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Exotic Shorthair

Height: 10-12 inches
Weight: 13-15 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: White, black, gray, tortoiseshell, calico, orange, cream
Suitable for: Indoor living, seniors, and children
Temperament: Docile, sweet, gentle

When you take one look at the smooshed nose, sweet round eyes, and plush fur of the Exotic Shorthair, you’re bound to fall in love. They look so adorable that they may seem more like a stuffed toy than a real feline.

But we assure you, these kitties are quite real and just as docile and cuddly as they seem. So, what can you expect from this breed in terms of looks, personality, and care? Let’s explore all the aspects of this stunning specimen.

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Exotic Shorthair Kittens– Before You Buy…

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What’s the Price of Exotic Shorthair Kittens?

You’re bound to pay a pretty penny when you buy an Exotic Shorthair kitten. Starting at over $1,000 on the low end, you can pay upward of $5,000 depending on pedigree, quality, and appearance!

These kittens definitely aren’t cheap, nor should they be. Successful litters require special breeding and attention. This breed isn’t too seasoned yet since they were just recently developed in the 1950s.

You will want to make sure your kitten comes with their first round of vaccinations, vet checks, and health guarantees. Breeders should be able to show both parents and proof of registration.

Sometimes you might get lucky and find this breed at a local rescue or shelter, but it’s not quite as likely. If you do, you can expect to pay between $100 to $300.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Exotic Shorthair Cats

1. Exotic Shorthairs May Be Born with Long Hair

Because Exotic Shorthairs are a combination of the American Shorthair and Persian, there is a chance they could take on traits of the Persian parent. While infrequent, you may find a long-haired kitten in a litter if they carry the gene.

2. The Exotic Shorthair Is a Brachycephalic Cat

Because of their unique and short snout, this breed is categorized in the brachycephalic group. Even though it’s extremely cute, it can cause breathing issues or other problems.

3. Exotic Shorthairs are Essentially Mirrors of Persians, But with a Different Coat

If you love Persians but don’t want to deal with the long hair, the Exotic Shorthair is exactly the same in appearance—without the crazy long hairdo.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Exotic Shorthair Cat

When it comes to smarts, the Exotic Shorthair might not have a lot to offer. However, what they lack in swiftness they make up for with their loving sweet personalities. They are nearly exactly like Persians in every way, from their warm demeanor to their wide-eyed expressions.

But they do tend to be a bit more playful than a Persian. That being said, Exotics are still the kind of cat that will tucker out after a few minutes. Their temperament depends a lot on which parent they take after.

Enjoyable qualities about the Exotic Shorthair are their adaptability, agreeable nature, and relaxed behavior. They’re incredibly lovable, always up for scratches and snuggles.

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

Exotic Shorthair cats are perfect for families, especially ones with small children. If you’re wanting a cute cuddly kitten to keep your kids company, this cat fits the bill. They are the type of cat your kid can coddle and love all over—the more affection, the better.

Because of their relaxed nature, they do perfectly fine in most settings. You can have them in a small apartment or a large home and they would be no worse for wear.

These cats would make exceptional housemates for people with disabilities or an elderly person because of their agreeable temperament. They are gentle, loving, and easy-going. They would love to cuddle up next to someone purring as opposed to chasing the laser pointer across the floor.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Exotic shorthair cats do very well with other pets. They are very easy going and they adapt well to new situations. If you have existing pets, these kittens will blend in perfectly. If you’re thinking of getting another cat or dog when you have an Exotic Shorthair, they will genuinely be very accepting of newcomers.

While no cats should be left unsupervised with smaller animals, these are not prize-winning hunters. They are so laid-back and reserved they don’t have much of an instinct for hunting. So, they probably won’t look twice at your gerbil or salivate when they see your fish.

But every cat is different—always introduce them to new pets slowly.

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Things to Know When Owning an Exotic Shorthair:

Food & Diet Requirements

When it’s time to determine what kind of cat food you want to provide for your Exotic Shorthair, you can discuss potential options with your veterinarian to see what they recommend.

Exotic Shorthairs are still carnivores, and their domesticated diets have to incorporate that into their daily lives. They require high amounts of protein to keep their bodies healthy, capable, and functional. All felines are obligate carnivores, no matter how far they’ve come from their wild cat ancestors.

Regardless of what you choose as the main dietary source, you need to make sure the brand meets the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) requirements.

Cats can sometimes be finicky eaters, and the Exotic Shorthair is no exception. You might find it’s hard to appease their palate. If they don’t like the type of food you pick, it’s important to switch them over to a new food slowly.

Once you spay or neuter your Exotic Shorthair, you might notice that they become even more lackadaisical. Sometimes, this can cause weight gain so you will have to pay attention to your cat’s behavior and adjust their diet accordingly.

Exercise 🐈

An Exotic Shorthair is a bit more playful than their Persian parent. Even though they are still quite calm, cool, and collected—that doesn’t mean they won’t want to get frisky every once in a while.

A physically healthy cat should have roughly 15 minutes of exercise per day.

After spaying or neutering, you might find your Exotic gets a bit lazier. This is to be expected, so you might have to coax them into playtime—and get creative about it.

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Training 🧶

When it comes to teaching your Exotic basic concepts like how to use the litter box, they practically self-train. After a few times of directing them to their bathroom spot, they should have it down pat.

If you find litter training is a bit of a challenge, try to restrict their space somewhat. Put them in a smaller room or even a large dog kennel when you can’t keep your eye on them. Make sure to put them into the litter-box so they can sniff around as well.

Once they poop or pee, leave it for a bit. The smell can help them associate the box to potty time. They should catch on in no time.

Grooming ✂️

One draw to the Exotic Shorthair is that they have all of the features that make the Persian so darn cute but without the high maintenance coat. But don’t let their short, plush coats fool you—they still need routine care.

Acclimate your kitten to brushing early on. They will get used to it—and might even look forward to it. But beware, just because they have short hair doesn’t mean they don’t shed as much as the Persian parent. They need regular brushing and occasional nail trims, which should only take a few minutes.

Brushing keeps their coat healthy, shiny, and smooth.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Exotic Shorthairs are usually healthy cats, but that’s highly dependent on good breeding and proper care. You might see some conditions more in this breed than in others.

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Male vs. Female

Even though there are certain breed traits, it doesn’t stop there. Specific behaviors or characteristics may be gender-specific. Keep in mind, these are just generalities that may or may not pertain to the male/female dynamic.

Males tend to be more social and outgoing while females are a tad shy. Females might also be more selective about who their favorite people are.

Any cat—male or female—can spray. It’s territorial. However, it’s more common among unaltered males. If you spay and neuter early, you can skip over this behavior.

Overall, both genders share the same qualities when it comes to their good nature and happy-go-lucky spirits.

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Final Thoughts

The Exotic Shorthair is an ideal companion for almost any person. If you’re thinking of adding one of these snub-nosed cuties to your home, you couldn’t make a better choice. They will grow with you through your life changes, accepting children, other pets, and new adventures along the way.

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