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Size: Small to Medium
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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If you like the unique look and easygoing nature of the Persian--but don’t have time for the upkeep of its long coat--the Exotic is definitely your best bet. This short-haired, wide-eyed cat is mellow and affectionate, making it a great companion for kids, seniors, and families with the ability to give this lap-loving cat at least an hour or two of attention each day. However, the Exotic cat will not demand it. Exotic cats have a quiet demeanor and are definitely homebodies, preferring an indoor over an outdoor environment, and making a perfect pet for apartment owners and city dwellers.

General Care

Besides making room for him on your lap, you don't need to do much to keep your Exotic cat purring. Their grooming needs are minimal, and they will be fine with a weekly brushing and occasional bath. A common health condition found in Exotic cats is an asymmetrical jaw, which can result in chewing and dental problems. Exotics are also prone to tear duct problems, sinus problems, and eye problems, so as always, check with your veterinarian with any questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.

For more information about Exotic cat ownership and care, check out the Cat Fanciers' Association.

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