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.
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Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
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Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
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