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Meet the Persian

Is your kitty a Persian? Persians are one of the most popular breeds in the world. These adorable kitties are very sweet and lovable! A vet discusses the Persian below.

History

The Persian has a long and distinguished history. In fact, they’re one of the oldest known breeds of cats. These adorable furballs have been depicted in hieroglyphics dated as far back as 1684 BC. As one may suspect, Persians  likely originated in Persia, specifically in the area now known as Iran. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle brought them to Europe in the 1500’s.

Temperament

Persians are usually very relaxed and laid back. They’re also very affectionate, and love to snuggle. In one study, Persians scored higher than non-pedigreed kitties in many categories, including vocalization, cleanliness, and how affectionate they are. However, they can be purrticular about whose laps they grace. Fluffy may bond closely to you, but ignore everyone else.

Grooming

One of the Persians’ most distinct features is their long, pretty fur. Fluffy will need a bit of help with her beauty routine. We recommend brushing your feline buddy 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. You’ll thank yourself for this later.

Coloring

These cute cats can sport a variety of pretty colors and patterns. Some of these include solid, silver and gold, shaded, tabby, smoke, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. We think they’re all adorable!

Chatter

Persians are quite talkative, but they aren’t too loud. Their voices are usually quite cute and charismatic, and perhaps a bit squeaky. They also tend to be very interactive meowers, and like to talk back to their humans.

Activity

Persians are about average on the kitty mischief scale. They’re 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. Fluffy really does best as a pampered indoor ‘princess’ pet. We don’t recommend letting her go outdoors.

Health Issues

As you may have noticed, Persians can be flat-faced. Many breeders deliberately seek out that squished-face look. This may be cute, but unfortunately it leaves Persians vulnerable to some serious health issues, including shortness of breath, tearing, and eye problems. Ask your vet for care tips.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic!

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