Routine Care: Exotic Shorthairs are prone to obesity, so be sure to watch her weight. Wash her face regularly with a damp cloth to keep tears from staining her face. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won't drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.
Dental: Exotic Shorthairs have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Exotic Shorthairs are playful, affectionate, and social. They make an excellent family companion.
Has a quiet or soft voice
Lively, with a friendly personality
Good with children and other pets
Loyal and loving companion
People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time
Coat requires regular brushing and grooming
Prone to a number of health problems
Prone to separation anxiety
Whether you are considering adding a new Exotic Shorthair to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Exotic Shorthair will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Exotic Shorthair you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important concerns to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues an Exotic Shorthair could encounter:
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Wishing to create a shorthaired variant of the Persian, breeders crossed Persians with British Shorthairs and other shorthaired breeds to create the Exotic Shorthair. First recognized as its own breed in 1967, the Exotic retains the affectionate, easy going attitude of the Persian, and gained the easier coat maintenance and higher energy levels of their shorthaired cousins. The Exotic Shorthair won't demand a lot of attention, but they are a playful entertainer, which makes them an excellent companion for families with multiple pets and children.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Exotic Shorthair shows signs of the following:
weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
noisy or labored breathing
lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)
abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals
lethargy; weight loss; chronic or recurrent infections, especially upper respiratory infections or gingivitis