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Persian Cats are one of the oldest, best bred cats in the world. Also called the Longhair or Persian Longhair, the first documented ancestors of the Persian cat were imported from Persia into Italy in 1620. From France it didn't take long for them to reach Britain, where the longhaired cats were soon interbred with Turkish Angoras.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

After hundreds of years of interbreeding Persian cats are chubbier and have shorter muzzles.

Persian cats are remarkably gentle and easy going, and adjust to new environments with ease. These loveable domestic pets and show cats come in a variety of colors and sizes, which have led to them being favorites amongst cat enthusiasts and shows. Though there are still many unicolor Persian cat breeds, for example the shaded silver doll faced Persian, or the white and black Persians; Bi-Color Persian are at an increase.

Persian cats can have many different markings, including tortoiseshell, pointed, golden and blue. Tip varieties are called Chinchilla and Point varieties Himalayan in the US, whilst Colorpoint Persian in Europe.

Taking care of your Persian cat doesn't have to be a hassle, and many different Kitten Care products are available in the market. Grooming is a daily necessity; as they cannot keep their long, thick fur clean by themselves. Their eyes should also be checked regularly for infections and irritations, as many of the cats can't clean them properly.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Since it is crucial to take optimum care of your Persian cat for them to have a thriving, and long life, the following points should always be taken into consideration:

1) Give your cat a lot of room/space to explore. A few toys will help keep them busy all day long!
2) If you have just bought/received your Persian cat, don't be alarmed if they won't eat right away. He/she may take some time to adjust to the new environment.
3) Set up an area for food and water.
4) Keep the litter box in a well ventilated, well lit room, and be sure to clean it out routinely.
5) It is worth your money to buy the best brand litter available, as these need fewer recycling and is a much safer option for your cat.
6) Be sure to buy the best food on the market, with all the nutrients your kitten/cat will need to grow up strong and healthy.
7) Kittens need to be fed four times a day, whilst adult cats need to be fed twice daily.
8) All shots/vaccinations need to be administered at the exact times required. Be sure to visit the veterinarian as often as possible, and adhere to the shot schedule as closely as possible.
9) Be patient with your cats, and try to form a familiar bond with them from the moment you receive them.
10) The best comb for grooming is a steel comb with long teeth.
11) When grooming, you have to pay good attention to the limbs as these can quite easily become a haven for small insects.
12) Always brush against the grain to stimulate growth and improve shine.
13) Do not forget to clean the ears and eyes as well.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:43 pm

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