Persian Cats are one of the most popular breeds in the US for many reasons. Whether it is their beautiful coat or sweet nature people are giving these cats a home. Bringing a new family member home can be very exciting but planning and preventive care is necessary especially for a pet that has breed specific heath issues.
It is not exactly documented where Persian cats appeared but the first recorded ones were from Khorasan, Persia and from Angora (now Ankara), Turkey into France and Italy in 1620. The cats from Khorasan were grey and the ones from Angora were white. After arriving in France they eventually reached Britain.
Physical Characteristics: Persians have a flat face, small ears, and a full length coat. They are medium to large sized cats that have compact body types with short legs. Their tales are short and thick. The most noticeable feature is their nose because it is very short and almost on the same level as their eyes. The current Persian cats look different from their ancestors due to heavy breeding throughout the years.
Personality Characteristics: This breed is sweet tempered and good with children or other animals. They have a quiet voice and don’t mind being left alone. They do require daily grooming and are more prone to fur balls than some other breeds.
Health Conditions: A few health issues accumulate because of their round face, including sinus problems, tear duct overflow and abnormal alignment of the teeth. Persians are prone to specific diseases including polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and progressive retinal atrophy.