Table of contents:
- How much does an exotic shorthair kitten cost?
- What to feed an exotic shorthair cat?
- How often do you feed exotics?
Video: Exotic Shorthair Cat: Buying A Kitten And Feeding It
How much does an exotic shorthair kitten cost?
Exotic shorthair cats are bred in many Russian catteries together with Persian cats. This breed is still young, but exotic species are already very popular. The reason for this popularity can be found in the short coat of these cats. The unspoken title of "cats for lazy Persian lovers" was fixed for exotics.
Exotic kittens should be bought at the age of three or more months. You can buy kittens without documents for 2000 rubles. For pet-class kittens from purebred parents, they ask for 15,000 rubles or more.
The cost of a kitten of an exotic shorthair cat largely depends on the geographic location of the cattery, its level, titles and titles of producers (parents), the exterior of the kitten itself and its color, the presence or absence of completed documents, the costs of the breeder for breeding and some other factors. A breed-class kitten can be bought within 30,000-40,000 rubles, show-class exotics cost from 45,000 to 60,000 rubles.
In America, the cost of exotic short-haired cats in breeding and show class ranges from $ 1200 to $ 3000 USD.
When buying a kitten, be sure to ask the breeder for a certificate of parent and kitten tests for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), since 5-10% of exotics are carriers of these dangerous diseases.
Exotic kittens have tabby marks (stripes) that disappear with age.
Long-haired exotic kittens are periodically born in litters. Depending on the feline association in which the cattery is registered, they can be registered as exotic longhair (CFA and GCCF) or Persian (FIFé and TICA) cats. If you bring together two long-haired exotics or one long-haired and one Persian, then in both cases all kittens in the litters will be long-haired.
What to feed an exotic shorthair cat?
It is recommended to feed exotic shorthair cats with super premium food. These foods are specially designed for cats based on their daily requirements for nutrients, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Quality commercial feeds are balanced and do not need significant supplementation with other feeds. The choice between dry food and canned food is largely based on what your cat prefers. Canned food is recommended by veterinarians, since they contain a lot of water, and this (in addition) is the prevention of urolithiasis. But the choice of canned food must also be taken seriously, since there is a lot of sugar and salt in cheap ones. Some veterinarians claim that wet feed should make up up to 80% of the total diet of exotic foods.as many of them have trouble chewing and swallowing food (due to brachycephaly).
In the diet of an exotic cat, you can add treats with taurine and drugs that help remove hair from the stomach.
The diet of an exotic shorthaired cat will largely depend on its age, gender, size, activity level and health. That is why natural feeding is not recommended for this breed (it is difficult to formulate the correct diet). Nevertheless, many breeders find it useful to add liver, meat (high-quality muscle meat - chicken, turkey, beef, rabbit), sea fish, sour-milk unsweetened foods (mixed type of feeding) to the diet as complementary foods.
The best food is considered grain-free, since many cats (not only exotics) develop food allergies to cereals with a high gluten content (wheat, spelled, barley, rye, oats). Soy, corn and fresh milk should be absent from the diet of an adult exotic shorthair cat, as these products quite often cause diarrhea and food allergies. For food allergies, foods with omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids will be helpful. Omega-3 and omega-6 are found in sea fish (trout, salmon and herring). It is better not to give tuna, as mercury and lead accumulate in it. These micronutrients are not only unhelpful, but harmful to your cat's health.
There should always be water in the bowl. It should be replaced at least 2 times a day. Exotic feeding bowls should be kept clean and stored separately from the master's kitchen utensils and dishes. If you cannot change the water frequently, you can purchase a dedicated cat fountain, as many cats prefer to drink running water rather than from a bowl.
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If you decide to change the food, then this should be done gradually (within 10-14 days), so as not to disrupt the gastrointestinal tract of the exotic. During this time, a new one is added to the old feed. Those. on the first day, 95% of the old feed and 5% of the new feed are given. On the second day - 90% old and 10% new. Watch your cat's stool closely when changing food. If the cat begins to have diarrhea or the stool becomes thin, then return to the proportions of food that were given a day ago. Feed in this proportion until stool recovers. Then proceed with the conversion to the new feed.
Since exotic people love to eat and are not too active, they quickly gain weight. Therefore, it is necessary to constantly monitor the weight of the animal throughout its life, especially after 6 years.
Some of the best foods for exotic shorthaired cats are the following food lines: Life's Abundance, Weruva, Wysong, Purina ONE and Stella & Chewy's (for fans of raw food).
How often do you feed exotics?
Kittens are usually fed 4-5 times a day, from 6 months - 3-4 times a day, from one year of age 2-3 times a day. Try to keep the interval between feedings no more than 8 hours.
Authors: wolchonokW7, Gurieva S.