Kalven are a great company for sturdy scratch posts suitable for our chunky cats.They are made with solid wood (not cardboard), the same type as they use for telegraph poles, so they withstand the weight of our BSH's. Don't make the same mistake I did and buy the standard trees as they will not last, nor be suitable, when your BSH is fully grown.
I did own 'The Monty' (£125) which they all loved and often slept on. However, due to having an increasing amount of cats, and limited space, I have now passed this onto my brother for his cat to enjoy and I have replaced it with a larger construction (mentioned below).
Much more space for more of my cats to enjoy together.
Aphrodite and Keisha were very keen to try it out for the first time (pictured).
I own a Litter Robot Open Air 3. It is expensive to buy (now £483.83), but worth it if you have more than one cat at home. I do save on litter in the long run as you do not use as much as you would with standard boxes.
I do use standard litter trays also, for when I have kittens or need to separate my cats. As a general rule, you should have 1 for each cat you have, plus 1 extra, and these need to be placed in different areas of the house.
I have found, and come to love Brit-Pet litter trays (starting at £27.99) and have replaced all my standard trays with these. It's amazing how much litter you save. I highly recommend!
When first bringing your new kitten home, it is best to try to use the same litter they are used to. This will help settle them in, and avoid any accidents caused by confusion as to where to 'go'.
The Litter Robot requires clumping litter for it to work. I have tried many brands but so far I find the Pets at Home brand to be the best. I use the Anti-Bac range (Clumping litter should not be used with small kittens as there is a risk of them eating it which clogs up their systems and can be fatal). Any kittens I have do not have access to the robot, and this type of litter is not used until the last couple of weeks with us.
I use non-clumping pine wood pellets in the Brit-Pet litter trays. I find that the trays do not smell and are very easy to clean. Kittens raised in my care are introduced and trained to use this system (Brit-Pet trays and wood litter). The best part is that you save so much money as there is very little waste with the Brit-Pet litter trays. Solids are disposed of, double bagged in the general waste bin, and the wood shavings can be composted and put into your garden waste bins (brown bins in the East Riding).
I feed and recommend Royal Canin complete (dry).
Royal Canin dry is a complete feed, however you can give them some complimentary wet meat daily or as a treat along side the usual dry food to give them some variety.
Thrive is a complete wet food, that I give on occasion. It can be given in replace of the dry food, however I still always provide the dry daily for them to graze regardless of any other additional food/treats.
Cosma is also a big hit with my cats and kittens (as an alternative to Applaws), which is used as a complimentary feed alongside the dry food.
My clowder love the Mousr!
It's great to play with them using the remote play, or if you are busy and want to distract them or keep them entertained you can switch to auto mode. This has been very useful in my house! Feel free to ask for a demo when visiting. Now available to buy from Pets At Home (£150).
This 'Tower of Tracks' activity toy is a big hit with all (£17).
They also love the laser pen which they chase and keeps them entertained for a while (£5).
All cats love Catnip! I find most I buy from pet stores are not very potent and my clowder show very little interest. However the American brands such as Yeowww and Bam are fantastic.
Mine have the Bam Chilli and the Yeowww Fish which they all go crazy over. These designs are good too because they are long so they are able to grab them and give them a good kick! Here is Bear enjoying his catnip as a reward at a show.
Cat Chalets & Garden Security
If you are really wanting your cat to enjoy some outdoors, I highly recommend investing in an outdoor chalet or catio. British Shorthairs are not good having an outdoor life and should be indoor only pets. However, this doesn't mean they cannot enjoy the outdoors if they are supervised or put in safe enclosures.
If you wish your cat to have the run of your garden (supervised), maybe you could consider installing rollers on the tops of your fences/walls to prevent them from jumping or climbing over. A business I came across during one of the Shows I entered who makes and installs such a product are Katzecure.
Another two alternatives for fence-top barriers or made-to-measure balcony frames is Protect A Pet,
You don't want to risk your indoor kitties escaping, yet you need to open your windows for some fresh air and to cool down in those hot summer months.
I found Flat Cats and were a lifesaver! I have them installed on most of my windows now. There is no need to damage your frames either by screwing fixtures and fittings as these are installed with just velcro. They come in several colours to match your deco. An added bonus; They keep out unwanted bugs and insects too which is a great hit with my daughter!
When you buy a kitten from me, I provide you with 4 weeks free insurance from PetPlan. You are able to continue the plan if you wish, and if you sign up before the end of the 4 weeks initial cover, you will usually get another month free. I use these myself and have had no issues with them in all the years I've been a customer.
Why should I insure my pet? One of the hardest positions pet owners can find themselves in is being unable to afford the cost of treatment. That's where pet insurance can come in and provide that peace of mind, so that you do not have to make these difficult decisions, allowing you to focus on caring for your pet. Which plan and insurance is right for you? We promote Petplan insurance for your pet as they offer a true lifetime policy and cover dental and hereditary conditions as standard, making it no surprise that they are the UKs no.1 pet insurance provider. Our practice specifically recommends Petplan's Covered For Life® policies you don't have to worry about your cover reducing when you claim, as veterinary fees cover renews each year no matter how often you claim, as long as you renew your policy each year with no break in cover.
There are times and situations when our pets may become stressed, such as travelling, Bonfire Night/New Years Eve, introducing new pets or a new baby arrival, and moving house to name a few. There are many products out there that can help relax them in these cases, and if you are due to get a new fur baby it is a good idea to get one up and running a week before your kitten joins you.
I am yet to find the need to put my fur babies in a cattery as I usually have a family member stay over to look after them while I'm away. However, I do keep my eyes and ears peeled for potential good catteries if such an occasion should arise.
This lovely place was brought to my attention and has had nothing but great reviews. It looks absolutely fantastic and I wouldn't mind being a cat in my next life and staying there myself.
They call it Yorkshires Ultimate Retreat - The Ings Luxury Cat Hotel and is definitely worth a look!
There are many grooming products on the market, therefore it can be hard to choose which one is best for you and your fur babies. I do not recommend Furminator brushes for the British Shorthair breed. This particular brush works by removing the under layers of fur which will thin out the characteristic dense fur of the British Shorthair.
I have tried various different types but came across this product and thought I'd give it a try. My cats love it. The glove is a close fit, not big and flappy unlike some I've tried, and it feels just like you are stroking your cat but for them, with an added massaging effect. The loose hair collects on the glove and peels straight off in one piece which makes it very easy to clean. It is suitable for many types of pets/animals too! You can get it here, or on Amazon.
Not only does this Infinity Scratcher by PetFusion have a cool look for your home, cats love it for laying about on, and more importantly scratching on which saves your furniture. Not all cats like the vertical poles for scratching which is why you may find your cat scratching at your carpets as they have a good stretch. Having multiple, different varieties of scratchers around the house will eliminate this unwanted behaviour.
I tend to spray catnip on the scratchers which will attract them to the areas I am happy for them to use.
I often get asked what carrier I recommend but I feel this is more down to personal preference. Have a look a different types and get a feel of holding them and see how easy it is to open and close. Some are practical but are not the most comfortable when it comes to carrying them (talking from experience). One thing I would highly suggest is make sure you get one that has a top opening option.
I personally use the open top ones the vets use but that's purely down to the fact it's a requirement for some shows I attend, and also because it holds quite a number of kittens which is important for when I take litters for check-ups at the vets. However, it is very uncomfortable to hold so it's not recommended for carrying long distances! These are available to buy at Kalven.
If I were to recommend one for normal circumstances, I would say the Catit is a popular choice. I often see these for sale at shows and they seem popular amongst pet owners. It does have the top-opening option as well as the front, and it even has a drinking bowl attached to the door which is great when travelling longer distances. Don't choose the smallest one as you'll soon find your fur baby has out-grown it.
There are many products out there to prevent your fur babies getting fleas and ticks etc, but please do your research before buying and applying! There have been many cases of certain brands causing severe reactions to our beloved pets with some leading to fatalities.
**My recommendations are just that. Please seek expert advice from your vet before using any products and/or treatments.**
I personally use Advocate for my cats (with the exception of one who is allergic) which is prescription only so is supplied by my vet. The dosage depends on the individual cat's weight (The images supplied are for adult cats weighing more than 4kg). I love this product because it protects against much more than just fleas!
For my one cat that is allergic to Advocate, or in cases I just want to protect against fleas, I use Advantage.
Both are fantastic products and there is no need to treat your house too because once applied it covers anywhere your cat goes.
Cats and kittens should be wormed according to the data sheet of the product but in general;
at 2 weeks, 5 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks old (this should have already been done and completed by your breeder before collecting at 12-13 weeks old).
Then, MONTHLY until the age of SIX MONTHS
Then, every 3-4 months.
They often come in forms of syrup, granules, paste, or tablets and the dosage is determined by your pets weight. It can be a pain trying to get our fur babies to take these as they soon cotton-on to what we are doing even though we try our hardest to conceal them in food! Thankfully they have made Dronspot, a spot-on which is applied just like the flea treatments on the back of their neck! It is more pricier than the traditional forms, but anything for an easy life! More importantly, you know that your fur baby has definitely had their full dosage. Furthermore, Pets at Home offer a VIP subscribe and save deal so you can't go wrong. You can also tie it in to your monthly flea treatment subscriptions they offer too. Please note though, it can leave a chalky residue on the site of application, therefore if you intend on showing your cat or kitten it is not the best option to use a day or so before the big day.
**My recommendations are just that. Please seek expert advice from your vet before using any products and/or treatments.**
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