The Exotic Shorthair Cat
Sweet and silent is a great way to describe the Exotic. However, they are not a couch potato. These little darlings love to play and will demand attention and a warm lap to snuggle on. As a matter of fact, their activity level is more suited to a busy family. Females can be rather aloof but the males are known to be very affectionate.
Much like a dog they will follow you from room to room waiting patiently for some patting and attention. They do not need company when their family is away as they are capable of entertaining themselves without causing havoc. A few interactive toys scattered around the home would be beneficial.
Easy To Groom
Because Exotics have flat faces they are prone to issues related to this skeletal structure:
- Difficulty/loud breathing
- Crooked teeth
- Eye conditions like entropion.
- Sensitivity to high temperatures
- Kidney disease (Polycystic kidney)
- Ringworm sensitivity
- Skin conditions (Seborrhea oleosa)
Exotics should be brushed weekly and bathed monthly. Make sure to dry your cat thoroughly. Their eyes can tear excessively so clean daily to prevent staining. Teeth should be brushed daily.
Exotics should not be let outside except under supervision or in an enclosed area with no means of escape. They are vulnerable to predators and their beauty can attract two-legged thieves.
Their coats are soft and plush with a thick undercoat. Of medium length their coats come in all colors: white, lilac, red, chocolate, cream, blue, black, silver and gold. Patterns include tabby, calico, bi-color and parti-color. Eye color is related to coat color and can be blue, copper, bi-color, green, and blue-green.
Children and Other Pets
Exotics get along well with children who know to treat them gently and with kindness. They are better suited to households with older less grabby little ones. This breed also gets along with cat friendly dogs.