If you are thinking about owning a cat for the first time the Exotic Shorthair is an excellent choice. Their playful personalities make them great family pets. You should expect your Exotic Shorthair kitten to jump, chase, play, stalk, fetch, and be a little mischievous from early kittenhood well into old age. They adapt well to social situations, often taking center stage whenever you have company. Their medium-sized body type and low-maintenance coat make them an appealing addition to any home.
Their young history began in the 1960’s when breeders of Domestic Shorthair cats sought to improve their breeds by outcrossing them with Persian cats. Their pursuit was a huge success, eventually prompting the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) to bestow them with their very own breed category. They are now affectionately referred to as simply, “Exotics.” As a result of being outcrossed with Persian cats, as well as American Shorthair, Russian Blue, and Burmese cats, Exotics benefit heartily from an expanded gene pool. Exotic kittens are often born bigger, open their eyes faster, walk quicker, play sooner, and wean earlier than their Persian cousins, as well as exhibiting a well-rounded temperament.
These peaceful, people loving cats become very attached to their owners and will give back every ounce of time and love given to them. An Exotic cat will make a great addition to any family.