The Persian cat is a long-haired breed characterized by its round face and short muzzle. They are beautiful and one of the most popular breeds in the world. These adorable kitties really are very sweet and lovable pets! A vet discusses the Persian below.

Temperament

Persians are a calm, relaxed, and laid back breed. They’re also affectionate and lovable. But, they can be selective about who they bond with. One study states that Persians are ahead of the curve. They are more vocal, cleaner, and friendlier than non-pedigreed kitties.

Grooming

A distinct feature of Persians’ is their pretty fur. Your cat will need help with a beauty routine. Make sure you brush your kitty every day, or at least every other day. Your feline friend will also need a bath. If you adopt a kitten, it’s best to get your cat used to a bath. Your future self will thank you.

History

The Persian has a long and distinguished history and are one of the oldest known breeds of cats. Depictions of Fluffy date back to ancient times. For example, images of Persian cats appeared in Egyptian hieroglyphics in 1684 BC. These kitties likely originated in Persia, in the area now known as Iran. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle introduced them to Europe. The rest, as they say, is history.

Coloring

Fluffy comes in a variety of pretty colors and patterns. Some of these include solid, silver and gold, smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. These cute cats have long hair and are quite fluffy.

Chatter

Persians are talkative, but they aren’t too loud. Their voices are unique and tend to be quite cute and charismatic, and a bit squeaky.

Activity

Persians rate about average on the activity scale for cats. They’re playful, but once past kittenhood, they begin to calm down. Persians do best as pampered indoor cats. We don’t recommend letting them go outdoors. 

Health Issues

As you may have noticed, Persians are often quite flat-faced. Many breeders seek out this look. It may be cute, but unfortunately they’re vulnerable to some serious health issues. This includes shortness of breath, tearing, and eye problems. In fact, activists are pushing for changes in breeding standards. Ask your vet for care tips.

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