Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Persian Cats Are Star Cats

Persian cats are the most popular and most easily recognizable breed of cats. They are characterized by their long flowing coats, open pansy-like faces, long fluffy coat, large round head, short legs and big eyes.

Ancestors of Persian cats were brought to Europe in the 17th century along with jewels, silk, and spices from central Asia, probably Persia (Iran). Other longhaired cats (Angora) came from Turkey and added to the breed. References to such cats dating back to 1684 B.C. were found. Persians have been popular since the Victorian times. In the 19th century, the Persian cat became the symbol of luxury among the European elite. These cats were among the first breed to be registered and shown. They were first called Longhairs; this term was used until 1960. Many Persians that were found in the USA come from mating Angora and Maine Coon Cats.

Persians adapt well to an indoor environment and are generally quiet, calm and totally laid-back. Their sweet and gentle personalities blend well into most households. Their quiet, melodious voices are pleasant and non-abrasive. They communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make charming pets for all ages. They are also extremely affectionate and loving, and always responsive to humans. Although placid, Persian cats are playful in their own way, and they are close and enduring companions.

Persian cats have two different facial types, but both include rounded ears that are small and set low on the cat's head. Persians also have round, wide eyes and their chins are well-developed. The cheeks of Persians are also full. The fur of the Persian tends to be quite thick and glossy, which helps it stand off from the cat's body and gives its body a rounded look. While many think of Persians as having white fur, the breed can actually be found in a variety of different colors.

If you care for your Persian cat health properly, such as grooming, shots, and checkups, the cat can live as long as 20 years

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