How To Adopt British Shorthair Cats
Cat lovers will tell you that there is always the curiosity to own another breed depending on its behaviors and natural appearance. There are different breeds of cats in the world and each has its characteristics. Among these breeds, the British shorthair stands out. Built with a thick body, broad face, and a masculine build, this cat possesses introverted well-mannered characteristics that make it stand out among the rest.
With such qualities, you may want to be the proud owner of such a cat. When you decide to adopt a British shorthair there are some guidelines you should know so that the adoption can be successful and the cat can stay comfortable in your home
Guidelines to adopting a British shorthair cat
- Take your cat to the vet. Let the vet do health checkups on your new British shorthair cat so that it can get tested and treated on any diseases that it may have carried from where it came from. Failure to do so could lead to the spread of communicable cat diseases among your other cats. As part of the health checkup, the vet will check for fleas, mites, and ticks. In case you notice any signs of illness such as sneezing, diarrhea, or runny eyes with your adopted cat, call your vet.
- Confine your British short hair for some time. When a British shorthair cat is brought to a new home, it gets stressed due to the change of environment. To help the cat adapt to its new environment it is recommended that you have it confined in a room for one or two weeks as a way to help the cat adjust. Within the time of confinement, spend time with your British shorthair cat so that with time the cat will get familiar with you and a bond will be created. Confinement is also a good way of making other animals in the house familiarize themselves with the scent of the new member.
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- Keep the cat indoors. After confinement, do not let your adopted British shorthair cat go out of the house yet. This will help keep the cat safe from outdoor dangers such as fights with other animals. It is only after the cat has been with you for a few weeks that you should let it out under your supervision. Always accompany your adopted British shorthair cat to certain areas within your home and don’t let it go beyond your home so that it gets to know the boundaries of its new home and therefore be safe.
- Play with your cat. Playing with your British shorthair cat is an effective way of making the cat relax and bond with you. Though reserved, the British shorthair cannot resist toys and so periodical playtime is advised. You can also use catnip to help your cat unwind. Sprinkle some on the floor and see the cat’s reaction if the cat loosens up, then it’s time for more play.
- Be patient. The last and most important part is that during the process of adoption and familiarization, you should give your cat time to relax and feel free. Playa and talk to your British cat often for it to get used to you. As opposed to other breeds this may take time with British shorthair cats because they like to be left alone but with time your adopted British shorthair cat will catch up.