Do British Shorthair Cats Like Cuddles?

You can’t resist the desire to scoop up a British Shorthair and hug it till the rest of eternity when you see one but these feelings are not always mutual.

Do British Shorthairs cats like cuddles? The answer is straightforward, they do not. British Shorthair are affectionate and loving, they will express their love in a number of ways but hugging and cuddling are not among them. These cats get genuinely uncomfortable when you try to cuddle with them.

Read on to find out more about the mysterious lovers that British Shorthairs are.

Do British Shorthair Cats Like Cuddles?

British Shorthairs are one of the most adorable cat breeds. You can hardly hold back the urge to scoop up this little furry thing and hug it till forever. But these feelings are not mutual.

Your British Shorthair loves you like no one else but they are not lap cats and they certainly do not enjoy being picked up and cuddled with. They will tolerate your short hugs or cuddles only because they are the nicest creatures ever and they almost never react, but you can easily sense their discomfort. At some instances, scooping your British Shorthair up for a session of hugs and cuddles can end up in a terrified cat, an episode of screeching and racket followed by an aftermath of scratches, cuts and a scared cat who won’t come near you. And this is a lot coming from a cat that is known for its patience and calm demeanor. Nothing can get a reaction from a British Shorthair like a sudden (long) cuddle or hug.

British Shorthairs are affectionate, loyal and loving. They are like those lovers who express their love in their own subtle way. They like to snuggle and sit beside you for great stretches of time but British Shorthairs do not like cuddles, being picked up and hugged. You ought to respect the restrictions that these cats put up – your British Shorthair is not any other lap cat.

British Shorthairs can, however, tolerate short hugs. They will put up with a sudden short hug por show of affection but do it when they are right there snuggling beside you. Do not pick up playing or eating cat to hug it or cuddle with it, this scares the cat beyond your imaginations. British Shorthair, the tolerant little British guy, will also let little kids hug it occasionally. Being the kind old soul that they are, British Shorthairs are exceptionally good with kids. They will tolerate almost anything your kid does to them without reacting at all.

The British Shorthair Is A Subtle Lover

British shorthairs express their love in the most subtle and sweet ways.
It is very rare for these cats to react aggressively. They stay patient till the very end. A British Shorthair will rather walk away from a situation than to react in a semi-aggressive way.  Your British Shorthair might put up with your hugs and cuddles but that doesn’t mean it enjoys those. Some British Shorthairs might even react rather strongly.

Your British Shorthair will follow you around the house, wait for you to come back home at your doorstep, talk to you in its soft purry voice, sit beside you on the couch while you work or watch T.V., play almost any game with you and the list goes on. They will even call you to their room when they want company!

British shorthairs are extremely intelligent and it shows in their display of affection as well. Your British Shorthair cat somehow memorizes your schedule and be sure, whenever you enter the house, this little sturdy fellow will be there to greet you. These cats are the ideal cats to get if you spend most of the day out of the house since they have no problem entertaining their own selves. A British Shorthair can last quite a few hours, even a whole day, alone.

This cat will get along all the members of the family, may it be a kid, another pet or your spouse, mom and dad. Tummy rub is another cute way in which a British Shorthair will show you that it trusts you. It will roll over on its back and let you rub and scratch its furry belly. This is actually a gesture of love and trust since most cats get berserk when you even touch their tummy.

Your British Shorthair Might Be Uncomfortable and You Won’t Even Know!

British Shorthair have this heartbreakingly amazing quality of enduring something that bothers them or causes them pain for as long as they can. They are placid, calm and loving.  How do I know if my British Shorthair is uncomfortable with an activity? Because they are so loving and placid and as their owner, it is your foremost duty not to cause these innocent creatures any kind of discomfort. Some British Shorthair will show their discomfort as the regular cats do, they might scratch, meow or throw a racket but that is very rare. As a breed, these cats have this quality to endure for as long as they can.

It is quite easy to spot an uneasy cat- it will be stiff, its tail will thrash around like crazy, it will be unenthusiastic and will yowl and howl as a last resort to make you stop doing whatever is causing the cat discomfort.

Look out for the following clues if you sense that your cat is uncomfortable:

It will stop purring and will be unusually quiet.

It will show its discomfort by going all stiff and not reacting to anything at all.

It will start meowing rather suggestively and loudly than it usually does. This is when your cat is getting way too uncomfortable.

An extremely irritated British Shorthair will start thrashing its tail to and fro.

A British Shorthair irritated beyond all bounds will start meowing on the top of its lungs. You might get a scratch or two.

There are some British Shorthair cats who do like to cuddle and you will know. And there are also some British Shorthair cats who will react like any cat, they will scratch your skin out and they will yowl when they are manhandled. However, patience is this breed’s mainstream trait and so is their hate for cuddles.

Cuddle-Training your British Shorthair: Does It Work?

Even though British Shorthairs are exceptionally intelligent and can be trained to learn so many exciting things, this is something they can’t seem to learn.

Here’s the thing:
You can train an estranged cat so that it allows casual petting but you can’t train a cat to do something that is not in its nature.

British Shorthairs, by virtue, like to keep to themselves. They can be fun and entertaining, they will roll around at your feet, they will follow you around the house, they will sit by you on the couch but they will not sit on your lap for even five straight minutes.

Trying to train your cat to like hugs and cuddles can do more harm than good. Many pet owners who attempt to do so end up ruining their bond with their cat. Your cat is bonded with you, but this bond is not unbreakable. Your British Shorthair might get scared and not come near you at all. So, it is wiser to enjoy your little British fellow’s affection as it is. Don’t try to convert your cat into something it is not.

Related Questions

Do British Shorthair males spray?

British Shorthairs are the most adorable and friendly cats ever. However, adult males and females tend to get a little aggressive when they are in their heat cycles. British Shorthair males spray or mark their territories when they reach adulthood. This can get rather problematic when you have multiple pets, cats or otherwise. These cats are on their best behaviour when they are spayed. Female British Shorthairs can be neutered to deal with their behavioural problems especially aggression.

Is a British Blue a British Shorthair?

Yes. The British Blue cat is the representative cat of the British Shorthair family (or cat breed). This mellow, sturdy fellow has a strikingly blue coat color with a hint of greyish undertones. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t belong to a separate breed, the British Blue is of the same breed, it is just another British Shorthair with exceptionally pretty coat colour.

At what age male British Shorthair should be neutered?

A lot of cat owners are confused as to when they should neuter or spay their cat. Male cats can be spayed at pretty much any age. However, vets recommend spaying your cat at the ages of:

  • Seven to eight weeks, when your kitten is quite young.
  • Five to six months, which is the standard time, most pet owners spay or neuter their cats when they haven’t yet had their heat cycle.
  • Nine to twelve months, that is, right after their first heat.

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