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  • Is the Exotic Shorthair a lap cat?
    Yes, they are a loving lap cat with a somewhat more lively personality than the Persian.
  • Can I let my Exotic outside?
    There are a wide variety of dangers outside that can be very hazardous to your cat’s health. These include cars, disease, parasites, fleas and ticks, toxins and other animals to name a few. Keeping cats indoors increases its life expectancy. Since they are lazy cats, they do not mind staying inside. However you will need to provide enrichment for them such as toys, tree houses, scratching poles, window viewing platforms all which will stimulate their minds and allow for a happy cat.
  • What is the life expectancy of an Exotic Shorthair?
    They live an average of 8 to 11 years
  • Do exotic shorthair cats have health problems?
    Exotic shorthair cats, like any breed, can be predisposed to certain health issues. Here are a few common conditions to be aware of: Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD): This genetic condition causes the formation of cysts in the kidneys, potentially leading to kidney dysfunction over time. It is important to obtain a health history and genetic testing when getting an exotic shorthair kitten. Respiratory Problems: Due to their flat faces and brachycephalic (square and flat) skull shape, exotic shorthairs may experience respiratory challenges. Their shortened nasal passages can lead to difficulties in breathing, especially in hot and humid conditions. It's crucial to provide a comfortable and well-ventilated environment for them. Eye Problems: Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a condition that affects the retina, leading to vision loss over time. Regular eye check-ups and monitoring can help detect any early signs of PRA or other eye-related issues. While these health concerns are more commonly seen in exotic shorthairs, it's important to note that not every cat will experience them. Responsible breeding practices, regular veterinary check-ups, and proper care can help mitigate the impact of these conditions on your cat's well-being. Remember to consult with a veterinarian for specific guidance on preventive measures, early detection, and appropriate care to ensure your exotic shorthair cat leads a healthy and happy life.
  • What are the top five health issues of the Exotic Shorthair cats?
    Breathing problems Progressive retinal atrophy Brachycephalic Airway obstructive syndrome Common skin problems in cats
  • What are the respiratory issues/breathing problems I can expect in Exotic Shorthair cats?
    Exotic Shorthair cats, with their adorable flat faces and short noses, may encounter certain respiratory issues and breathing difficulties. Here are some common symptoms to be aware of: Snoring: Due to their facial structure, snoring can be a regular occurrence in Exotic Shorthairs. Loud breathing when inhaling: Their shortened nasal passages can result in noisy breathing during inhalation. Frequent panting: Exotic Shorthairs may pant more often, especially in hot and humid conditions, as they have a harder time regulating their body temperature. Challenges with eating and swallowing: The flat face can make it difficult for them to consume food and swallow comfortably. Gagging and coughing: These cats may experience occasional gagging or coughing episodes, potentially due to their unique airway structure. Limited physical activity: Exotic Shorthairs may struggle with participating in vigorous physical activities due to their breathing limitations. To mitigate these issues, it is crucial to provide a climate-controlled environment for your Exotic Shorthair, particularly during hot weather. This helps prevent breathing difficulties and reduces the risk of respiratory infections. While genetics play a significant role in their facial structure, closely monitoring your cat's well-being is important. If you notice severe or persistent respiratory problems, it is advisable to seek prompt veterinary attention. Remember, by staying attentive to your Exotic Shorthair's respiratory health and providing appropriate care, you can help them lead a comfortable and happy life.
  • Why does my Exotics eye tear?
    Excessive tearing in your exotic shorthair cat can be a common occurrence. It is essential to be aware of the following symptoms: Redness and inflammation: The presence of redness and inflammation around the eye area may indicate excessive tearing. Green, thick, yellow discharge: If you notice a thick, yellow or green discharge coming from your cat's eyes, it could be a sign of excessive tearing. Overflowing tears: When tears overflow and run down the face, it suggests an abnormal tear production. Injuries or scratches: Any injuries or scratches to the eye can lead to excessive tearing. Loose skin around the eyes: Loose skin around the eyes can contribute to tears pooling and running down the face. Foreign objects lodged between the eyelid and the eye: Something stuck between the eyelid and the eye can cause tearing and discomfort. Exotic shorthairs are prone to watery eyes due to the shape of their heads, round eyes, short nose, and flat faces. While mild tearing is usually not a cause for concern, severe cases can lead to infections and other complications. It is important to keep your cat's eyes clean and monitor the severity of the tearing. If excessive tearing persists or worsens, it is recommended to consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and potential treatment options. They can provide guidance specific to your cat's needs and ensure their eye health is properly addressed.
  • What is the best comb for my Exotic?
    Use a metal long-toothed comb to comb your cat. You should do it regularly to decrease the amount of fur that is left around the house and also this will decrease the amount of hair they will ingest which can lead to hairballs. It’s a great bonding tool as well.
  • How to keep my Shorthair exotic eye’s clean?
    There eyes can get crusty and gooey because of it’s flat face doesn’t allow for good drainage. Take paper towel or washcloth and wet with warm water. Then wipe around the cat’s eyes. Be sure to thoroughly dry after wiping. If you do not do this the discharge will stain your cat’s coat and this may lead to infections. This may need to be done twice daily!
  • How to trim nails?
    Regularly trim your cat’s nails so they do not get too long. Long nails are uncomfortable to walk on, snag on furniture and snagging could cause nail to be ripped off. Hold cat’s paw in one hand and trimmer in your other hand, push on toe and nail will pop out, trim only the tip to avoid cutting the vein.

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