British Shorthair Cat Statistics & Types

1. Country of Origin  The United Kingdom is believed to be the country of origin for the British Shorthair cat, which is also nicknamed simply “the British”.

 2. Litter Size  While more or less can be born, an average litter size will be between 3 and 5 kittens.

 3. Average Cat Size  While dependent on the cat’s gender and breeding, when measured at the shoulder, the average British Shorthair cat will be medium to large sized and weigh between 7 and 17 pounds (3.2 and 7.7 kilograms) or more, depending on the size of both parents, with an average tail length of 12 inches (30 centime- ters).  

4. Temperature & Heart Rate  Temperature: 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 39.1 Celsius).  Respiratory Rate: 20 to 30 per minute.  Heart Rate: 140 to 220 per minute.  Gums: should be pink. 

5. The Domestic Cat Lifespan  There are many factors that may play a role in how long your cat may live,including how well you care for them, whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat, and the particular cat breed.  However, the average domestic cat (“Felis catus”) will enter middle age by their 7th year, will be considered a senior cat by age 12, and “geriatric” by age 15.  

Generally speaking, our cats are living longer lives, which means that while the “average” lifespan for a domestic house cat may be 14 to 16 years of age, many of our feline friends are living quite a bit longer, as a result of advances in nutrition and veterinary science, with some living into their late teens and early 20’s. 

 Generally speaking, the British Shorthair lifespan is estimated to be between 14 and 20 years.  

6. Coat Colors and Features  The British Shorthair cat is noted for their short, very thick, dense and plush coat that has a firm and crisp pile.  Adult Coats: there can be many different coat colors for the British Shorthair cat, including black, blue, cream, cinnamon, fawn, golden, grey, lilac, red, sil- ver, and tabby, tortoiseshell, shaded and bi-color patterns. 

 Daily Coat Care: will be very important throughout the life of your cat and this should begin when they are kittens, so that they do not fight the process for their entire life. 

 Get in the habit of spending a few minutes brushing or combing your cat’s coat each day to help remove dead hair, mats and tangles, and keep them look- ing their best.  Daily brushing or combing is also a good time to spot any abnormalities be- fore they become a health issue and you should also use this time to check his or her teeth and notice if your cat’s nails require clipping.