Meet the Persian

Meet the Persian

Do you have a Persian? Persians are one of the most popular breeds in the world. These adorable kitties really are very sweet and lovable pets! A vet discusses the Persian below.

Temperament

Persians are usually quite relaxed and laid back. They’re also very affectionate, and love to snuggle. In one study, the Persian scored higher than non-pedigreed kitties in many categories, including vocalization, cleanliness, and how affectionate they are. However, they can be choosy about whose laps they grace. Fluffy may bond closely with you, but ignore everyone else.

Grooming

One of the Persians’ most distinct features is their pretty fur. Fluffy will need some help with her beauty routine. We recommend brushing her daily, or at least every other day. Your feline friend will also need the occasional bath. If you adopt a kitten, it’s best to get your little ball of fluff used to being bathed while she’s young. You’ll thank yourself later.

History

The Persian has a fairly long and distinguished history. In fact, they’re one of the oldest known breeds of cats. Fluffy has been depicted in hieroglyphics dated as far back as 1684 BC. As one may suspect, these kitties likely originated in Persia, specifically in the area now known as Iran. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle brought them to Europe in the 1500’s.

Coloring

These cute cats are typically quite fluffy. They sport a variety of pretty colors and patterns. Some of these include solid, silver and gold, shaded, smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. We think they’re all adorable.

Chatter

Persians are rather talkative, but they aren’t too loud. Their voices are usually quite cute and charismatic, and perhaps a bit squeaky.

Activity

Persians are about average on the kitty activity scale. They’re playful, but once past kittenhood, they aren’t usually the frisky furballs that you’ll be plucking from your drapes or disengaging from your ankle. Fluffy really does best as a pampered indoor ‘princess’ pet. We don’t recommend letting her go outdoors.

Health Issues

As you may have noticed, Persians are often quite flat-faced. Many breeders deliberately seek out that squished-face look. This may look cute, but unfortunately it leaves Persians vulnerable to some serious health issues, including shortness of breath, tearing, and eye problems. In fact, activists are now pushing for changes in the breed standard. Ask your vet for care tips.

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