Exotic - The Facts Every Owner of this Cat Breed Should Know

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In the 1960s a Persian was crossed with a Domestic Shorthair in an attempt to create a Persian with only short hair. The result was today's Exotic, a breed that looks strikingly similar to the Persian, but with less maintenance involved, hence the nickname, 'the lazy man's Persian.' There are long- and shorthaired varieties of Exotic. The coat of a Longhaired is very similar to a Persian. It is very thick and dense, and requires daily grooming, along with regular bathing. The Shorthaired Exotic coat is, well, short. However, that does not mean it does not require some maintenance from the owner.

Though Shorthaired Exotics tend to be able to keep themselves clean via regular grooming, the occasional brushing is recommended to lower the occurrence of fur balls. Both Long- and Shorthaired Exotics are seen in a wide array of colors and both will shed, though not nearly as much as a Persian. Both tend to be of an average size and weight and tend to live around twelve years, though they are not considered mature until approximately two years of age and enter puberty later than other breeds.

Exotics, though loving towards their human families, tend to be aloof. They do not demand much attention or interaction, but, from time to time, will want to enjoy their company. This is accomplished not by tricks or antics but by sitting and waiting patiently while staring to get their point across. This does not mean that Exotics are not playful. They do enjoy the occasional romp around the house and do not like being left alone for long periods of time. They do well with children and other pets but some children may not like their independent nature.

The Exotic does have some health concerns. Since it was bred with a Persian, Exotics have flat faces, making their tears prone to overflowing and staining the face. They can also suffer from constricted nostrils (causing them to breathe loudly), dental malocclusions, seborrhea oleosa (itchy, dry skin or hair loss), and polcystic kidney disease. Exotics are also prone to ringworm.

There is a website that has great information on Exotic and most other breeds of cats. It has details that pertain to a cat breeds health, grooming, living conditions, best food choices and more, the website is called: Dog And Cat Facts, and can be found at this url =>http://www.dogandcatfacts.com

Ragdoll Cats - An Unusual Cat Breed

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The Ragdoll cat breed has an unusual history. According to one story, aliens brought this cat here; a cat that gets its name from the way it goes limp like a Ragdoll when you pick one up.

The Ragdoll cat breed originated in Riverside, California in the 1960s; the breed was founded by an eccentric woman named Ann Baker. The very first Ragdoll cat was a Persian-Birman mix named Josephine. Ragdoll cats come in a variety of colors today, including blue, bicolor, color point, torte, mink, and lynx.

The Ragdoll cat is the largest breed of domestic cat; males can weigh in over twenty pounds when fully mature. Ragdolls are registered by all of the major cat associations and recognized as a purebred cat.

Ragdoll cats are easy going and best known for their characteristic limpness when held. They have medium longhair coats and shed very little for having coats of this length. Ragdolls are very low maintenance cats; they have silky rabbit like fur and do most of their grooming themselves. Because of their size, Ragdoll cats tend to be slightly clumsy; these cats do not typically make good mousers, they are just too laid back to care about mice. Many Ragdoll cats exhibit dog-like behaviors; for example, this breed will run to the door to greet you upon returning home.

Part of what makes this cat so unusual are the stories Ann Baker told about its origins. On one account Ann Baker claimed here new breed of cat was brought here by aliens; another account states the breed was genetically engineered by the government.

Alien or government conspiracy aside, the Ragdoll has quickly become one of the most popular breeds of cat available today.

Ben Harper is a Ragdoll cat enthusiast and founder of the site Ragdoll Cats which was established to promote the Ragdoll cat breed. To learn more about this unusual cat visit: http://www.ragdollcats.info

Persian - The Facts Every Owner of This Cat Breed Should Know

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The origins of the Persian cat are murky, at best. Some claim that the Persian is descended from the Sand cat, but this cannot be proven. It is also thought that somehow Angoras were crossbred with Chinese longhairs or Russian Longhairs, but again, this is uncertain. There is also the suggestion that longhairs came to China as a gift from the king of Persian but there is no proof of this. What is known is that Perisans were recognized as their own distinct breed by the 19th century and came to America at around the same time. This longhaired cat comes in a wide variety of colors that is very thick, making it prone to matting.

A Persians coat is so thick the hair looks as if it is standing on its end. Regular grooming is an absolute must to avoid this problem including regular brushing and bathing. Any matting that is not attended to may result in uncomfortable skin infections.

Described as a sweet cat, Persians are not particularly active. Though they do enjoy running and playing, they will spend a fair portion of the day sleeping. This makes them particularly suitable for apartment life, as they do not require much room to exercise. The sweet nature of the Persian also makes it a good choice for families with children, but they do not always like to play as children do.

Persians are also very loyal to their families and like to stick close to them, making them less likely to stray. However, some Persians may be stubborn, making them resistant to litter box training. Persians may be prone to some medical problems including, nostril constriction, cherry eye, tear duct overflow, dental malocclusions, polycystic kidney disease, entropion, and seborrhea oleosa.

There is a website that has great information on Persian and most other breeds of cats. It has details that pertain to a cat breeds health, grooming, living conditions, best food choices and more, the website is called: Dog And Cat Facts, and can be found at this url:


Tips & Warnings of Persian Cats Care

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  • Persians are best kept indoors because their fur will become filthy and unruly if left outside. Cats can be happy indoors if they have a companion pet, toys, scratching posts, window shelves and lots of attention from you.
  • You might be able to train your cat to walk on a leash or harness - but watch out for dogs.
  • Hold your cat with one hand under her chest and the other hand under her back legs, keeping her close to you.
  • Play with your cat or kitten with toys, not your hands, which can encourage biting and aggressiveness. If your cat bites, blow in her face before pulling your hand away.
  • Reward your cat when she's good instead of using physical punishment when she's bad, which will only make her scared of you or cause her to act out when you're away. A loud noise or squirt of water can help stop bad behavior.
  • Give your cat her own "garden" (from a pet store or vet) so she won't eat your plants, some of which may be poisonous. Or, to prevent plant eating, place cedar blocks or hot chili peppers on the soil, or hang the plants out of your cat's reach.
  • Besides wreaking havoc with your Persian's coat, the outdoors poses many possible dangers, including fights, disease, getting lost, hypothermia, traps and getting stolen.
  • Small objects such as buttons, needles, shoelaces and tinsel can be hazardous if your cat eats them.
  • Keep household cleaning chemicals and medicines in places safe from your cat's curiosity.
  • Certain plants, such as poinsettias, can be fatal to your cat, as can the water in the base of your Christmas tree stand.
  • Take uneaten food away from a kitten after 10 minutes - overeating can cause diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Your cat can be strangled or suffocated by plastic bags with handles.
  • Hide electrical wires - your kitty might try to chew them.
  • Keep toilet lids down. Drinking the water can make kitty sick, and in the worst-case scenario, she might drown.
  • Make sure your window screens are secure. Cats don't always land on their feet, and they don't have depth perception.
  • If your cat refuses to use a clean litter box, see your vet - it could indicate a health problem.

Persian Cats - History

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Ancestors of Persian Cats were brought to Europe in the 17th century along with jewels, silk, and spices from central Asia, probably Persia (Iran). Other longhaired cats (Angora) came fromTurkey and added to the breed. References to such cats dating back to 1684 B.C. were found. Persians have been popular since the Victorian times. In the 19th century, the Persian Cat became the symbol of luxury among the European elite. These cats were among the first breed to be registered and shown. They were first called Longhairs; this term was used until 1960. Many Persians that were found in the USA come from mating Angora and Maine Coon Cats.

Persian Cats Appearance

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Persians come in many colours, but the overall type and structure is a large round head with small round ears set far apart, low on the head. Large round eyes and a short, broad nose, create a ‘sweet expression’ of the face. Full cheeks, broad strong jaws, and a well-developed chin are also part of a typical Persian’s head. The tail is short, in good proportion to the body, which is medium to large, and short sturdy legs complete the overall harmonious shape. The fur is dense and full.

The most common characteristics of the Persian cat

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  • Long, soft hair
  • Strong, cobby build
  • Large, expressive eyes
  • Chubby cheeks
  • High nose, which creates the “smushy” face type
  • Low, rounded ears
  • Wide, round head

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Persian Cat

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Persian cats have always been a favorite breed with cat owners.
They make wonderful pets and have their good points and bad points.
On the Pro list, they are very beautiful to look at and generally have a sweet disposition, a quiet manner and regal character. They usually tolerate everything and walk off if bothered.
They are very gentle, by nature. Another Pro is the variety of colors they come in.
You have silver, white, black, red, multicolored and golden shades, just to name a few.
They are an ornament to your life and home. They make attractive pets to look at.
They have lovely fur and are not usually prone to be destructive in any way.
Persian cats usually adjust quite well to new surroundings quickly although some can be shy around loud noises.
There are some other things you need to know. This will help you adjust to possible problems of owning that may occur.
The Cons of owning a Persian cat are the shedding of hair, the possibility of runny eyes, as Persians seem prone to this and they may also have some grooming problems.
Usually only older Persian cats have a tendency not to groom themselves.
Some owners have their Persian cat shaved by the vet occasionally if grooming becomes a problem.
It is always best to be aware of all these facts before owning a Persian cat.
Persian cats make delightful pets and will bring you much joy.
They tend to live long lives and get very attached to their owners.
In summary, this breed will make a wonderful addition to your family and a great pet as long as you are prepared for all of these things.
About The Author

Bridgitte is retired and a persian cat owner. Her webpage can be found at http://All4Webs.com/i/3/bridgitte/home.htm

Persian Cat Care

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Persian Cats are the most popular cat breed today. They are known for having gentle, sweet personalities and also for their beautiful long hair. They make great companions and are not very demanding.

The Persian cat is one of the oldest cat breeds in history. Other names for it include "Persian Longhair" or "Longhair". The ancestors of today's Persian cats were brought into Europe in the 1600s. Traders would come from Persia and Iran with jewels, spices and occasionally a longhaired cat. This is where they get the name Persian. However, there are even hieroglyphic references to these cats that date as early as 1684 B.C. During the 1800s, this cat became a symbol for wealth and prosperity among the Europeans. The Persian was also one of the first cats to be in competitions and to be registered. They were not called Persians until 1960; before that they were just called Longhairs.

Even though the white Persian is the color that is usually photographed and seen on television, Persians come in uncountable numbers of colors. For competition the colors are divided into seven divisions, which are the solid color division, the silver and golden division, the shaded and smoke division, the tabby division, the particolor division, the bicolor division and the Himalayan division. Their coat is very long and flowing.

This cat should be kept inside or their coat will quickly become damaged. Persian cats need to be combed every day with a metal comb. If they are not brushed regularly, the coat will quickly become tangled and develop hairballs. To keep the coat as clean as possible, it is also recommended that you give an occasional bath. Try to start bathing the cat while they are young so that they can get used to it. This will keep the coat healthy, clean and beautiful. Please remember that this cat cannot maintain their fur by themselves; it is too long and dense. It needs to have daily grooming.

These cats are extremely sweet and gentle. They adapt easily into even the most boisterous households. Persian cats have a beautiful melodious voice that is very pleasant to hear. They communicate very well with their owners using their voice and their enormously expressive eyes. Persian cats are playful but not overly demanding of their owners. They seem to love to pose and look like they are trying to be beautiful. This cat absolutely loves to be admired and pampered. They are also not destructive cats. They don't like to climb and jump very much like other cats do, because of their short legs and mass. Most of the time they just like to show off how beautiful they are!

Keeping this cat inside is not only good for their coat, but it is also good for their health. This will keep disease and parasites away from the cat as well as everyday dangers such as cars and dogs. You should bring your cat to a vet once a year and keep your cat inside for optimal health. Persians can live for 15 to 20 years if cared for properly. However, they do have one health problem that needs to be looked after. Because their eyes are so large, the cat may have trouble keeping them cleaned. Therefore, you should check their eyes regularly for problems.

Compared to other cat breeds, this cat is very easy to keep. You won't have to worry very much about this cat jumping and climbing onto things. The only thing you will have to be sure to keep up with is daily grooming. Many people don't want to brush their cat everyday and if you feel this way then this isn't the cat for you.

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Cats