Persian cats are one of the most prominent breeds
of felines existing today. Persian cats are also known as celebrity
pets and can frequently be seen at cat shows. They are commonly
called longhairs in Great Britain.
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Persian cats originate from central Asia and the name was taken
from Persia, which is known today as Iran.
Persian cats were carried from the Middle East in the 17th century
to Europe and they immediately became a popular breed among pet
enthusiasts. Longhairs invaded the English people's hearts as they
took the center stage of the first cat show to be held in London
during the 19th century.
Persian cats are short and wide with a body that has a powerful
and stocky look. Persian cats have a compact neck and strong legs
that support a well-balanced frame. All of the members of this breed
have large brown eyes, short noses and rounded ears.
Although most Persian cats have the same distinction, they differ
in two types of looks. The first is the typical modern Persian cat,
which has a face that is flat. This type is commonly seen at shows,
and the second is the classic Persian cat with a doll face, which
has a proportionate "cute" looking face, and the nose
and mouth sits directly in front of its eyes. The most attractive
features of this cat are its long fluffy coats that make it adored
by pet lovers.
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Persian cats are quiet animals as they prefer a placid lifestyle
and one that does not require a lot of chasing and running around
inside the house. Persian cats are relatively inclined to be more
calm and gentle.
Taking Care of Persian Cats
The long fluffy Persian cat coat needs regular attention from its
owner. A monthly bathing is also needed. Brushing the Persian cat's
hair regularly prevents entanglement and will improve the pet's
Being a furry-looking species, especially at the face near the
eyes, the Persian cat needs a regular checkup and cleaning on the
areas surrounding the eyes. Residue in this area may build up that
may cause a drainage problems.
Veterinarians have found that 40-percent of Persian cats were carrying
a disease called PKD, or Polycystic Kidney Disease. This is a
genetically acquired kidney ailment that is common among Persians
when compared to other breeds.
Choosing Persian Cats
Persians are generally quiet cats. They tend to be peaceful and
laid-back. But, as they are beautiful cats with long fluffy hair,
they will needs extra care. If this trait is what you are looking
for in a pet, then a Persian cat would be a good choice.
Persian cats are more for show, than for go. If you're looking
for a playful kitty that will scamper about and provide a lot of
crazy kitty entertainment, then Persian cats may not be the breed
that is well suited for you.
Being show animals, Persian cats have been the mainstay of movies
for many years. James Bond movies and parodies such as Austin Powers
have shown supposedly evil characters holding Persian cats to contrast
their evildoer's personality.
Just remember, as Tweety Bird might say, with Persian cats a little
stroking underneath the chin will be perfect to promote a little
purring from the pretty puddy-tat.