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Get to Know the Persian

July 15, 2021

Do you own a Persian? As one of the most popular breeds in the world, Persians are adorable cats that make sweet and lovable pets! A veterinarian talks about the Persian below.

Temperament

Persians are generally quite calm and laid back. They’re affectionate kitties, and love to snuggle. In one research study, the Persian had higher scores than non-pedigreed kitties in several categories, including cleanliness, vocalization, and how affectionate they are. But, they can be picky about whose laps they choose. Fluffy may be close to you, but ignore everyone else.

Grooming

Persians have a very distinct feature–their gorgeous fur. Fluffy may need help with her beauty routine. Veterinarians recommend that you brush your Persian cat every day, or at least every other day. Your feline pal will also require an occasional bath. The best thing you can do for your cat is when you adopt a kitten, get her used to being bathed while she’s young. 

History

Persians have an especially long and distinguished history. In fact, they’re one of the oldest known cat breeds. These kitties have been depicted in hieroglyphics dated back to 1684 BC. As one may suspect, these cats are likely to have originated in Persia, in an area now known as Iran. They were brought to Europe in the 1500’s by an Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle.

Coloring

These exceptional felines are generally quite fluffy. You’ll find them in various pretty colors and patterns. Some of these include solid, shaded, silver and gold, tabby, smoke, bicolor, particolor, and Himalayan. 

Chatter

Persians love to talk, but they can be a little quiet. Their voices are typically quite cute and charismatic, and maybe a bit squeaky.

Activity

When it comes to activity, Persians are about average. They’re playful as kittens, but beyond that, they aren’t typically as hyper as when they’re younger. You definitely won’t find these frisky furballs climbing your drapes. Princess Fluffy will do best as a pampered indoor pet. Vets recommend that you don’t let her go outside.

Health Issues

In many cases, Persians can be flat-faced. Breeders often deliberately look for that squished-face. Although cute, it leaves Persians vulnerable to serious health problems, such as shortness of breath, tearing, and eye conditions. Activists are now advocating for changes in the breed standard. Talk to your veterinarian for care tips.

If you have questions about how to care for a Persian, contact your local animal clinic!

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