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Do you have a Persian kitty? If so, you’ve got an adorable little buddy? Persians are one of the most popular breeds in the world. These charismatic balls of fur really are very sweet and lovable pets. A vet discusses the Persian below.
Persians are usually quite calm, relaxed, and laid back. They’re also very affectionate, and love to snuggle with their humans. In fact, one study showed that the Persian scored higher than non-pedigreed kitties in many categories, including vocalization, cleanliness, and how affectionate they are. However, these pretty kitties can be choosy about whose laps they grace. Fluffy may bond very closely with you, but snub everyone else.
Persians have a fairly long and distinguished history. In fact, they’re one of the oldest known breeds of cats. Fluffy has been depicted in hieroglyphics dated as far back as 1684 BC. As one might suspect, these kitties likely originated in Persia, specifically in the area now known as Iran. An Italian named Pietro Della Valle brought them over to Europe in the 1500’s. We suspect it didn’t take them long to charm the socks off the Italians.
One of the Persians’ most distinct features is their pretty fur. These guys are quite fluffy. Your feline pal will need some help with her beauty routine. We recommend brushing these cats daily, or at least every other day. Your feline friend will also need the occasional bath. If you adopt a Persian kitten, it’s best to get your little ball of fluff used to being bathed while she’s young. This will make it much easier down the line, if ever she gets something spilled on her that would necessitate a bath.
These cute cats can sport a variety of pretty colors and patterns. Some of these include solid, silver and gold, shaded, smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. We think they’re all adorable.
Persians are pretty talkative, but they aren’t particularly loud. Their voices are usually quite cute and charismatic, and perhaps a bit squeaky. They also sometimes ‘talk’ in charming chirrups and trills.
Persians are just about average on the kitty activity scale. They’re playful, but once past kittenhood, they usually aren’t the frisky furballs that you’ll be plucking from your drapes or disengaging from your ankles. Fluffy really does best as a pampered indoor ‘princess’ pet. We don’t recommend letting her go outdoors.
As you may have noticed, Persians are often quite flat-faced. Many breeders deliberately seek out that squished-face look. This may look cute, but unfortunately it leaves Persians vulnerable to some serious health issues, including shortness of breath, tearing, and eye problems. In fact, activists are now pushing for changes in the breed standard. Ask your vet for care tips.
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