What do British Shorthair cats eat?
With its distinctive broad face, chunky body and dense, plush coat, the British Shorthair is one of the most popular pure breeds, not only in Britain but in many countries around the world. With an ancestry that is thought to trace all the way back to ancient Rome, these easy-going, calm cats make excellent – if generally silent, companions.
Selectively bred over many generations since the nineteenth century, the British Shorthair was featured at the first-ever cat show, organised in London in 1871. Any breed as selectively managed as this develops its own particular traits and needs that make it distinctive from any other. This is why at ROYAL CANIN®, we have created our British Shorthair food with some very specific requirements in mind.
Bone and joint health
The British Shorthair is at the larger end of the scale when it comes to size. Adult males can be as large as 9kg, which makes them one of the biggest pure breeds. Compact and stocky, but not very active, the British Shorthair will still put its powerful muscles to use in short, energetic bursts. To help cope with the stresses and strains placed on joints and bones our British Shorthair food includes plenty of the Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. These fatty acids are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce swelling and improve joint pain.
Maintain muscle tone
Stocky builds and sedentary lifestyles don’t lend themselves to slender physiques, which is why British Shorthairs can be prone to unhealthy weight gain. To help overcome this tendency, ROYAL CANIN®’s research team developed a formula that uses a precise combination of protein (34%) and L-carnitine to provide your cat with all the energy it needs, while helping it utilise the fat stored by its body to help promote lean muscle mass.
As a stocky, muscular breed with a tendency to gain weight, the British Shorthair can be at risk of developing heart conditions. To help encourage greater cardiac health, ROYAL CANIN®’s British Shorthair food contains specific nutrients including taurine and the Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Healthy skin and coat
Shedding is a synonymous part of the British Shorthair breed. Every season, their plush, short coat sheds heavily. These big moults and the subsequent regrowth mean the British Shorthair’s coat and the skin underneath it, require a lot of nutritional support to thrive. This is why the team at ROYAL CANIN® have developed a targeted combination of particular amino acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and specific supplemental vitamins to support coat health and keep your cat’s skin healthy.
More than just nutrition
When our research team develop a new diet for a specific breed, they do more than just look at nutrition– they want to make sure that every diet is incredible in every detail. That’s why our British Shorthair food is made with special kibble technology to help support this breed’s particular needs.
The British Shorthair has a short muzzle and its massive jaw restricts its capacity to pick up food with its teeth. So, our team has developed the “Amethyst 12” kibble especially for the British Shorthair. The “Amethyst 12” is larger than the standard kibble size. This size, combined with a slightly different shape, make it much easier for the British Shorthair’s large jaw to grasp. The kibble has also been engineered to encourage your cat to chew before swallowing. This not only improves digestion, it also helps with dental health.
If you’d like to know more about this diet, click through to the British Shorthair page on our website. You can also ask your vet or speak to your breeder, they’ll tell you that ROYAL CANIN®’s British Shorthair diet has everything this powerful breed needs to have to live a long, healthy life.