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The British Shorthair is an intelligent cat and as previously mentioned, one that likes to be involved in everything that goes on in their household. They are quick to learn new things and love to have a daily routine which if changed can stress them out. As such, it’s best to feed them at the same time every day and to keep to a cat’s routine as much as possible.

Children and Other Pets

British Shorthairs with their outgoing, affectionate personalities are the perfect choice for families with children and this includes toddlers. Being smart cats, they know when to get out of the way of smaller children when playtime starts to get too loud or too boisterous. However, younger kids need to be taught how to behave and handle cats to avoid any mishaps. Any interaction between younger children and a cat should always be well supervised by an adult to make sure things stay nice and calm.

British Shorthairs also get on well with dogs providing they are good around cats, that is. However, care should be taken when introducing a British Shorthair to dogs they don't already know just in case the dog does not get on with their feline counterparts. It's always wiser to keep a close eye on any cat which includes British Shorthairs when they are around smaller pets, just in case.


The average life expectancy of a British Shorthair is between 14 and 20 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate, good quality diet to suit their ages.

The British Shorthair is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these affectionate and loyal cats. The conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:

    Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - Breeders should have stud cats DNA tested
    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Caring for a British Shorthair

British Shorthairs need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. On top of this, cats need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives which is especially true of young kittens and older cats.

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