Southgate Animal Hospital

Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair

Basic Exotic Shorthair Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Weight: 9 - 12 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthair Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Exotic Shorthair History

  • A relative newcomer to the world of cat breeds, the Exotic came about by accident when breeders mated American Shorthairs with Persians in the early 1960s.
  • The originally proposed name for this new breed was to be Sterling due to their beautiful silver color, but the term, Exotic, was accepted instead.
  • In 1967, the Exotic was formally recognized as a breed by the Cat Fanciers Association and is now accepted in every major cat breed registry in the shorthaired variety.

Exotic Shorthair Behavior Concerns

  • Mellow and calm temperament, best suited for quiet households and apartment dwellings.
  • A perfect breed for active people who like the look of Persians but don't have time to deal with the high grooming needs.
  • Politely seeks attention of its favorite people.
  • Males tend to be more interactive with people than the more aloof females.
  • Very quiet, emitting occasional squeaky meows.
  • Enjoys nesting on laps and occasionally, perching on shoulders.
  • Moderate in ability to learn basic commands and tricks.

Look of Exotic Shorthairs

  • Bred to bring out the best Persian traits.
  • Sport teddy-bear looks with huge round eyes, flat noses and tiny ears.
  • Body is compact, rounded and sturdy.
  • Coat is shorthaired and tends to be mat-free.
  • Its original color was silver, but the most popular colors are bi-color, red tabby and brown tabby.

Grooming Exotic Shorthair Cats

  • Likes to maintain a coat free of tangles and mats.
  • Requires less grooming than Persians -� weekly brushing should suffice.
  • Due to its flat face, the Exotic is prone to overflowing tears that lead to staining under the eyes.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Exotic Shorthairs

Please consult with your veterinarian about the type of diet and amount to feed your cat during their different life stages. Different breeds may have greater risk of obesity based upon their diet, metabolism and age. Thus, your veterinarian is your best source for information on this topic.

Fun Facts of Exotic Shorthairs

  • Also known as the "Lazy Man's Persian" because its shorter coat requires less maintenance than the most popular breed.
  • This breed remains playful well into its adult years.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Southgate Animal Hospital is open Monday through Thursday 7AM-8PM, Friday 7AM-6PM and on Saturday 8AM-3PM (we’re closed on Sunday). If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 631-789-1234. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Southgate Animal Hospital
1015 Montauk Highway
Copiague, NY 11726

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If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

New York Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center
2233 Broadhollow Rd. (Route 110)
Farmingdale, NY  11735
Open 24/7/365

Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury, NY 11590
Phone: 516-420-0000
Open 24/7/365