So Exotic! Meet
and Sweet Cat
LOVE THIS BREED!
WHO’S THAT CAT?
BY KIM CAMPBELL THORNTON
This engaging and affectionate
cat has a short, thick coat that’s
beautiful but easy to groom. In
personality, he’s more outgoing
than Persians but still maintains a
“They are so adaptable,” said
Living with an Exotic
Exotic expert Penni Richter of Pasco,
Washington, who has loved
the breed for 18
great for a
kids and other
pets, like dogs. “They’re also really
good for someone who lives alone
and wants a companion. They have
such an easygoing temperament
that they really adapt to almost any
Exotics are calm and easygoing,
playful but not rowdy. They like to
be in the same room with you but
don’t demand attention — except
for an incessant stare that you may
be unable to resist.
Exotics pick up your habits.
They’re waiting at the door when
you get home, and they sleep
when you sleep.
The Exotic adapts to many
types of homes and families as
long as he gets lots of love and
attention from people who appreciate his constant presence.
The Exotic enjoys playtime and
attention. Do get an Exotic if you
want a cat who will get along with
other cats and dogs and enjoy
playing with kids.
Don’t get an Exotic if you don’t
have the time or desire to give him
the attention he seeks.
You should know
Exotics are a comfortable
armful, typically weighing 8 to 13
pounds. As with any cat, do not
let them become obese.
Given good care and nutrition,
an Exotic can live 10 to 14 years or
more. These cats tend to mature
more slowly than other breeds.
The Exotic’s low-maintenance
coat doesn’t tangle easily. A week-
ly combing and face wash and a
bath every month or two keeps
this cat beautiful.
The Exotic has some of the
same health problems as the
Persian. Make sure a kitten’s parents
have been tested clear of heart
disease (hypertrophic cardiomyop-
athy), as well as polycystic kidney
disease. Some may have mild eye
Love the Persian’s sweet and laid-back personality but dread the thought of grooming one? Consider the Exotic. Plush and personable, the Exotic is aptly described as “the lazy person’s Persian.”