British Shorthair Cat

There's a beautiful breed of cat known as the British Shorthair. As beautiful as this cat is, they are a little standoffish - that is until they get to know you.

If you are checking out this particular Brit, here are a few things to get you started on learning more about this delightful breed.

History of the British Shorthair

While this breed may have British in its name, it actually dates back to Ancient Rome. Serving as vermin hunters aboard ships, dedicated breeders ensured that this cat remained around.
In fact, according to The Happy Cat Site:

In 1874, a British Shorthair cat named Brynbuboo Little Monarch won the Grand Championship of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. It is said that every single British Shorthair cat alive today can trace their lineage all the way back to this particular cat!

What About Appearance?

British Shorthair Kittens

British Shorthair cats are similar to Peter Pan - they never want to grow up. It can take up to five years for this breed to become their full size and weight. Females weigh as little as seven pounds and up to 12 pounds while the males are larger at 9 to 17 pounds. 

They are around 12 to 14 inches in height and come in a variety of colors including grey-blue, grey and white, black and white, pure cream, blue spotted, calico, pure white, and silver red spotted.

The eyes of the British Shorthair are typically a copper-amber color that is very striking but in some cases you'll find this breed with eyes of blue, hazel, green, and even two different colors of eyes.

Characteristics of the British Shorthair

While you won't always find this breed lounging in your lap, the British Shorthair does like to be nearby and will keep an eye on you. It is interesting that while the males are more whimsical, the females are sometimes more serious in nature and won't take your nonsense.

They are considered to be very intelligent and affectionate to their owners but still have that British flair of dignity and you might find yours acting stoic at times.

Health Concerns

British kitten

This breed of cat has a very long lifespan with the averages being around 14 or 15 years. However, it is not rare to find one that lives up to 20 years of age.

There are no specific health concerns with this breed, but just the usual feline issues to be aware of such as obesity and diabetes - so make sure he doesn't eat too much as to become overweight. 

One thing that is more prevalent in this breed is gum disease. This may be due to their shorter face and nose but if you see warning signs like bad breath or irritated and red gums, a trip to the vet is recommended.

A Family-Friendly Addition

The British Shorthair loves their family and have a good temperament. You will want to groom them a couple of times a week to keep shedding at a minimum. This is a cat breed that is ideal around children and pets but be sure that your children know that it is not a cat to be toted around - they aren't down with that at all. Otherwise, you will find this cat to be an excellent addition to most any family - even those with human children and K9 children.

Have you had a British Shorthair in your family? Let us know in the comments below.

Black Cat Sitting

Short-haired domestic hybrid cats are one of the most popular types of cats to have as a pet. If you have a short-haired domestic hybrid cat, you've probably learned to love their personality quirks and adorable behavior. However, in order to make sure that your pet cat has the best life possible, it's important to learn how to properly take care of them. By learning to take care of your cats, you can be sure you're providing them with the best life possible at your home.

Tips for Making Your Furry Friend Feel at Home

Here are some tips for taking care of short-haired domestic hybrid cats so that your cat can have the best quality of life possible, and can stick around to provide you with love and companionship for years to come.

Go to the Vet Regularly

Cat at Vet
Your cat might hate going to the vet, just like you hate going to the doctor. But it's important that you take your short-haired domestic hybrid cat to the vet regularly so that you can make sure his health is in great shape. The vet will give your cat the vaccinations he needs to stay healthy. He'll also be able to detect any health problems as they arise so they can be treated early and don't become more severe.

Change His Litter

Short-haired domestic hybrid cats like a clean litter box. Make sure that you scoop the litter box at least one time per day so that it stays clean and comfortable for your pet to use. If you don't clean his litter box regularly, you may find that he goes to the bathroom somewhere other than the litter box, since this spot may feel cleaner and safer to him.

Give Him Plenty of Water

Cat Drinking Water
Short-haired domestic hybrid cats can easily get dehydrated, especially in the warm summer months. Keep a water bowl near his food bowl so he can come and drink regularly. Make sure to refill it if it's empty or to change out the water if the water doesn't look clean. You can keep multiple water bowls around the house if you want to make sure that your cat can always easily access water for hydration.

Treat Him for Ticks and Fleas

Even if your cat only stays inside, there are chances that pests can attack. So, make sure you get him regular preventative treatment for ticks and fleas. Your vet can provide treatment when you visit so that you don't have to worry about your cat being itchy or uncomfortable, or about him spreading any unwanted bugs around your home.

Make Sure He Gets Enough Exercise

Kitten With Toy
Short-haired domestic hybrid cats tend to be stocky, and it's easy for them to get overweight if they love food and hate exercise. Make sure that your cat gets plenty of exercise by playing with him. Get toys that make your cat want to run and jump.  If your cat appears to be getting overweight, speak to his vet about potentially switching or limiting the amount of food he is getting.
Short-haired domestic hybrid cats make great pets. Learn how to take care of them, and you can make sure they feel good for years to come. If your cat feels good, he'll be a wonderful buddy to keep you company into the future. To make sure your cat has the best kitty litter possible, subscribe to PrettyLitter. You can offer your cat litter that is healthy and high quality, and you can make the process of getting it as easy as possible for yourself.
How do you take care of your short-haired domestic? Tell us in the comments!

Kitten with Paws in the air

Paws for one moment and think about which hand you use to pick up a piece of toast or write down a quick note. About 90 percent of people are “righties” -- they show a preference for using their right sides for everything from teeth brushing to throwing a football.  

But what about our fur babies? Have you noticed that your cat reaches for snacks or steps into a litterbox using one side of the body more than the other? In the same we humans tend to favor either our left or right hand, new research has found that cats can be “lefties” or  “righties,”  especially when it comes to important tasks like reaching for food!

Cat Paws

It was traditionally believed that only humans showed a bias toward their left or right sides. But over time, scientists came to realize that this trait is widespread, and may actually be universal. Right- and left-side preferences have already been found in amphibians, rodents, primates, whales, and now even in our feline friends, according to a study by The Animal Behaviour Center (

For three months, 44 families recorded which side their cat preferred to use every time they lay down, stepped into their litter boxes or headed down a flight of stairs. The food-reaching test was the most fun, especially for the cats. Researchers loaded 10 treats into a food maze like this one: and then watched to see which paw the cat used to attempt to remove each treat.

Cat Sleeping with Paw on Face

After paw-ing through all this data, scientists announced that our furry friends do in fact have left or right paw preference:

  • When reaching for snacks, nearly 73 percent of cats used just one of their paws, and only 27 percent used their left and right paws equally. While nearly three-fourths of cats had a paw preference, cats were about equally as likely to be “lefties” and “righties.”
  • Cats also favored one of their paws when stepping onto or over an object. Seventy percent of the time, our fur babies showed a paw preference on the stairs test  (34 percent of the cats used their left paw while 16 percent favored their right sides). Similarly, 36 percent chose their left paw to step into the litter box while nearly 30 percent were “righties.
  • It may come as no surprise to pet parents that cats did not show a preference for which side they chose for lying down — they were too tired to put much thought into it!

The reasons why humans and other animals including cats prefer one hand or paw over another remains a mystery. But cats add yet another layer of complexity to this puzzle: the study found that male cats tended to prefer their left paw while females are more inclined to use the right side. For now, these question will need to be added to our long list of cat-related questions, which only add to the wonder we feel for these amazing, enigmatic animals!

TRY THIS AT HOME: Is Your Cat Left- or Right-Pawed?

Set up a fun game to test which paw you cat tends to use more often. Put a few treats in a small box or use a cat maze (researchers used a Catit Senses Food Maze with the top layer removed). Now sit back and record what you see: Does your cat favor one paw over the other? Add your results to our comments section!

Cyprus Cat

A Cyprus cat is a breed to revere. They have been around for the past 4000 years or so and in 2004, archaeologists uncovered their remains along with their human counterparts. Surely this cat breed is one of the oldest examples of a domesticated cat.

Thought to be descended from Egyptian Cats, the Cyprus cat was later known as the Aphrodite - a name fitting for a regal cat.
According to VioVet:
There is evidence to suggest that these cats are linked to St. Nicholas of the Cats, a Byzantine monastery, because they were imported during the 4th century to help control an infestation of dangerous snakes in the building. Whilst these cats used to be quite common in native Cyprus, today they are rarely observed in coastal areas of the country.

Cyprus Hybrid Cat Appearance

Due to years of living in mountainous regions, the Cyprus cat has a strong and muscular body. Even though these feisty kitties have a muscular stance, they are quite elegant in how they appear due to the strength being in the shoulders and hips. Since the neck and back is long, it all balances out to a natural look. But don't let that fool you, these are strong cats.
The Cyprus usually weighs around 15 lbs, making it a medium cat and it is known for its triangular head and straight cheek line. One of the interesting aspects of this breed is that the eyes will match the coat color - which means that you will always know if your cat is wearing colored contact lenses.
The coat colors are a free-for-all with every color except lilac, chocolate, fawn, and cinnamon and the coat will be dense, yet sleek. Coat patterns are tabby, colorpoint, mink, and striped tabby.

Traits of the Cyprus Cat

Cyprus Kitten
This is an extremely affectionate cat, which means he's perfect for your home even if you have children or other pets. They love to play and are very interactive and have a curious nature. In fact, these are such a people-loving cat that they are considered a lap cat and that's a rare trait among most cat breeds.
They will seek attention and love exploring your home so don't be surprised to see him pawing at your door knobs or trying to open drawers.
The Cyprus Hybrid cat thrives with plenty of affection, attention, and play so be prepared to spend a lot of time entertaining and your cat will reward you with all of its affection.

Health Concerns of the Cyprus

The Cyprus cat doesn't have any specific health concerns and has an average lifespan of up to 15 years. Just keep an eye out for typical cat issues such as fleas, diarrhea, and feline urinary tract disease.
Make sure you groom your cat three to five times per week and keep up with any vet visits that are necessary to ensure your cat's health. Keep a clean litter box and spend lots of time with your cat. 

An Ideal House Cat

These playful felines are ideal for all kinds of homes - those with children or pets. They simply need a lot of attention and interaction and will return the favor with all of their heart. 
Have any comments are anecdotes about the Cyprus cat breed? Tell us all about it by commenting below.

Cat and Vet

Cat panleukopenia is a feline virus that affects cats worldwide. While cases of this disease are declining, it is still high in areas where cats are generally unvaccinated. There are several important things you should know about cat panleukopenia.

1. What is Cat Panleukopenia?

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), cat panleukopenia is a viral disease that is extremely contagious. This illness is caused specifically by the feline parvovirus. The virus infects and destroys cells that grow rapidly and divide quickly.
The disease particularly affects cells in a developing fetus, the bone marrow and the intestines. This virus is especially dangerous for kittens, and for cats that have a weak immune system. Due to the prevalence of the virus, almost all cats will be exposed to it at some time in their lifetime. Most stray and feral cats will likely develop the disease. It's important to note that the panleukopenia virus does not infect people.

2. What are the Symptoms of Cat Panleukopenia?

Persian Cat laying down
Unfortunately, some cats succumb to the virus without showing any symptoms. Other times a cat may have a fever, lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, or exhibit signs of depression. Becoming lethargic or dehydrated are also warning signs that the cat is ill with panleukopenia.
Sometimes a diagnosis is made on a physical exam, the symptoms and a general history of the cat. ASPCA reports that the disease can be diagnosed with a basic lab test that includes Enzyme Linked Immunofluorescent Antibody (ELISA). This particular test uses a fecal swab and can be completed in approximately 15 minutes.

3. How is Cat Panleukopenia Transmitted?

Cats spread the virus primarily through bodily fluids and secretions. This includes their stool, urine and nasal secretions. The virus can also be spread by fleas. A cat that is pregnant and infected with the virus will often deliver stillborn kittens. If it is late in the pregnancy when the cat is infected, the kittens may survive but their brain development will likely be negatively affected.
While cats can usually only pass the virus for a few days during the time when they're infected, the virus can survive in the environment for as long as a year. This means a cat may get sick with the virus without any actual contact with another animal. A cat may pick up the virus from bedding, dishes and even people who have handled an infected animal and not washed their hands.

4. How is Cat Panleukopenia Treated?

Cat with Vet
Once a cat has become ill, supportive care is the best treatment that can be offered. This would likely include fluids and antibiotics. An intravenous drip may be necessary to restore the necessary fluids and electrolytes. Isolation is critical during the time the cat is infected. Even if there aren't any other animals in the general area, the virus can contaminate the surrounding environment.
The Journal of Veterinary Science & Medical Diagnosis states that successful treatment is largely dependent on diagnosing the disease early and then beginning aggressive treatment. It's important to watch for secondary infections due to a decrease in the level of white blood cells. Once infected with the panleukopenia virus a cat may be more susceptible to serious bacterial infections.

5. Can Cat Panleukopenia be Prevented?

Cats that survive the virus will likely develop immunity that will protect them from another outbreak. Kittens may receive what is called passive immunity through their mother's milk. This kind of immunity, however, is only temporary. The best protection from the virus is for a cat to be vaccinated.
It's important to keep your kitten or cat from being exposed to or developing  panleukopenia. While this illness can be extremely dangerous, the best way to prevent your cat from suffering from this particular disease is to make sure the cat is vaccinated.
Does your cat have Panleukopenia? Tell us how you are coping below in the comments.
Cat and Vet
Cats can get herpes too! Feline herpesvirus type-1 causes cat viral rhinotracheitis. Like the herpes virus in other species, direct contact with viral cells is the cause. In cats, the virus causes upper respiratory issues and eye problems. There is no cure, but your vet may recommend ways to ease symptoms when your cat has an outbreak.

How Viral Rhinotracheitis Spreads

Like other forms of the herpes virus, viral rhinotracheitis spreads through direct contact. It could be contact with saliva or nasal discharge from an infected cat, or contact with an inanimate object like a cat toy or food bowl that an infected cat used.

How Long Can The Virus Live?

On inanimate objects, as long as the area is wet, the virus can live. This makes it especially dangerous in households with multiple cats who share the same water bowls, where the virus could live until you change the water and clean the bowl! Luckily on things like toys, as soon as saliva dries up, the virus dies. However, if you want to be extra careful, you can sanitize objects with decontaminants that kill viruses like bleach or wash them in the washing machine on high heat.

When is Viral Rhinotracheitis Contagious?

The virus is typically contagious any time it is active. The first outbreak typically lasts 10-20 days. After that, the virus will again become active during times of stress in the cat's life. This may include during pregnancy, after a move, the introduction of a new pet to the household or any other major life changes.

Can Viral Rhinotracheitis infect other animals or humans?

Cat with Dog
Luckily, viral rhinotracheitis is only a risk to cats. Just as human herpesvirus 1 & 2 cannot spread to other animals, neither can this one spread to you or your dog. However, some cases of what appears to be viral rhinotracheitis may, in fact, be a bacterial upper respiratory infection that is actually contagious to humans or other animals, so make sure to always wash your hands after handling infected cats or objects.

Symptoms of Cat Viral Rhinotracheitis

When a cat gets this life-long virus, the symptoms will not show up for 2-5 days. The first signs may be eating less and sleeping more. A great pet owner always pays attention to their cats' behaviors including lack of appetite, lethargy and different litter box habits.
Then, your cat may simply have signs of an upper-respiratory infection including sneezing and nasal congestion. However, they may also have watery or swollen eyes, discharge from the nose and eyes or even a fever. In the most extreme cases, viral rhinotracheitis can lead to eye scarring and ulcers on the cornea.

Treatment & Prognosis for Cats with Viral Rhinotracheitis

Healthy Cat
Most cats with this virus live close to their normal lifespan. Though, in cat breeds with a flat face like Persians, respiratory symptoms can be more serious. Like the herpes virus in humans, it is usually more of an annoyance than anything. There is no cure, but vets may treat symptoms of the virus with things like eye drops, humidifiers and antibiotics to prevent secondary infections from developing.
The prognosis, in general, is quite good. As long as you keep your cat healthy with a balanced diet and perhaps immune boosting supplements, you can stop your kitty from getting outbreaks and help them live a happier life.
If your cat gets viral rhinotracheitis, don't worry, it's not that serious in most cases. It's just something to monitor and care for. Cats are resilient creatures and with loving care, they will be back to being their playful selves in no time after an outbreak of this highly contagious virus.
Does your cat have viral rhinotracheitis? Share your story in the comments below.
White Cat with Blue Eyes

You may have fallen in love with your new kitty at first sight -- while also wondering why he doesn't seem to respond to household noises, birds chirping, or even your own voice. This quirk of behavior may not be mere aloofness; it may actually be a condition called cat congenital sensorineural deafness. Let's take a look at this not-uncommon situation to understand why it occurs, how genetic factors play a role in it, and what you can do to keep your deaf cat as safe and happy as possible.

Causes of Feline Deafness

Deafness may occur in cats for a variety of different reasons, either from birth or at any point in later life. The two main categories of feline deafness include:
  • Conductive deafness - This kind of deafness stems from problems with the structures in the ear that relay vibrations through the ear canal. An ear infection of ear canal blockage may cause temporary deafness. Serious damage to the eardrum or the delicate bones inside the ear can cause sudden, permanent deafness. 
  • Sensorineural deafness - This kind of deafness involves the hair-like nerve cells and other neural structures that send vibrations to the brain or even the brain itself, which interprets these signals as sound. Excessive exposure to loud noise, a head injury, or drugs that are toxic to nerve cells can all cause sensorineural deafness. In the case of congenital sensorineural deafness, cats are born with neural defects that make hearing in one or both ears impossible.

The White Masking Gene

What factors in your cat's genetic makeup could have led to his being born deaf? It's no coincidence that many (though not all) white cats suffer from congenital sensorineural deafness -- especially white cats with blue eyes. A lack of the pigment known as melanin is responsible for both the white fur and the blue eyes. A particular gene called the white masking gene prevents the creation of melanin-producing cells. Unfortunately, these cells are also a component of the cat's inner ear. When they're not there, the inner ear stops functioning properly, resulting in deafness.

Communicating With Your Cat

Person Talking to Cat
Since congenital sensorineural deafness can't be corrected, what can you do to communicate with your cat and help him get along without that vital sense of hearing? First of all, keep in mind that even if your cat can't hear sounds, he can still feel vibrations. Stomping on the floor or using a vibrating collar can help you get your cat's attention so you can communicate with him.
Visual cues allow you to take advantage of your cat's keen eyesight. You can train your cat via hands signals not unlike those used in the human deaf community, or create your own broad gestures and associate them with specific commands. Don't forget that cats love laser pointers. Try using the beam of a laser pointer to lead your cat around or turn his attention to specific objects.

Safety Measures for Deaf Cats

Deaf cats may need extra protection against life's many potential hazards, especially outdoors in heavy-traffic areas. Training your cat to walk on a leash will allow you to accompany him and ensure his safety on these adventures. Around the house, watch where you're walking! Heavier steps of tapping noises can give your cat some extra warning of your approach.
Rest assured that you and your deaf cat can have a wonderfully fulfilling life together. Just take some extra steps to get to know him, relate to him, and watch out for his well being!

Long Haired Cat

One of the predominant traits of a Domestic Long-Haired cat is that it is simply a cat with long hair. No, really - that's it. These cats are not to be confused with the American Longhair or the British Longhair. 

Yes, they both have the word "longhair" in their namesake, but those cats are of pedigree. The Domestic Longhaired (or Long-Haired, Long Hair, etc) is simply a cat that is not purebred and has a lineage that cannot be traced, which will make it hard for them to get their DNA results when there is a special at 23andMe.

The History of the Longhair

No one quite knows where the Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid came from but there are a few theories. According to the ASPCA:
it’s thought that the recessive gene for long hair was naturally selected in cat populations hanging out in colder climates. In the northern reaches of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, the luxurious coats of longhaired cats offered great protection from the weather.

A Very Helpful Kitty

Not only is the Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid a special kitty but in history, they have proven to be beneficial to humans by helping control the rat population during the plagues.
Eventually, these beautiful cats made their way to the United States, finding their way over with the Pilgrims. Some of these cats went on to be the foundation for pure breeds like the American Shorthair, while others bred to cats brought to America from foreign countries.

The Look of Love

Grey Long Haired Cat
These lovely creatures are typically around 8 to 15 lbs, with males being larger than the females. The colors range in every hue and patterns are varied such as solid, tabby and patched tabby.
They even have varied body shapes and expressions. Basically, the only thing that ties them together in common is the long, luxurious hair that they sport.

Traits of the Breed

When it comes to the traits of the Domestic Long-Haired cat, it's like throwing a dart at the board while blindfolded. Some are very loving and some have a more standoffish personality. 
This doesn't mean that some are not affectionate - it's just that like human beings and their personalities, the Domestic Long-Haired cat is the same way and each personality will vary with each cat. 
Their temperament varies widely, so some might be quite vocal while others remain quiet and stoic. One thing to keep in mind is that they are excellent hunters, so interactive toys are something considered to be a must-have to keep them engaged and happy.

Care and Health of the Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid

Orange Long Haired Cat
The biggest thing is care of the cat's long coat and owners should spend time each week brushing it out to avoid matted hair. 20 minutes is the recommended time to spend on your Domestic Long-Haired Hybrid's coat.
There aren't any specific health concerns other than those found in any breed such as diabetes, chronic renal failure, kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. These cats are a wonderful addition to any home. Just make sure you keep an eye on their health, have regular vet visits, and brush their coats every week. 
Does your cat have a long, luxurious coat or do you prefer a shorter coat? Tell us in the comments below!

Kitten at Vet

Has your cat been recently diagnosed with cat infectious peritonitis and you find yourself seeking answers? Are you familiar with the causes and symptoms of this virus? We know how hard it can be to suddenly discover your beloved cat has a virus you may not have even heard of, especially one that can be fatal.

What is Cat Infectious Peritonitis?

According to WebMD, cat infectious peritonitis is a viral disease that can be found all over the world. It affects both domestic and feral cats. This type of viral disease comes from the virus coronavirus, discovered and isolated in 1970, and results in attacking the cat's intestinal wall, among other issues. The disease manifests in either wet form or dry form, explained below.

What are the Causes of and Symptoms of Cat Infectious Peritonitis?

Orange Cat Sleeping

A cat will become infected through contaminated feces. Unfortunately, the virus can remain dormant for months or even years before signs and symptoms begin to show. This means that the cat can be a carrier of the virus and shed it through their feces, which in turn can infect other cats.

A cat who is suffering from cat Infectious Peritonitis may exhibit a fever that does not respond to antibiotics, along with weight loss and fatigue symptoms. For those who have the wet form of the virus, there is typically accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity and/or chest cavity, which causes difficulty in breathing. Cat's who have fluid in the abdomen show signs of abdominal distension.

For cats who exhibit the dry from of cat infectious peritonitis, symptoms can include inflamed cells in organs. For example, affected kidneys often results in extreme thirst and frequent urination, along with vomiting and weight loss.

Diagnosing Cat Infectious Peritonitis

This can be a challenge because, at this point in time, there is no verifiable test that determines if a cat has intestinal coronavirus, which is harmless, or cat infectious peritonitis which can be fatal. However, your veterinarian will still run a test. If positive result can point to cat infectious peritonitis, but is not always inconclusive. On the other hand, a negative test typically means your cat probably does not have the disease.

How to Make Your Cat Comfortable while Recovering from Cat Infectious Peritonitis

Woman Holding Cat
Unfortunately, for cats suffering from this virus, not much is available to cure the virus. In fact, most veterinarians are only able to treat the symptoms of the virus to keep your cat comfortable.
However, according to VCA, there may be a breakthrough in treating for this deadly virus. Upon diagnosis of cat infectious peritonitis, owners need to decide whether to choose palliative care, such as medication and fluids to keep the cat comfortable or opt for euthanasia, especially if the cat is severely suffering.
The breakthrough scientists have discovered is an antiviral protease inhibitor called GC376. They tested this inhibitor on eight cats. Out of eight cats, six fully recovered while two needed euthanasia. The six cats who recovered have remained healthy and have not relapsed.

How to Prevent Your Cat from Getting Cat Infectious Peritonitis

The best way to keep your cat safe is to keep him indoors where he can use a cat litter box. If your cat likes to spend time outdoors, chances are he could pick up the virus through infected feces.
However, if your cat loves to frolic in the outdoors, it's important to use a cat litter than let's you know if your cat's health has changed. PrettyLitter is the world's best cat litter because it makes it easy to know if your cat has experienced a change in health by changing color. If you notice a color change in your PrettyLitter, it is important to take your cat to a veterinarian right away with a list of any symptoms you may have noticed.
What is your experience with Cat Infectious Peritonitis? Tell us in the comments below!

short hair cat

Getting a new pet for your home is a big decision! If you’re thinking about bringing a cat or kitten into your family, there are many factors to take into consideration when you’re choosing a breed. Some cats are great with people while others prefer to stick to themselves. Some need extra care and grooming while others don’t require much. Certain breeds need lots of room to roam and get exercise while others aren’t big on exploring. It’s important to learn about the type of cat you’re interested in to make sure you are choosing a breed that works for you! Here is some key information about the Brazilian Shorthair cat, which makes an excellent choice for a house cat in a variety of settings.

History of the Brazilian Shorthaired Cat

The Brazilian Shorthaired cat originated in Brazil at an unknown date. It developed from a feral cat to a purebred and has changed dramatically over time without special rules or cares. But in the 1980s, a Brazilian cat breeder who was living in New York City started to settle the rules for breeding the Brazilian Shorthaired cat. It now has a status of “approved breed” and is the first and only Brazilian Recognized Purebred Cat.

Characteristics of the Brazilian Shorthaired Cat

The Brazilian Shorthair is a medium-sized cat with a very sleek and elegant appearance. They are muscular and thicker than similar breeds such as the Siamese. This cat has a short coat that is close to the skin and it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including white, black, orange, gray, brown and tan. Their eyes are their most dramatic feature and are very expressive. They are usually fairly widely spaced out and can be shades of green, gold or yellow. They are usually longer than they are tall and have long tails. Males typically have bigger heads than females. Their muscular bodies make them very agile and they have a slightly curved profile and large, pointed ears, rounded eyes and a color that is similar to the color of the coat.

Brazilian Shorthaired Cats as Pets

Brazilian Short Hair Kitten

The Brazilian Shorthair makes a great choice for both an indoor and outdoor cat. They love human contact and tend to be very cuddly and affectionate, especially as kittens. They shed very little and don’t require much grooming, although it is good to brush them occasionally to remove hair, prevent matting and stimulate circulation. As with any cats, they also should have regular teeth brushing, claw trimming and ear cleaning to make sure they stay healthy and happy. They are very adaptable and adjust easily to new living situations and environments and love to explore and meet new people. This makes them a great choice for homes with children or other pets. They are very fast learners and love to be stimulated and challenged. They can have high levels of energy, especially as kittens, so you’ll want to be able to devote a considerable amount of time playing with your cat and even teaching them tricks. Because they are so agile, expect to see them leaping to high places around the house - they love having window perches to watch the outside world!

The Brazilian Shorthair cat is a popular breed as a house cat because they are so friendly, adaptable and easy to care for. If you’re considering bringing a new cat into your home, this breed is a fantastic choice!

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