british shorthair breed information

common health issues

This rare immune-mediated disease occurs in newborn kittens. When kittens with Type A blood nurse from a mother with type B blood, antibodies from the mother attach to the kitten's red blood cells and cause them to be destroyed, leading to anemia (low red blood cells). Affected kittens are born healthy, but fail to thrive.
Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing.
Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.
Hemophilia B is a bleeding disorder due to a deficiency in a specific clotting factor. The deficiency in Hemophilia B is of factor IX, and the condition is often much more severe than Hemophilia A. Hemophilia B is often so severe it can can require periodic blood transfusions.
As its name implies, polycystic kidney disease is a disease in which cysts form in the kidney. This causes them to be enlarged, and disrupts their normal function. Polycystic kidney disease generally leads to kidney failure. There is no specific treatment � supportive treatment for kidney failure improves quality of life.

The British Shorthair is a descendant of the cats brought to Britain by Romans and then interbred with wild native cats. They come in many colors, but by far the most popular color is blue, and this variety is often simply referred to as a “British Blue”. Its full cheeks and large, round eyes made it a natural choice as the model for the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

British Shorthairs are laid back and have generally happy dispositions. They enjoy affection from their owners but are not overly aggressive about seeking it. Their above-average intelligence allows them to learn tricks easily. Whether or not they perform these tricks, however, is a different story - it is, after all, a cat, and it will do what it likes.

Although above average in intelligence, British Shorthairs are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses British Shorthairs are prone to include blood disorders such as neonatal isoerythrolysis and hemophilia B; heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; eye problems such as cataracts; and kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your British Shorthair inherits more than just his parents’ ability to do tricks, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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