Like their namesake, Persian cats originated from Persia. In 1620 Pietro della Valle imported an ancestor of the Persian cat into Italy. These cats were interbred with other long-haired cats. As the Persian cat evolved, the face became stubbier and its hair grew longer. Today the cat is very popular among cat owners, and is frequently shown in shows. The stereotypical Persian cat has a long and thick coat, with a wide head and offset ears. Persian kittens are extremely popular all over the western world.
Living with Persians
Persian cats have an extremely mild temperament. They tend to be lethargic, and are very relaxed. They also tend to be extremely friendly, and take to visitors extremely well. They have also been recorded as being somewhat fussy about food, meaning a special diet for your cat may be necessary. They make good cats for those living in apartments or small spaces. Their sluggish nature mean’s they don’t need a lot of attention.
There are a few different varieties of Persian cats that you will most likely see if you start researching purchasing one. Himalayan Persian cats have the body type and hair of a Persian cat, but have the coloration of a Siamese cat. Toy and teacup Persians are simply mini-size Persian cats much like teacup dogs. They have a whole host of care and health issues which you should research before settling on one. Peke Persians are Persians that have even more exaggerated facial features. A Peke Persian is marked by it’s nose being over its eye line. These Persians are very susceptible to health problems, and have been banned from some competitions in order to discourage their breeding. Chinchilla Persians are from South Africa, and have a slightly longer nose. This nose fixes the common health issues that plague Persian cats that results from their head shape.
Caring for your Persian
Persian cat’s lifespans are around 12 years. Because of the Persian cat’s unusual characteristics, it is prone to a few health difficulties, chief among which are breathing problems. Because of Persian cat’s thick and stubby skulls, they often develop breathing conditions. The shape of their skull can also cause issues with their eyes and skin. They also have issues with bearing kittens. As Persian cats grow older, they also often develop kidney disease, with close to 50% of cats being stricken with it. The best way to ensure the health of your cat is to maintain a regular schedule of veterinarian visits, and take your cat in as soon as problems develop.
Another thing you must care for with your Persian can is his coat. While most cats have the ability to groom themselves, Persian cats do not have this ability. Because they have such a long and thick coat, they simply can’t maintain their fur on their own. It’s important for their owners to regularly groom their hair, and also bathe them frequently. Some people circumvent this process by cutting their cat’s hair, which allows them to better clean their hair on their own.