The Persian Cat: Queen of the CouchPosted 8/4/2014
Persians are one of the oldest known cat breeds and can trace their heritage to before the 1600s, when they were smuggled out of what is now Iran. Upon their introduction to the Western world, these cats became favorites of European royalty, like Queen Victoria. Persians made their American debut in the early 19th century. Since then, they’ve become the most popular cats in the world—and they know it! They love to lounge around, and they crave attention from their owners.
“Furniture With Fur”
Persians are known as “furniture with fur” for good reason—they love to lie around and get petted by their humans. The calm, sociable, peaceful Persian is well suited for just about any environment, as long as it is tranquil and provides a place to escape from the daily hustle and bustle of their owners’ lives. Persians get along well with other cats, dogs and children, with a special affection for their owners.
Persians are famous for their beautiful coats, but those coats require some upkeep. Owners must brush their Persian’s fur at least once a day; otherwise, the coats will mat and knot. Persians should also be indoor cats, as breeding selections have minimized the Persian’s hunting instinct.
Persian Cat Health Concerns
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Facial dermatitis
Along with regular visits to the vet, a diet with proper nutrition can help support healthy body function. Formulas that limit hairball formation and maintain digestive health are key for Persian cats.
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- About the Persian – CFA
- Cats 101: Persians – Animal Planet
- Breed Info: Persians – PetMD
- Adult Persian Cats – Banfield Pet Hospital