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Exotic Shorthair

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Calm, curious and affectionate.

The Exotic Shorthair is basically a Persian cat but with a short coat.

Where I'm From

This distinctive cat was first bred in the USA in the 1960’s. An American shorthair was bred with a Persian longhair. The aim was to end up with a cat that looked Persian, but without the Persian’s heavy long coat.

What I Look Like

The Exotic shorthair is medium sized with big expressive eyes, a short snub nose and a large round head with full cheeks and small ears set well apart.

Exotics come in more than 90 different colours from blacks, through to creams, blues and tortoiseshell.

How I Act

Exotic shorthairs are gentle and docile. They get on well with children, but are also quite content being left on their own.

Although they have shorter, denser coats than their Persian cousins, exotic shorthairs do need regular attention to their coat. Regular brushing is recommended.

Am I the pet for you?

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.