Breed Name: Exotic Shorthair Cat Scientific Name: Felis catus Origin: United States and Britain Lifespan: 12-15 years Height: fairly short and close to the ground 10-12 inches Weight: The Exotic can weigh up to 15 pounds, but most of this weight is due to its dense bones Litter Size : 3-4 Price / Cost of Exotic Shorthair Cat: USD $1500 for standard coloured cat and USD $2,000 for a coloured version Exotic Shorthair Cat - Breed Profile
The Exotic Shorthair was developed as a short-haired version of the Persian. The Exotic is similar to the Persian in many ways, including temperament and conformation, a flat nose and face with the exceptions of the short dense coat
The Exotic Shorthair personality is extremely friendly, with characteristics akin to those of a dog or kitten. They are playful, curious, and very affectionate. However, like many a cat, they value their independence and alone time too
Famous Cat Character “Garfield is an orange, tabby-patterned exotic shorthair cat. Garfield is known for his love of lasagna, as well as being overweight and lazy
Due to their incredible plush, thick coat, the Exotic Shorthair tends to shed more than most cats with similar coats. To combat their shedding, weekly brushings are recommended for this breed
Male cats tend to be much larger than females. Males, or toms, can be friendlier than females
The Exotic Shorthair cat is a medium sized, stocky cat breed. The head is round and broad with small wide set ears and a short open face. The eyes are large and round with brilliant colour. The legs are short, thick and strong with large round paws and tufted toes. The tail is short and bushy. The coat is short, thick and luxuriant with a dense, soft undercoat. The Exotic Shorthair cat comes in all the many Persian cat colours and coat patterns, and as spotted tabbies
He loves other pets and is said to get along well with other dogs and cats
About mouse problem, the Exotic Shorthair cat can be very useful
He is renowned for his hunting skills and can help to keep your home rodent free
The Exotic Shorthair personality means he does excellently with children
The Cons of keeping the Exotic Shorthair:
Possibility of kidney disease
Health issues from brachycephaly
Likely needs to be an inside cat
Can suffer from separation anxiety
May need extra care due to health
The Pros of keeping the Exotic Shorthair:
Very loving to family members
Loves to be with her people
Generally fairly healthy and long-lived
Temperature Tolerance Cats can overheat in hot weather.
Good Luck Omen about Cats Those little cat figurines with the raised paws are meant to draw good luck, wealth and prosperity to their owners. Often they are white, but Lucky Cats also come in black. A black Lucky Cat not only brings luck but also frightens away demons, evil energy, and stalkers
Bad Omen about Cats Most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, particularly if one walks across the path in front of a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death
Color Vision — It's a common misconception that cats can't see any colors, only shades of gray. Humans are known as trichromats, meaning they have three kinds of cones that allow them to see red, green, and blue. A cat's vision is similar to a human who is color blind
Due to their reduced night vision, these cats are more likely to get into accidents at night, especially if you live in a high-traffic area. Consider keeping your Exotic Shorthair cat in after dark for its own safety
Breed History of Exotic Shorthair Cat The Exotic Shorthair cat breed is in every way a shorthaired Persian cat breed, so much so that it is included in the longhair section of cat shows. In America selective breeding of American Shorthair cats and Persian longhairs was undertaken to produce a cat that looked like the Persian cat in every way except for the coat. In Britain, British Shorthair cats were crossed with longhaired Persian cats in the same way. The coat, which is of medium length, is much easier to care for but still has the huge range of colours and patterns. The Exotic Shorthair cat was first seen in the 1960s and is becoming a very popular cat Gender Identification – Exotic Shorthair Cats
Determination of sex seems to be an easy thing. Anus and genital opening in male kittens are farther apart than in female kittens
In females, the genital opening is immediately below the anus. In males, it's a notable distance away
Temperament of Exotic Shorthair Males have a reputation for being especially sweet and loving. Females can be a bit more independent, but they are just as devoted and loyal as males. Exotics love their own people, but around strangers they are cautious at first Coat Colors of Exotic Shorthair Cat
When Exotic Shorthairs were originally bred and created as an outcross breed, Persians were mixed with felines like Russian Blues and Burmese cats.
This created a distinctive silver tone, and shorthair breeders originally intended to retain the unique silver color.
Some Exotic Shorthair cats do have a silver color, but they also seem to run the gambit of coloration:
Exotics can also carry a recessive longhair gene, thanks to their Persian heritage. If two Exotics carrying the gene have offspring, there’s a one in four chance that their kittens will be longhaired.
Some establishments, such as the American Cat Fanciers Association, actually register these types of Exotics as a separate breed, the Exotic Longhair
Sub-Types of Exotic Shorthair
Extreme exotic shorthairs have a very distinct appearance with flatter faces, tiny noses, and large eyes.
Traditional exotic shorthairs have less flat faces and slightly longer noses
Hybrids / Mixes of Exotic Shorthair Cats
Following the trend that is seen in the dog world, mixed breed cats are becoming increasingly popular. Of course, since this particular breed is already a newer one, Exotic Shorthair cat breeds are still finding their way.
Currently, the breed standard allows for outcrossing with Persians. But you may find “unofficial” Exotic Shorthair cat breeds mixed with any other breed, as well
Eye Color of Exotic Shorthair Cat Blue or Blue-green to brilliant copper
Grooming Requirements of Exotic Shorthair Cat
Although easy to keep in condition compared with its longhaired cousins, the Exotic Shorthair cat's coat still needs some attention. Regular grooming will keep dead hair from clogging up the coat and from being deposited on the furniture.
If the cat's eyes tend to run because the face is flat, the corner of the eye and side of the nose will need regular cleaning. As with all cats, regular vaccination and parasite control is recommended
Reproduction Facts - Exotic Shorthair Cats
The mating process can take several days. A female Exotic Shorthair’s heat cycle begins at maturity and doesn’t stop until she’s bred. They are polyestrous, therefore they come into heat several times a year. Indoor cats, affected by artificial lighting, go through heat cycles throughout the year
The male is placed in the same room as the female Exotic Shorthair, and they are allowed to become familiar. If the queen has progressed from proestrus to estrus, she will let the male touch her. The mating itself barely takes half a minute
You must be sure to provide some route of escape for the male cat after mating, since the female is likely to react aggressively
The Exotic Shorthair female can be mated up to three times in a day, for the first three days of estrus
It’s common for a litter to have multiple fathers, and some breeders prefer to have more than one stud breeding the female to ensure fertility
Cats are reflex ovulators, which means that they only ovulate once they’re bred. If your female Exotic Shorthair fails to become pregnant then she will start a new heat cycle after about a week. If she miscarries, her body will rest for about two months before resuming the estrus cycle again
Gestation Period is 63 to 70 days
One week before the due date, it’s best to isolate your pregnant cat from the rest of the animals and give her a safe, clean, and comfortable place to give birth to her litter
Once the kittens are born, you should put betadine solution or gel on the severed umbilical chord until it dries and falls off a day later
The kittens should be kept in their mother’s care with very little human interference for the first few months of their lives
Ideally, the female cat should not be bred more than twice a year, while the stud should be given a few weeks’ rest in between mating. If the litter is particularly big, her reproductive rest may be kept even longer
Exotic Shorthairs are born white (unless they are minks) by the time they are 10 days old their points and patterns and Colors make an appearance
Daily Feed Requirements of Exotic Shorthair Cat
Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat
Many people think that cats need milk. But they don't. NO you cannot cats are lactose intolerant and it will give kitty an upset stomach and the runs. Cats only need water to drink. If you wanna give them milk, buy lactose free milk only
Feeding Times From age six months to maturity, feed two times a day." Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate
It is recommend that diet plan of Persian cat should include roughly 80% wet or moist food and 20% dry food
Alternatively you can try “Premium Daily Diet for Cats” made through the ‘Secret Recipe’ of Nadia Pets Cross. It also contains essential dietary requirements, minerals, vitamins, preventive medicines and a branded breeding formula to enhance fertility in your Cat.
What Foods Are Poisonous To Cats?
Make sure that the Persian cats Should not eat following or could make them sick:
Alcohol- even a very small amount can make a cat very sick.
Dairy products- Adult cats are lactose intolerant which means that they cannot digest lactose which is present in milk and dairy products.
Raw meat & fish
Grapes & raisins
Onions & garlic
Another common household item that can be toxic to cats and dogs is Antifreeze. Even small amounts can be lethal and the symptoms such as; Vomiting, dizzy or drunken appearance
Exotic Shorthair Cat Diseases, Diagnostic, and Treatment There are following number of health problems associated with the Exotic Shorthair cat breed and its close relative, the Persian cat:
Because the head shape has been shortened and the face flattened, there can be jaw deformities which can lead to dental disease and potential problems with eating and drinking.
Small nostrils and a soft palate which is too long, can also lead to breathing problems.
The tear ducts may not follow their natural path and so the eyes run and wet the face constantly – this can lead to skin rashes and sores on the face.
The flat nature of face also increases the chances of eye disease.
Exotic cats can carry a gene that leads to kidney failure (called autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease) through the development of cysts in the kidney. This condition was found in more than a third of all Persian and Exotic shorthaired cats in the 1990s when screening tests became available.
Using screening, breeders are now working to try to eradicate the problem – always ask the breeder to show the PKD certificates for the cats used to produce your kitten
Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis is a urinary disorder that can occur in dogs, cats, and even humans. Certain animal breeds are predisposed to the condition. This includes both Persians and Exotic Shorthairs.
The condition involves the crystallization of dissolved salts in your cat’s bladder. Both calcium oxalate and magnesium ammonium phosphate congest in the urine.
o When the calcium oxalate crystalizes, stones called uroliths congest and accumulate in the bladder. o Uroliths can lead to dangerous and painful urethra blockages. If the blockage is not removed quickly, then your cat could die Vaccination Schedule - Cat
Kittens are vaccinated once every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age or older. However, to avoid over-vaccination, most veterinarians will recommend starting the vaccine at 8 weeks of age, followed by boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. Rabies is the other core kitten vaccination
Recommended vaccine for kitten commonly called the “distemper” shot , this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”). Rabies