The Exotic is nicknamed “the lazy man’s Persian” and are bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat has a thick, dense, plush, short coat. This exotic coat gives them a more rounded soft look and is much easier to take care, requiring less brushing than the long haired Persian.
They have the gentle and calm personality of the Persian, but are lively, curious, playful and get along with other cats and dogs. However they do not like to be left alone. They make excellent lap cats and are very affection, loyal with a calm, steady nature. Exotics are perfect for city and apartment living.
Sometimes Exotic kittens are born with long hair. When that happens, they are known and shown as Exotic Longhairs or Persians.
When thinking about getting an exotic consider a male they have a reputation for being especially sweet and loving. Females can be a bit more independent, but they are just as devoted and loyal as males.
Due to their flat faces, Exotics may have breathing problems, and are sensitive to heat. They need to live in air-conditioned comfort, protected from hot weather.
Other health issues include polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and a tendency to develop calcium oxylate stones in the urinary tract. Responsible breeders take steps to avoid these problems. Exotics should be healthy and vigorous, able to breathe normally and produce only normal amounts of tears.
Ask the breeder for proof that both of a kitten’s parents are free of kidney cysts, which can be detected on ultrasound or with a DNA test. If one of the parents is PKD positive, confirm that the kitten you are purchasing has tested PKD negative.
Remember that you have the power to protect your kitten from one of the most common health problems: obesity. Keeping an Exotic at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to protect his overall health. Prevention is the best ability to help ensure a healthier cat for life.