The Persian? A cat proud, dignified and elegant but also calm and gentle… Under certain conditions !
Although Persians tend to be relaxed and easy-going, that doesn’t mean they won’t be bored by children or pets loud. They look like royalty!
However, those who treat the Persian cat with the dignity and gentleness it deserves will be rewarded with a cuddly and affectionate cat who likes to be caressed, or even to be brushed. If you want a best friend who will return all your devotion and love in kind, the Persian can be the right cat for your family.
But let me tell you a little more!
History of the Persian cat
Persian is a very old breed. This cat with a long and magnificent coat was born in the cradle of civilization: Mesopotamia, later known as Persian, Iran today. The breed’s long coat was likely the result of a natural mutation.
The Persian caught the attention of Pietro Della Vallea 17th-century Italian nobleman and world traveler, who is credited with bringing the first long-haired cats in Europe in 1626. At that time, cats had silky, shiny gray fur, but thanks to selective breeding, Persians now find themselves in a kaleidoscope of colors.
Until the end of the 19th centurywhen cat breeding and showing became popular, long-haired cats from Persia, Turkey, Afghanistan and other exotic places were known simply as “Asian” cats and were often brought up together. At the Crystal Palace cat show in 1871, Persian-type cats were among the breeds exhibited. They were popular pets of the time and had a special cachet due to theQueen Victoria’s attachment to this breed. Even in Victoria’s day, its “celebrity” made the Persian a desirable cat.
Through selective breedingcat lovers began to model the Persian to give it its current appearance. They bred cats to have a round heada short facea snub nosefrom chubby cheeksfrom small, rounded earsof big eyes and a sturdy body. Their fur was longer than that of the Angora cat, and their legs were shorter. Soon the Persians surpassed the Angoras in popularity.
In the USAwhere they have been first imported at the end of the 19th centurythey also became favorites, supplanting the long-haired Maine Coon, which once held a prominent place in American homes. In just over a century, the Persian has become the most beloved cat breed around the world, prized for her good looks and gentle personality.
It’s a cat average height. Persians generally weigh between 3 and 5 kg.
The Character of the Persian Cat
The Persian has character, he is proud and worthy. He is also known to be calm and soft. At home, it is a real decorative accessory enthroned with pride. On your lap, his rightful place, he will love spending time being petted if you are discerning enough to recognize its superior qualities!
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The Persian likes calm and kind children. If they are gentle with him, he will gladly allow himself to be stroked and brushed, but will be able to be authoritarian with children who consider it as a simple stuffed animal!
Persians have character, they are affectionate but discriminating. That is to say, they reserve their attention for family members and the few guests who have come to share a cup of tea in whom they trust.
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Back to our beautiful and cute Persian. He does not like noisy environments. They are sedentary cats that prefer a serene home where little changes over time. With large expressive eyesa soft and musical meowthe Persians have simple needs : regular meals, a little play with a catnip mouse or a feathered mouse, and lots of love, which they return ten times more.
To sum up the character and behavior of the Persian cat, I would say that there are little chance that the Persian will climb your curtains, or jump on your kitchen counter. He is content to walk on the floor or on accessible furniture. When you are at work or busy at home, the Persian is content to adorn a chair, sofa or bed until you are free to admire it and give it theattention she gladly receives but never demands.
Cat breeds have an impact on possible health problems that are often genetic in nature. Although beautiful and gentle, Persians are subject to a number of potential health issuesmost often related to their facial structure:
- Difficulty breathing or noisy breathing caused by narrowing of the nostrils.
- Dental malocclusions, which means the teeth do not mesh well together.
- Eye conditions such as cherry eye
- Heat sensitivity
- Polycystic kidney disease, for which genetic testing is available
- Predisposition to ringworm, a fungal infection
- Oleotic seborrhea, a skin condition that causes itching, redness and hair loss.
The most important thing to understand about the care of a Persian is the need daily grooming. This long, beautiful coat doesn’t stay clean and tangle-free on its own. It should be combed and brushed delicately but carefully every day, and a regular bath (at least once a month) is a good idea.
Another factor to consider is the issue of litter boxes. Litter can lodge in a Persian’s paws or coat. If the cat and the litter are not required scrupulously cleana Persian is more likely than most to stop using the litter box.
Excessive tearing can be a problem in Persian cats. So wipe the corners of the eyes daily to avoid the formation of spots under the eyes. You can also brush his teeth to prevent so-called periodontal diseases. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing.
It’s a good idea to keep a Persian as an indoor cat only. It’s not not a brawler and she would fare poorly against other cats, dogs, and the other dangers that threaten cats that go outside. The Persian’s coat is also not made for getting rid of dirt. Letting a Persian out means you will have to spend a lot more time grooming your cat. The Persians going out are also more vulnerable and can be more easily stolen by malicious people!
Silhouette, colors and grooming of the Persian cat
The Persian is easily recognizable : a large round head, large round eyes, a short nose, full cheeks and small ears with rounded tips. The head is supported by a short, thick neck and a sturdy, muscular body. The legs of the Persian are short, thick, and strong, with large, round, firm feet. The tail is short but proportional to the length of the cat’s body.
A long, thick, shiny hair and with a fine texture completes the Persian look. It is long all over the body and includes a huge ruff around the necka deep ruff between the front legs, long tufts around the ears and toes.
Persians can be slightly different. Some, known as Peke-faced Persianshave a extremely flat face. Think twice about the respiratory problems such a cat might have before deciding to get one. It is said that the “Traditional” Persians (doll-face) they have a more “old” appearancewith a face that is not as flat as the show Persian or the Peke-face Persian.
The Persians are distinguished by their infinite variety of colors and dress patterns. Imagine your cat with color divisions: white, blue, black, red, cream, chinchilla fire, chocolate and lilac…
The eye color is related to coat color. For example, white Persians have bright dark blue or copper eyes. Solid colored Persians have bright copper eyes. Silver and gold Persians have green or blue-green eyes and so on.
Children and other pets
The Persians are not not the best choice for a house full of rowdy kids and dogsbut they have no objection to being the object of the attentions of a gentle child or to rubbing shoulders with a friendly dog who does not chase them or cause them worry.
So, are you ready to adopt this magnificent Persian cat? Here is a short video that may help you decide!
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