The British Longhair is a medium size domestic cat breed that originated from United Kingdom. They are also known as Britannica, Highlander and Highland Straight, and earned the reputation of being the national cat of the British Isles. The affectionate cat breed typically weighs 10 - 18 pounds for males, 8 - 16 pounds for females. They have a semi-long length dense coat that will have moderate shedding and require frequent grooming. It is essential to keep their coat clean, healthy and do look out for any possible skin conditions.
Common Health Conditions
- The British Longhair is prone to polycystic kidney disease, a disease where cysts form on the cats kidneys and can often cause kidney failure.
- Stomatitis is a condition where the soft tissues in a cat’s mouth become irritated and inflamed, these tissues include the gums and tongue.
- Diabetes in cats can occur occurs when the cats insulin response are no longer functioning normally to balance the blood sugar or glucose levels of the cat.