The Persian cat is an elite breed. The maintenance of such an animal will require a lot of attention from the owner and considerable financial costs. You are unlikely to find any other cat that would be as dependent on a person as a Persian. To keep your pet beautiful and healthy at all times, you will need to provide it with proper care, balanced feeding and proper accompaniment by an experienced veterinarian.
As for the living space, everything is more or less clear here. Persian cats are very calm and pliable; they like to spend a lot of time either in the hands of their owner, or in a cozy comfortable place allotted to them. They will easily get used to both the conditions of a city apartment and a large country house. The main thing is that family members do not forget about the animal.
Owners of private houses should not worry about the cat not getting lost after going for a walk. Persian cats are exceptional couch potatoes, and outdoor walks are not their favorite pastime.
There are no hunters of these cats. Due to their phlegmatic character, they get along well with other pets, not excluding birds and rodents.
The Persian cat values comfort and coziness very much. If opportunities permit, purchase a special sleeping place for your pet – a house or a couch. Your concern will certainly be appreciated. A soft chair or sofa will be a perfectly acceptable alternative for the animal. In this case, you should be careful and attentive, especially with the kitten. Inadvertently, you can injure your baby if it sleeps in your bed or likes to lie in a chair in which you are used to reading newspapers or watching TV.
Persian cats are very impressionable creatures. Never force a pet out of its home. If the cat is resting, do not touch it. Wait until your beauty itself wants to go outside, as a last resort, lure it with its favorite delicacy or interest her with a toy.
Like any cat, the representative of the breed is very clean and will definitely try to bury the products of its vital activity. Persians can dig for a very long time in the tray before going to the toilet. To avoid the annoyance of litter scattered on the sides, purchase a large tray with a high (at least 10 cm side).
Prefer high absorbency granular filler over wood filler. Buy a litter box for an adult animal right away. It will be convenient for a kitten to do its business in it, and when it grows up, you will not have to spend money on a new one. The toilet can be placed on a larger rubber mat. By doing this, you will greatly facilitate yourself cleaning up your pet.
If the cat’s house is not equipped with a scratching post, take care to purchase it additionally. Ask the breeder what type of accessory the kitten is familiar with and buy a similar product. Use catnip to train your little Persian to sharpen its claws in one place. If you notice the animal’s desire to do a manicure, immediately take it to a specific place. Persian cats are very intelligent creatures and will quickly figure out what you want to achieve from them.
An important accessory is a special carrying bag. You will need it for a visit to the veterinarian, and for a trip to an exhibition, and when moving from a city apartment to a dacha. The accessory must fit your pet in size so that the pet feels comfortable enough inside.
Thanks to its thick long hair, the Persian cat tolerates cold well, but some preventive measures to avoid colds are still worth taking. Do not place the cat’s house or bed near front doors, windows, or other drafts. And if your pet prefers to spend time lying on the windowsill, spread a soft warm cloth for it.
In matters of nutrition, almost all breeders, without exception, recommend choosing ready-made feeds of the highest quality category. A well-calculated and well-balanced daily allowance will provide your cat with everything they need, even without adding natural foods to their diet. Mixed or natural feeding is more troublesome, as there is sometimes not enough time to prepare food for the cat separately, and the human menu does not suit it by definition.
Condiments, sugar, salt in excess can cause serious harm to the feline body. Be sure to inject in the right proportions (1 tablet with calcium + 3 tablets with algae extract, or vice versa – depending on color) in the cat’s diet special vitamin supplements with a complex of seaweed (for any type of feeding). The availability of free access to clean water is not even discussed.
Persian cats are prone to overeating, so you need to control their nutrition and in no case feed them from your table or from your hands.
The special pride of the Persian cat is its fur. Caring for it is a whole art. You will need various tools – a rare comb with rounded teeth, a natural bristle brush, and regular hair clippers. During seasonal moulting, a special spray for forcing wool may come in handy.
The structure of the fur of the animals is such that, without systematic care, mats are very quickly formed, which can only be eliminated in a radical way. In order to avoid such troubles, some owners brush the animal daily and rarely bathe, while others, on the contrary, often use water procedures followed by laying the wool. You can choose your path only experimentally. The main thing is the systematic and constant adherence to the chosen procedure.
For the purpose of prevention, it is recommended to sprinkle the fur with a special grooming powder purchased from a pet store. Baby powders are not suitable: they contain starch, which is harmful to the feline body, and the cat will definitely swallow it when licking itself.
Do not use a slicker coat when caring for the Persian cat’s hair – the hairs of the undercoat of this breed are very slowly restored. Do not comb your pet’s tail unless absolutely necessary.
Caring for the ears and teeth of a Persian cat is standard, but the eyes of the animal require a little more attention. They need to be cleaned daily, not with cotton, but with a clean soft cloth moistened with special drops or distilled water. Do not use any wet wipes!
The animal should be bathed in warm water (depth no more than 10-12 cm) using special shampoos, avoiding getting the head wet. As a precautionary measure, drip the eyes of the Persian cat with special drops, and put cotton swabs in the ears.
Given the natural laziness of the Persian cat, it is imperative to play with them to keep fit: with babies – 3-4, with adults – 1-2 times a day.