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British Shorthair Cat Overview

As the owner of a British Shorthair you are probably aware that this breed originated in Great Britain.

(Pretty obvious 🙂

But did you know the average lifespan for a healthy British Shorthair cat is between 14 to 20 years?

The good news is your cat will be around for a long time.

The bad news is that 20 years is a long time and it’s highly likely your cat will have a medical issue at some point.

Here is a sample of health conditions to keep an eye on as the owner of a British Shorthair cat.

Condition Cost to Treat
Heart Disease $5,000 to $20,000
Hip Dysplasia $4,000 to $6,000
Bladder Stones $800 to $1,000
Cancer $5,000 to $20,000
Cataracts $2,000 to $3,000 per eye
Cruciate Ligament Tear $2,000 to $4,000
Dental Issues $250 to $1,500


Source: Cat Health Conditions


Top Pet Insurers for British Shorthair Cats

These are the most popular companies for British Shorthair cats based on coverage, price and customer satisfaction.

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What Coverage Should You Should Have?

These are the most important pet insurance coverage options you should have as the proud owner of a British Shorthair cat.

Emergency Care
Cancer Coverage
Prescription Meds
Orthopedic Issues
Hereditary Conditions
Routine Care O
Pre-Existing Conditions


Note: There are no pet insurance companies that cover pre-existing conditions.

Learn More: Pet Health Insurance 101


How Much Does it Cost?

The short answer is that it depends.

As the owner of a British Shorthair the good news is that rates are low because they are a relatively healthy breed.

Here are some sample rates across the country to give you an idea of what a plan might cost you.

Location Price
New York, New York $26/mo.
Sacramento, California $23/mo.
Houston, Texas $19/mo.


Full coverage for three year-old British Shorthair


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