and play time gives your kitten a sense of order and security. Refrain from over-handling.
- Be sure to kitten-proof other areas. Just like babies, they love putting things in their mouth. Make sure that electric cords are unplugged and that there are no other hazards in the vicinity. You may have to get on the floor to “see” what your kitten sees. Having plenty of appropriate toys around will focus your kitten on the right things.
Have fun as you introduce your kitten to his new surroundings and he will soon realize that this is his forever home where he can grow and have comfort and support for a lifetime