Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.
Dental: Persians often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
She is affectionate and laid back, making her a sweet and loving family companion.
Good with children and other pets
Requires very little grooming
Affectionate, easygoing, and sweet
Whether you are considering adding a new Persian to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Persian will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Persian you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues an Persian could encounter:
Lysosomal Storage Disease (LSD)
Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Called Persians for their country of origin, the first cats of this breed are thought to have found their way westward during the 1600's in spice caravans coming from what is now Iran. Known as the Longhair in Britain, they are known for their luxurious coats and easy going personalities. They are playful, but not demanding; their patience and social nature makes them a great companion for households with children and other pets.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Persian shows signs of the following:
Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness
Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals
Noisy or labored breathing
Small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen
Lameness, abnormal hind limb gait (“bunny hopping”)