The majestic Persian cat is one of the best-known and appreciated breeds in the world. Its elegant appearance, beautiful fur, and flat snout, along with an affectionate personality are the qualities that make this breed such a loved one.
Given that it has so many characteristics, the Persian cat needs special attention and everyday caring rituals in order to live a healthy and happy life. This goes from maintaining its beautiful fur to choosing the right food bowls.
Here are some things you should know if you consider bringing a Persian cat into your life.
Caring for the pet’s fur
The Persian cat’s fur is long and beautiful, but in order to remain like that, it needs to be brushed daily. You can either choose a flat brush with plastic bristles or a metal one with round spikes which avoids damaging the pet’s sensitive skin.
You might want to get your cat used to daily brushing from a young age, so that it becomes a moment of relaxation and care, as well as a bonding opportunity for you two. The brushing ritual is something that needs to be done but it can also be a moment you create together.
If daily brushing is skipped, knots and tangles will appear in the beautiful coat, and dead hair will not be properly removed. In a worst-case scenario, this can lead to hairballs getting stuck in the intestinal tract which can quickly become a medical emergency.
The eyes need to be cleaned
The eyes need special attention as well, because the breed’s flat snout leads to having teary eyes. The tears needs to be cleaned every day with a soft cotton pad or a tissue dipped in water.
In order to properly do this, place the pad just below the tear duct and the inner eye, gently removing all the secretions. Change the pad for each eye to avoid any potential contamination.
If this cleaning is not performed daily, the lacrimation will build up and form a scab. This will be much harder to remove, especially without irritating the eyes and the tissue around them in the process.
Let’s not forget about the ears
A Persian cat’s ears can accumulate more or less earwax depending on each individual and on the environment. It is advisable to clear the ears weekly, which prevents mites and bacterial infections.
You can use a soft cotton pad for the external surface, and a swab for the grooves, but never enter the ear canal. If in doubt, you can always ask your vet to help out with this delicate procedure.
Given the breed’s flat face and short nose, you might want to look into special bowls for Persian cats. These should be as flat as possible, with low to no sides.
If you choose a plastic one, the material can harbor bacteria, so a glass, stainless steel or ceramic alternative might be better. In case you choose a ceramic model, be careful if it chips, as bacteria can accumulate in those areas as well.