Persian Cat Care Information
The Persian Cat is a beautiful long-haired breeds characterized by its short muzzle and round face. It is sometimes referred to as the “Chinese Longhair” in the English speaking countries. The first documented origins of the Persian cat are found in Italy around 1620. These cats are said to have come over after the expedition of Columbus and later found their way to England and then eventually ended up in America. This specie was introduced to the US by German sailors who brought these beautiful cats aboard their ships.
The most distinguishing characteristic of this breed is its long hair, which stands straight and silky. Its distinct snub nose makes it one of the few breeds that can sport a sweet nasal passageway. The long hair also helps this cat to remain cool in high temperatures. Persian cats also have wide spaced chubby cheeks, much like our own Maine Coon. Their chubs make them unique among all other breeds of cats.
Maintenance of this lovely coat is often a challenge because it is so dense. It does, however, have an innate shine that comes from the inherent shine of its natural color, and a minimum of care needs to be put into grooming the coat. A good brush with a good nylon bristle will do the job just fine. You may need to brush the hair several times each week or it may need professional grooming at least twice a year.
Some of the illnesses that are common in persians include seborrheic dermatitis, which cause greasy looking scales and white heads; hypothyroidism, which cause the cats to lack energy and slow down; and osteocalcinosis, a disease in which the cats lose their bone density. Persian cats are prone to develop kidney disease, and kidney problems may cause the body to hold onto too much fur, which can make them unhealthy. These are some of the things you might need to know about keeping your long haired cat healthy. In a way, these problems are a part of nature’s way of protecting the persians from more potential harm.
If you decide to get a Persian cat, you should know that many breeders advertise them at over six or even ten pounds, and they really don’t come close to that figure. A Persian cat that weighs more than twelve pounds is close to a purebred British cat, but not very close to other breeds. The main thing is that you know that the cat has been bred for size rather than beauty, as most breeders seem to think.
In any case, don’t worry too much about the genetic makeup of your Persian cat. The modern-day Iran regime has had enough trouble with its domestic cats that it isn’t likely to do anything else with its own species. Persians, being quite independent, are not tied down by any nationalistic pride, either. And in this respect, they’re actually a better fit for a more modern-day iran.