Persian Cat Advantages and Challenges
Persian Cat Physical Characteristics
Persian Cat Personality
The magnificent Persian has been the most popular breed of cat in the U.S.since 1871. It’s not hard to see why – with its lavishly beautiful coat and gentle demeanor, the Persian cat is an ideal companion for the discriminating cat lover.
Persian Cat History and General Information
History and Origin
One of the oldest domestic cat breeds in the world, the regal Persian bloodline has been traced back at least 400 years to 17th century Persia(now Iran). Prized for its exotic beauty, this cat was introduced to European society in the 1600’s, and found instant popularity there as a status symbol for the upper crust.
Be aware that those silky good looks come at a price. Your Persian cat requires daily brushing and combing to keep a healthy and unmatted coat, with occasional baths thrown in for good measure. It does shed heavily, so regular household fur cleanup is a must.
Persian Cat Health
The Persian cat, while beautiful and distinctive to look at, comes with some congenital predispositions toward health problems, caused, in part, by those striking good looks. For instance, the very short nose can be prone to stenotic nares – nostril openings that are too small – which can cause breathing difficulty. Some of the other potential health issues are:
Selecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store can help eliminate many of these health problems. Maintaining your Persian cat’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.
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