Cat Breed Guide: British Shorthair

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A British Shorthair cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the British Shorthair
Weight:  9-18lb (Females are typically smaller than males)

Points of conformation: Heavy set with a broad chest and short thick limbs and a large round head.  Short muzzle with prominent whisker pads.

Coat: Water-repellent coat is short, dense and soft.  Minimal undercoat.

Color: Any color is accepted except lavender, chocolate and Himalayan.

Grooming needs: low

Origin: British Isles

Behavior Traits: Quiet and undemanding.

Is a British Shorthair cat right for You?

The British Shorthair is quiet, both in voice and temperament. They can travel well and are well suited to families with children.  While they are not aloof in nature, they are somewhat independent and not typically known as lap cats. They can be used as therapy cats as well.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the British Shorthair 

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount 
Corneal Ulcer $182
Ear Infection $146
Anal Sacculitis $435
Cystitis $176


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