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They might have a grumpy looking face, but make no mistake, the Persian cat is as sweet and easy going as it can get. The fancy felines are loving and charming creatures that would get along with the entire family if introduced to them as kittens. But beauty is not always effortless, so Persian cats do require extra attention – find out more about them. 

10 - 12 years
3.2 - 5.4kg
There are six separate colours, black, blue, cream, cameo (red), smoke tortoiseshell and blue-cream smoke.
The need-to-know
  • Benefits from an experienced owner
  • Quiet and sedate cat
  • Calm cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Quiet cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Indoor cat
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Needs a calm environment
This breed has a higher risk of health issues

The Persian cat breed is classified as brachycephalic; problems associated with the condition include;
- Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome: is a condition in brachycephalic (breeds with a short noses and squashed faces) breeds where breathing is obstructed and can lead to severe respiratory distress. 
- Skin inflammation/infection: brachycephalic breeds have a short nose and a normal amount of facial tissue. This means there is often excess skin around their face which leads to skin folds- which is where soreness and infections are prone to develop. 
- Eye ulcers: ulcers are painful erosions on the surface of the eye, they are more common in brachycephalic breeds due to their conformation, as their eyes tend to be more bulbous.

The breed is also prone to:
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
- Hip dysplasia¹ which is where the hip joint does not develop normally. 
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy² which is a disease were the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick which means the heart cannot beat effectively.
- Alpha-mannosidosis which is an inherited storage disease that affects many different organs.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for progressive retinal atrophy which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition. 

Persian Cat Appearance

Medium sized and stockily built, the Persian cat characteristics include a round, broad head, somewhat large in proportion to the body, with large round eyes and short muzzle that gives them a distinctive and somewhat grumpy expression. The ears are small and set wide which further accentuates the size and roundness of the face. The body is compact, with short sturdy legs, large round paws, and a short, bushy tail. The coat is long, extremely thick and luxuriant, with a soft, dense undercoat.

Persian Cat Personality

Sweet and gentle, the Persian Longhair appreciates a peaceful home where they can feel relaxed and secure. They are a quiet cat, with a pleasant and melodious voice rather than a mawkish or yowling cry. Their large eyes make them expressive, able to convey their bafflement at our human stupidity with a tilt of the head and a knowing stare, or their happiness with a beam of pleasure and a rumbling purr. They are not inclined to climb and jump, but are a rather decorative cat, enjoying sunny spots and draping themselves artfully across furniture.  

Persian Cat Fun Facts 

  • Persian cats have always been popular with celebrities and royalty alike. Some of the most famous Persian cat owners include Marilyn Monroe, Freddy Mercury, Florence Nightingale, and Martha Stewart. In fact, Florence Nightingale is said to have owned over 60 of them throughout her life. 
  • A Persian cat played the role of Mr. Tinkles, a ruthless and evil genius, in the 2001 movie Cats & Dogs.  
  • The internet may be filled with cats nowadays, but the furry pets were ruling over the world with their cuteness long before it. In 1871, Persian cats, along with other breeds, were showcased in the world’s first cat show, attracting more than 20,000 visitors. Want to guess what breed went ahead and won the show? Indeed, it was the Persian cat. 


Are Persian cats hard to take care of? 

The Persian cat personality is sweet and sociable, so having them around will be an absolute joy. However, as they are prone to health issues, caring for them will entail more work than for other breeds. 

Can Persian cats be left alone at night? 

Depending on age, needs, and behaviour, Persian cats can be left alone at night or during the day. 

Do Persian cats need special care? 

Yes, Persian cats are definitely high maintenance as they need help with grooming on a daily basis and sometimes even multiple times a day. Given their thick coats, they have to be brushed more frequently so their fur doesn’t get matted. 

Can we give milk to a Persian cat? 

No, Persian cats are actually lactose intolerant so feeding them cow’s milk might upset their stomach and make them ill.