The Exotic cat (also called the Exotic shorthair by some cat associations) is a cross between Persians and American Shorthairs. The Cat Fanciers’ Association, the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, lists the Exotic cat as the third most popular cat breed based on their 2007 registration statistics.
Exotic cats are bred to meet the Persian standard in almost every way with one exception: their coats. Exotics, unlike their Persian counterparts, have short, thick, dense coats, making them popular among people who enjoy the Persian personality but don’t want the hassle or the time required for daily grooming.
Exotics are affectionately referred to as “The Lazy Man’s Persian” because of this.
Exotic cats are available in a rainbow of hues, ranging from solid to tabby to bicolor.
The Exotic personality tends to mimic that of a Persian: sweet, affectionate and playful. Exotic cats are known to show more affection and loyalty than other feline breeds, and commonly follow their owners throughout the home.
Although playful, Exotic cats have a gentle and tame disposition, making them good indoor-only pets. Generally friendly towards other animals, Exotic cats have a gentle and tenderhearted disposition. With their tame, gentle personality and rare meowing, Exotics make for good indoor-only pets.
Exotic cats are generally healthy; however, they are prone to similar health problems as the Persian, such as sinus and breathing problems caused by the foreshortened face, snub nose and shortened sinus cavities. The most obvious complication of the Exotics conformation is excessive tearing due to abnormalities of the organs associated with production and drainiage of tears. This often requires them to have their eyes wiped or their face washed frequently.
Exotics are also susceptible to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a congenital kidney disease where cysts form in the kidneys and gradually increase in size as the cat ages. The disease can be managed by special diets that help reduce the workload of the kidneys; however, progression of the disorder may lead to terminal kidney failure.