5 Reasons an Exotic Shorthair Might Be the Right Cat Breed for You

Cream Tabby Exotic Shorthair
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When the Exotic Shorthair isn't sitting in your lap, he usually enjoys playing with toys.

The lovable Exotic Shorthair is nicknamed “the lazy man’s Persian” because he shares the same sweet face as the Persian but his short, plush coat is often easier to care for. The squeezably soft cat tends to be somewhat livelier than the Persian, but he’s still typically a loving lap cat. Learn more about the Exotic Shorthair and see if he might be the right cat breed for you.

They’re usually quiet companions.

Generally peaceful and easygoing, the Exotic is usually content to follow you around or sit in your lap for some petting.

They typically enjoy some low-key play.

The Exotic often enjoys playing with a fishing-pole toy or chasing a ball or wadded-up piece of paper. Puzzle toys that release treats are also a great way to keep him occupied.

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They’re relatively low-maintenance.

The Exotic’s short coat doesn’t usually mat or tangle and it’s typically easy to groom. Comb him once or twice a week to help keep his coat beautiful.

They come in many colors.

The Exotic was initially intended to be a silver cat but today he comes in many colors and patterns, including solid, silver and golden, shaded and smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor and Himalayan.

They’re often trainable.

Try using a clicker to teach your Exotic tricks like “ sit” and “wave.”

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