The grumpy looking face and long coat of the beautiful Persian cat are familiar characteristics to most cat lovers. Traditionally this breed is assumed to have originated in Persia, and was first developed in the eighteen hundreds. In time their popularity grew and British and American cat enthusiasts began to breed these long-haired beauties.
However, these cats breed are certainly not the perfect breed for everyone, since caring for the lush coat of this long-haired cat requires time and commitment.
The Persian's most well known characteristic is probably its face. The Persian cat has tiny, rounded ears, very round eyes that are set far apart, and a short nose that gives the cat's face a pushed in appearance.
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A large, muscular body, a short neck, stocky legs, and a short, bushy tail complete the cat's unique look. These cats weigh in at eight to fifteen pounds.
Even with such a distinctive face, most people instantly think of this cat’s long, thick coat as one of its distinguishable features. As with all long-haired breeds, grooming is essential on a regular basis to maintain the beauty and health of the cat’s coat. Not only will your Persian be happier, but his beautiful coat will catch your attention. Of course, if the cat has not been properly groomed, he can look quite shabby instead.
This breed has a coat that tangles and becomes matted very quickly; you should be prepared to groom your cat once a day. Cats that do develop bad tangles and mats must be clipped down to the skin. As this can be quite stressful to the cat, often they must be sedated during the process. Clipping will also make him more susceptible to the cold in winter months.
The Persian's beautiful coat comes in Black, Chocolate, Red, Blue, Lilac, Cream, Chinchilla, Silver, and White colors. White cats can have blue, orange, or mismatched eye colors. You can also find this breed in tortoiseshell, shaded, smoke, tipped, tabby, silver tabby, and bicolor patterns.
What kind of home will you provide for a cat? If you already have multiple pets, such as cat or two, or dogs and cats, then the Persian will fit in well. These cats rarely fight with other animals. If your cat doesn't care for another pet, he will most likely just stay out of the other animal's way.
What kind of family will you offer this cat? This long-haired beauty doesn’t talk much or require a great deal of affection from its owners. The Persian's calm temperament also makes it a good family pet, even with young children. As long as you keep an eye on your toddler to make sure he or she doesn’t make pulling the cat’s tail a favorite game, all should be peaceful and quiet with a Persian in the family.
While most Persians are usually fairly healthy cats,
there are a few serious problems that are common to this breed. These
cats are often prone to kidney disease, breathing problems resulting
from their compacted faces, and reproductive problems. In addition, blue
eyed white Persians are prone to deafness.