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Meet the 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 tend to be quite relaxed and laid back. They are also very affectionate, and love to snuggle. However, they can be choosy about whose laps they grace. It’s not uncommon for Persians to bond closely with their humans, and ignore everyone else. In fact, in one study, the Persion scored higher than non-pedigreed kitties in many categories, including how affectionate they were, vocalization, cleanliness.

Grooming

One of the Persians’ most distinct features is their pretty fur. Fluffy will need some help with her beauty routine. We recommend brushing your kitty every day, or at least every other day. Your feline friend will also need the occasional bath. If you adopt a kitten, it’s best to get your little ball of fluff used to being bathed now.

History

These cute kitties have a fairly long and distinguished history. In fact, they are one of the oldest known breeds of cats. They were shown in hieroglyphics as far back as 1684 BC. As one may suspect, they are thought to have originated in Persia, specifically in the area now known as Iron. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle brought them to Europe.

Coloring

Fluffy sports a variety of pretty patterns, including solid, silver and gold, shaded, smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. Each of these coat designs also has a wide variety of colors.

Chatter

Persians are fairly talkative, but they aren’t loud. Actually, their voices tend to be quite charismatic, and perhaps a bit squeaky.

Activity

Persians are about average on the activity scale for cats. 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. Persians really tend to do best as pampered indoor ‘princess’ pets. We don’t recommend letting them go outdoors.

Health Issues

As you may know, the Persian breed has become quite flat-faced. Many breeders deliberately seek out that squished-face look. It may be cute, but it unfortunately leaves kitties open 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.

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

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