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British Shorthair Doesn't Have Chubby Cheeks & VERY SMALL - Normal?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by britishbritish, Jun 30, 2020.


  1. britishbritish

    britishbritish PetForums Newbie

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    My british shorthair is 3 months old.

    Still very small and doesn't have the rounded face or chubby cheeks.

    Will they develop? Is this normal?

    IMG_3207.jpg IMG_3205.jpg IMG_3200.jpg IMG_3194.jpg IMG_3183.jpg IMG_3179.jpg IMG_3165.jpg

    I'm obviously aware every cat will look different based on genes etc...

    But just wanted to be sure as most other BSH cats are much bigger and have fuller face even before 3 months.

    Any advice would be great. If normal, then thanks!
     

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  2. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Is this kitten registered? Boy or girl? Are you sure of it's age? I'm also a bit concerned as it looks like it has some discharge from it's eyes.
     
  3. britishbritish

    britishbritish PetForums Newbie

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    The discharge I have been told can be quite common. I try to wipe it off and he also cleans it off. The kitten is a boy, I have documentation which states he is 3 months old as of now. Vet report came back perfect. Came from a GCCF breeder
     
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    britishbritish PetForums Newbie

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    I'm afraid I do not have that, no
     
  6. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Have they sent you a registration number for him? Will start '108' and be 7 digits long. I suspect cards are a problem at present due to COVID.
     
  7. britishbritish

    britishbritish PetForums Newbie

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    I'm going to assume the cat is not registered then. Nothing was ever said about registering the cat. They have simply informed me they are registered Breeders with GCCF and hold their own prefix.
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    If he is unregistered and they have their own prefix they have acted very badly. If a kitten is sold unregistered it should go with the paperwork for the new owner to register it.

    Actually I wonder if they really are breeders with their own prefix or not, or are trying it on to inflate the price they are getting for a kitten.
     
  9. britishbritish

    britishbritish PetForums Newbie

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    I understand. I should have realised and done more research previously.
    At this stage, I just want to know if he looks OK and will mature into a BSH looking cat, or is something not right here.
     
  10. MaineCoonCats0

    MaineCoonCats0 She’s looking at you

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    He looks very small for 3 months. And if that breeder has a prefix ask for it as you can look at the list of breeders on the gccf website. This is what my British Shorthair kitten looks like (she’s 4 months now the photo was taken a few weeks ago)
     

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  11. Lucy2020

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    My mixed-breed semi-feral kittens are 10 weeks old and honestly look bigger (and they're female)... Just personal anecdote though, I don't have much cat experience yet. Also, I'd be worried about the eye discharge, to be honest...

    (Are all those photos from the same age?)
     
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    This kitten doesn't look any older than 2 months at the most, and as others have said it's best to get a vet to check it over. It looks very thin and even though eye discharges can be common in BSH, this kitten looks under the weather to me.
     
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    What is his diet and what did the breeder feed him? Did his parents look like full British shorthairs?
     
  14. lea247

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    @britishbritish - How much does your little one weigh? Here's what my BSH boy weighed throughout his first year.

    IMG_20200630_184536.jpg

    He's about 5kg now and even that is on the smaller side for BSH's I believe. His breeder said all his relatives weighed about that so it was expected. Did your boys parents have a round face? Did his siblings look a similar size?

    Have you googled the prefix? Something should come up even if they don't have their own website.

    I must say his eyes do look very weepy, even by what I've known with my boy. Usually eye discharge is a bit like the sleep we get in our eyes, around the eyes never looks wet. It would be best to contact a vet to have them take a look at him. Either in the flesh or through photos.

    What is his name? I'm sure he'll grow up to be a handsome chap! :)
     
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    He is just over 3 months. I would of thought he'd be a touch bigger by now and feel fuller.

    I just weighed him and he's 545 grams

    His parents did look exactly like full british shorthairs. Maybe not AS CHUBBY or ROUND as others, so I can understand but certainly did have all the features.

    I will get a vets appointment
     
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  16. OrientalSlave

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    I doubt he is 3 months. My Orientals are almost twice that at 3 months, and they are a finer built breed. I'm sorry but I think you've been scammed. Yes, vets appointment to check generally, and I imagine he should be wormed.
     
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    That's about half of what he should be, so something definitely isn't right.

    Do you have solid proof that he's 3 months old?
     
  18. Lucy2020

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    He is lovely, and I'm sure you'll love him all the same regardless of his face shape etc, but it does sound like you have been deceived regarding his age and perhaps other things too. Hope the vet appointment goes well.

    (Edit: Can cats have premature babies that are smaller and weigh less than they should, like humans?)
     
  19. OrientalSlave

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    I don't think they have solid proof of anything beyond owning a very small kitten. :(
     
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    Looking at the weight chart above (if I'm reading this correctly) lea247's kitten was over one kilo at only two months so he's much younger even than that, probably more like six weeks. Poor wee thing.

    If it were me I would send an email asking for their registration number and let them squirm - because they almost certainly don't have one.
     
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