Are British Shorthairs (BSH) easy to take care of?

blue british shorthair cat wearing a brown sweater

The British Shorthair cat (BSH) is a pleasant cat that is loyal, loving, and pleasant. If you have recently brought one home, you might have noticed that just as its personality is different, but very low maintenance to take care of.

Are you wondering how to care for your BSH cat? You'll need to take care of a few aspects of their diet, grooming, and lifestyle to make sure that your cat is healthy.

Here are some guidelines to help you take care of your cuddly and easygoing cat:

Start With Health Check

If you have recently bought a British Shorthair cat, take a look at its health and medical records with your vet. This will make you aware of any allergies or illnesses your cat may be suffering from.

If you have bought your cat from a kennel or breeder, make sure they have properly vaccinated and treated it for worms. The most common genetic disease in the British Shorthair is Hemophilia B. We recommend your cat have a genetic test performed to determine if they are a carrier of the disease.

You should then consult your vet to determine when to neuter or spay your cat. You should also set up a schedule for your cat so that it gets regular checkups (at least twice every year is recommended). 

Dental Care + Grooming

Since British Shorthair cats are prone to gingivitis, so you need to brush your cat with specially formulated toothpaste. If you are having trouble brushing your cat’s teeth, you can give it something tasty to lick off the brush like a snack.

BSH has thick teddy like fur coat. You'll also need to groom your cat regularly to keep it from shedding. Brush your cat right away if you notice mats or tangles in its fur.

You can use a brush or comb with stiff bristles to remove the dead hair from your cat's coat. Regular brushing will help distribute the natural oils on your cat's coat evenly and improve circulation.

When you groom your cat, make sure you clean its ears and check for skin issues. This is especially important if you notice excessive licking, chewing, redness, or wounds.


To keep your cat happy and healthy, you need to keep an eye on its diet.

If you have bought a kitten, you need to feed it formulated kitten food. When it turns a year old, you can start a slow transition to regular adult food. Before making this change, make sure to consult with the vet.

You need to provide British Shorthair cat with food that has the right amounts of vitamins and minerals. Be sure to check the nutritional content and ingredients of any packaged food before feeding your cat.

Consider including foods that contain meat, meat by-products, and seafood in your cat’s diet which. When choosing high-quality food, make sure your cat enjoys the food and that it has different flavors.

Play And Exercise

By giving your cat some toys and exercise, you will keep its reflexes and coordination in good form. British Shorthair cats love to play.

You can give your cat some teaser toys, balls, and laser lights. You can also provide your cat with some climbing structures so it can move about the house's multiple levels.


Looking for a low-maintenance cat with a lot of love to give? British Shorthairs will be the right breed for you! Because British Shorthairs are known for their laid-back personalities, an excellent choice for first-time cat parents or senior citizens looking for a companion. They also get along well with children and cats.


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