Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find useful, important or just interesting information and facts about British Shorthair
The British Shorthair cat history can be traced from the time of the Roman Empire, being the domestic cat of Rome and brought to Britain by the Romans. With its long, steady history the British Shorthair cat is one of the least altered cat breeds, which makes it very healthy. It has been the most popular breed of cat registered by the UK's Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). The breed was defined in the 19th century and British Shorthairs were shown at the 1871 Crystal Palace cat show, in fact was the only cat to be shown as pedigreed. During and after WW2 in the mid of 20th century, Brits almost disappeared, but thanks to dedicated cat lovers you still can enjoy this amazing Breed.
Colors we breed.
The British Shorthair coat, which is short and dense, comes in all colors of the rainbow : Black, Blue, Lilac, Cream, Chocolate, Red, Colorpoint, Tabby, Bicolour... the list is endless :)
We breed British Shorthair kittens in Black Silver Shaded Color with Green and Blue eyes , Black Golden Shaded with Green and Blue eyes and Chinchilla colors. We also breed Blue Golden Shaded kittens.
BRI ns 11 - Black Silver Shaded (Chinchilla)
BRI ns 11 33 - Black Silver Shaded Point (Chinchilla)
BRI ny 11 - Black Golden Shaded
BRI ny 11 33 - Black Golden Shaded Point
BRI ay 11 - Blue Golden Shaded
All the kittens are born with blue eyes. At about 5-6 weeks of age they start to change to the color according to their coat color. The point kittens will have blue color and it will not change. The color of the eyes stabilizes from 8 month to 24 months. You can try to predict kitten's eyecolor by looking at his parents. So if you will take a look at the cats in our cattery and their anchestors, they have deep green, aqua and blue eyes.
When kitten is ready to go to his new home and what it comes with .
Our kittens are ready for a new home when they are at least 10-12 weeks old. At 6 weeks of age they are getting the first round of shots of FVRCP (includes 3 vaccines) and deworming with Pyrantel. At 9 weeks we are repeating FVRCP vaccination, deworming with Pyrantel and also testing the kittens for FeLV/FIV (blood test) and internal parasites (Fecal test). At 12 weeks we are repeating FVRCP vaccine. Also we would like to mention that if you need to wait for that very special date (Birthday, Valentines Day, Christmas, Anniversary) we don't mind to hold the kitten till then but please let us know about it in advance.
All our kittens come
under contract with health and genetic guarantees,
vaccinated with FVRCP according to their age
blood tested for FeLV/FIV
Fecal test for internal parasites
dewormed for internal and external parasites with Pyrantel and Advantage Multi
with Health Certificate
TICA registration package
Complimentary insurance from Trupanion for 30 days
and of course lifetime support and advice from us :)
Shipping, Pick up and Delivery
Of course we love when you can come to meet the kitten, see our cattery and then come back to pick them up. But we are all humans and we do understand that sometimes its just impossible due to personal reasons. Thats why we work with every person individually. Just let us know what is more comfortable for you and how would you like to do it. Options are: Cargo, Meeting at Orlando International Airport or Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Personal Delivery by the courier to your nearest airport or your home. The price depends on destination and type of service. You are very welcome to our home to see and meet everyone.
Cat' s Diet
All our kittens and British Shorthairs in general are healthy without any health problems and its important to keep it this way. We as a breeder can only give you an advice and suggestion on how to feed your new family member. Well balanced diet is very important.
Kittens should be fed 4-5 times a day and adult cat should be fed 2-3 times a day.
Water should be available to kitten/cat all the time.
When choosing canned and dry food, please give a preference to the professional class "premium" or "super premium", for example Canidae/Felidae, Iams, Dr Hills Diet.
Here is a list that provides well balanced diet for felines:
-Raw pre-frozen meat, finely chopped, rinsed with boiling water and cooled off (beef, chicken, turkey, beef hearts, chicken hearts, please NO PORK)
-Seafood, cooked same way as meat. 2 times per week (wild salmon, shrimps)
-Dairy Products, please no diet or fat free products. (sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, cheese, raw yolk from eggs, plain yogurt)
-Homemade canned food
All we want to say, that canned food and dry food is not enough for kittens/cats. And if you are eating chicken vegetable soup with some croutons and your furry friend wants it, please give him to try. He might like it :)
You can see more details on our "Kitten Care" page
If you have other animals in your Family
These calm, good-tempered, easygoing cats are excellent, well-balanced companions. They are lively, playful, and very affectionate, but not to the point of being bothersome. They adapt to any size household, and are particularly good with children and other pets. Truly a perfect family cat. However, you should take in consideration that some breeds are more aggressive. So it might be very difficult for a kitten to adjust to the new place. We just want our babies to be happy and relaxed in their new homes. So please let us know if you have other animals in your house and we will help you to make the transition as easy as possible with the small tricks.
For example, You decided which kitten you are getting. You simply call us, email us and give us your personal information. We will email you the contract that you need to print, fill out, sign and send us back including the deposit for the kitten. We accept money order, cashier check, personal check, PayPal or Credit Card (Square add 3 percent per transaction). After that the kitten is reserved. The deposit is 100% NON-REFUNDABLE (covers 10-12 weeks expenses, while the kitten is staying with us). We would guide and help you through all the process. Explain all the details. Call us 321-682-8122, 872-777-0351 or email us and it will be our pleasure to talk with you and answer all your questions. If we do not have available kittens you are more then welcome to be on our waiting list, simply email us and let us know what you are looking for.
Is there such a thing as a hypoallergenic cat?
No! There are no hypoallergenic cat breeds.
Before we discuss what is causing the allergies we have some interesting facts for you.
1) The prefix "hypo" means "less than" and thus the word hypoallergenic tells the kitten/cat buyer that the breeder believes the cat to produce fewer allergens than other cats. How is this measured or regulated - well it isn't. There are no legal regulations defining allergens (let alone allergens in cats), nor are there any guidelines. So the world "hypoallergenic" has very little meaning.
2) Around 2-15% of the worlds population is allergic to cats and 1/3 of these have a cat in their home.
3) Up to 40% of Asthma sufferers are sensitive to cats.
4) A large proportion of cats surrendered to shelters are from allergic pet owners.
5) A study of 321 patients with allergies showed that dark-coloured cats where 4 times more likely to cause more sneezing, wheezing and overall allergy-symptom than light-coloured cats did.
6)The allergen has been found in almost 1/3 of non-cat owner's homes and on the clothing of co-workers who don't own any cats, and in doctor's surgeries and schools.
What causes the Allergies?
The primary cause of allergic reactions to cats is caused by allergens found in the cat sebaceous glands in the cat's skin, such as the allergenic glycoprotein called Fel D1(short for "Felis domesticus"), it is also secreted via saliva in lesser quantities. When cats lick themselves, they spread this protein, which is rather sticky, and glues itself onto dust particles, the home, your clothing and their fur; whether it's long, short, straight, curly, or absent fur. As all cats have sebaceous glands, all cat breeds can potentially cause allergies. Allergic allergens are also found in the faeces, serum, urine, mucous, dander, and hair roots of the cat. Cat allergen is about 10 times smaller than pollen or dust particles it is so small that it easily penetrates the bronchial membranes.
Also remember before you blame the cat for your itchy and watery eyes, constant sneezing or runny nose, go and get allergy tested, as the cat may not be to blame after all.
Why we are telling you this? it is very simple, cause we don't want the poor little kitten to be re-homed if you find out you are allergic to him or her. Don't let your new family member become another statistic at a shelter. In case that you or your family cannot keep the kitten at your house for whatever reasons, please do not put him/her in shelter ... We will take our baby back :)