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Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045

Meet the Persian

May 1 2021

Do you have a Persian? Persians are one of the most popular feline breeds in the world. These adorable kitties really are very sweet and lovable pets! A Lawrenceville vet discusses the Persian below.


T  emperament

Persians are typically quite relaxed and laid back. They’re also very affectionate, and love to snuggle. In one study, the Persian scored higher than non-pedigreed kitties in several categories, including vocalization, cleanliness, and how affectionate they are. They can, however, be choosy about whose laps they grace. Fluffy may bond closely with you, but ignore everyone else.


Grooming

One of the Persians’ most distinctive features is their beautiful fur. Because of this, Fluffy will need some help with her beauty routine. We recommend brushing her daily, or at least every other day. Your feline friend will also need a bath from time to time. If you adopt a kitten, it’s good practice to get your little ball of fluff used to being bathed while she’s young. You’ll thank yourself later.


History

The Persian has a fairly long and storied history. One of the oldest known breeds of cats, Persians have been depicted in hieroglyphics that date as far back as 1684 BC. As one may suspect, these kitties likely originated in Persia, specifically in the geographical area now known as Iran. An Italian traveler named Pietro Della Valle is said to have brought them to Europe in the 1500’s.


Coloring

These cute cats are typically quite fluffy. They also sport a variety of lovely colors and patterns. Some of these include solid, silver and gold, shaded, smoke, tabby, particolor, bicolor, and Himalayan. Of course, we think they’re all adorable!


Chatter

Persians are rather talkative, but they aren’t too loud. Their voices are usually quite cute and charismatic, albeit a bit squeaky.


Activity

Persians are about average on the kitty activity scale. They’re playful, but once past kittenhood, they aren’t typically the frisky furballs that you’ll be plucking from your drapes or disengaging from your ankle. Fluffy really does best as a pampered indoor ‘princess’. We don’t recommend letting her go outdoors.


Health Issues

As you may have noticed, Persians are usually flat-faced. Many breeders deliberately seek out that squished-face look. This may look cute, but unfortunately it leaves Persians vulnerable to some serious health concerns, including shortness of breath, as well as tearing and other eye problems. In fact, activists are now pushing for changes in the breed standard. Ask your Lawrenceville vet for specific care tips.


Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Lawrenceville veterinary clinic!

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