|Height:||14 – 18 inches (not including tail)|
|Weight:||7 – 15 pounds|
|Lifespan:||10 – 15 years|
|Colors:||Blue, black, white, cream, red, chocolate, lilac, silver, gold, shaded, smoke, tabby, calico, bicolor|
|Suitable for:||Families and individuals with a calm and quiet household who are often home|
|Temperament:||Loving, regal, quiet, sweet, calm, discerning, sedate|
Few breeds of cats enjoy the worldwide adoration that Persian cats receive. They’re the most popular breed of domestic feline, and this isn’t something new. This breed has long been loved by people on every level of society, from the ruling elites to the everyday average person.
One of the most attractive traits of the Persian cat is their affectionate, calm personalities. These aren’t the sort of cats that are going to tear through your home in the middle of the night, waking up everyone with a loud crash and bang. Instead, Persians tend to be very docile creatures, spending their time curled up in your lap.
Still, Persians can be fun to play with. Pull out a laser pointer or a toy mouse and your Persian will have a great time displaying their hilarious antics. But this will be a short-lived play session. These cats don’t like to expend a lot of energy, even when they’re having fun. Expect a short play period, followed by more affection.
Even though these are very loving, affectionate felines, they’re not demanding. They’ll be open to your love anytime you want to give it, but they won’t bother you trying to get your attention. They’re also very selective creatures, only showing affection for a very select group of close companions.
Persian Cat Kittens – Before You Welcome One Into Your Family…
3 Little-Known Facts About Persian Cats
1. They Were First Brought to Europe in 1626
The Persian breed originally started in ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iran), but for centuries, it was known as Persia; hence, the breed’s name. Pietro Della Valle was an Italian nobleman who traveled the world and discovered these cats during his travels and is credited with bringing the first longhaired cats to Europe in 1626.
Prior to this time, all longhaired cats from the Middle East were called Asiatic cats and were commonly bred together. But soon, the breed would be forever changed and cemented into popular culture when Queen Victoria acquired specimens of this breed.
2. Queen Victoria Was Fond of Persian Cats
Today, if a particular breed of the feline is owned by celebrities, that breed gets a notable boost in popularity. But this is no new practice. In fact, it stretches back hundreds of years or more. In the mid-1800s, Queen Victoria forever changed the Persian breed when she acquired Persian cats of her own. This exploded the breed’s popularity; something that never died out.
Queen Victoria first purchased two blue Persians. This started the explosion in the breed’s popularity, causing many people to want cats that looked similar to the Queen’s. Soon, this led to a deep love of felines by many British people, and suddenly, cats were a big deal. Before this, they were mostly seen as useful animals for their rodent-killing abilities, but they weren’t beloved family members.
Eventually, the Queen acquired a black and white Persian cat as well. This one was named White Heather, and it outlived the Queen, eventually being adopted by her son after her death.
3. Persian Are Best Kept Indoors
While many breeds of cats do equally well as outside or inside cats, with some even preferring to be outside, Persian cats are best kept indoors for several reasons. First, they have long, luxurious coats that are easily tangled and matted. Plus, they can pick up all sorts of debris, dirt, and more. They’re not dirt-shedding coats and they already need loads of upkeep to keep them looking good, so letting your Persian go outside is going to multiply the amount of maintenance you must perform.
Moreover, Persian cats are not good fighters that many other breeds are. These cats won’t do well against many of the dangers that cats often run into outside, such as other cats, dogs, coyotes, and more. Plus, Persian cats are docile and simply prefer to spend their time curled up inside, especially since they’re very heat averse and don’t do well in the warm weather, preferring the climate-controlled interior of your home.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Persian Cat
While many cats are prissy creatures, the Persian is not. They’re also not very active animals, preferring to spend their time lazily lounging on the most comfortable seat in the house. Of course, if your lap is available, they’ll prefer to perch there.
These are very loving felines that want as much attention and love as you have to give. However, unlike many other breeds, they’re not demanding with their desire for affection. They’re happy to take your love when it’s available but just as happy to wait patiently when it isn’t.
Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪
Persian cats don’t like loud, hyper households. They prefer to be in peaceful places around calm people that fit with their equally tranquil demeanor. But they can still be great family pets. Keep in mind, these are very discerning animals that will only bond with a few select people and are likely to play favorites.
Still, Persians can do great in households with calm children. If your kids are boisterous, loud, and always active, then a Persian isn’t a great fit. But if you have a calm household with children who understand how to handle pets, then your Persian will fit right in.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
The way a Persian behaves is very much based on how others treat it. While many cats are naturally averse to canines, Persians generally aren’t. If your dog is calm and treats your Persian nicely, then your Persian will have no problem cuddling up with that canine. But if your dog nips at them or makes them feel anxious, they aren’t going to get along.
Things to Know When Owning a Persian Cat:
Food & Diet Requirements
Many Persian cats have flat faces and short jaws that can make it more difficult for them to eat and drink, on top of breathing problems that this often causes. As such, you’ll want to supplement your cat’s diet with plenty of wet food since it’s often easier for them to eat. Still, dry kibble is acceptable, especially for Persians that don’t have squished, flat faces.
But all Persians have another problem to consider. Their long, luxurious coats make for excessive amounts of hairballs compared to other breeds. As such, your Persian will likely benefit from a hairball control formula food that can help mitigate this issue.
As mentioned, Persians are a particularly docile breed of cat. They don’t exert much energy, instead, spending their time lazily lounging on the couch, bed, or other comfortable spots. You might see your Persian occasionally exhibit an uncharacteristic blast of energy in a short spurt of intense play, but that’s about the most you should expect. And thankfully, that’s about all they need. You won’t need to provide your Persian with extra exercise. Just make sure to pull out the laser pointer or a toy mouse on occasion so they get those short bursts of energetic exercise.
Persian cats aren’t stupid, but they’re far from the most intelligent of felines. They’re not very trainable and are considered slow learners at best. For the most part, they’d rather watch from afar instead of actually participating in any training activities.
That beautiful, flowing coat that Persians are known for requires quite a bit of upkeep and can easily be the most difficult part of owning one of these cats. You’ll need to brush that coat every single day to prevent it from matting, clumping, and becoming a general mess. It’s also not good at shedding dirt, so if your Persian goes outside, expect maintaining that coat to become quite difficult.
Persians also need to be bathed regularly; at least once a month. Beyond this, you’ll also need to take care to brush their teeth several times a week at least since Persian cats are susceptible to periodontal disease. They’re also prone to excessive tearing, so you’ll want to wipe their eyelids to ensure that the tearing doesn’t stain the fur beneath their eyes.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Purebred Persian cats are susceptible to a wide array of health concerns that range from mild to life-threatening.
- Breathing difficulties
- Dental malocclusions
- Excessive Tearing
- Cherry eye
- Heat sensitivity
- Periodontal disease
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Seborrhea oleosa
Male vs Female
There are some notable differences between male and female Persian cats. Physically, they’re very similar, though males tend to be heavier, often reaching weights over 12 pounds. Generally, females fall within the 8-12-pound range.
Temperamentally, fixed males and females will display very similar behavior. But cats that aren’t fixed will show more differences. Unneutered males tend to be quite aggressive and territorial, naturally guarding their territory and fighting when they feel threatened. They also tend to mark their territory with a fluid that has a very strong and nasty odor. Moreover, un-fixed males will have a very strong sex drive that can lead them to take off through an open door in the hopes of reaching a fertile female.
Females that aren’t fixed will go through heat, which can result in an anxious and noisy cat. They’ll pace around the house and often cry for seemingly no reason, even going so far as to howel.
Persian cats are known for their regal attitudes, calm demeanor, and luxurious coats. They’re not very active animals, preferring to spend their time lounging about and receiving as much love as you’ll freely give. They don’t do well outside, but they also don’t need much exercise. However, they do need quite a bit of maintenance to keep their coats looking luscious.
These cats aren’t a great fit for loud households with over-active children. But calm kids are a great fit for Persians, and even other cats and dogs can be a good fit if they’re not overbearing and don’t make the cat anxious. They’re pretty pricey felines, but owning one is as much a status symbol as it is a loving companion pet. As long as you can handle the exaggerated upkeep of that long coat, a Persian cat makes a loving, affectionate pet that’s perfect for anyone with a similarly calm demeanor.
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- Persian Cat Kittens – Before You Welcome One Into Your Family…
- 3 Little-Known Facts About Persian Cats
- Temperament & Intelligence of the Persian Cat
- Things to Know When Owning a Persian Cat:
- Final Thoughts