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A lot of people ask me how I feed my cats. The answer is that there are no two people in the world that have equal tastes and it is the same for cats. I always respect my catís opinions and do not force them to eat one type of food or another. Some of my cats eat raw meet, some like dry food. I have a girl who likes to eat fish every day and becomes skinny if I cut down the fish from her diet. Therefore, every day one of her meals is fish; she is happy and feels well. Even when I get to know my catsí preferences to a certain type of food, I still try something new. And then I find out that one likes blueberries and pieces of red pepper while the other is crazy about dill and cauliflower.

Our kittens are taught to eat dry, canned and fresh food so their future owners could choose the food that is convenient for them.

We donít give our kittens milk.

We donít give our kittens pork.

I recommend the food at room temperature, not too hot or too cold.

The water should always be at the catís reach and changed once a day.

Any uneaten food must be removed right away.

British cats love to eat, so donít leave any food overnight.

Donít rush to fill that bowl in the morning if the cat is still sleeping. Wait until he looks in your eyes and meows. Educating a cat is a very important matter; this will teach the cat to be thankful.

Here are some things you might need to purchase:

1. Litter filling

2. Сат tree. Remember: Brits are heavy and fat, so your cat tree must be stable. If you want to buy a little house for your cat, it mustnít be put up at floor level, as the cat will think it is a litter.

3. A couple of bowls

4. Some toys (the ones you can wash are the best)

5. A laser, very good if you donít want to run before the cat after a long working day

6. A comb, the cat should know it and love it. It doesnít matter if itís fur is easy to groom. Our kittens get used to the comb, which helps a lot for shows.

7. A couple of cat beds where the cat can curl up. We have a few in each room.`   

our cat tree

our comb

our litter

cat laser

Frequently Asked Questions About British Shorthair

"Are they all grey?"

  • No, though the majority of the British Shorthairs bred in the US and Canada are grey. Grey is what we call blue. Half of all British Shorthairs bred in CCA or TICA have a regular blue or blue-white colors.

"What other colors do British Shorthairs come in?Ē

         Nearly all colors found in the domestic cat world. All tabby colors, all solids,                     calicos and bi-colors. In England and other countries it is possible to even find                 pointed and solid chocolate and lilac colors British Shorthair.

"Do they all have copper eyes?Ē

  • No. The British Shorthair shaded silver and British Shorthair shaded golden colors have green eyes. This color will come in full green by one year old. Solid whites can have blue eyes, gold eyes or odd eyes. The pointed cats have blue eyes. However, grey, lilac and cream colors must have gold to copper eyes.

"How big do British Shorthairs get?

  • At maturity, a typical British Shorthair male will be about 12 to 18 pounds, with the females somewhat smaller. This does vary - some families run smaller, some larger. It does take this breed a long time to mature. Both sexes will continue to fill out and thicken up until 4 years of age.

"Do the females or the males make better pets?

  • Each sex has its own set of characteristics. Males British Shorthair tend to be more happy go lucky, and are less picky about who they receive attention from. Females are very loyal to a smaller number of people and are a bit more serious.

"Do British Shorthairs like to sit on your lap?"

  • Usually kittenís personality is passed from parents to kittens. If mother and father like to sit on the laps, if they do not run away when they see other people and are very comfortable at cat shows in judges hands, then it is more probable that these qualities will be inherited by the kittens. Besides, it takes breeder a lot of efforts to develop a calm and affectionate personality. Additionally, it depends a lot on the atmosphere in the family where the kittens are growing. From the very first weeks of their lives our kittens learn to be around small children, to sit in their hands and to play with them.

"Do British Shorthairs like to be hugged and carried like a baby?"

  • Every litter has kittens with different characters. One of the kittens could be independent, a very active leader that decides what he wants to do while the other one from the same litter would sit in your hands, purr and look into your eyes. Teaching kittens to sit in hands is a very careful and tedious breederís work. Well, what a pleasure to hold in hands a small ďpolar bearĒ with green eyes!!!

"How active are British Shorthairs?"

  • British have an expected kitten activity level up until they are about a year old. They start to slow down after a year. By the age of 4 to 6 years old they are very sedentary; "couch potatoes". They do not run high and do not throw left and right your favorite pictures, they do not swing on your curtains and do not jump on your table. They know that all they need to do is to smile and their bowl will be full of their most preferred delicacies. This smile was never displayed better than in Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat.

"Do British Shorthairs meow a lot?"

  • No, British Shorthairs rarely meow. They are very quiet unpretentious cats. Well, they will purr when you pet them.

"Since British Shorthairs are so big and sturdy, are they safe outside?"

  • No. There is no domestic cat big enough that can fight off an urban coyote, large raccoon, automobile or a disease like feline leukemia. Keeping your British Shorthair inside will also limit its exposure to fleas and intestinal parasites. However, they will be happy if you build them a net aviary. Most of live creatures like sun and green grass.

No folds please

From our friendly cattery Sundust Cats

We get lots of requests from silver and golden fold breeders to buy a kitten or have a mating from one of our studs.
Here I want to explain why we refuse to take part in this breed.
We are not arrogant but we do want to breed healthy cats.
We are concerned...
We think lots of people are not aware of what fold cats are.

Why don't we actively support the scottish fold breed?


Scottish Fold osteochondrodysplasia is a disease seen in homozygous and heterozygous carriers of the Scottish Fold gene. There is a defect in enchondral ossification which results in altered metaphyses and widened physes. The result is misshapen carpal and tarsal bones, shortened distal extremities, and widened endplates of tail vertebrae. The abnormal ossification of metaphysis alters the joint mechanics, and leads to secondary degenerative joint disease. Other features include osteopenia of surrounding bone, and exostoses plantar to the calcaneus. Homozygous cats develop the disease earlier than heterozygous cats.

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this is not the only
scientific based source
don't need more explanation.
Wanna breed Folds:
think about breeding healthy cats!!!
Are straights out of a fold
British Shorthair?

Think again!!!

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