Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair

Affectionate, Loyal, Laidback

The Exotic Shorthair also known as the “lazy man’s Persian” is a medium-sized cat breed with a round head and eyes. They are also known for their short plush coats. It is a calm and docile breed with a very affectionate nature.

Exotic Shorthair

Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 10 – 12 inches

Weight

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  • 10 – 12 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 10 – 15 years

Health Risk

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Polycystic kidney disease

What is it?:

Polycystic kidney disease is a condition where there is a formation of cysts on the kidney tissue. It is a genetically incurable disease in cats. Kidney failure can result if these sacs become too large and multiply over time, causing the organ to die.

% of cats affected

10%

Clinical signs

The symptoms of Polycystic kidney disease are:

  • Nausea
  • Blood may be seen in the urine
  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Your pet may start losing weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Your pet may drink more water than usual and even urinate more
  • Vomiting

Treatment

Polycystic kidney disease is not curable but can be treated to make sure the kidneys last for as long as possible. The cat may be given anti-inflammatory or other pain medications for the discomfort. The cysts that form on the kidney may also need to be drained occasionally for the temporary relief of your pets.

Average Vet Bill

$1000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $900

80% = $800

70% = $700

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

What is it?:

Cats suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can experience several life-threatening symptoms due to abnormal thickening of the left ventricle of their hearts. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a condition where the muscular walls of the cat’s heart thicken which reduces the efficiency of the heart.

% of cats affected

10%

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms of this condition may include –

  • Weakness in the body
  • Discomfort in breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy in the body
  • Heart failure
  • Weakness in the pulse
  • Cracking sounds when breathing due to shortness of the breath
  • Paralysis in the hind limbs due to clots
  • Unable to do physical movement
  • Bluish nail beds due to lack of oxygen

Treatment

The treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy depends on how severe the cat’s condition is. Some asymptomatic cats may not need any treatment. Some cats may be given medications to slow down their heart rate and relax the pumping chambers. If the cats show signs of heart failure or arrhythmia, then medications may be given for it. Therapy can be given to the cats according to their severity. Aspirin may also be given to reduce blood clots. This condition can be treated with medications for the lifetime of cats.

Aspirin to help decrease your cat’s risk of blood clots

Average Vet Bill

$1000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $900

80% = $800

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Calm

The Exotic shorthair has a calm and friendly personality, and they are also very tolerant towards children. They love to be around their family and can be very involved in everything they do.

Adaptable

They are very adaptable due to their calm personality, and can easily adapt themselves to an apartment or a new home.

Affectionate

The Exotic shorthair is a friendly breed, and they love some cuddles. They like to spend time with their family but at the same time, they are not overly clingy.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

The Exotic Shorthair has a short coat as its name suggests which is soft and dense.

Colors

Their coats can range between black, lilac, white, red, cream, smoke, golden and Himalayan. Their coats may have various patterns like tabby, tortoiseshell, black and white, and chinchilla silver.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The Exotic short hair shed more than other cats but less than a Persian. Their coat needs to be combed once or twice a week to remove dead hair. Their coat is tangle free and does not matt easily.

Training

The Exotic Shorthair has an easygoing personality and is trainable. They can be trained with clicker training, and they may also learn a few tricks.

Exotic Shorthair: Introduction to the Breed

The Exotic Shorthair is a comparatively new cat breed that came into existence in the 1950s. They are a crossbreed between a Persian cat and an American Shorthair as well as Russian Blue and Burmese. They wanted to create a silver-coated American Shorthair that looked like a Persian. The inclusion of different Persian cats led to different coat colors with various patterns. Later, they became one of the most popular cat breeds after the Persian.

Exotic Shorthair Physical Characteristics:

  • Rounded head
  • Short, thick tail
  • Large paws
  • Round eyes
  • Short plush coat

Exotic Shorthair is best suited for pet owners:

  • Who wants a companion
  • Who may have kids
  • Who want a laid-back pet
  • Who want a pet that is affectionate but not clingy

Things to know before deciding to own an Exotic Shorthair

  • The Exotic Shorthair may sometimes face breathing difficulties due to their flat face. It is normal for this breed to snore, breathe loudly, cough, gag, and suffer other respiratory problems.
  • Most airlines do not allow exotic shorthairs to be transported through the cargo bay due to respiratory problems.
  • They may face some health issues related to their eyes, breathing problems, or kidney dysfunction.

How much is an Exotic Shorthair?

The Exotic Shorthair price may vary between $800-$2200. They are a comparatively popular breed due to their sweet-natured personality and beautiful-looking fur.

Are Exotic Shorthair cats easy to take care of?

The Exotic Shorthair is a calm and docile cat breed with an affectionate nature. They may be lap cats, but they do not ask for constant attention and are not generally clingy. Even their grooming requirements are minimal.

Conclusion

The Exotic Shorthair is a beautiful-looking, cuddly, and affectionate cat. If you are looking for a pet that is low maintenance and easygoing, then they are the one for you. They easily adapt themselves to an apartment and serve to be great companions. They do not typically require constant attention or care but that does not mean they are not affectionate. They are also a no-fuss cat breed and are usually quiet and docile. They can live up to 15 years if taken care of. These beautiful round cats will be the perfect soft toy and a great cuddle buddy for you.

Happy Mood and Health to your cat and lots of Purrrss to you!

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