Norbert is a sweet and gentle giant, named after Hagrid’s Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon from Harry Potter! He is spectacularly fluffy, soft, and mellow. Norbert may not have the fire and spice you find in a real Norwegian Ridgeback, but he is even more majestic and magical! Norbert is still finding his wings and can be a little clumsy and hesitant, but mention playtime or dinner—this little guy swoops in on the scene!
Spayed/Neutered – Vaccinated – Dewormed – Treated for Fleas
Tested for FeLV and FIV (cats and kittens only) – Microchipped
Besides being treasured for their easygoing attitude about life, British shorthairs are beloved for their thick, dense coats that come in almost any color or pattern. Blue-gray cats, often called British blues, are probably the most popular color choice of British shorthair fanciers.
But aside from their common blue coat, this breed is easy to recognize because of their thick legs, broad chests, rounded heads, and chubby cheeks that are totally pinchable. British shorthairs with blue coats have bold orange-amber eyes, but individuals with other coat colors can have green, copper, amber, or blue eyes.
When it comes to temperament, British shorthairs are hard to beat: They’re active without being boisterous, they’re affectionate without being cloying, and they’re smart but don’t feel the need to show off by figuring out how to open your refrigerator. British shorthair cats are easygoing and will treat everyone in the family (including dogs and other cats) like a good friend, especially if socialized as kittens.
Like most cats, British shorthairs aren’t too fussy about where they live—as long as they have loving owners who take the time to interact with them. British shorthairs are a happy medium between playful and just wanting to snooze in the sun all day. This means he’s always up for a game of chase-the-little-red-laser-beam, but you won’t have to worry about him getting into trouble while you’re at work (especially if you give him plenty of toys for entertainment).
Unlike long-haired cats, British shorthairs don’t need to be fussed over to look good. Their short, soft, dense coat only requires weekly brushing to remove dead hair and skin cells. But for the most part, they do a good job keeping themselves clean and tidy.
Like other breeds, British shorthairs need frequent nail trims and dental care, as well as regular trips to the veterinarian. Be sure to spay or neuter your pet and keep their vaccinations up to date, as instructed by your vet. Check their ears regularly for wax build-up or possible ear mites as well. It’s also important to keep their litter boxes clean so they don’t turn their nose up at it.
British shorthairs are a large, healthy breed that can live up to 20 years. However, they are susceptible to certain health problems, as all breeds are.
These kitties can be prone to a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a thickening of the muscular walls of the cat’s heart; this causes difficulty breathing, lethargy, and loss of appetite in older animals. And, similar to other breeds, British shorthairs can develop urinary tract and kidney issues.
To help prevent health problems from developing, start by getting your British shorthair kitten from a reputable breeder who uses healthy adults. And always take your cat to your vet once a year for a check-up.
In addition to regular health check-ups, exercise should play an important role in your British shorthair’s life. These cats have energy but aren’t that active, so they can gain too much weight (especially in their later years) unless you develop strategies that keep them moving when they’re young. Interactive toys, fishing wands, balls, lasers, and climbing structures like cat trees and cat shelves will all help keep your British shorthair fit and trim, physically and mentally.