As popular and beloved as they are today, longhaired cats were unknown in Europe until the mid-16th century. The first came from Persia to Italy, already in the seventeenth century, by the hand of Pietro della Valle. Later, Nicolas Fabri de Peiresec, magistrate of the Royal Courts of the French city of Aix-en-Provence, brought cats from Turkey to France. These cats were the ancestors of today’s Persian cats and were greatly appreciated by the European aristocracy.
Today, Persian cats are famous all over the world. In addition, their breed is closely related to the creation of the Sacred breeds of Burma and British Shorthair. But why are Persian cats so special?
How are Persian cats?
Identifying certain breeds is sometimes complicated. But in the case of Persian cats there is usually no doubt because they have very representative features.
The best-known feature of these cats is the hair, as it is very long and fine, dense and silky. To give you an idea, the normal length of hair of a Persian oscillates between 10 centimeters of the body and 20 centimeters of the necklace. That’s why we’re not talking about hair, but about hair.
However, this makes the maintenance of the coat remarkably laborious. Washing it, combing it and brushing it will be activities that we must include in our daily life. In fact, the length of its coat favours the formation of knots, so it is necessary to untangle the coat every day (we recommend that you take a look at catademy.com to find the comb or brush that best suits the needs of your cat). In addition, it should be borne in mind that during spring and summer there is the moult of the coat … so there will be hair of your cat everywhere – and we will have to ally with the vacuum cleaner or mop, of course.
His body is short and compact, with a firm and developed musculature. Its legs are short, strong and straight. It is curious to observe the long strands of hair between their toes. As for the head, their cheeks stand out, round and plump, as if they had food in their mouth constantly. Their nose is short and very flat.
Another fantastic thing about these kittens are their eyes. Big, round, wide open, separated. Intense and deep color, according to that of the coat. That is to say, copper color for the majority of fur colors; green in the chinchilla, silver shaded and golden specimens; blue in the colorpoint (Himalayas) or in some whites, and dispares (an eye of each color) also in some whites.
Their ears are usually very small, rounded tip, very separated in the insertion of the skull. They are also very hairy inside. Finally, their tail is short, proportionate, is well covered with very long hair and usually carry quite low.
The behavior of Persian cats
Persian cats are placid, calm and sedentary. They show a clear predilection for their owner, with whom they are sweet, affectionate and sociable. They like dogs and children. Although with strangers are indolent, distant.
They tolerate solitude quite well, as long as they are in a controlled and known space. So their ideal space is a flat or apartment. They don’t usually meow. Although when they do they are very discreet.
For all these reasons, these furry people need a quiet life. Travel or constant movements can cause them stress and alter them considerably. Noises and changes don’t go very well either. So the best thing for them is that you enrich their environment and let them enjoy their contemplative life, while brushing their hair or stroking them throughout the afternoon, while they purr.
As you can see, being happy is very easy when you have a Persian ARISTOGATE by your side, so enjoy it!