I have been involved with Persians for over 25 years and i love them to bits. These gentle sometimes comically imperious creatures can be beguiling, manipulative, emotionally demanding , never grow up and will play into a ripe old age – blossom is proof!(29 years young, still active) But Persians are high maintenance cats: be aware
- You cannot feed any old rubbish – it must be special leading brand vet food
- Because of the their very flat faces, many secrete waste matter and need eye wiping daily
- Grooming is vital on a daily basis to prevent “matting” – some cats have difficult coats and must be “stripped” by a professional groomer into a “poodle cut”. Bathing occasionally is recommended a few times a year to remove old skin, hair and to freshen up.
- Monthly application of flea control i.e.: frontline, etc is imperative to prevent flea infestation – Persians are a magnet for fleas because of their woolly coats (like a flokati carpet)
- They are prove to “sniffles” – cat equivalent of human flu and must be treated by a vet, as it is very contagious they must be isolated from other cats.
- Persian can also be susceptible to ring-worm(fungal) because of their long hair again they need to be isolated and treated by a vet
- Ear mites are also common and need to be treated by a vet
- They are highly social and usually love they company of other Persians in particular
- They crave human attention and affection
- PKD (polycystic kidney disease)This causes kidney failure in Persians. It was introduced into SA some 20 years ago by an imported Persian dam, since then it has become an epidemic – it is estimated that more than 50% of SA Persians have PKD. There is no cure. This is purely hereditary and not contagious.
It can manifest at any time i.e kittens die of it as young as 8 weeks and a cat can live up to 15 but usually it seems to strike around 8-12 years. This disease only applies to Persians.
Any cats that i allow to be adopted are to my knowledge healthy and PKD free. Any cats with “problems” spend the rest of their lives with me.