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Tell me about your British Short Hair..

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umiaisha · 04/10/2013 22:14

Got our BSH kitten a couple of weeks and am so smitten with her.

Interestingly personality wise she is completely different to what I expected. She is very vocal, a complete lap cat and never leaves us alone. I had read that this breed are independent, hate being picked up/being off the ground and are very quiet!

Also is it normal for cats to be constantly scrounging food? This one is worse than a spaniel! We have given her nothing in addition to her cat food...

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Fluffycloudland77 · 04/10/2013 22:21

Kittens have the worst table manners, it's not safe until its in your mouth.

umiaisha · 04/10/2013 22:27

Ha ha! You are not wrong there..

OH loves to eat his dinner in front of the TV in the week (we are not slobs - honest!) and he has had to abandon this and eat at the table now. She is always sniffing around our drinks and goes berserk if we are eating biscuits or cake!

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cozietoesie · 04/10/2013 22:28

Where's the picture of her?


BigBrassBand · 04/10/2013 22:30

Mine is about 5 and never stops scrounging for food, gets quite annoying!

He makes up for it by being extremely patient and tolerant with the 2 DCs, and is also a great mouser. Probably supplementing his diet with wild caught food.

umiaisha · 04/10/2013 22:40

Cozietoesie - just uploaded some.

Bigbrassband - it is annoying, but think it could be good for my diet. Cracking open a pack of biscuits whilst watching the box is becoming less of a pleasure!

She has been very good with the kids so far, DD (7) is very gentle but DS (2) can be a bit boisterous so am wary about leaving them on their own together. Feel it might be better if she did scratch him as he might leave her alone then.

Take it your cat goes outside? does he stray far? are you concerned about him getting stolen? I would prefer ours to go outside after neutering but am hearing mixed things. Vet says to go for it as does my BSH mad friend but breeder says she should only be allowed out in a secure garden.

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cozietoesie · 04/10/2013 22:46

See how the cat gets on - but supervise on first few outings and best to keep her in at night. (Nighttime is pretty dangerous for cats what with car accidents and predators etc.)

Looking forward to seeing the pics when the site allows.


Lonecatwithkitten · 04/10/2013 23:14

I have one of the rarest colours of BSH the seal point I have always let him out. He is too mean for anyone to steal!
When ever anyone in the clinic comments about my advance cat wrangling skills I point out to them that when you live with one of the meanest cats around you get pretty good at it.
He is an incredibly skilled bird catcher, but doesn't vermin.
He believes that my role as his human is to keep him warm at night.

Sarahlouiseis33 · 04/10/2013 23:28

My BSH Saffy is a lilac tortoiseshell. She is 10 years old now. She is a beauty to look at but is unfriendly and hates being picked up.

She has got slightly better as she has gotten older and now comes and seeks out a fuss and also nuzzles the dog a bit. She interestingly has never ventured further than the back garden but she does love being outside especially basking in the sun.

Oh, and she's not that great at catching anything. She scrounges food though especially yoghurt. She has also been known to jump up on the dinner table and attempt to eat of our dinner plates!!

She is lovely though, bless her.

CatOfTheDay · 04/10/2013 23:57

Our Rosie is probably a DSH - at very least a DSH cross, she looks like one and we always find a few doppelgangers at cat shows - we just don't know her parents as she was a stray.

She's a lilac/cream tortie with huge amber eyes.

She's a bit of a funny one - she HATES people, including DP. (Rosie and DP have come to an agreement where they sort of tolerate each other!) She hides if we have visitors, and has the most amazing hiss when cornered.

She loves me though and is snuggled up against me with her chin on my ankle at the moment. She washes me if I hold my hand out to her, and we have conversations - she has a very musical voice! :)

She's also one of our better hunting cats, flies and moths don't last long once she's clocked them.

CatOfTheDay · 04/10/2013 23:57

BSH - not DSH !

Fluffycloudland77 · 05/10/2013 08:22

Did you make your profile public? I still can't click on your nn.

umiaisha · 05/10/2013 08:37

Thanks all. Particularly pleased to hear that your pooches go outside :-)

Think my profile is public now so you should be able to view the photos.

One other question.. what are your BSH eating? other than what they have scrounged or hunted?! Ours is on a combination of Royal Canin/Hills Science plan and wondered if there was a cheaper but equally as good alternative.

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Fluffycloudland77 · 05/10/2013 09:13


Gorgeous. Totally gorgeous.

cozietoesie · 05/10/2013 09:37


CatOfTheDay · 05/10/2013 10:45

Aaah - she looks just like Rosie when she was younger! :)

Frizzbonce · 05/10/2013 12:46

My BSH Stanley is about seven months old and he's just gone from Gonads to No-nads so we're keeping a close eye on him but he's the most chilled cat I've ever had. When DP and I are on the sofa he likes to stretch out over both of us and stick both paws out in front. He loves attention from my DD and doesn't mind her picking him up although I swear I can see him rolling his eyes. Grin

umiaisha · 05/10/2013 19:50

Thanks, she is a real sweetie. Her coat seems to have got a lot thicker in the past couple of days.

Feels like she has always been part of the family now.

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