Do you have a Persian? Persians are one of the most popular breeds in the world. These adorable kitties really are very sweet and lovable pets! A vet discusses the Persian below.

Temperament

Persians are usually quite relaxed and laid back. They’re very cuddly, and love to snuggle. In one study, the Persian scored higher than  kitties in several categories, including vocalization, cleanliness, and how affectionate they are. However, they can be a bit choosy about whose laps they grace. Fluffy may bond closely with you, but ignore everybody else.

Grooming

That pretty fur is one of the Persians’ most distinct features. Fluffy will need a little help with her beauty routine. We recommend brushing your cat daily, or at least every other day. Your feline friend will also need the occasional bath. If you adopt a baby Persian, it’s best to get your little ball of fluff used to being bathed while she’s young. You’ll thank yourself later.

History

The Persian has a fairly long and distinguished history. In fact, they are one of the oldest known breeds of cats. Fluffy has been depicted in hieroglyphics dated way back to 1684 BC. As one may suspect, these kitties likely originated in Persia, specifically in the area which is now known as Iran. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle brought these lovable fluffballs to Europe in the 1500’s.

Coloring

As you may know, Persians are typically quite fluffy. They 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 super cute!

Chatter

Persians are rather chatty cats, but they aren’t very loud. Their voices are usually super cute and charismatic, and perhaps a bit squeaky.

Activity

Fluffy ranks about average on the kitty activity scale. Persians are very playful, but once past kittenhood, they aren’t usually the frisky furballs that you’ll be plucking from your drapes or disengaging from your ankle. They really do best as pampered indoor ‘princess’ pets. We don’t recommend letting them go outdoors.

Health Issues

As you might 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 dangerous 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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