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  MORTIMER THE CAT

     Mortimer came from a cattery in Montréal in 2012. We had been looking for a kitten of this breed for quite a long time. So we fell in love with Mort at the moment we first met him.

     Now, 3 years later, the little kitten has grown up to be as healthy and gorgeous as we've hoped for!
 

  ABOUT THIS BREED

     Since I'm no expert about cat breed, please excuse my quotation from others.

     "The British Shorthair is the pedigreed version of the traditional British domestic cat, with a distinctively chunky body, dense coat and broad face. The most familiar colour variant is the "British Blue", a solid blue-gray with copper eyes, but the breed has also been developed in a wide range of other colours and patterns, including tabby and colorpoint.
     Appearance : The British Shorthair is a powerful but compact cat that should give an overall impression of neatly balanced sturdiness, having a broad chest, strong thick-set legs with rounded paws and a medium-length, blunt-tipped tail. The head is likewise massive and distinctively rounded, with a short muzzle, broad cheeks (most noticeable in mature males, who tend to develop prominent jowls) and large round eyes that are deep coppery orange in the British Blue and otherwise vary in colour depending on the coat. Their medium-sized ears are broad at the base and should be set widely, not disturbing the overall rounded contours of the head. They are slow to mature in comparison with most cat breeds, reaching full physical development at approximately three years of age. Unusually among domestic cats they are a noticeably sexually dimorphic breed, with males averaging 4.1kg – 7.7kg and females 3.2kg – 5.4kg. Their coat is one of the breed's defining features. It is very dense but does not have an undercoat, thus the texture should be plush rather than woolly or fluffy, with a definitely firm, "crisp" pile that breaks noticeably over the cat's body as it moves.
     Temperament : They are an easygoing but noticeably dignified breed, not as active and playful as many but sweet-natured and devoted to their owners, making them a favourite of animal trainers. They tend to be safe around other pets and children since they will tolerate a fair amount of physical interaction, but as a rule do not like to be picked up or carried. They require only minimal grooming and take well to being kept as indoor-only cats.
     Health : The UK breed committee considers the British Shorthair a long-lived cat, with a life expectancy of 14-20 years. Vet clinic data from England shows a median lifespan of 11.8 years. 82% of British Shorthairs lived to 10 years or more and 54% lived to 12.5 years or more. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) can be a problem in the breed. The breed is also thought to be at high risk of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). A DNA test lab has noted a significant decrease of the PKD mutations in tested populations. Carrier frequency is now at 1%."

     Yep! That's definitely him!
 

  MORTIMER'S GALLERY

Photos
  2012 : part 1   part 2   part 3   part 4   part 5   part 6
  2013 : part 1   part 2   part 3   part 4
  2014 : part 1   part 2   part 3
  2015 : part 1   part 2   part 3   part 4   part 5

Incidents
  Oct. 2012 : Good-bye, my love life
  Nov. 2012 : Last thing you should do

Videos (YouTube)
   newest toy / by the window / wild party / spider / beetle / ice / cardinal
   dozing off / toy or wire / grooming / who the ?! / monster on the bed
   cat's job / totally napping / play catch / my own toy