Arguably the most glamorous breed in the cat's kingdom, Persian Cats have a sweet face and a calm demeanour. Though they gel with everybody, they reserve their love for their humans and other cats who are close to them.
Persian cats are quiet animals who like a calm and serene environment. They are particularly known for being sweet and gentle with kids and other animals. Although docile and calm, Persian Cats like to play and spend time with their owners. They are among those felines who don't demand attention, but like to receive it. With large, round eyes and a small, flat snout, they were named after the region they came from: Persia, in what is now Iran.
The most distinctive feature of Persian Cats is their fur itself. They have an extremely long and thick coat characterised by colours like Silver, Blue silver, Red, Brown, Blue, Cream, Cameo and Cream cameo. The Persian cat's tail is feathered and dense. Their fur needs daily care, as its long and thin strands have a tendency to develop knots, causing irritation to the cats. Even if you miss just two or three sessions of grooming, you will notice their hair getting tangled. Speaking of grooming, you should have a comb and brush which will help in keeping the Persian Cat's hair clean. Stainless steel combs and slicker brush especially will help a great deal in easily removing knots, dirt from the cat's coat. When it comes to bathing, the frequency will completely depend upon your Persian's fur. You can bathe them whenever you see their coat is getting dirtier and greasier.
Persian Cats are absolute carnivore beings who will relish only fish and meat based cat foods. They thrive on protein and has a moderate carbohydrate requirement to keep themselves healthy and energetic. Regarding their food type, they love both dry and wet cat foods provided that they are completely balanced. Also as they have a beautiful skin and fur, it is recommended to give them cat foods which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. This essential fatty acid also go a long way in keeping excellent brain health as well. As for the important vitamins and minerals, owners should feed them Vitamin A and Taurine as these are excellent for maintaining good eyesight. Unlike dogs, cat's in general do not experience lactose intolerance and hence, you can readily feed them some good milk-based cat foods. Lastly, be aware of those foods which can harm your cat's health especially the food scraps from your garbage bin. Be a little aware of what they eat and they will be absolutely fine.
Being a beautiful looking cat breed, Persian Cats need to be groomed almost daily. Their hair needs regular brushing in order to avoid issues like matting and tangling. Before brushing their hair, make sure you have a good quality slicker brush that are highly effective in removing dander, dirt and loose hair from the coat. It would be best if you can start combing their hair right from the base of their hair, near the skin, and then combing outwards. When it comes to bathing, its frequency will completely depend upon the activities of your Persian Cats. If they get greasier fast, you may have to bathe them quite frequently. Also, use a top quality shampoo and conditioner to effectively eliminate all dirt and grease from their coat and to repel ticks and fleas as well. Shampoos and conditioners also go a long way in hydrating the coat of your Persian cat, which keeps them looking healthy and shiny.
One of the most important care that a Persian Cat needs is regarding their coat. That's because, in addition to all the health-related problems, such as the propensity to infections and oily seborrhoea, they require extra care so that the hair remains silky and soft. The Persian cat should be brushed daily, gently, with an appropriate brush to avoid tangles and dirt. Owners of a Persian cat should know that this is a house cat, which means it should not live outside or even at the backyard.
Persian Cat is an old breed having an origin in the cradle of civilisation Mesopotamia, which is now in the modern day Iran. The long hair of this cat is believed to be the result of natural genetic mutation during the course of a long time. An interesting thing about long-haired cats which includes the exotic breed from Turkey and Afghanistan was, they were all commonly known as "Asiatic Cats". In the 17th century, cat fanciers took a special interest in moulding the Persian cats to its present day appearance. Ensuing, it took them no time to become one of the most popular cats on planet earth.