persian cat breed

Ah, the beautiful Persian cat. Known to be a diva among the felines. While they are very affectionate, this breed does require daily brushing so it is considered to be high maintenance.

Persians need a quiet environment and easily get stressed out with any sort of loud noises. They are also relatively expensive so these kitties may be out of range for average individuals on a tight budget.

If you have the means, and you’re looking for a unique, flat-faced Persian kitty, please don’t hesitate to start checking out reputable breeders.

persian cat facts

Persian Cat Facts

  • The Persian cat is not known for being acrobatic like most cats but, that can be a good thing. Rarely will you find them jumping up on countertops or other high places and for the most part, will not shred your furniture either. They are basically very passive creatures however, they are beautiful if that helps?
  • The smallest cat in history was Tinker Toy, a 2.5 year old male blue point Himalayan–Persian mix that was a mere 2.75 inches tall and 7.5 inches long. He only weighed 1.5 pounds and lived for 6 years after being born the runt of the litter.
  • Persians have some of the thickest fur in the feline world. Case in point: Internet sensation Colonel Meow holds the world record for the longest fur. This Himalayan–Persian mix is from Los Angeles and had fur as long as 9 inches.
  • A colossal work of art called “My Wife’s Lovers” was painted by Austrian artist Carl Kahler around 1893. It measures 75″ x 102″, weighs 227 pounds, and features 42 beautiful persian cats.
  • The history of Persian cats is really quite mysterious. Egyptologists have speculated that hieroglyphics dating back to as early as 1684 BC depicted long-haired Persian cats. Believe it or not?
  • Unfortunately, this breed is not known for its intelligence so don’t expect to teach them any tricks. They are essentially kitty divas without the work and have been called “furniture with fur” because of their lazy nature as well.
persian features

Physical Features

  • Lifespan: 8 to 12 years on average. Can be as much as 15 years under ideal circumstances.
  • Weight: From 7 to 12 lbs but you’ll need to maintain proper nutrition and avoid overfeeding as they tend to get obese.
  • Body Type: Medium sized frame with a stocky, well-rounded midsection. 
  • Eye Color: Green, blue and copper.
  • Coat Color: There are over 100 different color combinations and patterns available.
  • Shedding: Very heavy and require daily brushing to keep their fur from matting.
persian personality

Personality Traits

  • Activity Level: Occasionally they go on crazy romps but for the most part, the Persian is very low key. 
  • Breed Intellect: Persians are not considered to be a smart breed but people typically get them for their quiet and loving qualities.
  • Temperament: Being an extremely docile kitty, the Persian cat will not cause any commotion or drama in your household.
  • Attention Needs: A Persian cat is the perfect blend of devotion to their owners and needing alone time. They require daily brushing so it could be considered high maintenance in that respect.
  • Caring Nature: Persians are quite affectionate although it will be on their terms. Definitely a lap napper when they have the chance. They also like curling up next to you on the couch on in the bed.
  • Vocal Tendency: Okay, they do like to meow for a variety of different reasons… Attention. Hunger. Attention. Boredom. Attention, or maybe they’re not feeling well.
  • Kids Compatible: This breed does NOT get along well with children. Loud noises upset Persians and the chance of being mishandled by toddlers is always a possibility too.
  • Tolerates Pets: Other cats are normally not a problem but it all depends on the type of dog you have. If the dog is overly aggressive or too playful, this can stress out the placid Persian. 
  • Stranger-Friendly: Adult friends and family are welcome with this cat as long as the environment remains relatively calm in nature.

Health and Well-Being

Ideal Living Situation

Persian cats prefer quiet living conditions. Single people who lead a serene lifestyle and elderly individuals would be perfect human companions for these kitties. NO kids! Persian don’t tolerate them.

Possible Health Problems

Be sure they have been cleared of the following medical issues:

  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Breeders should have screened their kittens for these disorders.

Annual Vaccinations

There are four core vaccines and one non-core option available for all cats.

The first essential vaccine would be Rabies which is a fatal disease if exposed to it.

The second inoculation (FVRCP) is a combination of the remaining three core vaccines in one. This covers Feline Herpesvirus 1 or FHV-1 which is an upper respiratory infection, Feline Calicivirus or FCV which attacks the upper respiratory tract, and the final is Feline Panleukopenia Virus or FPV (also known as Feline Distemper) which is life threatening and extremely dangerous for young cats and kittens.

You can get the optional non-core vaccine Feline Leukemia Virus or FeLV. This is considered a core vaccine for every kitten. Make an appointment with your local vet to discuss and schedule all these vaccinations.

Grooming Routine

When caring for cats, there are four specific areas which need regular attention.

Weekly brushing is the minimum required to keep their fur healthy and shiny. This also helps distribute natural body oils, remove dead hair, and eliminate matted fur.

When the nails are getting a little too sharp and ripping furniture or carpet, it’s time to trim them. Be sure not to trim off too much of each nail as this can cause pain.

Cats are prone to periodontal disease and gingivitus so brushing their teeth with veterinarian-approved toothpaste once or twice a week should suffice. You can also give them dental treats to clean their teeth in between brushing.

Finally, you’ll want to address the ears. While cats have a built-in mechanism for cleansing their inner ear canals, the visible portion of their ears should occasionally be very gently swabbed to remove foreign matter.

Please consult a veterinarian for the proper procedures when grooming your cat.

Feeding Advice

Cats are known as obligate carnivores or strict meat eaters. Their diets should primarily consist of high protein and a few fats.

While carbohydrates are not usually a part of feline nutrition, scientists have concluded they are able to be used for energy in small amounts. On the other hand, if a cat is continuously fed too many carbs, diabetes can actually develop later in their life.

When choosing a wet or dry food, you need to read the caloric information labels to ensure your cat is being fed the appropriate nutrient levels.

Normally, wet foods should contain around 70% to 80% moisture as cats from past feral generations obtained most of their liquids from the animals they killed and ate.

Proteins are ideal when they’re between 10% and 20% in grain-free wet food. Seafood varieties are typically the highest in protein.

Two of the best dry food formulas on the market would be Natural Balance Limited Ingredients Diet with High Protein and Orijen Biologically Appropriate Cat Food. These specially made dry food products include healthy amounts of prepared raw meats, some needed fats, and minimal carbohydrates.

Exercise Tips

You should plan to play with your cat at least 15 minutes everyday, although, more is encouraged with certain active breeds.

Feather toys and laser pointers are a great choice to keep them moving. This helps relieve their boredom and reduces the chance for depression as well.

For a really cheap play session, simply buy a ball of string. Cut off a ten foot section at a time and drag it around the house behind you. Your kitties will love attacking the end of the string! Big fun for a small price.

Catnip is another way to offer an edible distraction in their lives. Don’t worry, the effects typically wear off in about 15 minutes or so.

One of the best items you can acquire for exercise would be a cat tree or cat condo. This is basically a jungle gym for cats which provides a place for climbing, relaxing, and sharpening their claws instead of using your furniture.

There are a couple other alternatives including an exercise wheel, which can be somewhat expensive, and a simple body harness with a leash for outdoor walks. Your cat may or may not like this option but, you can give it a try.

persian cat price

Persian Cat Price

The price of a Persian cat varies widely depending on appearance. Sterilized, pet-only cats run about $800 to $1200.

Fully registered, beautiful kittens with breeding rights will set you back $1300 to $3000.

Now we move to the designer Persian with flawless features. These show-ready specimens cost more than $3000 and up to as much as $12500 from high-end catteries.

You can bypass the staggering prices by adopting a Persian for $30 – $175 in service fees however, keep in mind, you will most likely be getting a mixed breed.

persian breeders

Registered Persian Breeders

Persian Babys – Arkansas

A Kitkat Cattery – California

Kelskits Persian Kittens – California

Persipals Persian Cattery – California

Silver Estate – California

Toxicate Cattery – California

Windy Valley Persians – California

Amerikitties Persians – Colorado

Rocky Mountain Persians – Colorado

Treasured Kittens – Colorado

Ethereal Persians – Florida

Gems of the South Persians – Florida

Lions & Owls Cattery – Florida

Maison Miami Cattery – Florida

Persians by Vivalia – Florida

Purr Kitty Persians – Florida

Storybrooke Persians – Florida

Alchemist Persians – Georgia

Glamoure Persians – Georgia

Megamame Persians – Georgia

KingdomKatz – Illinois

The Persian Cats – Illinois

The Persian Kittens – Illinois

Purrfecta Persians Cattery – Indiana

Fancy Feline Persians – Kansas

Cats by Francy – Louisiana

Burnbrae Cattery – Maryland

Fluffy Persians Cattery – Michigan

Pursella Persians – Michigan

Wildirish Cattery – Michigan

Marja Persians – Minnesota

Purrtopia Exotics – Minnesota

Silverbend Persians – Minnesota

Christypaw Persians – Missouri

Doll Face Persian Kittens – Missouri

In the Wind Persians – Missouri

Precious Persians – Missouri

Tay’z Cats Persian Cattery – Missouri

Kitty Party Persians – Nevada

Cayugafarm Cattery – New Hampshire

Pinkatz – New Hampshire

Khloe’s Kittens – New Jersey

Shore Kittens – New Jersey

Love Persians – New York

The Kitten Palace – New York

Penny’s Persians – North Carolina

Victorian Gardens Cattery – North Carolina

Pelaqita Persians – Ohio

Purrsianpals Persian Cattery – Ohio

Pur-Snickity Pure Persian Cattery – Ohio

High Desert Persians – Oregon

Panei Persians & Exotic – Oregon

Pers n Medow Cattery – Oregon

Prim Persians – Pennsylvania

CatsParadise – South Carolina

3Hearts Persians – Texas

Beaukit Cattery – Texas

Burton’s Persians – Texas

Cacao Cattery – Texas

Kitty Cature Persian Cattery – Texas

Steamboat Cattery – Texas

Tiny Persians – Texas

Ciders Haven Cattery – Washington

Purrfect Keeperz – Washington

Snowheart Persians – Washington

Caleb-Cats Cattery – West Virginia

The Purrfect Cattery – West Virginia

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