Should British Shorthair Cats Go Outside?

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a big advocate of indoor cats.

Should British Shorthair Cats Go Outside?

I also believe that indoor cats are healthier than their outdoor counterparts. However, I do understand that sometimes, you may wish for your indoor cat to go out for some fresh air.

But should British Shorthair cats go outside?

Let’s find out.

Should British Shorthair Cats Go Outside?

Although British Shorthair cats are usually kept as indoor cats, you can let them outside if you wish. However, It is recommended that you keep your eye on them and make sure that they are kept safe.

I should also point out that, due to the dangers of the outdoors, indoor cats tend to live longer healthier lives when compared to outdoor cats.

The benefits of keeping a cat indoors include:

  • Indoor cats are less likely to be attacked by other animals and get injured
  • They are not exposed to the risk of catching diseases from wild animals
  • They do not have to fight for food or territory

Do British Shorthair Cats Run Away?

British Shorthairs are known to be a very placid breed of cat, so the chances of them running away are slim to none. But there is a possibility that they might do so if they are stressed, abused, neglected, or even just curious.

If they do run away, there are some things you can do to help them find their way back home.

The first thing you should do is make sure your cat has a collar with an ID tag. This will help you identify your cat if it goes missing, and may be helpful in the case of a medical emergency.

Be sure to include your current phone number on the tag as well as your home address.

With that said, cats are excellent problem solvers, so they will probably figure out how to get back home.

Another way to find your cat is by checking local shelters or veterinary clinics to see if they have picked them up.

Is A British Shorthair an Indoor Cat?

Yes, British Shorthairs are typically indoor cats. They are generally quite content to lay around all day, and don’t really need a lot of stimulation from their surroundings.

However, they can be very playful when allowed the opportunity, and enjoy playing fetch with balls or toys, or running through the house.

Make sure that if you decide to keep them indoors, they have plenty of toys to play with for when they have a sudden burst of energy.

Are There Any Alternatives To Going Outside?

The main alternative that your cat will absolutely love, is to build a ‘Catio’.

A Catio is basically an indoor/outdoor enclosure with a solid wall that separates the two.

This way you can let your cat out during the day and then bring them back inside at night. 

In addition to this, you can also play games with your cat while they are outside.


In conclusion, if you ask us if British Shorthairs should go outside, our answer is going to be, it depends.

If you don’t want to spend too much money on a catio, then perhaps it would be best for your cat to stay indoors.