Looks like a Persian, feels like a tabby: it's the Exotic Shorthair! This breed is Ms. Popularity, Runner-up Division—only Persians are more beloved. Love the Persian's purr-sonality but don't want the grooming fuss? This might be the kitty for you. She'll still need a weekly brushing, but she's not as high maintenance as her long-haired cousins.
You should know that this breed plays favorites, though. She'll pick a family member and quietly wait for their attention and affection.
This breed can grow to between 9-12 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years.
Daily play, please
I looooove being with you
I talk when necessary
Things may take me a while
I'm a cat and proud of itBEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE EXOTIC SHORTHAIR'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Exotic Shorthairs are relatively easy keepers: sweet, peaceful, and quiet. This breed is lounge-y and affectionate, preferring to crawl into your lap rather than dashing around the house. Exotic Shorthairs favor the company of humans over four-legged family members, but they get along fine with just about anyone. Their mellow personalities make them a great choice for a family cat.
WHAT IS EXOTIC SHORTHAIR BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Heavily-boned and muscular, Exotic Shorthairs retain some semi-kittenish energy well into adulthood. They're a bit more playful than their Persian cousins. This breed isn't especially active: she would much rather find a cool spot of tile to lie on after lounging in a warm sunbeam.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY EXOTIC SHORTHAIR ENTERTAINED?
These laid-back furry friends are fairly easy to amuse. Drag a lure toy or throw a tiny ball for your Exotic Shorthair and you're golden. Set some time aside for a few play sessions a week. This breed also enjoys plenty of lap-cuddles, scratching on safe surfaces, and perching around the house.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO EXOTIC SHORTHAIRS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Exotic Shorthairs have plush short coats and huge heads. Their faces sort of look like pansies, with their big eyes and short noses. Comb her a few times a week to keep her looking and feeling her best (and to stay ahead of her shedding). Their smooshy faces mean this breed's eyes tend to tear up, so be sure to wash under her eyes daily to prevent staining. Be sure to keep her face wrinkles clean with a pet-safe wipe.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and well-being. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO EXOTIC SHORTHAIRS HAVE?
Exotic Shorthairs have short skulls, and thus sometimes suffer from sinus problems, tooth alignment or crowding issues, and overflowing tear ducts. Some are also prone to kidney or urinary tract disease.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE EXOTIC SHORTHAIRS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Exotic Shorthairs aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers. If you're worried about allergies, let's talk about sex: male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. (#FurryFeminism?) Short—or wiry-haired cats do tend to be easier keepers than their long-haired cousins. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander (found in urine, dead skin, and saliva), not pet hair, is what sets off allergy sufferers. Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS MY EXOTIC SHORTHAIR'S BEST DAY?
Make this kitty's day and give her her favorite family member's lap to curl up in. She'll sit on your lap while you read the morning paper, keep you company while you sit in front of your computer, and snuggle up next to you on the couch at night. Your lap is this cat's happy place.
SHOULD I ADOPT AN EXOTIC SHORTHAIR?
If your ideal feline companion is a smooshy-face furry heating pad who may just recolor your sweater to match hers, an Exotic Shorthair could be just the cat for you.
Have you decided that an Exotic Shorthair is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.