We can easily recognize the Persian cat by its wide and flattened face next to their abundant fur. They were introduced in Italy from ancient Persia (Iran) around 1620 although their true origin is unknown. The standard of the current Persian as we know it, was set in 1800 in England and comes from the Turkish Angora.
- Category I
They have a rounded head that together with their prominent cheekbones and short snout, shape the flattened face of this breed. Their eyes are large and full of expression in contrast to their small, rounded ears.
The Persian cat is of a medium / large size and very muscular and rounded. They have a compact body, Corby style, and stand out for their short, thick legs. Their thick hair is long and very soft to the touch.
The colors of the Persian cat's mantle are very varied:
White, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, red or cream are some of the colors in the case of solid fur although there are also bicolored cats, tabby cats and even tricolored in the case of females.
The Persian Himalayan fulfills all the characteristics of the common Persian although its coat is similar to the one of the Siamese, the pointed one. These cats always have blue eyes and their fur can be chocolate, lilac, cream, red, tortoiseshell or blue.
The Persian cat is a familiar and calm cat that we will always find relaxing in the sofa, because they spend long hours of the day resting. They are extremely domestic cats that show no typical attitudes of their wild relatives. In addition, we will observe that the Persian cat is very presumed and ostentatious. They know that they are beautiful animals and will not hesitate to strut several times ahead of us to obtain caresses and attentions.
They like to feel accompanied by people, dogs and other animals. They can also behave beautifully with children if they do not pull their hair and behave properly. It should be added that they are very sweet cats and they can be convinced easily to do tricks of all kinds if we reward them with goodies.
The Persian cat is prone to suffer from polycystic kidney disease or the symptom of retained testicles. Like any cat we will also be careful to brush to avoid the dreaded balls of hair that end up in the stomach.
Other diseases that can affect your Persian cat are:
- Abortions in the case of blue cats
- Malformations in the case of blue cats
- Chediak-Higashi syndrome
- Congenital anquilobléfaron
- Epiphora congenita
- Primary Glaucoma
- Dermatitis of the skin fold
- Calculations in the urinary tract
- Dislocation of the kneecap
- Hip dysplasia
Caring for a Persian cat
The Persian cat changes the hair according to the season. For that reason and to maintain the quality of their coat it is very important to brush them daily (besides we will avoid the tangles and the balls of the hair in the stomach). Providing a bath to our cat if they have become soiled is a good option to prevent dirt and tangles. On the market there are plenty of products specifically designed for this breed that serve to eliminate the excess of fat and clean the lacrimal or the ears.
- Obesity is a very serious problem in the Persian breed that sometimes manifests itself after sterilization. We recommend to go to the vet and check which food and how much of it is suitable for them.