Persian Cat Care Essentials

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Persian cat care, unlike other cats, require more grooming and may be a tedious responsibility for some pet owners. So how can you best be prepared in order to reduce the stress for both you and your pet?

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.

Well, to start with, it is important to organize everything to make it a less stressful task and to make the grooming process easier. You want things easily in reach and may even find it beneficial to lay things out in the order in which you plan to use them.

Another piece of sound advice from Persian owners is to buy a kitten than an adult cat, since they are much easier to train and tame. When you begin working with your kitten early on regarding good behavior, including during grooming time, you will find the process goes much smoother.

Taking care of this type feline means giving your cat a regular bath once a week and once you establish this routine, be sure to stick to it faithfully. This will help your cat learn to anticipate the time together and when it becomes routine, it can also help to encourage a more calm interaction. Following a regular bathing schedule means less resistance for them and more peace for you.

When bathing your cat, make sure to bathe him or her using lukewarm water, as water that is too hot or too cold may cause your pet to resist. Care also includes drying the coat of the cat using a hair dryer on its lowest setting, since a higher setting is likely to irritate the cat. Do not rush through this process and you also might find it helpful to speak softly to your cat during this time.

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.

Persian cat care also means trimming the coat regularly to keep it in great shape. You should also allot a few minutes of your time everyday to combing out any fur kinks and trimming out any excess hair from the face and the body with a trimming scissors. When trimming the cat’s fur, make sure to pay attention to the face and ears of your cat.

Ok, let’s face it, at this point, even a well behaved cat will tend to get impatient. So it is important that you work quickly and efficiently and continue to gently keep your cat in place. This is not the time to have a wet, angry ball of fur flying around your home.

Taking care of this little one isn’t only limited to coat trimming. It also means trimming their nails to maintain hygiene. It is easier to clip your cat’s nail when it is wet so make sure to moisten it before you clip the nails. Generally, cats don’t like to have their paws held so be gentle and, at the same time, be firm in handling them. Also be sure not to cut the nails too short since you may catch some of the cat’s skin. This can lead to infection and pain, not to mention one kitty that will be rather unhappy with you!

Learning the basics of Persian cat care makes raising Persian cats easy and hassle free. So don’t be afraid, just be persistent and still gentle. After all, doesn’t your precious cat deserve to look the very best!


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).
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