The Luxurious Persian Cats...
Persian cats are so popular that every
long haired cats is called Persian
by common people (I mean, non-cat fanciers) in my country, where no
long hair would occur naturally. Definitely, these cats are the most
famous of them all amongst long haired breeds.
I still have that weird taste in my mouth, saying
is a Persian just to simplify things.
is a long haired breed so popular it has given rise to other breeds.
Said to originate in Turkey and Persia (now Iran), the long haired cats
were different from the normal shorthaired ones and more valuable.
wide range of colors on that beautiful long coat make the Persian cats
a perennial favorite in the cat world. They gave birth to the
Himalayan. The Persian is available in solid, silver and golden, shaded
and smoke, tabby, parti-color, calico and bicolor offering truly
something for every color preference. Because of their popularity each
of these subsections is a division.
They have a short body with
large eyes and a distinctly flat nose. Short legs with heavy bone carry
a cat ideally 7-12 pounds. This is normally a laid back, gentle cat
that likes people. Beautiful, luxurious, they are often obtained as a
compliment to the interior design of their homes.
they are very placid, tease them with feathers and they will surprise
you by their speed and agility. Given their very short face, they can
catch and dispatch prey with surprising ease.
I love it when you put a them on the table and
they will just stay
there. This breed is very quiet that sometimes their owner overlooked
them. But they are a very interested observer of whatever you are doing.
cats is a breed that underscores being a creature of habit. They enjoy
a quiet home that is without the bustle and drama that might intrigue
other breeds. An often pampered cat that is safer indoors and protected
from damaging that glorious coat, the Persian is a long lived cat.
One of the setbacks is the vigorous grooming that
you need to do daily. Their coat can
easily mat and the face can get tear stained if you missed one too many
cats is definitely not a breed for the casual owner or breeder. If you
have more than one you must be dedicated to grooming. It is simply not
fair to allow them to get matted and dirty due to lack of care.
is said that the first documented ancestors were imported from Persia
to Italy in 1620. Yes, this is a very old, original breed. But after
the selective breeding the Persians nowadays does not look like their
The most dramatic change is the face. I
never really understand why people are so besotted by the scrunched up
face, but hey, I'm just not one of the thousands fans of Ewoks.
early ancestors were less compact, with short, not flat, faces.
However, American breeders prefers the 'ultra-type' look. Some of them
go to the extreme to achieve 'Peke-faced' look that is no longer
desirable due to the narrowed nostrils and tear ducts.
What I'm going to post here is a CFA
general breed standard. It can vary among different governing bodies.
cats standard of perfection awards 30 points to their distinctive head
and 20 each to body type and color. Coat and eye color are 10 points
each while 5 points each go to balance and refinement. This is a breed
that should be balanced. Not too tall, too long, too anything! Large,
round brilliantly colored eyes observe everything you do.
• Eyes are large, round, and widely spaced.
• Ears are small, round-tipped, and set low on
• Nose is short and broad with definite stop.
• Neck is short, thick, and sturdy.
• Body is large and cobby, with good muscling.
• Coat is long and thick, soft and not wooly.
• Tail has long bushy hair, is full and short, but
not disproportionate to body.
• Paws are large and rounded, preferably tufted.
The Persian show kitten must be handled even
more than ordinary pets.
The qualities that make their coat so beautiful can also make it time
consuming if not difficult to prepare for show.
breeders will use a degreaser, sometimes
common dish soap such as Dawn, dissolved in a glass of water, poured
over the cat and gently washed then thoroughly rinsed.
And rinsed! You must get all traces of the soap out of the coat to keep
it truly clean and preserve the hair. Then use a human shampoo,
selected to address the particular coat be it dry, flyaway or oily.
Again rinse thoroughly and a small amount of conditioner is often used.
Another thorough rinsing follows and some
recommend then a rinse
with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water applied to the coat,
then rinse with clear water gain. Some then dilute a small amount of
fabric softener in water to remove static and rinse some more.
you read back over that last two paragraphs and notices how many times
rinsing the coat is mentioned, and remember this is a cat, it starts to
show the amount of work involved in preparing these cats for show!
cats is a wonderful breed for the right owner but be sure you are
really committed to maintaining the coat as a big part of the care of a
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