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. The Exotic retains the affectionate, easy going attitude of the Persian and gained the easier coat maintenance and higher energy levels of her shorthaired cousins. The Exotic Shorthair won't demand a lot of attention, but she is a playful entertainer which makes her an excellent companion for families with multiple pets and children.Today, the Exotic Shorthair is one of the most popular, purebred shorthair cats.
Exotic Shorthair Care
Unlike Persians, Exotic Shorthairs are extremely easy to groom. While the Persian requires daily brushing and combing, you can expect to comb your Exotic Shorthair's coat once or twice per week with a steel comb. Mats, knots, and tangles are uncommon in the Exotic Shorthair. It's important to note that the Exotic Shorthair sheds seasonally, so they’ll need additional grooming and bathing to remove dead hair and skin cells during this time. You after bathing, gently pat her dry with a soft towel, and use a hair dryer on its lowest setting to finish trying them off. Because Exotic Shorthairs have flatter faces, their eyes tend to tear. You can prevent staining from tears by washing your Exotic's face daily. If your cat has excessive discharge around the eyes, carefully clean it with a soft, dry cloth. Be sure to use different sections of the cloth to clean each eye it can help prevent the spread of infection. If your cat's eyes are crusty or have excessive discharge make an appointment with your veterinarian ASAP. As with every breed, you should examine your cat's ears weekly for signs of injury or infection. You can clean away waxy build-up and debris with a soft, cotton cloth. Avoid using a cotton swab, as they can damage the delicate, inner-ear structures. If your cat's ears are red, inflamed, or smell funny, see your veterinarian. These may be signs of infection. The Exotic Shorthair has lower energy levels and is content to lounge or cuddle with his owners. They are playful, however, and enjoy playing with cat toys.
Your Exotic Shorthair's Health
We know that because you care so much about your cat, you want to take great care of her. Many diseases and health conditions are genetic, meaning they are related to your pet’s breed. The conditions we will describe here have a significant rate of incidence or a strong impact upon this breed particularly, according to a general consensus among feline genetic researchers and veterinary practitioners. This does not mean your cat will have these problems, only that she may be more at risk than other cats. We will describe the most common issues seen in Exotic Shorthairs to give you an idea of what may come up in her future. This include: Polycystic kidney disease: Otherwise known as PKD, this condition is characterised by enlarged kidneys and improper kidney function. Cysts are typically seen in affected cats by 12 months of age, but kidney failure can occur years later. Respiratory issues: Because Exotic Shorthairs have flattened faces, they can have difficulty breathing—especially in hot, humid weather. Your Exotic Shorthair should always be kept in a climate-controlled, air conditioned environment.If you're concerned about your Exotic Shorthair's health, talk to your veterinarian about ways you can help your cat live a long, happy, healthy life.
Diet and Nutritional Needs
If you're unsure how much or how often to feed your Exotic Shorthair, please do well to consult with your veterinarian about the type of diet and amount to feed your cat during their different life stages. Different breeds may have greater risk of obesity based upon their diet, metabolism and age. Thus, your veterinarian is your best source for information on this topic.You can also consult the feeding guides developed by your preferred cat food brand.Be sure to feed your cat a healthy, balanced diet and give treats in moderation.
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