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Five things to know before purchasing a Persian Cat.

Updated on February 1, 2016

My persian back story.

My persian, Dayzee Mae, is a registered persian. I could show her, but I've miss placed her papers. Oops. I didn't buy her to show. I actually bought her to get her certified to be a therapy cat. Of course that was before we realized, she doesn't like people. Now, Dayz, as I call her, is about eight years old. She's a pretty old girl. I love her to death and I think maybe she kind of likes me too. She really seems to love my grandmother. My granny has Parkinsons and shakes a lot of the time, Dayzee is really good at keeping my granny calm and gives her tons of company. It's almost like Dayzee gives her something to do by letting my granny play with her fur. Honestly, she's the best cat I've ever been owned by. Though, she can be a handful just with up keep, I'll never have another cat like her. Now, before you run out and buy a Persian, there are a few things you need to know.

After almost losing my life and coming back home, my pretty persian girl would not leave my side. Even to let me shower.
After almost losing my life and coming back home, my pretty persian girl would not leave my side. Even to let me shower.
Persian's are known for sleeping all day. Mine just so happened to sleep in the skillet I was giving a friend.
Persian's are known for sleeping all day. Mine just so happened to sleep in the skillet I was giving a friend.

Grooming and Attitude.

Grooming is such a big part of the life of your kitty. Since our persian's have very long hair, they can get mats. If you've ever had a mat or knot in your hair, you know how painful it is if not taken care of right away. Kitties like Dayzee can't take a comb and brush it out. They don't have the thumbs. (If my cat had thumbs, brushing herself would be the least of my worries.) They also need trimmed around their bums. Fecal matter (for a better word) can get tangled in their long fur and cause problems. The only time you should trim is every time unless they are getting ready for a show. I always keep Dayzee shaved down, which is cause for celebration because she acts so different. It's almost like an alter ego for her.

"The most important thing to understand about caring for a Persian is the need for daily grooming. That long, beautiful coat doesn’t stay clean and tangle-free on its own. It must be gently but thoroughly combed and brushed every day, and regular bathing—at least once a month—is a good idea.

Our tender Persian kitties don't like loud noises. Screaming kids make them nervous. They don't like yelling or fussing. My mother and I used to argue frequently like most do, but Dayzee always got between us on the steps and meowed, loudly. She would pace up and down between us trying to get us to stop. Persian's tend to think they are Queens and Kings of the household. They loved to be fussed over and will always return the love.

"The dignified and docile Persian is known for being quiet and sweet. She is an ornament to any home where she can enjoy sitting in a lap—surely her rightful place—being petted by those who are discerning enough to recognize her superior qualities, and playing house with kind children who will gently comb her hair, wheel her around in a baby buggy, then serve her tea at their parties. Persians are affectionate but discriminating. They reserve their attention for family members and those few guests whom they feel they can trust."

Persian's can be creepy. I heard a movement in my window and looked above my bed and there she was at 4am.
Persian's can be creepy. I heard a movement in my window and looked above my bed and there she was at 4am.
Dayzee's normal summer cut. We leave it a bit longer in the winter so she doesn't get cold.
Dayzee's normal summer cut. We leave it a bit longer in the winter so she doesn't get cold.
The queen over looking her domain.
The queen over looking her domain.

Health and Feeding

Like any animal, unexpected vet visits can and normally will happen. I always recommend keeping a small savings set back for the just in case. All kitties can develop genetic health problems. Persian's are no exception. Their main issue is their kidneys. They can form polycystic kidney disease or PKD. They can also develop and over active heart beat which is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, bladder stones and bladder infections. I recommend getting blood work done on your kitty at least once a year. I also recommend getting your kitty an ultrasound whenever your vet feels necessary just to make sure every thing is a-okay.

"Polycystic kidney disease is a hereditary condition that causes cystic degeneration of the kidneys and eventual kidney dysfunction. It can affect one or both kidneys. Signs of illness initially appear between 7 and 10 years of age, although it can appear much earlier in some cats. Reputable breeders are working to establish PKD-free breeding programs. Ask the breeder for proof that both of a kitten’s parents are free of kidney cysts, which can be detected on ultrasound."

Now food is a different story. Everyone has their own brand of food they like. Personally I feed mine Taste of the wild, but some people don't. That's fine. Make sure when buying food, you do some research. Royal Canin has a line just for Persian's. I've tried it, my cat's won't eat it. I find Taste of the Wild to be the only food they don't throw back up. There are tons and tons of food out there to try, but if you are having trouble, talk to a vet. They can always help.

"High quality, meat based wet foods have a higher protein content than any commercial dry food. And cats need a high percentage of protein in their diet. Additionally, cats are desert animals. Your domestic housecat is thought to have evolved from a feral, desert dwelling cat from northern Africa. Being a desert animal, your cat is an expert at absorbing water from his or her food and does not have a strong instinct to drink plain old water."

After reading this, would you ever own a Persian?

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At the end of the day, all problems can be resolved. That car payment will be paid, that ticket your kid got for being out late with their friends will be taken care of. Even with all the bad news in your life, your persian will be there for you. In March of 2015, I was rushed to the Emergency Room for a multitude of reasons. I was close to dying. My hemoglobin is supposed to be around 13, it was at 4. I was bleeding out and all I wanted was my kitty. As the paramedics were taking my vitals at home, Dayzee was right there watching over me. I've never felt so safe having a cat beside me. (Well, sitting on my butt.) Once I got home, I couldn't walk up stairs to my room, so I took over my mom's old room for the week. Dayzee never left my side for more than a few minutes. She was my heating pad, my safe blanket. I had a small bout of bleeding and she let me know about it before I even did. Persian's are amazing and I won't ever own another cat like my Princess. With their health issues and grooming and all around bossiness, they are such loving animals. They can be a little pushy, but it's all fine. No other cat will love you as much as a persian.

She loves me sometimes.
She loves me sometimes.


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