Get to know the Persian
All you need to know about the breed
Sweetness and light, the Persian is a downright delightful cat. Super soft fur, big lion paws, and the merest “eek” of a meow makes them one attractive feline. The breed is overtly calm, and not one to enjoy change of any sort, they are domestic sorts in every way, shape, and form.
An ancient breed, the history of the Persian cat is one that has stood the test of time. They hail from Persia (go figure), now Iran, and since the 1500s have seen their popularity spread across the globe: At present, there are more than 200 Persian varieties worldwide.
The breed is hugely popular in France, their regal appearance making a parfait accompaniment to sophisticated French culture.
As flocculent as the Persian cat may be, they don’t enjoy being fussed over and don’t, at times, like to be hugged. And they will let you know. It may be hard to keep your paws off them, but they are an independent sort and will cuddle on their own terms. Docile and pretty easygoing, Persians are fine being left at home while you’re out tending to their kingdom.
2 facts about Persians
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Persian
They are prone to kidney disease
A Persian’s health is generally robust but like all cats, Persians have certain maladies that are a concern; for them, it’s kidney disease, which can come in the form of polycystic, or many cysts that form inside the organ. The condition is said to occur in one out of every three Persian cats. It is very treatable with the right veterinary care, proper diet, and a decent amount of exercise for your feline.
Climbers they are not
A Persian’s favorite pastime is accompanying you on the couch and watching the world go by as opposed to jumping, climbing, and scaling to new heights around the living room. Although they do like to play as much as the next cat, they much prefer the passive comfort that furniture provides rather than dashing to and fro. Running for Persian cats is somewhat foreign; walking, preferred. After all, they hardly have to prove themselves.
Cute facial contours can prove problematic
That elegant button nose is great to look at but also causes breathing problems for the Persian. The breed possesses what’s called a brachycephalic face, or one that’s shortened in length, giving the face and nose a pushed-in appearance. While the genetic snub nosed-change is one of the breed’s most beloved traits for breeders and fans, it can prove difficult for Persians as it relates to breathing and respiratory issues.
Caring for your Persian
Grooming, training and exercise tips