The Persian Cat

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The Special Persian Cat

One of the most well-known and loved breeds of cats can be described as the Persian. The Persian breed has a long background and has been at the heart of civilization since being introduced to Europe during the 17th century.

In the 19 century, century, cats with long hair originating from Turkey, Afghanistan and Persia were classified as Asiatic cats and were frequently interbred.

Modern Breeds

Nowadays, they are bred to preserve their distinctive look, including a round head, a small face, snub-nosed cheeks, chubby, round ears and large eyes. It is believed that the Persian cat has been loved for thousands of years, with its origins traced back to the deserts in Persia in the Persian Gulf and Iran.

The Persian cat has become the largest and most sought-after breed of pedigreed cat in the U.S. The Persian cat is a medium-to-large-sized breed. The most distinctive characteristics that distinguish the Persian cat include an oval, flat face that looks like a pansy and an abundant, long coat.

Pedigree Example - Persian Kitten
persian Kittens

Persian Coats

The coat is available in nearly every shade and design you can think of, including solid shades, gold and silver shades, smoke and shaded colours (including tortoiseshell and cameo patterns), pattern tabby, particolours, bicolours, and pointed colours (Himalayan).

Eye Colours

The Eye Colour varies depending on the coat colour but could include green, blue, copper hazel, blue-green, and odd-eyed.


Characters of the Persian cat It is said that the Persian cat is renowned and adored for its soft, gentle, and calm attitude. While Persian cats are very comfortable, they need gentle handling. They are great with respectful, kind children and prefer to be admired and stroked rather than engaged in strenuous activity.

Persians like having the company of pets and other felines. Persians like to lounge in their preferred spot within the home, with plenty of views to watch the family’s activities; like all cats, they like to be high up when doing this.

Recognized by the cat fanciers association
persian cat's fur

Persian cats are a family-oriented breed. It is ideal for keeping them in the shade to avoid overheating or getting caught up in their extensive long coats. Persian cats are very fond of their humans, but they aren’t afraid to be left in a quiet space for short amounts of time, as long as they’re at home in a place where they feel safe and secure.

The History Of This Cat

History The first written background of the Persian cat is from the 1500s in the beginning; however certain breeders believe that the Persian might be more ancient than this. They are one of the oldest cat breeds known.

The earliest hieroglyphs discovered in the region display long-haired cats which may be the first ancestors of what is now the Persian cats.

The first examples of what would later become known as the Persian cat was shown at the first cat show held in London around 1871. Queen Victoria loved animals to a great extent, and a lover of animals was attracted by exotic cats sporting long coats.

She had several Persian cats, which resulted in the breed becoming popular among other royals and the wealthy British.

Male Silver Tabby Persian Cat
persian cat breeds

The International Cats Association

The breed came to the USA in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Very Similar to the UK, the Persian cat gained the attention of the American people, who fell completely in love with this breed. This cat was recognized as an official breed in 1906 by the Cat Fans Association (CFA) in 1906 as one of the founding breeds. In 1906.

The International Cat Association accepts the Himalayan cat as an official Persian Breed Group. This one has a lighter-coloured body and darker “points” of colour on the legs, face, ears and tail shortly after.

Persian Cat Owners Responsibilities

The Persian cat’s extravagant, flowing, elegant coat demands a lot of grooming. The coat is very long and dense. There needs to be more than the simple act of brushing.

To stop mats from developing in the Persian cat, a Persian with a long coat must comb daily using the wide-toothed metal comb and then brush using a soft, slicked brush.

While brushing Persian cats, you must carefully separate their hair and ensure your combing to the bottom, or mats can sneakily develop under the hair’s long length. Regular bathing is essential to ensure that the coat is clean.

Traditional Persian Cat
traditional persian cat breeds

This could also reduce the possibility of mats. After bathing, the coat needs to be properly dried using the help of a pet hair dryer which is cooler than human hair dryers, to ensure that you don’t cause burns to the sensitive skin of your cat or make it overheat.

Persian cats also require their face to be washed daily, their nails cut each week or every two weeks, and their ears checked and cleaned when they get filthy. If the coat gets matted up, it can be difficult to remove.

Dematting Fur Balls

Dematting is tiring and painful for the cat. Sometimes, mats have to be removed (always by an experienced groomer or vet). Because of the difficulties involved in maintenance, certain Persian cat owners prefer to have their pets professionally groomed.

The groomer can shave the Persian cat’s belly to cut off some fat and remove mats around the stomach and beneath the armpits. Another option is to do a trimming lion which is when your cat’s body gets cut short, leaving soft hairs on its legs, head and tail.

Long Haired Ginger Persian Cat
ginger persian cat

Persians are slow and sluggish cats; however, they love playing with feather wands or other toys for teasers. Involving your Persian cat in playtime at least once a day will provide some exercise that keeps your cat mentally and physically engaged.

Scratching is an additional physically stimulating cat’s favourite activity when in your home. Ensure to encourage scratching in the right areas by establishing approved scratching zones in your home.

Cat Health

Certain breeds of purebred cats are likely to develop certain breed-specific illnesses. Persian cats are genetically predisposed to certain heart diseases one called hypertrophic cardiac myopathy.

Similar to cats like the Bengal Cat, various eye issues, like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and trichiasis polycystic kidney disorder (PKD) and respiratory issues.

Silver Persian Pedigree
silver and white long haired persian cat

Persian Cat breeds and Breeders

The most reputable Persian cat breeders will examine their adult cats for any of these issues before breeding them to avoid passing on unwanted health issues kittens (link and kittens pages).

This cat is instantly identifiable due to its slender face with full cheeks, big eyes, a long muzzle, a short snub-nose and round cheeks. It also has an imposing chin, large ears, and large round eyes.

The facial features give this Persian cat an adorable, almost human-like expression. It is also very beautiful. Persian cats’ coats are large and thick and have an undercoat that is dense and gives lots of volumes.

Adult Persian
grey persian cat

Persian Cat Personality

The sweet and gentle Persian Longhair is a lover of a quiet house where they are comfortable and relaxed. Their eyes are large and expressive, capable of expressing their dismay at our human foibles with a twitch of the head and a thoughtful gaze or expressing their happiness with a smile and a loud purr.

Persian Cat Price

This breed of cat is not that cheap, Kittens are more expensive than adult cats. This is the case for most pedigree cats. A kitten from a reputable Persian cat breeder is normally around £750 to £1500 depending on the colours. White and Ginger coloured cats seem to sell for slightly higher prices.

Can You Give Persian Cats Milk

THE answer is NO; Persian cats are lactose-intolerant. Therefore, feeding the cows milk could cause stomach upset and cause them to become sick.

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