Looking after your Exotic

Silver tabby exotic

If you are the new owner of an Exotic kitten, we welcome your to the world of the Exotic. You will soon discover what a delightful breed they are. As with all cats, there are certain maintenance routines, which you will have to undertake to keep your Exotic in, tip top condition.

Daily care

Feeding: For it's first full year, your Exotic kitten needs a greater amount of high-quality protein for growth than it will require in adulthood. At least 30 to 40 per cent of a kitten's diet should be protein. Select a kitten or feline growth formula designed to meet this extra need and follow the feeding guidelines laid down by the manufacturer. The breeder who sold you the kitten should also be able to offer advice on feeding your new kitten, as well as your vet. Kittens require more frequent feedings, but in smaller quantities, than adult cats. Adult cats need enough nutrients, fibre and protein to satisfy their appetites, yet prevent them from becoming obese, so choose a suitable food formulated for adult maintenance.
Senior cats that are less active often require fewer calories and so their diet may be altered to cater for this. At that stage you should consult your vet when considering a "senior" formula cat food. Your cat should have access to fresh water in a clean bowl at all times. Milk is not a substitute for water. Some adult cats, like humans, develop a lactose intolerance to milk and your cat will develop diarrhoea if they drink it.

Tortie and white exotic

Grooming: Despite being called the "lazy man's Persian", Exotics do not require the thorough daily grooming commitment of their Persian relatives, but their coats are not entirely maintenance free. Exotics DO moult and shed coat, and do require on a regular basis. Regular grooming is a good practice, as it will remove loose, dead hair, and also aid in preventing hairballs. It also gives you the opportunity to check your pet for any parasites such as fleas.

Toilet: You should provide your kitten with a large litter tray, and be sure to keep the litter clean. Cats are reluctant to use dirty litter trays and so the best advice is to clean them of urine and faeces at least twice a day. The breeder who sold you your kitten should be able to recommend a suitable cat litter.

Red silver tabby exotic

Weekly care

Ears: You should check your Exotics ears on a weekly basis (if not more often). Use cotton wool to gently wipe away any dirt or wax visible. Never poke cotton wool buds into the ear canal as you could cause injury. Teeth: Check your cats teeth and gums on a regular basis. Healthy gums are pink; diseased gums are red, tender and swollen. Consult your vet if you have any concerns.

Claws: Check your Exotics nails on a regular basis and trim them as. Your vet can show you how to trim the claws. Neglected untrimmed claws can curve under and grow into the paw pad, causing a swelling and possibly abscess.

Quarterly

Worming: Your kitten should be wormed on a regular basis. We recommend your consult your vet who will be able to advise you of a suitable product.

Annually

Vaccinations: Routine annual check-ups and vaccinations are important for your cat. There are many serious that can be prevented by using vaccinations. Ask your vet for advice about them.

Neutering

Your kitten should be neutered from age 6 months onwards. Un-neutered pets may develop some bad habits that you may not appreciate. Males may begin "spraying" and females will "call" for a mate and give you many sleepless nights. We recommend that you discuss neutering with your vet.