The Persian Cat
The Persian is sedate and aristocratic but still very sweet and friendly. This breed believes their rightful place is in their human’s lap being spoiled and petted. They enjoy playing gently with children who will carefully comb their long beautiful coat or push them around in a baby stroller. While friendly and affectionate with their family they only allow a select few visitors to revel in their presence as they approach for attention and affection.
Persian cats prefer a quiet home. Well behaved, these cats are not climbers or jumpers so counters, bookcases and curtains are relatively safe. Not prone to excessive vocalizations, their musical voice is only sued when dinner is late or the litter box dirty. Persians do not make many demands of their owners and just need meals on time, some play with a teaser or catnip toy and loving pats to be happy. Independent in nature they are quite content to stay home for extended periods perched on the sofa arm napping until you come home.
Easy To Groom
Friendly To Stangers
The Devon Rex can be prone to the following health issues:
- Hereditary baldness (Congenital hypotrichosis)
- Heart disease (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
- Skin infections including Malassezia Dermatitis and Urticaria Pigmentosa. Malassezia is a yeast that causes itchiness and greasy skin. Urticaria results in body sores. Both are treatable.
- Sensitivity to heat.
Persians do need to be brushed daily due to that long stunning coat. Remove tangles gently so as not to startle or harm your cat. A steel toothed comb or wire bristled brush work best. This breed should be bathed monthly and dried thoroughly after the bath.
Teeth should be brushed daily or as often as possible. Nails should be trimmed monthly. Discharge from their eyes can be removed gently with a soft wet cloth. Cats with folded ears need special attention. Make sure the ears are clean. If they appear to have dirt wipe gently with a cotton ball. If your Persian’s ears have a yeasty smell or your cat shakes his head persistently seek medical care.
The Persian should be kept indoors unless supervised or contained in an outdoor cat enclosure. They are a rare breed and owner’s risk their cats being stolen if let outside unsupervised. Be sure the litter box is cleaned daily as this breed is a very particular creature when it comes to cleanliness and will go outside the litter box if he considers it to be dirty.
Persians come in a myriad of colors and patterns. There are seven basic solids; lilac, cream, white, blue, red, black and chocolate as well as gold and silver categories such as shaded silver and golden chinchilla. Persians can also be shaded, tabby, calico, bi/particolored and pointed. Eyes are related to coat and can be blue, copper, or green.
Children and Other Pets
Persians will not do well in a home with very loud and active children or dogs. They do well with older, calmer kids and dogs who are gentle, sedate and affectionate. Persians will willingly submit to a ride in a wagon or stroller and will even play dress up or take part in a tea party as long as they are not treated roughly.