Say Chis Breeders and Exotic Cattery
All About Persian Exotic Cats...
Offering Persian, Exotic,
and Himalayan Breeds
What is a Persian Cat?
What is an Exotic Short Hair?
What is a Himalayan Cat?
What is an Exotic Long Hair?
What are the differences between them?
See the CFA breed examples and get to know them better below...
Ideal Persians should be heavily boned, well balanced, with a sweet expression and soft round lines. The eyes should be large, round, and set wide apart in a larger round head, with a short, snub, and broad nose with a "break" centered between the eyes. Those with a more pointy face and longer nose are often referred to as "doll face" Persians. We are striving for the flatter "pansy" or round faced, round eyed, and round headed look in our Persians as stated in the current standard set by the CFA. Some kittens may have longer noses and pointier faces at times, since we also desire a balance of structure
within the standard without too many extremes. Persians should also be heavy boned and short statured without an obvious neck. What we endearingly refer to as "Head, shoulders, Knees and toes".
*Goldens and Silver (Chinchilla) COMING IN THE FUTURE!
Silver & Golden Division:
The Silver and Golden Division consists of chinchilla and shaded silvers and goldens.
The exquisite silvers are considered the most ethereal of all Persians. The chinchilla is a sparkling white cat with black tipping scattered as evenly as stardust, ever so lightly, on the face, legs, tail and body. Shadeds show a mantle of black on the back, shading evenly down the sides. The tipping on the legs and face should match and is darker than the chinchilla. Goldens are either chinchilla or shaded. Their ground color is a rich, warm cream tipped with black. Silvers and goldens have green or blue-green eyes rimmed with black, black paw pads and brick red or rose nose leather.
The Exotic Short Hair
Exotic Short Hair (ESH) cats:
Are a pure breed just as Persians are and held to the same standards. The breed was established by the Cat Fanciers Association back in 1967. The Exotics are pure Persians that were crossed ONCE with pure short haired breed, like the British Short Hair and American DSH (domestic short hair), many moons ago in order to get a shorter and more manageable coat. They were then selectively bred back to pure Persians ONLY and have long since become their own recognized breed often being referred to as the "lazy mans Persian" or the "short haired Persian". While they are listed as two distinct breeds, they really are a short haired Persian in every way.
As a result of the cross to manage the coat, we often see long haired Exotics from two short haired Exotics. These beauties are also held to the same standard as Persians and shown in the same exact In fact, they are shown as Persians with (ELH) denoted but in the same exact category without any other distinction! They are denoted as (ELH) since unlike their Persian counterparts, they have had short haired cats in their ancestry where Persians have not. The Exotic Short Hair has a longer coat than many other short haired breeds, but the difference between short and long hair becomes obvious as the coat matures. Especially in the tail, which should be rounded at the tip and shorter in proportion to the body with Persians, exotic Long Hair, and Exotic Short Hair.
*The Exotic Longhair variety is featured below. The ELH and ESH can arrive in the same litter...
The Exotic Long Hair
Exotic Long Hair (ELH) cats:
Can be produced by two Exotic Long Hair, Exotic Short Hair, one Exotic Short Hair and one Persian, one Exotic Short Hair and one Exotic Long Hair, or one Exotic Long Hair and one Persian, and can sometimes have a coat that is less thick and less dense than the average Persian. This can be desirable to those who love the look of the Persian but cannot commit to the care of the Persian coat, which takes more frequent brushing and overall grooming, especially after bathing.
Many people will refer to the Exotic Long Hair (ELH) as Persians, especially abroad, but technically they are only true Persians if no short haired cats were ever introduced in their line at anytime. Again... even if the cat has a long coat, if there are short haired ancestors in the line at any point, the long coats are considered to be Exotic Long Hair. This is unimportant to most pet owners, but worth the mention for those who may not have been aware and for those who want only a pure Persian, whether the coat/ hair is long or not.
The Himalayan (Pointed Persian)
Himalayans are simply Persians that have lighter colored bodies and darker colored points (face/ head, ears, tail, and legs) similar to what we see in the Siamese. When the Exotics have these same markings, they are called Color Points vs Himalayans. All Himalayans are Persian, but not all Persians are Himalayan.
The cats in our Exotic and Persian cattery, like many of our dogs, have been hand selected from great lines. Some from Champion and Grand Champion lines, whose parents have been health tested and screened for optimal health. We will have a variety of colors and patterns in both Persian and Exotic cats to offer you. Including those with blue and odd eye (two different color eyes)! Our white ESH male Bentley is closely related to the #1 cat in the CFA for 2018-2019. We are excited to be able to offer you quality of this degree and we can hardly wait to see the beautiful babies produced by our starting line up.
**Exotic litters expected Late Winter/ Spring of 2023... POINTED, BLUE EYED kittens (short haired Himalayans) EXPECTED*
*SOME OF THE INFORMATION CITED ABOVE IS FROM THE CAT FANCIERS ASSOCIATION.
*The breed examples pictured here are not our cats! The photos displayed above were taken from the CFA website as examples of each standard only, and have the CFA banner and/ or seal denoting them. To view our cats, please proceed to the designated pages for our Kings, Queens, and kittens. Some photos of our cats are also featured on the general pages as well...
Due to their flat facial structure, Persians and exotics alike benefit from daily face wiping with special attention paid to the corners of the eyes as well as below the bottom lid and around the nose to help avoid irritation, and tear stains. There are special eye wash solutions for in the eye as well as solutions for around the eyes. Please be careful with this. Their eyes are sensitive and not all washes are safe for the eyes. Please be aware of what you are using and how best to apply it. A weekly brushing or two will go a long way toward a lovely coat, reduced shedding, comfort, and bonding since so many of them love it and turn into a purring machine during grooming. Most if not all are good about bathing. They do well with outside groomers as well. Especially when they are started early. They aim to please, love to play, are amazing cuddle bugs, and many are easily leash trained.
Neither the Exotic nor the Persian is suited for outdoor roaming without their human. They are a brachycephalic breed (flat faced and short muzzled) and therefore, are more prone to overheating much more easily than the average cat. These breeds were created to be in close proximity to their humans and the safety of their homes. They are not an outdoor breed and should never be treated as such. They enjoy your attention and they crave it, as this is what they were selectively created to do. They aren't as aloof as many other cat breeds tend to be. They will follow you from room to room staying underfoot in curiosity and jump up in your lap at any given time. Especially if you have been busy for a period of time that they feel is too long. Exotics and Persians make great companions.
Exotics and Persians both seek out human attention and affection, get along well with one other- as well as other cats, get along well with dogs of all sizes and even bunnies and other smaller pets. Of course each is an individual, but as a whole... they make amazing pets for apartments or large homes and single people or large families! Our cats live in our home cage free. They generally have the run of the house unless they are in season of course. When this is the case, we do have to take precautions to control breeding. We use crates as dens/ hiding places when a Mom needs her privacy to prepare for delivery and to raise young kittens, otherwise they are treated as any treasured pet would be.
Our babies are registered with the CFA and papered. They come from some amazing bloodlines for those that are interested in lineage, show, and or breeding. We prefer to place all of our fur babies as pampered pets, but we are open to- yet selective about- full rights. Please don't hesitate to approach us if you desire full rights on a baby from us. We are very approachable and we haven't forgotten what it was like for us when we first began breeding. no matter where any breeder is now, we all started someplace and almost all of us had some help to do so.
We desire and expect that the home we select for our babies will welcome, keep, and care for them forever. In the cases when this becomes impossible, we always welcome them back! There is no reason for our babies to wind up in an incapable home or a rescue/ shelter. We will take them back, help you find a new home, approve a home that you have in mind, or bring them back here to stay with us. Each situation is individual and we retain the right to repossess any animal (under contract) that we place should the conditions become unfavorable for the health and safety of the cat, as well as the situations listed above. No cats may be rehomed or resold without our permission and agreement. We would rather help the current family than to have the animal in a less than ideal situation, so there is no reason to be afraid to be honest with us should something unforeseen arise. Kitty first, no exceptions!
Your new baby from us will arrive at your home having had a Veterinary examination, wormed, vaccinated with the first in the series of kitten vaccinations, well socialized, litter box trained, with a food sample, blanket, and a loaded goody bag. We also offer lifetime support for our kittens. Our interest in and love for them does not end when they leave us for their new families and forever homes.
We look forward to your inquiries about our Kings and Queens and of course our little Princes and Princesses. We will be adding cats as we continue to grow our cattery and not everyone makes it to the website immediately, so if you are looking for something that you don't see, please don't hesitate to ask. We would be happy to discuss upcoming litters, new additions, and or plan a specific litter based on your desired look, coat, or type.
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All of the foods listed here are available at Chewy. We use auto-ship for convenience and additional savings. You will find most all of your pet needs at Chewy and all dog and cat foods listed on this site!
What We Feed Our Cats...
Breeders and Pet owners alike all have their own opinions on what type of food and brand are best. We want a well balanced diet with good calorie sources of the protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. We don't want excessive fillers nor empty calories. Therefore, we personally limit corn, wheat, and soy. We don't feed grain free kibble nor canned food, but we do like and prefer a short list of recognizable ingredients where corn, wheat, nor soy are predominant. We feed what we believe is well balanced, reasonably priced, and easily accessible for the average customer/ owner.
We feel that the higher end foods weren't necessarily "better" foods. Some are chock full of corn, like Royal Canin, for example only, which makes breed specific food. Royal Canin has a Persian Formula, an Exotic formula, and a Mommy and Baby formula. we are NOT against Royal Canin, we just found it to be very costly to be so high in the fillers- like corn- that we are trying to avoid. If you like it and your cat does well on it, by all means use it.
We also found that when we recommend and send kittens (pups too) home with a brand that is expensive (especially for multi- animal households) the new family was more prone not to stick with our recommendation and feed a food that was much lower in quality. We don't want that, so we researched, asked around, read, and gave a few a try. The following is intended to be a guide based on what we like and prefer for the reason listed along with others. Your Vet can be a great source of information if you have questions about what is right for your cat. Please consult your Vet before adding, switching, or feeding any new food and please remember it is best to make all changes gradually over a week or two.
All of our cats received the following brands well, maintain great eyes and coats on them, and in our opinion... they are all fairly inexpensive for the quality we believe they offer. We list the dry kibble first, then we list the canned food we prefer:
1. Purina One Tender Selects Blend with real chicken...
Our adult cats (1 year of age or older) eat this blend and love it.
2. Purina One Healthy Kitten formula...
Our kittens, underweight, and pregnant or lactating Females eat this blend.
3. Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Kitten Dry Cat Food ...
This brand also has a wonderful line of products and we highly recommend this food based on how well our cats do on it as well. There is a kitten, adult, indoor, hairball, and senior formula in the dry kibble. The brand is made in America and has a good reputation. They also offer an adult formula for when your baby has exceeded the kitten stage.
*Again, it seems that when the diet we recommend was more than a family was able to afford, or more than they were willing to spend, they were much more likely to feed an inferior diet. So we did some research and found another that is similar, but less expensive, The Purina formulas. Please do what is best for you as recommended by your Vet.
4. Fancy Feast, Tiny Tiger, and Nutro canned foods...
These canned foods are all offered here, but we find that they really like the Fancy Feast and your baby will likely come home with this canned food. It is in addition to their kibble and offered on the side VS mixed with the kibble.
We do not feed our cats milk as many are lactose intolerant but we know that many are prone to DO SO AS A HABIT. So may we recommend researching milk like products such as "CAT-SIP" CAT MILK OR WHISKAS CATMILK. Any real milk used, while we do not recommend milk at all, should be EVAPORATED CANNED MILK which is less likely to cause stomach upset.
Fresh water is always available for our cats, and should be for yours as well. We also free feed, so there is always fresh kibble accessible to them. If you have any questions, as always, we are happy to help and remember that your Vet is always a good source of information and that everything we share is our opinion based on the information we've attained and our experience.