Persian Cat

Also known as: Longhair, Persian Longhair, Shiraz, Shirazi
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General description

Persians are cats capable of sharing everyday life with family and children quite peacefully, they are fairly "cold" towards strangers and require specific attention as it regards the health of their coat and general wellbeing in relation to certain diseases. The Persian doesn't have a tendency to gain weight excessively but it can grow lazy as it is not so fond of overly dynamic activities, even during playtime. Maintenance cost for this breed can be considered within an ideal average in comparison to other breeds.

Persian Cat in short

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: red, black, blue, cream, chocolate, lilac
  • Hair: thick, silky, long
  • Coats: shaded, smoked, tabby

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Costs and maintenance

The most evident expense in relation to a Persian cat is that relating to maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of its coat. Care in this respect must be consistent and well beyond regular frequency. Overall, even a Persian's level of health must be monitored as it can present recurring issues that can become chronic if neglected. On the other hand, this type of cat sits on average as it concerns the diet which is generally regular and not involving generous meals.

Maintenance cost within average

Characteristics Summary

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

The Persian cat is not suitable to live with any type of family. It is precisely the breed's tendency to prefer familiar circumstances defined by high levels of peace and quiet that could become a problem in an environment with hyperactive children or simply too much chaos. The Persian is a rather calm cat breed that enjoys sharing its everyday life within familiar and relaxing environments.

Average level of affection towards the family

Friendly towards children

Depending on a kid's nature, being it vibrant or not it is possible to understand if this kind of relationship will be feasible or not. The Persian is fond of tranquility and doesn't appreciate overly strenuous or vigorous activities. This is the reason why it is essential to assess the possible implications of the relationship between cat and child within the family and home.

Friendliness towards children within average

Relationship with strangers

A Persian's ability to be quite wary of strangers can be a decent advantage, especially in light of the great monetary value of the breed. A cat that is overly tolerant of strangers can actually fall into a trap and be easily approached by malicious individuals. Overall, it is nevertheless important to understand the nature of this breed and not expect too much attention if you are not so familiar or little used to frequenting the domestic environment.

High level of tolerance for strangers

Friendliness towards other dogs

As with people, it is as easy to detect a decent "coldness" in a Persian's relationship with other animals. Nonetheless, this trait can easily be managed through an early socialization especially in the case of introducing animals that can be quite hyperactive, a quality which can destabilize the Persian's lifestyle and cause some undesirable or unexpected reaction amongst coexisting pets.

Moderately friendly towards other pets

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

One of the most pleasantly admirable features of the Persian cat is in fact the structure of its coat. The medium-long coat is one of the trademarks in this unique breed which makes it immediately recognizable amongst other types of cat. In this regard, coat care must be thorough and punctual in frequency but with special care on a daily basis. Persians are used to spending their day-to-day life in the house and a lack of care for its fur can cause concerns for those delicate areas such as the bedroom and kitchen.

Average level of moulting

Easiness to clean

In relation to a Persian's cleanliness it is advisable to monitor some of the basic standards that are usually typical as it regards cats. The main care should be given to this cat's sensitive areas such as the mouth and tail. This type of attention should be dedicated to your Persian in specific moments during the day and especially after its meals. Vigilance is also necessary when treating areas like the ears in order to keep them clean from dangerous parasites.

Ease of cleanliness within average

Health and diseases

Unlike other types of cat, Persians can suffer from quite a various number of health-related issues. Certain respiratory issues caused by generally narrower nostrils compared to other cat breeds can be typical in the Persian. Other fairly typical issues can concern the eyes and teeth while from a genetic point of view this breed can develop problems like the polycystic kidney, a kind of disease that can swiftly be assessed through a convenient test.

Average level of health and standard illnesses

Tendency to gain weight

As far as liveliness in relation to the Persian this breed is on very low levels. A factor to consider when trying to asses the need to maintain this type of cat in shape. Inadequate diet and indulgence in an overly sedentary lifestyle can become a decent concern when trying to keep your Persian in a proper physical shape. All of these are factors that must be assessed with care throughout this cat's entire lifespan.

Persians tend to remain quite fit

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

The great sense of responsibility that usually defines this breed is a unique trait that can become helpful in understanding the Persian's intellectual level. This breed has huge potential in this respect even though it is not accustomed to display it through specific activities and during interaction. Nevertheless, Persians are capable of distinctively adjusting to the needs of an owner busy with work every day. The Persian is gifted with high intelligence and great adjustment skills in relation to a large number of circumstances.

High level of intelligence

Inclination to bark or howl

Even when the breed expresses a tendency to meow often and happily, it is usually in a very gentle and polite manner. This type of cat does not exploit this kind of interaction and tends to mainly resort to it when it needs to catch the owner's attention during the key moments of the day such as near meal time or when the master or another family member returns from a hard day at work as an expression of its happiness.

Average tendency to meow

Exercise requirements

Tendency to play

A Persian's inclination to play is limited to few bland activities not because the breed is incapable of interpreting this kind of interaction but simply because it prefers to maintain a certain type of approach even during playtime. This is not a breed that favors big chases or dynamic activities in or outside the house but the Persian is fond of fewer practices that enable it to develop its intelligence and use its great skills in solving challenging puzzles that may even involve complex objects.

Strong inclination to play

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