Cats…

…are wonderful pets

for people looking for a more independent and self-sufficient creature to share their lives with.  Cats usually are not as demanding of your attention as dogs are.  They can be left alone for
long periods of time and be quite content with their own company.  They use their potty box by themselves and usually won’t engage in destructive behaviors or overeating caused by boredom.

…are living creatures and are domesticated pets.  

They do love human companionship and need to have attention.  Even though cats are great pets for “busy” people with hectic lifestyles, they need a certain amount of care.  Please think
carefully when deciding to adopt a cat, or any live pet.  Honestly evaluate whether you can devote the time to a pet that a living creature deserves.

…are unique individuals.  

Even within a pedigreed breed, you will find a variety of personality types.  The disposition of a breed is a general guideline for that cat’s characteristics.  
There are always going to be some cats that are more affectionate and demand their people’s attention.  Then there are the aloof cats that can be left alone with occasional petting.  

Some are more active.  
Some are more lazy.  
Some race through the house like maniacs.  
Some stay on top of their kitty condos.  
Some like to watch the birds & squirrels through the window.  
Some like the water out of the fish bowl.  
Some prefer to snooze in the bathroom sink.  
Some would rather sleep on your pillow.
Some like dry food.  
Some will only eat canned.
Some need to be only children.
Some like to be part of a pride (multi-cat household)
Some are a wonderful kaleidoscope of all these things!

Like I said, they are all individuals…true cat lovers celebrate their uniqueness!  
Different breeds have their usual personality characteristics.  Remember that within those characteristics you will still find distinctive fur-folks.  

…are intuitive creatures.  

Let your next kitty choose you!    
Persians…


…are sweet and generally laid-back cats.  

They are usually a mellow breed and love to be with their people.  Persians are very
affectionate and spend a great deal of energy purring.  If their people need to be amused,
they often oblige by playing chase, batting balls, fighting their way out of paper sacks, or
trying to catch a kitty teaser or laser light.


…are personable cats.  

Persians make wonderful family cats and are great with disciplined, cat-educated children
of all ages.  They get along well with other cats in the household and are friendly to people
visitors.  



…tolerate dogs on a case by case basis.  

Usually if they’re raised with them & the dog isn’t too rambunctious, a Persian is fine…there
again…it depends on the individual.


…are flexible

and adapt easily to new environments and situations.
Sure they’re going to hide when they first get to their new home.  
But they are generally more resilient &
come out of their shells more quickly.


…have long, thick coats

that give them the look of luxurious royalty.  
Their huge, expressive eyes seem to say “I love you…do you love me, too?”    
A Persian is generally round all over
…eyes, head, stocky body, and heavily boned legs.


…come in an amazing array of colors, patterns and coat lengths!  

there are the basics:

whites (some with blue eyes or odd eyes),
black, blue, red, cream, tortoiseshell (black & red), and blue-cream;

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there are silvers:

…with varying amounts of shading (smoke, shaded, shell/chinchilla)
…in the above "basic" colors…their undercoats are a glimmering silver…
”shaded silvers” and “chinchillas” have green eyes
…ever seen the Fancy Feast cat?...and don’t forget the goldens!

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there are chocolate (a dilute of black) and lilac (a dilute of chocolate);

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there are tabbies:

…with different patterns…classic or blotched, mackerel, & spotted
…all in the above colors
…some with different kinds of names
…a brown tabby is also known as a black tabby
…a silver patched tabby is a.k.a. a smoke tortoiseshell tabby

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there are bi-colors & calicos…or with white patterns:

…any of the above colors can come with white…how striking they are!
...the pattern tells the amount of white…
…a bi-color is mostly white on the chest, legs & face;
…a harlequin, or high white, has more white on the body;
…a van has color only on the head & tail

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there are color-points or Himalayans

…they have gorgeous “Siamese” patterns with darker color on the legs, tail, face & ears
and the body a very light shade of the same color
…they come in seal-point, blue-point, flame-point, cream-point,
tortie-point, blue-cream-point,
chocolate-point, chocolate-tortie point, lilac-point, and lilac-cream-point
…the tabby version is the lynx-point in any of these colors

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Visit the
Silverdance website under "Breed Standard"
to see an exceptional photographic display and explanation of colors!

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and, all of these color choices come in a shorthaired style!

Exotics…

... they’re also nicknamed “Zots”


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...are a hybrid breed

Several decades ago,
breeders set out to create a shorthaired version of their beloved Persians.
They wanted a cat with all of the endearing qualities of a Persian,
but with a lower maintenance coat.

Persians were crossed with Burmese, British Shorthairs, and American Shorthairs
to add the shorthair gene.  Many years of selective breeding has been done to advance
the Exotic breed.

What we have today,
are zots who hold their own in the show halls against their Persian cousins.
They come in all the Persian colors,
only wearing a plush, teddy bear coat.

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…are a magnificent alternative for people who love the Persian personality and
look, but don’t want to muss & fuss with all that hair…but don’t be fooled!

Exotics shed a lot, just like Persians!  

They may be “low-maintenance” but they are not “no-maintenance”!
When a Persian sheds, the hair gets caught up & mats.
When an Exotic sheds, the hair mostly falls out & gets everywhere.
They can get matted in the areas where their fur is longer & softer.
The nice thing about the Exotics is that maintenance combing is much quicker.
You are going to have grooming issues
no matter which of the two breeds you choose.

One of the reasons I have chosen to breed Exotics is the ease of grooming.


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…also come in long hair!  

This is a matter of breeding genetics
and can be quite confusing to the general cat-people population
…and even to us breeders sometimes!

The gene that creates short hair is dominant (the bossy one),
if it’s there, the cat shows it…it’s a shorthair

The gene that creates long hair is recessive (the quiet one)
If a cat is long haired, it has
no shorthair gene,

All cats have two genes for hair length, one from each parent,
Some shorthair Exotics have a shorthair gene (they show it)
and a long hair gene (they hide it in their DNA)

Sometimes, (shorthair) Exotics have longhaired babies;
They are registered in CFA as Exotic Longhairs (ELH), but
a longhaired Exotic is genetically (in regard to hair length) a Persian!
I jokingly call them "Persian Impostors".
{Other associations register them as Persians}

Other shorthair Exotics have two shorthair genes,
they are called homozygous for shorthair.
These cats are particularly valuable to breeders since they will always produce
shorthaired babies, even if bred to a Persian or longhair Exotic.
Persians & Exotics…


…have a few problems,

like any purebred animal…even though I think they are a purrfect cat!
It’s not fair for any breeder
to withhold facts about potential problems with their chosen breed.
Following are a few things I think you should consider
before adopting a Persian or Exotic.

Responsible breeders try hard to screen potential kitty buyers
and will not sell their cats to pet shops, labs, or kitten mills.
We also make every attempt to make sure that you, the future family,
understand what life with an Exotic or Persian will be like.

I’ll tell you one thing,
there’s nothing more heartbreaking for a breeder
than to see his/her animals end up at the shelter
or thrown out onto the streets to “fend for themselves”.

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So….here are a few facts about the breed that is so precious to me…


They are a pug-nosed breed {also called brachiocephalic} and may have snorty sounding breathing or may be prone to allergies (watery eyes, runny nose,
sneezing).

Their large eyes may tear more and can stain the fur near the eyes.  
They are also prone to chronic eye infections.  
The area under their eyes needs to be kept clean and dry to prevent bacteria growth.

Their luxurious coats need to be groomed daily.  
They shed and mat easily.  
During shedding season (usually when the weather changes), they can tangle over-night.  
The shorthairs will make you feel like you’ve inhaled enough hair to knit a sweater.

No matter how often you groom them, you will always find hair…everywhere!  
Be realistic…budget a kitty bath at the groomer’s once a month if you can't bathe your kitty yourself.

They are prone to a genetic kidney disease (PKD) that is fatal
…make sure your adopted kitty’s parents have been PKD-DNA tested negative…better yet…have your kitty PKD-DNA tested as a contingency to the sale.

The long haired kitties often get poop stuck to their britches after they use the box
…you might find landmines throughout your house as they drop off.

Other diseases you need to educate yourself about are Feline Leukemia, Feline AIDS,
Feline Infectious Peritinosis, & Hypertrophic Cardio-Myopathy.

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Thinking of Breeding?

If you think you might want to try your hand at breeding purebred cats, even for just one litter,
please consider carefully.

A lot of things go right, but a lot of things can go wrong.
Mothers have difficulties and need emergency c-sections.
Babies sometimes don't thrive for a variety of reasons.

It is best to talk to the breeder you are working with about your desires to try your hand at
breeding.  The breeder will help you find complete information about breeding practices and
risks so you can make an informed decision.

If you do choose to try breeding, be honest with your breeder so she/he can help you decide how
to get started in a way that is best for you.

Reputable breeders protect their lines & don’t want their pet quality kittens reproducing
…only a few specimens are really worthy of being bred.

We breed to improve our chosen breed through
physical conformation to the breed standard,
meeting the very best health requirements,
and ensuring the most well adjusted and social animals leave our homes.

Breeding animals should not be taken lightly.
It is not a money making business!
The costs of breeding are endless...
buying breeding stock,
going to shows (entry fees, gas, airline, lodging & meals, etc)
educating ourselves through publications, internet, etc,
advertising (web site, online registries, magazines, newspapers),
veterinarian costs (maintaining health & testing of breeding stock and kittens for sale)
food, litter, misc. costs.

Charging money for the kittens we place in pet or breeder homes usually doesn't even come
close to helping recoup the costs of having a responsible breeding program.
But, it is a welcome and needed part of financing our hobby.
I personally spend $150 or so just at the vet for each of my pet kittens (before being placed in
pet homes) for vaccinations, worming, and altering.

There are many rewards and happy times ahead for anyone who breeds purebred animals.
It goes along with hardships and disappointments,
but well worth it for those of us who are "hooked" on the Fancy.

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KaDoKits Exotics