How to Groom An Exotic Shorthair Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Exotic Shorthair Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type: Short

Coat Texture: The Exotic Shorthair has a dense, plush coat that is soft to the touch and requires minimal grooming. Its short hair is similar to that of a Persian cat, but with a more manageable length.

Exotic shorthair cat

Exotic Shorthair cats are known for their adorable, flat faces and plush, dense coats. They are a breed that was developed by crossing Persians with American Shorthairs, resulting in a cat with a similar appearance to a Persian but with a shorter, more manageable coat.

Exotic Shorthairs are affectionate and playful, making them great companions for families and individuals alike. They are also known for their calm and easy-going nature, making them a great choice for those who want a laid-back cat. However, their short, thick coats do require regular grooming to prevent matting and keep them looking their best.

Grooming Tools for Exotic Shorthair Cats

Before we begin the grooming process, we need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushPerfect for removing tangles and mats from your cat’s coat, leaving it smooth and shiny.$10 – $20
Grooming glovesCarefully eliminates loose fur as it offers a soothing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersSafely trims your cat’s nails to prevent overgrowth and injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerRemoves debris and cleans the ear to ward off infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsGently cleans the ears in combination with the ear cleaner$1 – $5
ToothbrushKeeps your cat’s teeth clean to avoid dental problems and promote good oral hygiene$3 – $10
ToothpasteRemoves plaque and freshens breath; specially formulated for cats$5 – $10
ShampooUse shampoo that’s made specifically for cats. Shampooing your cat will help remove any dirt deep in its fur$3 – $12

Grooming Your Exotic Shorthair Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Exotic Shorthair once or twice a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your Exotic Shorthair occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Exotic Shorthair Cat

When it comes to bathing your Exotic Shorthair, it’s important to keep in mind that they have a dense, short coat that doesn’t require frequent washing.

  • In fact, over-bathing can strip their coat of its natural oils and cause skin irritation.
  • Bathe your Exotic Shorthair no more than once every few months, or as needed if they get particularly dirty or smelly.
  • Use a gentle, cat-specific shampoo and warm water, and be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any residue.
  • After the bath, wrap your Exotic Shorthair in a towel and gently pat them dry, being careful not to rub their coat too vigorously.
  • Don’t forget to reward them with a treat or some extra cuddles for being such a good sport!

How Often Should I Bathe My Exotic Shorthair Cat?

You should bathe your Exotic Shorthair cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s health and cleanliness.

How to Trim the Nails of an Exotic Shorthair

  • Tools: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, avoiding the quick (the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat breaks and treats as needed.
  • Aim to trim your Exotic Shorthair’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of an Exotic Shorthair

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Exotic Shorthair securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any dirt or debris that comes out of the ear. Be careful not to push anything further into the ear canal.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your Exotic Shorthair has a lot of ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness or swelling, contact your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection or other health issue.
  • Reward your Exotic Shorthair with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

When cleaning your cat’s ears, avoid using Q-tips or other objects as they may cause damage by pushing debris further into the ear canal. Be gentle while massaging and wiping away debris, as your cat’s ears are sensitive and can be easily irritated. If your Exotic Shorthair appears uncomfortable or in pain during the cleaning process, stop and try again later or seek assistance from a veterinarian.

How to Brush the Teeth of an Exotic Shorthair Cat

  • Start by getting your cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  • Once your cat is comfortable, introduce them to a cat toothbrush and toothpaste. Use a small amount of toothpaste on the brush and let them sniff and taste it.
  • Hold your cat gently but securely and lift their lip to expose their teeth. Use the toothbrush to gently brush their teeth in a circular motion.
  • Focus on the outside of the teeth, where plaque and tartar build-up is most common. Be sure to brush the back molars as well.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until your cat becomes restless or uncomfortable.
  • Repeat this process 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene.

Recommended Frequency: 2-3 times a week.

Exotic Shorthair Common Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process, you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home clean and vacuumed. You can also use flea and tick prevention products recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Exotic Shorthairs are prone to matting around their neck and underarms due to their dense, short fur. Regular brushing with a slicker brush and combing with a metal comb can prevent matting. If matting occurs, use a dematting tool or scissors to carefully cut out the mats.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Exotic Shorthairs are prone to skin fold dermatitis due to their short, wrinkled faces. To prevent irritation, gently clean their folds with a damp cloth and keep them dry.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming Exotic Shorthair Cats

How Often Should I Brush My Exotic Shorthair Cat?

You should brush your Exotic Shorthair cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. Their short, dense coat requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Exotic Shorthair Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Exotic Shorthair cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.