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Could there be a more popular cat breed? Persians are unrivalled when it comes to popularity amongst all kinds of cat parents, and rightfully so! Known for their affection, calmness, curiosity, and sweet temperament, Persians are the quintessential pets of the feline world.

The first Persian cats were brought to Italy from Iran in the 1600s, and soon after, the breed flourished all across Europe for being a beauty both inside out. Persian cats come in two varieties doll-faced Persians and peke-faced Persians. While the former has a visible snout, the latter and more popular version doesn't. 

Persian cats have a laid-back personality and would much rather curl up and sleep than engage in continuous activity throughout the day. That said, this cat is perfect for cat parents who do not have the time to play or exercise their cat for the most part of the day.

Could there be a more popular cat breed? Persians are unrivalled when it comes to popularity amongst all kinds of cat parents, and rightfully so! Known for their affection, calmness, curiosity, and sweet temperament, Persians are the quintessential pets of the feline world.

The first Persian cats were brought to Italy from Iran in the 1600s, and soon after, the breed flourished all across Europe for being a beauty both inside out. Persian cats come in two varieties doll-faced Persians and peke-faced Persians. While the former has a visible snout, the latter and more popular version doesn't. 

Persian cats have a laid-back personality and would much rather curl up and sleep than engage in continuous activity throughout the day. That said, this cat is perfect for cat parents who do not have the time to play or exercise their cat for the most part of the day.

Average Adult Size and Life Expectancy

Size

Medium

Height

25 - 30 cm

weight

3 - 5 kg

Life Expectancy

9 - 15 years

Average Adult Size and Life Expectancy

Size

Medium

Height

25 - 30 cm

Weight

3 - 5 kg

Life Expectancy

9 - 15 years

Breed Traits and Characteristics

Shedding Level

Heavy shedders (Hair Everywhere!)

Easy To Groom

High Maintenance (Daily Groom)

Tendency to vocalise

Low tendency to vocalise

Activity Level

Somewhat high on energy

Need For Mental Stimulation

Needs a moderate job/activity

Child-Friendly

Somewhat child-friendly

Good With Other Pets

They get along well

First-Time Cat Parents

Breed Traits and Characteristics

Shedding Level

Heavy shedders (Hair Everywhere!)

Easy To Groom

High Maintenance (Daily Groom)

Tendency to vocalise

Low tendency to vocalise

Activity Level

Somewhat high on energy

Need For Mental Stimulation

Needs a moderate job/activity

Child-Friendly

Somewhat child-friendly

Good With Other Pets

They get along well

First-Time Cat Parents

Persians thrive on nutritionally-balanced wholesome meals that meet their daily requirements optimally. Because of the importance of tailored diets for the breed, Persian cat food is fortified with essential nutrients that not only help with growth and maintenance but also enhance skin and coat health and prevent the formation of hairballs. Persian cats are particularly prone to hairballs, cataracts, obesity, and cancer, which means well-crafted nutritious meals are necessary right from kittenhood.

Persians can suffer from respiratory problems, especially in hot weather due to their thick coat and brachycephalic skull. Hence, it is best to put them onto a wet diet and keep them indoors under air conditioning when temperatures outside are more than 25 degrees Celsius. 

Grooming a Persian requires an army and is not optional. Since the breed is particularly prone to mats and hairballs, grooming must be done every day. Persian cat grooming involves daily brushing and de-shedding alongside weekly nail trims and ear cleans.

A Persian cat's grooming kit includes, but is not limited to, a slicker brush, a metal comb, a de-shedder, an ear cleaning solution, cat-safe wet wipes, and toothpaste. It is also helpful to visit a professional groomer once a month to help maintain your cat’s coat at home. 

Persian cats enjoy mental stimulation in the form of puzzles and interactive toys and do well with anywhere between 1 to 2 hours of mental stimulation every day. Apart from mental stimulation, they require physical exercise to keep themselves from putting on unnecessary weight.

The best way to get a Persian to exercise is through different toys, each requiring them to use a different part of their body. In addition to this, cat trees and indoor agility courses also make for fun activities to let off some steam. Remember, however, that because of their brachycephalic skull, activities must be of short duration and spread evenly throughout the day to prevent any respiratory problems.

Persians thrive on nutritionally-balanced wholesome meals that meet their daily requirements optimally. Because of the importance of tailored diets for the breed, Persian cat food is fortified with essential nutrients that not only help with growth and maintenance but also enhance skin and coat health and prevent the formation of hairballs.

Persian cats are particularly prone to hairballs, cataracts, obesity, and cancer, which means well-crafted nutritious meals are necessary right from kittenhood. Persians can suffer from respiratory problems, especially in hot weather due to their thick coat and brachycephalic skull. Hence, it is best to put them onto a wet diet and keep them indoors under air conditioning when temperatures outside are more than 25 degrees Celsius. 

Grooming a Persian requires an army and is not optional. Since the breed is particularly prone to mats and hairballs, grooming must be done every day. Persian cat grooming involves daily brushing and de-shedding alongside weekly nail trims and ear cleans.

A Persian cat's grooming kit includes, but is not limited to, a slicker brush, a metal comb, a de-shedder, an ear cleaning solution, cat-safe wet wipes, and toothpaste. It is also helpful to visit a professional groomer once a month to help maintain your cat’s coat at home. 

Persian cats enjoy mental stimulation in the form of puzzles and interactive toys and do well with anywhere between 1 to 2 hours of mental stimulation every day. Apart from mental stimulation, they require physical exercise to keep themselves from putting on unnecessary weight.

The best way to get a Persian to exercise is through different toys, each requiring them to use a different part of their body. In addition to this, cat trees and indoor agility courses also make for fun activities to let off some steam. Remember, however, that because of their brachycephalic skull, activities must be of short duration and spread evenly throughout the day to prevent any respiratory problems.

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Know more about the other breeds

Beagle

Boxer

Dachshund

Dobermann

German Shepherd

Golden Retriever

Indie

Labrador Retriever

Pug

Rottweiler

Shih Tzu

Siberian Husky

Bengal Cat

Himalayan Cat

Indie Cat

Maine Coon Cat

Siamese Cat