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Meet the Persian

May 15, 2021

Do you have a Persian kitty? The Persian is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. These adorable kitties really are very sweet and lovable pets! A local veterinarian discusses the Persian below.


Temperament

Persians are usually quite relaxed and laid back kitties. They’re also very affectionate, and love to snuggle with their humans. In fact, they scored higher in one study than non-pedigreed kitties in many categories, including vocalization, cleanliness, and how affectionate they are. However, they can be picky about whose laps they grace. Fluffy may bond closely with you, but completely snub 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 if your cat ever gets something spilled on her fur, as you’ll at least have a chance of getting her clean without ending up in the ER.


Chatter

Persians are rather talkative, but they’re more chatty than loud. Their voices are usually quite cute and charismatic, and perhaps a bit squeaky. They also tend to reply when you speak to them.


History

The Persian has a fairly long and distinguished history. Fluffy has been depicted in hieroglyphics dated as far back as 1684 BC. As one might suspect, these kitties likely originated in Persia, specifically in the area we now know as Iran. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle brought them to Europe in the 1500’s. It probably didn’t take Fluffy long to melt hearts!


Coloring

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


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

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


Do you have questions about your Persian’s health or care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic!

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