The first blog post under ‘TURBO & JET’ was always going to be an important one so we took a while to decide what to write about. In the end we settled on doing a little ‘about’ section and then comparing our two furr-babies to how Wikipedia says they should be….so here we go!
Born 25th April 2014, the same litter as Jet but he was born first so technically the eldest even though he’s smaller!
Turbo has the traditional look of a British Shorthair (BSH), 'chunky body, dense coat and broad face'. He has a definite ‘Cheshire cat smile’ that BSH are famous for and his ears are the perfect example of pointy and triangular. His coat is softer than Jet’s, perhaps that's because he doesn’t suffer with the allergies that Jet does.
He is lighter than jet, weighing in at 5.5kg and has a British Shorthair Blue coloured coat , similar to his birth Mother.
Jetty hasn't been the luckiest in the health lottery! First, when his adult teeth came in, his molars were puncturing the lower gum line due to a misalignment of his gums… we spotted this through his smelly breath (I know!) and he struggled with eating...a major sign for jet! This led to having 2 teeth removed under general anaesthetic! Now we have them checked every 12 months and he will have to have them ‘de-scaled’ every so often, although he hasn’t had to have it yet.
He also has allergies which developed as he matured. We discovered this through his constantly cleaning his paws and flicking them as they itched. That led to them becoming dry and cracking and sometimes there would be a little blood as they were sore.
We had some tests done and it turns our he’s allergic to EVERYTHING… ok well not literally but here’s a list: Specific Trees (oak etc), plants, grass, weeds, dust mites, human skin cells, pork, chicken, rabbit, lamb and on and on. Food wise what he wasn’t allergic to was fish and now has a special diet that we will write about in another blog post..
To control this, we have been through a range of tests and treatments which have led us to a tailor-made injection, every 3 weeks… something we can also write about in another blog post. Luckily it’s now under control and he is happy, healthy and has perfect pink paw pads!
Both our boys suffer from what we call ‘eye bogies’ which is due to their flat faced genetics. It’s basically dried sleep, like humans in the inside corners of the eyes.
It’s more obvious on Jet due to the colour of his coat, which Eve removed on a daily basis as it’s easier than leaving it a few days and having it build up and dry in his fur. We only to remove it every couple of weeks on Turbo, he seems to better at cleaning it himself.
The boys are always at the door to welcome us home, very excitedly meowing for strokes and giving tail shimmies!
So, to compare to Wikipedia:
If you look up British Shorthair on Wikipedia you’ll find it says they have a distinctively chunky body, dense coat and broad face. They have pointy triangular ears unlike Scottish Fold cats which have folded over ears. They are considered to be a long-lived cat of up to 20 years!
With male weights that go up to 7.7kg and female weights up to 5.4 kg, they are a BIIIG breed, one of the largest cat breeds.
BSH come in a variety of colours, which even then vary down to solid, colourpoint, tabby, shaded and bicolour patterns.
It also goes on to say that they are ‘not as active and playful breed’ but are sweet-natured and devoted to owners. They do not like to be picked up or carried. They require minimal grooming and take well to being indoor-only cats, prone to obesity.
“Sweet natured and devoted”
We TOTALLY agree with this, they love us haha! When Eve is sad watching a film they come over and demand strokes and kneed her stomach. When we’re dancing around the house they join in and start shimmying and become playful. It’s like having two little shadows, wherever we are in the house they are too.
“They do not like to be picked up or carried”
We would agree with this, having never pushed this on them from the get go. We do sometimes get cuddles from Jet, but not generally from Turbo. We get the best cuddles in the vet as the vet table is lava – particularly for Turbo!
“They require minimal grooming”
We also agree with this, for a plush coated pedigree cat we really don’t have to do anything! We don’t bath them and rarely brush them, although they do malt… especially in the summer. When we do brush them it's more to save our house from the hair rather than them needing help with grooming.
“Prone to obesity”
Definitely true, we have had to become very strict and measure every single meal and we don’t give treats. This has also been encouraged with Jet’s allergies.
So there you have it, that's a little info about Turbo and Jet and an introduction to British Shorthair Cats. As always, we feel that a cat's behaviour is a reflection of nature and nuture, they won't always behave like Turbo and Jet and, like people they are individuals and show unique character traits to create their own personalities!
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Chris & Eve x