Persian Cat

Read our comprehensive guide to Persian Cats, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of Persian Cats 

It’s unclear where exactly the first Persian cats came from, but they were brought to Europe from modern day Iran in the 1600s. By the 1800s they were introduced into Britain, with early versions being exhibited at the Crystal Palace cat show. Queen Victoria herself took particular interest in these long-haired beauties and owned several herself, which caused their rise in popularity with the British public.

Persian cats are quite an old breed with striking, elegant features and long hair, which was probably the result of a natural mutation. Selective breeding has also led to a change in the colour of their fur – whilst originally it was a silky grey, you can now find Persian cats in all kinds of colours, including bi-colour.

What to expect when caring for your Persian Cat

Common Persian Cat Health Issues

As with many different breeds of cats, Persian cats are also prone to certain health problems and have some genetic health issues that owners should be aware of.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A genetic eye disease in cats where the cells of the retina deteriorate over time and can eventually lead to blindness.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD): An inherited disorder that causes small, liquid-filled sacs in the kidney tissue that over time can grow and multiply, leading to kidney failure.

Persian cats are also prone to a number of eye and dental problems so it’s important to keep an eye on these areas to detect issues early. And like most other cat breeds, they should be sprayed and neutered too.

How Much Grooming Do Persian Cats Need?

As Persian cats have long beautiful hair, they will obviously require more frequent maintenance compared to other cats. They will need to have their hair brushed and combed every single day, should be bathed at least once of twice every month and have their nails clipped every 10 to 14 days.

How Much Exercise Do Persian Cats Need?

Persian cats are not as energetic as other breeds, so it’s important for owners to ensure that they regularly exercise them and play interactive games and activities with them to keep them stimulated and healthy.

  1. Persian Cat Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Persian Cat

    Persian cats are known for being quiet, sweet and loving, not to mention stylish. They’ve been described as “walking love sponges” due to their affection to their families. They tend to get along well with everyone, humans and other pets alike. Whilst they can be energetic, they’re not the kind of cats to require constant entertainment. Persian cats are completely comfortable with being left on their own and unlike some pets, don’t feel the need to be involved in everything you do. In fact, you’ll probably find them napping on the comfiest cushion that they can find as you carry on with your daily tasks.

  2. Are Persian Cats Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Persian cats are sweet and gentle, and they are great with families and children alike. They can be quite playful and energetic, but they can also be quiet and laid-back. Persian cats make good family pets for everyone – whether you have a quiet family or a loud one.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
14-18 inches
Weight:
7-12 pounds
Temperament:
Sweet tempered, sociable and loving
Lifespan
10-15 Years
Average Cost:
£1000-£1500

Persian Cat FAQs:

How much grooming does a Persian cat need?

Persian cats are some of the more high maintenance pets and require more grooming than others due to their long mane. They will need to be brushed at least every day.

Are Persian cats talkative?

Persian cats are actually quite talkative – whilst they may not be overly active they make up for it with communication. You’ll find them chatting with their owners in a sing-songy meow quite often.

How expensive are Persian cats?

Persian cats are on the pricier end of the spectrum, mostly due their highly coveted beauty as well as the fact that they are purebred. Female Persian cats are more expensive than males too.

There are a number of common health issues that Persian Cats are prone to, and as a pet owner it’s worth considering insurance to help protect against unexpected vet bills. Take a look at Asda Money Cat Insurance to see the kind of cover you could get for your cat.

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