Pet-parenting is a rewarding experience but it comes with great responsibility. With a Persian cat, it’s a long-term commitment that can last for 15 years or longer. Because of the Persian’s unique personality and physical profile, a Persian kitten may not be for everyone. So before getting one of these glorious cats, here are things to consider to help you decide if a Persian cat is a right pet for you.
Persian cats require frequent grooming.
A longhaired Persian kitten is a sight to behold. However, the immense beauty of this longhaired feline requires more frequent grooming than most of the other breeds of cats. Persian cats should be bathed regularly. Their long, silky coat is prone to matting with tangles and knots.
- A Persian cat requires a brushing routine once a day or at least 3 times a week.
- Aside from the daily grooming, your cat also needs a haircut. Bring your Persian to an experienced cat groomer every six months.
- Bathe your kitties once every four to six weeks. Remember to read cat shampoo labels and use products that are specifically made for longhaired cats to help hydrate dry skin and freshen dull coats.
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A protein-rich diet.
A Persian kitten’s diet must consist of:
- High-protein foods
- Low in carbohydrates
- Moderate in fats
- Rich in meat content without food fillers such as wheat, starches, and corn
- Food containing vitamins and nutrients
Cats are carnivores. An adult Persian cat needs to be fed twice a day whilst Persian kittens require multiple feeding a day. Follow our kitten care guide on kitten feeding here. If your Persian kitten is skipping meals, you should consult your veterinarian immediately.
Persian cats can be fed with dry or wet food as long as they are high-quality. Persian kittens need high-fat content but as they grow older, fat content should be reduced. Check with your vet to see which brand of cat food is best for your Persian cat. Wet food should contain good quality meat content. If you opt to feed dry food, choose those with ingredients that will not cause intestinal health issues common to the breed.
Making your Persian kittens understand you
Caring and raising new kittens demand a lot of time and patience. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Persians are generally quiet felines. To avoid making them feel fearful and shy, use a soft and gentle voice when you talk to them. This is one of the best ways to bond with your new Persian kitten.
- Do the same when it comes to training. Do not resort to punishment when ‘accidents’ happen. Never yell or physically punish your kitten.
- Give her time to get used to being handled by you. Let her have her space if she does not want to be held and just try again. Unlike most breeds of cats, Persians don’t enjoy staying in high places.
The cost of a Persian kitten
The initial purchase price of a Persian kitten is from £600 upwards and you need to consider other expenses over the course of your cat’s lifetime. Plan and think about the food, litter, toys, scratching posts, yearly vaccinations, grooming supplies, insurance and veterinary care, it easily adds up.
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Potential health issues
As with the other brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced cats), Persian cats are at risk of certain health conditions:
- Breathing difficulties
Due to the Persian’s narrow nostrils and long soft palate, this breed is prone to partial obstruction of the upper airway.
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
A Persian cat with PRA can become blind as young as 16 to 17 weeks old.
- Polycystic kidney disease
45% of Persian cats are found positive for polycystic kidney disease. This is according to the results of tests among Persian cats within the age bracket of 13 weeks to 10 years.
- Skin problems
Persian’s long and lush coat is also predisposed to skin problems and irritability. They are said to be slightly more prone to skin allergies than most breeds.
Aspiring owners should research the cat breed’s health issues. You need to be aware of these facts and consider the vet bills that you may encounter.
Choosing a healthy Persian kitten
The selection process is very important. Make sure to have several visits to the desired pet and observe and assess the kitten’s behaviour. A healthy kitten should have:
- Ears clear of any debris or wax
- Eyes and nose should be free from any discharge
- Clear and bright eyes
- Shiny coat
- White teeth without excess tartar
Before fully committing to cat ownership, get a physical examination of your desired Persian kitten. A reputable breeder will be willing to present papers on the kitten’s lineage and health history.
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