The Brazilian Shorthair has come a long way from its humble origins as a feral street cat in Brazil. Called the “Pelo Curto Brasileiro” in its native country, it was developed by selecting cats with a distinctive look from local populations. It is thought that the original breed stems from the British Shorthair of the United Kingdom, brought by Europeans at the time of Brazil’s colonization by Portugal. Regardless, much has changed about the breed in its journey from street cat to purebred. It is the first cat from Brazil to receive international recognition, and its social and affectionate nature has won fans at home and abroad.
Appearance / lifespan:
The Brazilian Shorthair is a medium-to-large cat, muscular, but slender. Though it has many characteristics in common with the American Shorthair, it can be distinguished from that breed by a sleeker build. The head is wedge-shaped, longer than it is broad, with a slightly convex profile and a firm lower jaw and chin. Males of this breed will have noticeably larger heads than females. The eyes of the Brazilian Shorthair are large, round, and very expressive. Eye color can vary widely, and most colors are possible.
With a short, silky hair that lacks an undercoat, the Brazilian Shorthair is an easy cat to groom, with little shedding. The Brazilian Shorthair can come in all recognized patterns and colors, except for pointed coloration.
Behavior / temperament:
The Brazilian Shorthair is a social and affectionate cat. They will involve themselves in your day-to-day activities, and thrive on human contact. They have a somewhat high energy level, and should be given lots of opportunities to play. They do well with children and other pets, though they are an accomplished hunter, and caution should be taken around small animals and birds.
great companion, beautiful experience, exceptional sweetness, interactivity
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 57 days ago