The Persian cat is characterized by its snub nose, long and smooth coat, and Persian cat: What are the Characteristics of a firm and robust body. It is the perfect pet for those looking for a docile, affectionate, and calm animal but requires daily brushing.

Persian cat

The Persian cat is an elegant and beautiful animal, trendy among fans of beauty pageants; and it may be the feline breed that presents the most variety of colors, since we can find coats of almost all of them: from white to black, through gold or gray in one-color, two-color, or tricolor format.

It is easy to recognize the Persian cat by its physical characteristics: long, extraordinarily soft, bushy hair, a small and flattened nose, and huge, bright and expressive eyes on a somewhat rounded head. 

Their ears, which are tiny compared to the rest of their robust body, tend to have a rounded tip and are inclined forward. Their legs are generally short and wide, ending in large, solid, round claws.

The Club Felino de Madrid (CFM) is a non-profit association founded more than 30 years ago by cat lovers. The Persian cat is the most suitable for those who seek to add a docile and calm animal to their family. 

In addition, the Persian is a breed that adapts easily to family life since, although it needs more care at the brushing level, the rest will be the same care as any other cat. Of course, Persian cats are not characterized by great longevity since their average life expectancy is around 13 years, compared to 16 for different breeds.

Regarding its origin, various sources place the Persian cat as one of the oldest feline breeds and put the starting point in present-day Iran (ancient Persia). However, but the exact date of their appearance is not precise. 

There is only evidence that it was in the seventeenth century when the first specimens arrived in Europe to satisfy the demands of the aristocracy of the time, who saw in them an exotic animal Of great beauty.

The behavior of the Persian cat

Persian cat

According to the experience of Violeta León Mateos, a veterinarian at the Diego de León Veterinary Center, “the Persian cat’s temperament is terrific: they are very docile and sociable cats, affectionate, less independent than other breeds (they like more contact with human beings), very good with children…”. And he adds that, like everything else, “it depends on each cat,” but generalizing the veterinarian defines it as “a noble breed with good character.”

Although like other cats, the Persian likes to be pampered and caressed, it is not a feline that requests continuous attention from its owner. 

Quiet and not very meowing, they are not very active pets or given to movement, but rather somewhat lazy, being common that they take affection in certain areas of the house where they can have a good time without moving.

Tips for buying a Persian cat

Although it is not a breed that is usually found in animal shelters before planning the purchase, it never hurts that we contact the centers in our area to launch an offer of adoption, an option that the veterinarian always recommends, even if we do not find the breed we want, since “associations and kennels are full of homeless cats.”

If it is not possible or, simply, that our firm option is to purchase a Persian cat, the most advisable thing is to go to professional breeders who offer us guarantees and know how to answer all our doubts about this breed and its care. For Flor Dessal, it is also essential that if you choose this route, we take into account the following issues when purchasing a Persian kitten:

  • Ensure that the seller has done the genetic tests of the parents for Polycystic Feline (PKD) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) since it is a breed predisposed to developing these pathologies. 
  • Before taking the Persian cat home, we will have everything necessary for its comfort at home: a comfortable space to rest, appropriate food, and a container with fresh water always available at your fingertips.
  • Be suspicious of those who intend to offer us a Persian cat less than three months old, since, during this stage, it is essential that the animal is with the mother and siblings, both to feed and strengthen its immune system and to carry out the socialization process properly.
  • The Persian cat must have the first two vaccines given, have passed at least a first basic check-up, and have been dewormed; in many cases, the animal is even sterilized before delivery. To find out all this, the breeder delivers a card where this information appears signed by the veterinarian along with a certificate, also issued by the veterinarian, of “good health.”
  • It is essential to check the cat’s state and its living conditions before taking it home: that it is active, that its eyes and nose do not present secretions, that the coat looks healthy.