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Persian Cat Breeders

If you are looking for a laidback, regal cat, you cannot go past the Persian. These beautiful breeds suit all types of owners.

About Persians

Persians are actually the most popular breed of cat in the world and is it any wonder why! They are beautiful cats both in looks and personality and their gentleness and adaptability means that they can adjust to any situation as long as they feel secure. Persians really are the royalty of the cat world.

History

The Persian is one of the oldest breeds of cats and it is accepted that the earliest cats of the breed originated in Persia (now Iran) and Turkey. However, the exact origins of the breed are still unknown as hieroglyphics referencing Persians have been found as early as 1684BC. They arrived in Europe in the early 1600s. Persians had found huge popularity by the 1800s and they arrived in American in the late 1800s.

Appearance

Today’s Persian cats are cats that are heavy boned and “cobby”, that is they are stocky-shaped but are well muscled. They have short, thick legs, and large paws. Persians are a medium to large sized cat and they have a large, broad head with wide apart, expressive eyes, small ears, and the characteristic short nose which gives them a “flattened” face. The Persian’s coat is long and flowing and it comes in many different colours including solid colours, bi-colours, smokes, tabby, and van. Some colourings have their own breed name such as the Himalayan which is a pointed Persian and the Chinchilla which is a silver or golden Persian.

Personality

Persians are sweet, gentle, laid back cats that enjoy the company of people. Because they are so easy going, they get along with most family members. They also get along well with most other pets in the home. Persians can be classified as one of the true lap cats as they adore being patted and love to receive attention from their owners. They are also a very quiet cat. Persians need to feel settled in their environment and they are creatures of habit.

Caring for Persians

Your Persian will require a constant supply of fresh water, and decent nutrition. You can buy good foods from the vet, pet stores, or from the supermarket but you must be careful not to overfeed the Persian or it can tend to get overweight if they do not get enough exercise. If a special diet is required, your vet will advise you of what this will be. The Persians have a long, thick coat and as such, they do require regular grooming to prevent matts and tangles from forming in the coat. This grooming should be done daily. If your Persian has runny eyes, you can gently clean the discharge using a warm, moistened cloth. If your cat greatly dislikes grooming, you can have the coat clipped in the warmer weather or to remove the matts but this should be avoided wherever possible. Because of their coat and the fact that they have flat faces, Persians can suffer in the hot weather and as such, should be kept indoors. Keeping your Persian indoors will also reduce the risk of leaves, branches and other debris from tangling into their coat.

Health

The Persian can live for up to 15 years on average but they have been known to live for more than 20 years with good care and nutrition. Persians from reputable breeders are very healthy cats and will not be any more prone to illness or respiratory infections than any other breed. Reputable breeders use the latest screening tests in order to test for heritable diseases. One such problem is PKD – polycystic kidney disease. You should be aware that the large eyes mean that a certain amount of tearing should be expected and you can easily remove this by wiping the face with a warm, damp cloth.

Suitability

Because Persians are so laid back, they are suited to just about any family. However, if you have boisterous young children, you may wish to choose another breed. Persians do best as indoor cats and you will need to make time every day for grooming them. This will only take up 10 to 15 minutes of your time and it is actually a way of bonding with your cat. If you don’t have time to groom them each day, again, they may not be the best breed for you.

Training

It is almost impossible to “train” a cat, per se, but there are some things that you can do to improve life for both your Persian and for you as the owner. The first is to train your cat to use a litter box. In most cases, the kitten will already be litter trained when you bring it home and you will simply have to reinforce the training by showing the cat where the litter box is and taking it to the litter box after it eats or drinks so it knows that that is where it is supposed to do its business. Never punish the cat for having an accident – simply clean it up and show it where it should go. The breeder will have been grooming the kitten from a young age and you should keep up this grooming from the day that you bring it home so that your Persian is familiar with it and does not develop a distrust of the brush or comb. Give treats after the grooming session and praise the cat as you are grooming. You should show the cat to its scratching post when you bring it home, and make it aware that this is where it should get its scratching done. If you find it scratching in an undesirable place, take it to the scratching post and make gentle scratching motions on the post. Your cat should soon get the idea.

Buying and Owning a Persian

If you are bringing a Persian home, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary equipment such as food, food and water bowls, worming and flea treatments, a bed, collars, scratching posts, toys, and grooming equipment such as brushes and combs. The breeder should have shown you how to correctly groom your kitten before you bring it home and have reiterated that it is something that needs to be done daily. You should have been provided with a vaccination record, and been made aware of when the next vaccination is due. Most Persian kittens will come to you desexed and microchipped but if it is not already desexed, you should do as soon as possible. Ensure that the microchip is transferred into your name and that your cat is registered with the local council.
 


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