Exotic

EXOTIC

KITTY STATS

COAT
Medium, thick, soft

LIFE SPAN
10 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Very

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Not Particularly

General Health – Fair

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Sometimes

Pet Friendly – Sometimes

Potential for Playfulness – High

Tendency to Vocalize – Very Low

 

European Burmese

EUROPEAN BURMESE

KITTY STATS

COAT
Short, soft

LIFE SPAN
10 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Less Than Average

Easy to Groom – Extremely

Friendly Toward Strangers – Almost Always

General Health – Not Particularly Good

Intelligence – Highly

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Extremely

Potential for Playfulness – Very High

Tendency to Vocalize – Very High

 

Egyptian Mau

EGYPTIAN MAU

KITTY STATS

COAT
Medium-length, silky

LIFE SPAN
12 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Very

Friendly Toward Strangers – Rarely

Kid Friendly – Usually

Pet Friendly – Sometimes

Potential for Playfulness – High

Tendency to Vocalize – High

 

Devon Rex

DEVON REX

KITTY STATS

COAT
Soft, wavy

LIFE SPAN
9 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Minimal

Easy to Groom – Extremely

Friendly Toward Strangers – Almost Always

General Health – Not Particularly Good

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Extremely

Potential for Playfulness – Very High

Tendency to Vocalize – Moderate

 

Cymric

CYMRIC

KITTY STATS

COAT
Long, soft double-coat

LIFE SPAN
8 – 14 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – More Than Average

Easy to Groom – Not Particularly

Friendly Toward Strangers – Usually

General Health – Fairly Good

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Sometimes

Pet Friendly – Sometimes

Tendency to Vocalize – High

 

Cornish Rex

CORNISH REX

KITTY STATS

COAT
Short, soft and silky

LIFE SPAN
11 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Average

Easy to Groom – Extremely

Friendly Toward Strangers – Almost Always

General Health – Fairly Good

Intelligence – Highly

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Extremely

Potential for Playfulness – Very High

Tendency to Vocalize – High

 

Chartreux

CHARTREUX

KITTY STATS

COAT
Medium-short, woolly

LIFE SPAN
11 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Moderately

Amount of Shedding – More Than Average

Easy to Groom – Not Very

Friendly Toward Strangers – Sometimes

General Health – Very Good

Kid Friendly – Sometimes

Pet Friendly – Usually

Potential for Playfulness – Moderate

Tendency to Vocalize – Very Low

 

Burmilla

BURMILLA

KITTY STATS

COAT
Long or short, silky

LIFE SPAN
10 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Very

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Very

General Health – Fairly Good

Intelligence – Average

Kid Friendly – Usually

Pet Friendly – Usually

Potentail for Playfulness – Very High

 

Burmese

BURMESE

KITTY STATS

COAT
Short, satiny

LIFE SPAN
10 – 16 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Less Than Averagee

Easy to Groom – Extremely

Friendly Toward Strangers – Almost Always

General Health – Fair

Intelligence – Highly

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Usually

Potential for Playfulness – High

 

Bombay

BOMBAY

KITTY STATS

COAT
Short, Sleek

LIFE SPAN
12 – 16 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Less Than Average

Easy to Groom – Extremely

Friendly Toward Strangers – Usually

General Health – Very Good

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Usually

Potential for Playfulness – Very High

Tendency to Vocalize – Moderate

 

Bengal

BENGAL

KITTY STATS

COAT
Short, Thick

LIFE SPAN
10 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Average

Easy to Groom – Very

Friendly Toward Strangers – Usually

General Health – Very Good

Intelligence – Very

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Extremely

Potential for Playfulness – Very High

Tendency to Vocalize – High


 

Balinese

BALINESE

KITTY STATS

COAT
Long, fine and silky

LIFE SPAN
9 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Very

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Usually

Friendly Toward Strangers – Usually

General Health – Fair

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Usually

Potential for Playfulness – Very High

Tendency to Vocalize – Very High


 

American Wirehair

AMERICAN WIREHAIR

KITTY STATS

COAT
Crimped, tight, medium length

LIFE SPAN
14 – 18 years

 

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Very

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Extremely

Friendly Toward Strangers – Sometimes

General Health – Excellent

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Sometimes

Potential for Playfulness – Moderate


 

American Shorthair

AMERICAN SHORTHAIR

KITTY STATS

COAT
Short and Thick

LIFE SPAN
15 – 20 years

 

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Moderately

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Very

Friendly Toward Strangers – Usually

General Health – Excellent

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Usually

Pet Friendly – Sometimes

Potential for Playfulness – Moderate


 

American Curl

AMERICAN CURL

KITTY STATS

COAT
Long or short

LIFE SPAN
12 – 16 years

 

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – More than Average

Easy to Groom – Very

Friendly Toward Strangers – Usually

General Health – Excellent

Kid Friendly – Usually

Pet Friendly – Usually

Potential for Playfulness – High

Tendency to Vocalize – Very Low


 

American Bobtail

AMERICAN BOBTAIL

KITTY STATS

COAT
Medium-length double coat


LIFE SPAN
11 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – More than Average

Easy to Groom – Somewhat

Friendly Toward Strangers – Almost Always

General Health – Very Good

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Extremely

Potential for Playfulness – High

Tendency to Vocalize – Moderate


 

Abyssinian

ABYSSINIAN

KITTY STATS

COAT
Medium length, fine

LIFE SPAN
9 – 15 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Moderately

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Somewhat

General Health – Fair

Intelligence – Highly Intelligent

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Extremely

Potential for Playfulness – Very High


 

Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Feline cerebellar hypoplasia is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems.

A kitten is born with “CH” when her cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.

An cerebellum’s growth can be stunted by a number of factors, most commonly if the mother contracted the feline distemper virus while pregnant or if there was some sort of trauma to the kittens while they were in the womb.

Consequently, an underdeveloped cerebellum can result in underdeveloped or complicated mobility. CH cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.”

The severity of a kitten’s CH can vary greatly – even among litter mates. While some cats may only have a slightly impacted gait, others may have significant trouble getting around, if they’re able to walk at all. It’s important to remember that the cat isn’t sick, weak or hurt; she’s simply uncoordinated.

CH cats may also experience head tremors, the uncontrollable shaking of the cat’s head when she’s trying to focus. Again, some cats may experience mild cases, others may be more severe. (Consequently, some think CH cats may have vision issues. If you think this is an issue with your cat, speak to your vet.)

Unless a CH cat has other health issues, her life expectancy is the same as a cat’s without CH. Since the condition is non-progressive, it will never get worse – and in some cases, owners say that their cat became more capable over time.

A CT scan or MRI is the only way to officially diagnose cerebellar hypoplasia. However, many vets are familiar with the symptom’s characteristics so those tests are often not necessary. Yet it is important to understand there are some diseases and conditions that may mimic CH.

One of the great things about CH cats is that they don’t seem to know that they’re any different from other cats. Even though they may think they’re normal, depending on the severity of their CH, they may be somewhat limited in ability and learn how to do things differently. For example, some CH cats don’t have the coordination to jump – so instead they become great climbers. Consequently, CH cat owners may find ways to help their cat become more capable.

There isn’t a treatment for this condition; however, many owners will tell you that there doesn’t need to be one. They’ll say their CH kitties are some of the sweetest cats you’ll ever meet, and what they lack in coordination they make up in personality. Check out This Is Charlie on our Videos page.

Since many people are still learning about this condition – and because some shelters don’t adopt out special needs animals – many kitties with CH are needlessly euthanized every year. While it’s not an extraordinarily common condition, cats with this condition do require a special owner who’s devoted to providing the best care possible for the cat. If you’d like to adopt a CH cat please check out our SNAP Cats list of adoptable cats with cerebellar hypoplasia.

Birman

BIRMAN

KITTY STATS

COAT
Medium-long, Silky

LIFE SPAN
12 – 16 years

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Affectionate with Family – Extremely

Amount of Shedding – Moderate

Easy to Groom – Somewhat

General Health – Fair

Intelligence – Above Average

Kid Friendly – Extremely

Pet Friendly – Extremely

Potential for Playfulness – High

Tendency to Vocalize – Low