Persian cat Facts

Persian cat Facts
Persian cat is an old breed of domestic cat. Like other longhair cats, Persian cat is native to the Middle East and it probably originates from Persia (Iran). Italian nobleman Pietro Della Valle, who was traveling throughout the Middle East during the 1620, brought Persian cat to Europe in the 17th century. More than 2 centuries later, Persian cat has been introduced to the USA. Persian cat is one of the most popular cats in the world today because of its beautiful, soft fur and pleasant personality. Thanks to these qualities, it is also inevitable part of various cat shows.
Interesting Persian cat Facts:
Persian cat is medium-sized cat that can reach 7 to 12 pounds of weight. Aside from regular size, there are toy and tea-cup sized varieties of Persian cat.
Persian cat has long, thick, shiny fur that is available in more than 80 colors. The most popular are white, silver, cream, blue, lilac, chocolate, orange, grey and bi-colored (white in combination with some other color).
Persian cat has big head, short, round face, big eyes, short nose, small, rounded ears, stocky body, short legs with large, round paws and short tail.
Small nose and flat muzzle of Persian cat are result of selective breeding. "Doll-face" Persian cats have more pronounced nose, but they are less popular than Persian cats with flat face (known as "peke-face").
Despite its aloof appearance, Persian cat likes people and it is friendly by nature. It is often described as docile, quiet and sweet.
Persian cat is not suitable for noisy households. It is an excellent choice for peaceful families.
Persian cat likes to sit in the lap and enjoys to be petted. It also likes to play with catnip mouse and feather teaser. Persian cat does not climb on the kitchen counters, refrigerators and curtains. When it is left alone, it usually rests on one piece of the furniture (usually chair or sofa) until its owners return home.
Persian cat is also known as "furniture with fur" because of its lazy nature and ability to remain motionless for hours.
Persian cat is suitable for the life in the apartments. It can end up injured (after conflict with other cats and dogs) and very dirty after some time outside the house.
Persian cat produces soft, musical meowing sound to express its needs.
Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale and Marilyn Monroe were proud owners of Persian cat.
Persian cat needs to be brushed each day to prevent tangling of its long fur.
Persian cat gives birth to 3 to 6 kittens on average (rarely up to 13).
Persian cat has numerous health issues. The most typical are breathing difficulties, excessive tearing, polycystic kidney disease and sensitivity to heat.
Persian cat has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

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