Facts about British Shorthair Cats, Scientific name for British Shorthair Cat is Felis Catus". The "British Shorthair Cat" is a chunky bodied pedigree version of the British domestic cats. British Shorthair Cat has a broad face with a coat that is plush. The color variants associated with the British Shorthair Cat is British Blue and copper eyed blue gray. There are other colors and patterns however which are not very common but they do exist such as colorpoint and tabby.
The British Shorthair Cat is one of the ancient breeds whose origin can be traced to Egypt. The Egyptian domestic cats were brought to Britain when the Romans first invaded the country around the first century
A female British Shorthair Cat is called a "queen or molly", male British Shorthair Cat is called a "tom" and the name "clowder" is called a group and young or baby cats are called kittens.The British Shorthair Cat breed is a compact and powerful animal whose body is neatly balanced. British Shorthair Cat has a broad chest, medium length tail and strong thick legs with pawls which are rounded. The head is also rounded and massive in form and structure. Looking at the male British Shorthair Cat, you can clearly see the broad cheeks and a short muzzle. The British Shorthair Cat large round eyes are copper orange in color especially in the British Blue variety. In the other varieties, the eyes depend on the color of the coat. The British Shorthair Cat ears are medium sized and broad set in such a way that they do not disturb the contours of the head. British Shorthair Cats outer ear uses 32 muscles to control it, and a human has only 6 muscles in its ear and a cat can move its ears 180 degrees. A British Shorthair Cat can move their ears independently.
The reason why British Shorthair Cats can squeeze through very small spaces is that they have no collarbone and free-floating clavicle bones that their shoulders are attach to their forelimbs, that's why a British Shorthair Cat can fit through a hole the same size as its head and the British Shorthair Cat use their whiskers to determan if they can fit through the space.
The British Shorthair Cat maturity process is slow relative to that of other cat breeds. They take 3 years to attain full physical development. The British Shorthair Cat are sexually dimorphic with the males weighing between 9 to 17 pounds (4.1 and 7.7 kg) while the females weigh between 7 to 12 pounds (3.2 and 5.4 kg).
Color and Temperament
The British Shorthair Cat has a dense coat without a definitive undercoat making the texture plush, crisp and firm. The British Shorthair Cats can also found in white, black, red, golden, silver and cream colors. Many directories such as TICA and GCCF also accept dilute lilac and chocolate colors. The British Shorthair Cats are easy going but not as active and playful as the other breeds. They are devoted to their owners and sweet-natured.
British Shorthair Cat Facts
There are over 500 million domestic cats in the world and 88 million in the United States Approximately 40,000 people are bitten by cats in the U.S. annually. British Shorthair Cats on average sleep 13 to 14 hours a day and when they are awake, they spend a lot of time liking themselves to keep themselves clean. British Shorthair Cats help control rodents like small rats and mice where the live homes, warehouse, ect. British Shorthair Cats have very sharp hearing and their sense of smell is fantastic. British Shorthair Cats average life span is around 12 to 15 years.
British Shorthair Cats can see at levels of light six time lower than a human, this is why cats can catch mice so easily at night. The cat's hairball is called a "bezoar" (meaning a concretion or calculus found in the intestines or stomach of certain animals, in particular ruminants, formerly alleged to be an effective cure for poison). A British Shorthair Cat can climb up a tree well but can not climb head first down a tree, because all the claws on a cat’s paw points the same direction, to get down from a tree, a cat has to back down. A British Shorthair Cat can run at a top speed of about 30 mph (48.2 km) over a short distance. A cat rubs against a person to not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory.
A British Shorthair Cat does not like water because its fur is not insulate it well when it gets wet. A British Shorthair Cat averages about 12 whiskers on both side of its face. A British Shorthair Cats jaw can not move sideways, there for a cat can not chew large pieces of food. A British Shorthair Cat has the ability to jump up to six times its length. A British Shorthair Cats back is highly flexible because of its 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. The body of a British Shorthair Cat has 230 bones. While a human body has 206. Compared to a humans who only have 34. The average British Shorthair Cat temperature of a cat is 101.5 °F. The British Shorthair Cats heart beats at 110 to 140 a minute, That is almost twice as fast as a human heart. A British Shorthair Cats has 30 teeth while a kittens has about 26 teeth that they will lose at about 6 months of age.