Persian cats, with their long coat and flat jaw, have become one of the most recognizable cat breeds in the world. Originating in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, these cats have grown to over 200 coloured variations today. This article will take you through all you need to know about Persian cats.
Persian cats, contrary to their name, have not originated from Persia. Popularized during the 18th century, they come from Europe as a result of cross breeding with the Angora cat breed, an initiative to further enhance the Persian cat coat by European aristocracy. The result of a breeding program started by British breeders in 1871, the Persian’s coat is unique both in variety as well as length.
Calm, social and peaceful, the Persian cats can adjust to just about any environment as long as it’s tranquil and it gives them a place to escape from the daily routine of their owners’ lives. Persian cats, being friendly in nature, make special bonds between other cats, dogs and even children. They are very affectionate towards their owners too.
What are the unique characteristics of a Persian cat?
A Persian cat’s most identifiable trait would be its Brachycephalic, or short and flat, face structure. Having a face of this unique shape, makes it difficult for them to pick up their food and eat it. Thus to pick up its food, a Persian cat uses the underside of its tongue. Royal Canin’s almond shaped kibble has been tailored specially for this breed to ensure that the food is easy to pick up and chew.
The other remarkable feature of a Persian cat is its long and luxurious coat, with a dense undercoat. They come in over 200 recognized colours today, ranging from white to smoke to tri-colored markings. If you stretch out their fur from one end to the other, the total length amounts to over 230 miles! To ensure their fur remains dense and knot-free, it is important to brush and groom their coat regularly.
Having a long and dense coat can also be a problem for these cats. They regularly swallow large quantities of their hair during grooming, which makes them very prone to hairballs. This also results in digestive sensitivity for these furry felines.
What to feed your Persian cat?
To tackle the above mentioned hairball issues, Royal Canin offers tailor-made nutrition with formulas designed to meet the specific needs of a Persian. The formula contains Omega 3 fatty acids and fibres, which helps stimulate intestinal transit and naturally limits hairball formulation. In addition to the above benefits, feeding Persians this nutritional formula maintains her skin and coat, along with supporting her digestive health.