As the name suggests, this exotic beauty has a lot of similarities to his Persian relative in looks with its round short-flattened face and large round eyes. The main characteristic that stands out from the Persian is its baby kitten’s face. The main difference between the Persian and the exotic is its coat. The Persian has a long thick coat which requires daily combing and brushing, the exotic is quite the opposite where its coat is medium in length and is quite dense and plush with a thick undercoat.
The Exotic is medium built and may grow up to 15 pounds but is quite short and their legs remain close to the ground. Both pedigreed and mixed breed cats have health problems due to their genetic nature, but exotics have a number of health problems due to their facial structure. To name a few:
- Breathing difficulty or noisy breathing caused by constricted nostrils
- Excessive tearing
- Seborrhea oleosa, a skin condition that causes itchiness, redness and hair loss
- Polycystic kidney disease, for which a genetic test is available
- Heat sensitivity
- Dental Malocclusions (their teeth don’t mesh well together)
They are very playful but still loves to lounge around and just sit quietly and get a good petting. They can keep themselves amused by finding objects around the house for e.g. a paper ball. In general they are good with people but prefer their owners and they do well with children and cat-friendly dogs. The Exotic isn’t very vocal but when they do speak their tone is very soft and elegant.
Exotics doesn’t shed hair heavily so daily brushing is not required, once a week should suffice mainly to keep the exotic looking beautiful and to keep hairballs at a minimum. A bath once a month should do.
Daily dental hygiene is best to prevent gum disease, but brushing the teeth once a week is still better than nothing. As for the excessive tearing, wipe corner of eyes daily to prevent under-eye stains from forming. Clean ears with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth using a mixture of half cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs as this can cause damage to the interior of the ear.
Exotics are best kept as indoor cats, they are not known as the feisty type to defend themselves against predators and other dangers.