Everything You Want to Know About Persian Cat
Who is the fluffiest cat in the whole kitten family? Of course, it is a Persian cat!
Everyone will recognize these cats thanks to their flat nose, cute face, long and very soft fur. But did you know that Persian cats didn’t always look like this? And why did people start calling them “Persian”?
Some historical facts about Persian cats
For the first time, Persian cats were mentioned in the works of Pietro Della Valle, who was an Italian traveler. He saw these beautiful cats while traveling around the territory of today’s Iran (formerly Persia). Persian cats first appeared on the territory of Europe after the trip of the Italian. They differed from modern cats by their elongated nose and big ears.
Another mention of Persian cats can be found in the works of the French biologist Georges-Louis Leclerc. He wrote that these cats lived in the territory of Afghanistan, Persia, and Turkey.
The image of Persian cats is reminiscent of modern Angora cats on the engravings of the 18th century: they had a narrower skull and a long nose.
There are two other versions of Persian cats’ origin:
- Some biologists argue that the cat appeared in the cold climate of ancient Russia. It explains by the fact that Persian cats have long and warm fur.
- Persian cats are the result of crossing an ordinary cat with a wild representative of kittens – Pallas’s cat (Manul). He, as well as a Persian cat, has thick, long fur and a massive body.
Targeted breeding of Persian cats began in Britain in the 19th century. People began to distinguish Persian cats as a separate breed only in 1887. As a result, a Persian cat of the 19th century looks like its contemporary:
- Small ears placed far from each other;
- Big and beautiful eyes;
- A wide range of fur shades.
- Cute, naive, and childish face.
Characteristics of Persian kittens
Cats of this breed are not adapted to street life absolutely. Persian cats have no hunting instinct, and they spend most of the time in observation or with their favorite owner.
Persian cats are obedient, sociable and they don’t like to play even at an early age.
Care of a Persian kitty
The most valuable element of a Persian cat’s body is its long and fluffy coat. The owner should pay special attention to it: you should comb fur every day. If you are lazy or forget to brush your fluffy friend, the fur will gather in huge knots. You can remove these lumps only with the help of scissors.
The most vulnerable body parts of Persian cats are their beautiful eyes, ears, and nose.
Eyes and ears need to be cleaned from time to time with a special liquid. If you have a mixture of natural herbs, you can make tea and wipe the cat’s eyes.
The biggest fear of Persian cats is bathing. You need to get your kitten used to bathe from an early age. The frequency of washing can be different. Some owners bathe their kittens once every six months and others do it once a month. It is best to use shampoos with a good composition or shampoos for children.
Persian cats have inherited diseases that are associated with the selection process. Most often they suffer from kidney failure, diseases of the retina, and dental diseases. If you are a caring and attentive owner, your Persian friend will be healthy.