Quick overview of a Persian Cat Personality
Ever dreamed of having your favorite cuddly stuffed animal come to life when you were young and just snuggle up to you? Well then a Persian cat personality may be for you! The Persian cat is just that a warm, soft, snuggling companion that does not have the energy level of some other cats but will very much want to be your cuddling partner.
Persians were the cat of royalty for France and England and that trait I don’t think has ever left them. It is a cat that loves to show off its looks in a very regal manner. As what is currently the most popular cat in the world I think the Persian is well aware of his still royal status and it comes off his aura with every action.
After a long history of this royal breeding the Persian cat lacks the outdoor awareness of other felines. This means that your Persian should be kept indoors at all times, where he will be safe and happy. The Persian cat is a great family cat with a nice calm demeanor. Persians get along well with other cats, dogs, and children and love to lounge around and soak up the attention that they are so accustomed to.
The Persian cat personality truly makes them the perfect family pet. That is as long as you are willing to treat them like the royal kitty that they are!
Key Components to Persian Cat Care
Persian cats are medium-sized cat ranging from around 7 – 12 pounds. So don’t let all that fur confuse you it’s just an illusion of size!
The Persian cat boasts the longest coat of any cat. What does this mean for Persian cat care?
You guessed it! Grooming!
At the top of the Persian care list is Grooming, and the royal Persian would have it no other way … brush me!
Persian Cat Grooming Tips
Your Persian will need to be on a regular grooming schedule. I present to you some Persian cat grooming tips to help get you started on the road to proper cat grooming!
- Get a good cat brush or two! I can recommend a few that I use for my Maine Coon: Chirpy Pets Dog and Cat Brush for Shedding and Professional Double Sided Pin & Bristle Brush by GoPets
- Brush your Persian daily! Because Persian hair gets matted and tangled very easily you will need to stay ahead in front of the task.
- Finally see a Groomer! A professional groomer will be able to ensure your cats luxurious fur maintains its shine! Petco and Petsmart both have groomers available at their locations.
Consequently you could do some bathing yourself, but know that there are hazards to this. Because cats are not fond of water be prepared to get your fair share of scratches during this process!
Another important matter of note here is litter. No your Persian isn’t going to ruin the environment! I am talking about cat litter.
Almost always, at least in the case of my Maine Coon, your cat will use the litter box and manage to attract a good amount of litter directly onto their fur. They can’t help it they are just fluffy like that and as you will learn owning a Persian that the fur can stick to everything. Therefore everything can stick to the fur!
Do not fret however because since you are a good Persian owner , and you are following our Persian cat grooming tips, your Persian will be just fine. Due to the brushing and the groomer visits on top of your cats own personal maintenance you will have a clean happy Persian on your hands!
Persian Cat Health issues
Finally, we come down to Persian cat health issues. Because the cat is a long hair cat out of the gate they will be more prone to fur balls. Our Maine Coon, averages one every other month but we do try to stay proactive at eliminating hairballs. So here are a few of the products that I would recommend based on personal use, but feel free to go to your local pet store as well as hairball control and prevention is fairly common in food and treats:
- IAMS PROACTIVE HEALTH Indoor Weight and Hairball Care Dry Cat Food 22 Pounds
- FELINE GREENIES SMARTBITES Hairball Control Cat Treats Tuna Flavor 2.1 oz.
While these things will help, or at least I feel they do in our case. Your Persian cat will still get hairballs from time to time, just always make sure you are making your best effort to help your kitty control this.
Additionally, Persian cats are prone to kidney disease and some respiratory problems, mostly due to their face structure. While these things are of course troublesome they are manageable with a good diet and regular vet check ups. Make sure to have your Persian checked by a vet annually to ensure healthy respiratory and kidney functionality. Here are some examples of various health issues :
- Breathing difficulty or loud breathing caused by their nostrils
- Teeth not quite meshing well together
- Excessive tearing
- Polycystic kidney disease, a genetic test is available!
Overall the Persian cat personality is great! This is the ideal family cat that looks forward to lounging in your lap for hours and becoming part of the family!