Date updated: 17 11 2017
If there were prizes for facial expressions, these guys would win hands down. Persians are the friendliest, most easy-going moggies around. With that thick fluffy coat, short body and flat nose it’s no surprise that they’re one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.
Persians are the perfect lap cat: docile, gentle and calm. They love to cuddle, but they’re also playful and curious. Your buddy will be just as happy wandering around the house, snoozing on your lap or taking part in a tea party with the kids.
But if you’re thinking about getting a Persian, remember that long, beautiful coat doesn’t clean itself! Be prepared for lots of combing, brushing and bathing to help keep your buddy happy, healthy and tangle-free.
Average lifespan: 14 years+
Weight: Males: 3.6 to 6.8 kg, Females: 3.2 to 4.5 kg
Height: Males: 10 to 15 inches, Females: 10 to 14 inches
Colouring: Lots of choice, including tabby, Himalayan, smoke, shaded, solid, silver and bi-colour
Grooming requirements: high-maintenance (that long fur needs a lot of brushing).
Average purchase cost: £500
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These chunky little cats are the purr-fect blend of chilled out, independent and playful. So whether they’re part of a big family, or it’s just you and your buddy, Persians are equally at home.
This easy-going temperament also means that your buddy usually doesn’t mind too much if you’re out at the office for most of the day. With a decent selection of toys and some quality time when you get home, they’re happy to entertain themselves.
They might like the occasional stroll around the garden, but Persian’s aren’t really outdoor cats. They’re not that interested in exploring, so whether you’ve got a one-bed flat or a huge pad with acres of land, your buddy’s not bothered. And whether there are other pets or kids in the house, chances are everyone’s going to get on just fine.
Behaviour & temperament
Persians love attention, but definitely won’t demand it. Don’t take your buddy for granted; just because they’re not throwing themselves at you the second you get in the door doesn’t mean they don’t need lots of fuss and attention.
Persians aren’t exactly athletes. You won’t see them attempting to scale your bookcase or jump up onto your kitchen worktop, they’re much happier napping. That said, these are pretty smart cats with a strong sense of curiosity, so keep choking hazards and anything else that might cause your buddy harm well out of reach!
Post-nap is usually the best time for a short play session. Persians have short bursts of playful energy, so make the most of these times to help them to stay trim and strong.
Persians also tend to love routine, and adapting to sudden change can be hard. So at holiday time, if you’ve got a friendly neighbour who can check in with your buddy a few times each day, this can be a much better option than the cattery.
Like other pedigree breeds, Persians can be fussy eaters. A strong routine can help you with this; teach your buddy when to eat by choosing a mealtime and sticking to it. And anything “new” should be introduced gradually. If your cat suddenly gets very choosy - and especially if they’ve refused food for 24 hours, it’s time to speak to your vet.
Remember that tangles and matting can cause your buddy a lot of discomfort - so regular grooming isn’t just for show cats. Daily grooming with a stainless steel comb clears away loose hair - and helps keep your furniture clean! A weekly bath is also a good idea.
That scrunched-up face means that a Persian’s eyes water regularly. Wipe their face each day with a damp cloth, paying close attention to the corners of the eyes. Once a week, use a cotton bud to remove dirt from the inside of the ears - but be really careful not to probe into the ear canals when cleaning, as this can cause your buddy a lot of problems. Take your buddy to the vet if you see any signs of redness or discharge around the eyes or ears, this could mean infection.
Common health issues to watch out for...