Congratulations on the recent addition to your household! Now that you have a young beautiful Exotic Shorthair kitten or Persian kitten (Exotic Longhair kitten) to care for there are several things you will need to consider.
Nutrition for Exotic Shorthair Kittens & Persian kittens
Exotic Shorthair kittens and Persian kittens (or Exotic Longhair kittens) should be fed a combination of both high-quality commercial kitten food and some natural foods to ensure a balanced diet is provided. Please see the article titled “What should I feed my exotic kitten?” on this blog for more detailed information about kitten nutrition. Always ensure they have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
Bedding for Exotic Shorthair kittens & Persian kittens
Although your Exotic Shorthair kitten or Persian kitten may want to share your bed it is important to provide them with a comfortable dry bed of their own as well. Use bedding that is safe, can be easily cleaned and dried, and place the bed somewhere cozy and private.
Litter trays for Exotic Shorthair Kittens & Exotic Persian kittens
Place a litter tray in a quiet and private area for your Exotic Shorthair or Persian kitten to use when they need to go to the toilet.
Playtime for Exotic Shorthair Kittens & Persian Kittens
Playtime is important for bonding between you and your Exotic Shorthair kitten or Persian kitten. Kittens are very playful and curious and love to expend some of their energy chasing cat toys and interacting with their owners. Try rotating a variety of different types of cat toys and try different games so your cat doesn’t get bored. Toys may include chase and catch toys; toys that you can put tasty food treats in and puzzle feeders.
Grooming for Exotic Shorthair Kittens & Persian kittens
Regular grooming (gentle brushing) is important particularly for Persians or Exotic Longhair kittens. Start grooming your kitten early on so that it becomes an enjoyable bonding activity and part of routine care. Positively reward your kitten with a tasty cat food treat, verbal praise, and gentle patting for allowing you to groom them. This way your kitten will associate grooming with positive things, making it easier for both of you.
Grooming removes dust, dead skin, loose hair, and tangles and sheds fur, which can help prevent your exotic shorthair or Persian (exotic longhair) kitten from experiencing ‘fur balls’ – some cats will swallow fur when they self-groom, especially long-haired cats, and this can build up in the stomach to eventually be vomited.
Grooming should always be comfortable for your Exotic Shorthair or Persian (Exotic Longhair) kitten. Avoid any hair pulling or jerking movements. Fur mats and tangles may need to be carefully trimmed off using blunt-nosed safety scissors. Always point scissors away from your Exotic Shorthair or Persian (Exotic Longhair) kitten and ensure the skin isn’t touched.
In general, Exotic Shorthair or Persian (Exotic Longhair) kittens don’t need to be bathed and most exotic shorthair or Persian kittens can find it quite stressful. Therefore generally avoid bathing unless recommended by your vet for medical reasons.
Scratching poles for Exotic Shorthairs & Persians
Exotic Shorthairs and Persians (Exotic Longhairs) instinctively need to scratch things to keep their nails in good condition and to express natural behaviors. It’s important to provide a scratching pole or several scratching poles around the house. This will help to prevent your cat from scratching other objects such as furniture etc. If your exotic shorthair or Persian kitten starts to scratch furniture, cover the furniture with protective material and provide plenty of appropriate alternative things for them to direct their scratching behavior towards. Some kittens may prefer a scratching mat.
Health Care For Exotic Shorthair & Persian kittens
Talk to your vet about annual health check-ups, vaccinations, and flea and worm prevention for your Exotic Shorthair kitten and/or Persian kitten.
Spaying or neutering prior to sexual maturity effectively prevents unplanned and unwanted litters of kittens, helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens in the community. Spaying or neutering also provides health and behavioral benefits. Spaying or neutering commonly reduces behavior problems such as roaming and urine marking. Reducing the desire to roam to find mates also reduces the risk of cats being in catfights (where they may be injured or catch infectious diseases) or a traumatic accident such as being hit by a car if they get loose.
Remember that some commonly found plants, such as lilies, are toxic to cats and it is important that you familiarize yourself with these and remove them from your house and avoid purchasing them in floral arrangements.
About Mon Chéri Cattery
Mon Chéri is a small boutique cattery in Arkansas specializing in pet & show-quality Exotic Shorthair kittens for sale & Persian kittens for sale (or Exotic Longhair kittens) that are outstandingly beautiful, friendly and come with a health guarantee! Our premier Kings & Queens come from outstanding Russian and German bloodlines. Mon Chéri has been both calico Exotic Shorthair kitten breeders and calico Persian kitten breeders for the last 20 years according to CFA standards.* Our Exotic Shorthair kittens and Persian kittens come in a variety of colors including chocolate, lilac, black smoke, cream, colorpoint, solid, bicolor, calico, tabby, red, and the rare and beautiful tortoiseshell. Mon Chéri is French for “My Darling”. Our adorable kittens have been our darlings. We promise they will be your darlings too!
*CFA or The Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. is currently the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats and known as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registering association in North America. See our Mon Chéri Cattery profile on CFA.