Caring For The Persian Cat

Persian cats are among the most popular breed of cat worldwide, and are the #1 most popular cat in the US. Well known for their gentle and sweet personalities and their long hair, Persian cats have very attractive features. They are great companions for virtually anyone, and not very demanding. Unlike other breeds, such as the Siamese breed, Persian breeds need very little attention.

White Persian Cat

Appearance

The Persian is a large to medium-sized cat. There are actually two types of Persian cats, the traditional version and the show version. Show cats have a round face and short muzzle, small ears, big round eyes, a broad, short body with short legs, and a thick, furry tail.  Their short muzzle gives them that “grumpy cat” expression (RIP Tardar Sauce 5/14/19).

The traditional Persian, also known as the Doll Face, does not have such extreme features as the show Persian, and their nose is more of a normal length, giving them a sweeter expression.

Although white is the color normally associated with Persian cats, they actually come in a variety of other colors as well. During competitions, they are divided into seven color divisions – solid, silver and gold, tabby, shaded and smoke, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. No matter what color of Persian cat it may be, they stand out during competitions because of their long and flowing coats.

The Perisan Cat

Grooming

Persian cats should always be kept inside of the house, to protect their coat. If they travel outside, they can easily damage their coat. They will also need to be brushed daily with a metal comb, or their coat can become tangled, which will lead to hairballs.

You’ll need to bathe your Persian cat on a regular basis as well, to help protect his coat. It’s best to begin bathing your Persian when the cat is young, as it will get him used to it. Bathing should never be overlooked, as it will keep your cats coat looking clean and healthy, and smelling fresh and clean.

Although some breeds can maintain their coats on their own, Persians can’t. Their fur is long and dense and you’ll need to groom them daily to ensure their coat stays healthy.

Personality

The Persian breed is gentle and sweet, getting along great with everyone – including kids. They have a pleasant voice that is always good to hear. Using their voice and their eyes, they can communicate very well with their owners. They are very playful, yet they don’t require a lot of attention. They love attention however, and love being admired.

Persian Kitten

Unlike other cats, they don’t climb and jump much at all. They aren’t destructive either; they just love being admired and lying around. A majority of the time, Persian cats love to bask in the sun and show others just how beautiful they truly are.

Although most breeds can be kept indoors or outside, Persian cats should always be kept inside and never allowed to go outside of the house. Keeping them inside well protect their coats and also keep diseases and common parasites away from them as well. You don’t want a Persian’s coat to end up filled with ticks or fleas. You won’t have to worry about cars or dogs either, if you keep your pet inside.

Health

To ensure that your Persian pet stays healthy, you should always take him to the vet on an annual basis. If cared for properly, such as grooming, shots, and checkups, Persian cats can live as long as 20 years.

Because of their shorter muzzle, they often have problems affecting their sinuses and breathing.

Another thing you’ll need to be aware of that’s common with Persians is their eyes. Their eyes are very big and can sometimes be too much for the cat to clean. This is a common health problem with the breed, and should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that it doesn’t get out of control.

Persian Cat with tongue out

When you compare Persians to other breeds, you’ll notice that the Persians are among the easiest to keep. You don’t have to worry about things like jumping or climbing, as Persians don’t like to do either. All you’ll need to do is feed your cat and groom him or her on a daily basis. Even though grooming can be quite a bit of work in the long run – it’s well worth it when you have a healthy and beautiful Persian cat.

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