Things You Should Know About The Exotic Shorthair Cat

Posted: May 12, 2020 by Anita

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Are you someone that has always wanted a Persian cat but the thought of all that cat hair getting into everything (including your food) is a total turn-off?

Well, the Exotic Shorthair cat might be the perfect cat for you. 

It’s called the “lazy man’s Persian” because the Exotic requires little grooming, and its coat won’t tangle or mat.  And what about that name?  “Exotic” is a cool name for a breed.

It has a cute round smooshed in the face with a short, stocky body – they look like a Persian cat.  The Exotic Shorthair cat acts like a Persian cat.

In this article, I discuss things you should know about the short hair Exotic cat.

History of the Exotic Cat

The Exotic cat is a relatively “new breed.”  In the late 1950s, the American Shorthair (ASH) breed was secretly cross-bred with the Burmese, Russian Blues, and Persian to try to improve the body type of the ASH. 

The crosses with ASH/Burmese, ASH/Russian Blues, and ASH/Persian were disqualified as ASH because some unhappy ASH breeders just weren’t having it.

However, in 1987, the Persian/ASH crossbreed was eventually approved by the Cat Fancier Association as a new and separate breed – the Exotic Shorthair.

Exotics might carry the recessive longhair gene. There is a 1 in 4 chance that a long-haired kitten might be produced. Technically, that would make that kitten a Persian, right?

Well, that depends on the Fancier association:

  • Cat Fancier Association: Exotic Longhair
  • International Cat Association: Persian
  • American Cat Fanciers Association: Exotic Longhair

Instead, breeders got a beautiful cat with a Persian look and a short plush coat.  The coat of the Exotic gives them a soft, rounded teddy bear look.

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Exotic Shorthair Cat Characteristics

The Exotic Shorthair reminds me of a feline version of a teddy bear. This cat can be described as round. They are bred to meet the Persian cat standard.

  • Weight Range: Male – 7-14 lbs, Female – 8-12 lbs
  • Head: Oval and massive
  • Eyes: Large, round and full – brilliant in color and compliments coat color
  • Ears: small, rounded tips – set apart
  • Body: round, muscular
  • Coat: short, soft, and fluffy
  • Colors: White, silver, red, lilac, chocolate, black
  • Tail: short, thick, carried low with a rounded tip.
  • Exotic Shorthair Lifespan: 12-15 years

The personality of Exotic Shorthair Cats

The Exotic Shorthair personality is calm and gentle, just like the Persian cat – the perfect apartment pet. They are very curious and playful.

The Exotic don’t like to be left alone and love the presence of their owner. They tend to show affection and make excellent lap cats.

What you can expect:

  • great with other animals
  • great with kids
  • very quiet
  • energetic and great at catching mice

Exotic Shorthairs are considered the best-all round cat – compatible with children and other house pets when introduced properly.

Exotic Shorthair health

The Exotic Shorthair is a brachycephalic breed. What does that mean exactly? Brachycephalus is a problem that results from having the nose and eyes close to each other. So, this condition makes the Exotic predisposed to airway issues.

The Exotic smooshed in the face is due to a shortened jaw, so tooth misalignment or tooth crowding is a possibility.

These cats are subject to the same lifestyle issues that most cats are subject to, such as:

  • obesity
  • urinary tract disease
  • diabetes
  • skin and food allergies

Labor can get a bit difficult for the mama Exotic giving birth due to the kitten’s large domed skulls.

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Caring for the Exotic Shorthair

Because of their short hair, the Exotic can keep its fur tidy with little assistance. Weekly brushing and combing are recommended to remove loose hair, reduce shedding and hairball formation.

The Exotic’s tear ducts are prone to overflowing, which can dampen and stain their face. This can be relieved by periodically wiping your cat’s face with a cloth moisten with water or check out Eye Envy tear stain wipes for cats by clicking here.

To ensure that your Exotic Shorthair cat has a long healthy life, you must take great care of them from day one.

Grooming

Exotics aren’t particularly hairy, so there’s not much shedding (thank God). However, an occasional brushing should be done a couple of times a week. Have their nails clipped regularly by either taking him to a groomer or by doing it yourself – click here to purchase my favorite cat nail clipper

Nutrition

No special diet is needed for your Exotic Shorthair cat. Make sure you are not over-feeding your cat and stick to age-appropriate food.

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Activity

You can combat many of the Exotic Shorthair cat behavior problems by providing plenty of active playtime with him.

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Invest in a good cat tree because Exotic Shorthair cats love to climb – click here.

They are inquisitive cats, so make sure your cabinets have cat-proof locks to prevent them from getting into places they shouldn’t be.

Exotic Shorthair Adoption

The Exotic Shorthair is a pedigree cat so look to spend anywhere from $1200 upward for the privilege of having one.  But you might be lucky enough to happen across one at a shelter.  According to the Cat Fanciers Association, Exotic is one of the most popular cats in the United States.  

In your search for the perfect cat, you might come across the adorable Exotic Shorthair cat breed. 

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Conclusion

In this article, I discussed things you should know about the short hair Exotic cat.

It’s called the “lazy man’s Persian” because the Exotic requires little grooming, and its coat won’t tangle or mat.  And what about that name?  “Exotic” is a cool name for a breed.

It has a cute round smooshed in the face with a short, stocky body – they look like a Persian cat.  The Exotic Shorthair cat acts like a Persian cat.

The Exotic Shorthair personality is calm and gentle, just like the Persian cat – the perfect apartment pet. They are very curious and playful.

These cats are subject to the same lifestyle issues that most cats are subject to, such as:

  • obesity
  • urinary tract disease
  • diabetes
  • skin and food allergies

Because of their short hair, the Exotic can keep its fur tidy with little assistance. Weekly brushing and combing are recommended to remove loose hair, reduce shedding and hairball formation.

The Exotic is a pedigree cat so look to spend anywhere from $1200 upward for the privilege of having one.  But you might be lucky enough to happen across one at a shelter.  According to the Cat Fanciers Association, Exotic is one of the most popular cats in the United States.  

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