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he  Persian cat  is a domestic cat, originally from Asia Minor.
The first specimens were brought to Europe in 1626 by  Pietro Della Valle .

The breed was given the name of  Angora cat  or, strangely,  French cat .

Later, when a variety of smaller, stocky, long-haired cats were imported from Iran, the  Persian breed was created.

When the first major cat show was organized in 1871, by the Englishman Harrison Weir, the Persian received more awards and the first breeding projects began since then..

This type of cat – now exclusively of apartment – was highly appreciated in the Victorian Age: it is known that Queen Victoria owned beautiful blue specimens.

The long and flowing hair is its charm and its beauty, the coloring of the coat consists of about two hundred combinations of colors: among the most common, those in solid colors  (white, cream, black, blue, chocolate, lilac and red) , and, for the  tortie type , tortoiseshell shades of black or blue-cream color, but also chocolate or lilac.

The Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFE) has divided the  Persian cat into 3 groups , choosing for each group a division of color: the  two- colored Persian  with two thirds of solid color and one third of white; the  Persian harlequin  has five sixths of a white coat while the color covers one sixth of the surface; the  Persian van  with patches of color only on the head and tail.

 

Weaning of kittens

Weaning usually   begins when the kittens are four weeks old and lasts a few weeks, typically between eight and twelve weeks the kittens should be completely nutritionally independent from their mother’s milk.

Supreme Cat Kitten is ideal for weaned kittens . When you reach 6 months, alternate dry food with fresh food, white and red meats (raw or cooked), and fish (without bones).

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The colors of the Persian

The Persian cat is accepted in two hundred colors, which vary in size and pattern. Main colors: all solid colors, tabby, chinchilla, parti-color, colourpoint, two-tone, smoke.

In addition to the “classic” Persian, there are two other variants: the Himalayan, with a “pointed” color (similar to the  Siamese ) and the exotic shorthair  with short hair, but with the same characteristics and colors, and a more lively character.

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he cat’s body, with its aristocratic and phlegmatic bearing, is firm and massive; it has short, stubby legs and large, round feet.

Its muzzle is rounded and is flattened, with a sunken nose and large, very colorful and expressive round eyes, whose shades vary from orange to blue, to green, to blue, with some exceptions for some who may have one eye. orange and one blue.
It has small ears.

Males are much larger than females: the former weigh about 6 and a half kg; females weigh around 3.5 kg.

There are two different varieties of Persian cat: the “normotype”, also called  doll face , which is the “old type”, in which the profile is still protruding with respect to the eyes and the “hypertypical” one, in which the typical characteristics of the Persian, such as the flattened snout, are exasperated and potentially problematic for the health of the cat.

The hair

The Persian cat requires a lot of care because of its long hair: in fact the long and dense coat, silky, shiny and voluminous all over the body.

The shoulders are wrapped, together with the neck and chest, by a thick ruff.
It should be combed every day and the same goes for cleaning the eyes, due to the copious tearing caused by the conformation of the sunken nose that does not allow the mucus to discharge (in hypertypical Persian).

The color is well defined in both young and adult subjects.
A thick undercoat makes the coat voluminous which appears fluffy and not adherent to the body.
The conditions of the coat can vary according to the seasons, appearing richer in the cold seasons and less in the hot ones.
The hair measures about 20 cm.

Character

Endowed with a docile and peaceful character, Persian cats are very affectionate and particularly suitable for company. 

They become very attached to the owner, one of the breeds most suitable for living with the elderly, children and with those people who want an independent cat, but not too much.

They do not need large spaces as they spend most of the day moving phlegmatically from one room to another and sleeping on every sofa or armchair in the house. 
They usually do not damage upholstery, knick-knacks and sofa covers.

They socialize easily with everyone and settle in quickly if hosted in a new family.

They usually make friends with other cats immediately and tolerate the presence of a dog very well in the house.

They do not suffer too much from loneliness and also live well alone, but never leave them alone for too long.

Their poor attitude to movement, however, constitutes a serious problem for its line, in fact they tend to gain weight easily, especially if sterilized.

A food like the Sterilized Suprem Cat  helps keep their fitness and general health under control.

 

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So pay close attention to their diet and encourage them to play and move.
Particularly in the games you will discover their innate skills as hunters.

Reproduction of the Persian cat

The Persian is a cat that reaches sexual maturity in males after one year, while females around 10 months.
For females in particular, during the heat period, care must be taken to prevent them from escaping, looking for mates of the other sex.
The gestation of the female lasts about two months, at the end of which she gives birth to an average of four kittens, two in rare cases and eight in very rare cases.

Cats may need help during childbirth, which is why it is good to assist them, especially if they are primiparous females.

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Kittens are born, like all cats, with their eyes closed, which begin to open around one week of age and begin to walk briskly by the third or fourth week of life, but they can also be slower.
In general, the Persian has a slightly slower development than other cats.
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Weaning of kittens

Weaning usually   begins when the kittens are four weeks old and lasts a few weeks, typically between eight and twelve weeks the kittens should be completely nutritionally independent from their mother’s milk.

Supreme Cat Kitten is ideal for weaned kittens . When you reach 6 months, alternate dry food with fresh food, white and red meats (raw or cooked), and fish (without bones).

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The colors of the Persian

The Persian cat is accepted in two hundred colors, which vary in size and pattern. Main colors: all solid colors, tabby, chinchilla, parti-color, colourpoint, two-tone, smoke.

In addition to the “classic” Persian, there are two other variants: the Himalayan, with a “pointed” color (similar to the  Siamese ) and the exotic shorthair  with short hair, but with the same characteristics and colors, and a more lively character.