Persian cats are a popular breed to acquire because of their doll-like looks and huge eyes, soft dispositions, and charming attitudes. Owning a Persian cat as a friend comes with its own set of duties, just like having any other pet. There are several factors to consider while caring for a Persian cat, ranging from coat maintenance to health concerns.
Timeline of Kitten Aging
This will give you an indication of how your kitten will grow before he (or she) is mature enough to accompany you home.
- One week: His or her eyes did not fully open until one week after birth.
- They can now use the litter box and have begun to play with toys after four weeks.
- They’ve been roughhousing with their siblings for five weeks. Keep an eye out for what’s known as kitten butt. They may have soft feces now that they are utilizing the litter box, which may adhere to their hair and cake if not cleaned up. They should be examined every day.
- Their first vaccinations are expected in six weeks. A kitten’s health should also be checked by the veterinarian.
- Deworming is done as a precaution after eight weeks. A first bath might also be offered at this time.
- The second round of immunizations has been completed after nine weeks.
- After ten weeks, a second bath may be given to acclimate the kitten to baths. It’s crucial to establish this so that bathing your cat after they’re yours isn’t a bother.
- Eleven weeks: Your breeder will examine the kitten one more before preparing it for its new home and family. Before a kitten is adopted, it receives its last vaccines.
- The week you’ve been looking forward to is finally here. A last wash and nail clipping will be given by the breeder. Paperwork has been obtained and will be handed to you. It’s time for him to move into his new place.
Bringing Your Kitten Home
Your new kitten will need some time to adjust to his new surroundings. Remember that they’ve just left their mother, father, siblings, and perhaps a few feline or canine companions behind. As much as you can, console them. Once you get home, your kitten will require a lengthy sleep since they can only handle so much excitement. Just like a human infant, plenty of sleep and frequent feeding will be required.
Once you’ve brought your kitten home, choose a modest space for them, such as a bathroom or your bedroom. This little space will help your new cat adjust to life in your house. Allow supervised exploration of the rest of the home once a day. Keep an eye on your kitty at all times. This also allows your kitten to settle in, learn how to use the litter box, and determine if there are any sections of your house that still need cat proofing. Your kitten should be placed in front of the kitty box before being placed anywhere else in the home. Allow your cat to independently enter and exit the litter box.
If you obtain your kitten during the holidays, for example, you’ll have to take additional steps to keep your cat away from tinsel, little bits of paper, and even tree needles. Also, since the commotion of a home full of revelers might be harmful for your cat, you may want to show them off before locking them in their own room.
Your kitten should be given the same food as the breeder did. The majority of breeders will provide samples or a little amount of the food they feed. You won’t want to just swap their meals if you decide to modify the food they eat. It’s preferable to make the transition gradually. To do so, combine part of the existing food with the new brand until you are just feeding the new food. Food may be kept out all day and all night. Take cautious with the meals you eat. Some brands are unsuitable for any cat, much less your Persian kitten.
Dishes of food and drink should not be placed near the litter box.
Food Bowls for Persian Cats
Because Persian cats have flat cheeks, shallow feeding bowls are preferred when shopping for cat food bowls for your Persian kitten. If the dish is too deep, the Persian cat will create a mess attempting to obtain food from it, and in some cases, they may simply refuse to eat from it since it will irritate their whiskers.
Fresh water should be offered to your new kitten, as well as any other pets in your house, on a regular basis.
If you obtain a male kitten, keep in mind that they need more water, particularly while they are still young (not neutered). The reason for this is because if they don’t drink enough water, their urinary system might produce crystals. If the crystals are too large, males may be unable to pass them through their system.
Serve water in a glass bowl rather than a plastic container. Mouth ulcers and allergic responses may be caused by plastic.
Use a smaller dish if your kitten’s bib (the fur on their chest) becomes wet. Although you may need to replenish more often, your cat will stay dry. This is something they will most likely outgrow.
One cat box per cat in the home is the rule of thumb. If your home has many levels, you may wish to install an additional cat box for each level. I realize that this may not be achievable. If this is the case, I recommend keeping one litter box for every two or three cats. This is for families with many cats.
If your male kitten is still alive, it is not suggested that you use scoopable litter (not neutered). If you choose, you may start using scoopable after he is neutered. Choose a product with less dust and no scent. For full boys, I recommend minimal dust, not too fragrant, and no scoopable (clumping). If the scoopable litter is moist or your cat’s feet are wet, it may adhere to their feet and consume it when they clean their feet.
Large pans are preferred by Persian cats. I use an automated litter box, which may not be appropriate for a kitten but is worth investigating as they mature.
Like a human infant, your cat will develop teeth as it grows. Their baby teeth fall off and their adult teeth emerge. They like to chew things, just like a human baby, to help their teeth grow in.
You should prevent your kitten from chewing on wires, cables, or your hands since they may be hazardous to your cat and potentially harmful to you as your kitten grows. When your adult cat attacks your hand, those lovely tiny bites may not be so charming.
When kittens begin getting teeth, they are typically four to five months old. You may provide a cardboard box in which they can play, sleep, and gnaw. Give your kitty an empty tissue box to chew on, but not one with lotion or other substance on the tissues.
Since your kitty may not like hard food when teething, make sure he or she is eating. For a few days, you may have to feed them with soft meals.
Kittens may also tear more while they are teething.
While teething, your Persian kitten’s eye may weep more than normal.
5 Methods Persian Cat Care
Method 1: Taking Care of Your Cat’s Fur
1. Brush your cat’s hair from an early age. Brushing your Persian from an early age will ensure that he or she accepts being brushed often. Brush your kitty from the beginning so that he or she she becomes used to the sensation. If you don’t start brushing him/her at a young age, he/she may develop a hatred for being brushed, making it much more difficult to keep his/her coat in good condition.
Brushing your cat shortly before a mealtime is one technique to assist him tolerate being groomed. That way, your cat will link being groomed with receiving food (which (s)he adores).
2. Invest on a good comb that can handle Persian hair. To untangle your cat’s lengthy hair, you’ll need a metal comb with tiny teeth on one end and wide-spaced teeth on the other. A metal slicker brush may also be useful for eliminating extra hair that is prone to tangling.
3. Learn how to groom your Persian’s fur properly. Brushing over the outside surface of the coat without reaching down to the hair roots is a typical error made by owners. Brushing your cat is similar to combing your own hair: split the fur and comb knots out from the roots to the hair tip, pulling tangles free as you go. This mindset may be extended to your cat as well. Brushing your cat’s fur in the same direction as your own hair is most effective (and pleasant for the cat). The appropriate combing procedure includes the following:
Part your hair and brush away any loose knots with the comb’s wide-spaced teeth. This procedure also aids in getting the fur to lay in one direction, making detangling simpler.
Work in parts with the slicker brush, moving from head to tail. This will aid in the removal of loose hairs.
Once the coat is free of shed fur, comb it again with the wide-toothed comb, moving from the root to the tip of the hair, and then finish by combing your cat’s whole body with the narrow-toothed comb.
4. Brush your cat’s hair on a daily basis to keep her healthy. While brushing hair may not seem to be a major bother, a Persian’s luxuriously long fur may rapidly become a nuisance. Matted hair occurs when your cat’s fur becomes tangled.
These tangled clumps of hair may irritate your cat’s skin and tangle to the point where they form a hard shell of fur on specific parts of her body, which can be quite uncomfortable.
Tangled hair might also make it more likely for your cat to have skin problems. It’s far more difficult for your cat to clean the skin under the hair when it’s matted. Infections are common in cats whose skin is not kept clean.
5. Visit a professional grooming salon. For a number of causes, your cat’s hair might get matted. It might be caused by a lack of brushing. When cats get overweight or sick, they become less efficient at grooming themselves and less able to care for themselves. This might result in matted and tangled fur.
If you’re having trouble dealing with your cat’s matted hair, consider hiring a professional groomer. A groomer may attempt to remove the matted areas; in the worst-case scenario, the cat’s coat may have to be shaved down to prevent skin concerns.
Method 2: Providing Breathing Assistance to Your Cat
1. Know what brachycephalic means. Persian cats are brachycephalic, which means their nose and nasal chambers are foreshortened in comparison to other cats. The fact that the nose ‘button’ does not extend beyond the level of the eyes is part of the pedigree Persian breed description.
Unfortunately, this means the cat has sacrificed a system of mucous membrane-lined scrolls that filter and warm air inside the nasal chamber. This makes Persians more susceptible to sneezes and sniffles because they lack the typical filter that protects them from infection.
2. Maintain the cleanliness of your cat’s nose. Keeping your cat’s nose clean is the greatest method to help him battle respiratory illnesses. It’s critical to keep your Persian’s nose clean since its shorter nose may quickly get plugged, making it harder for your cat to breathe. Wipe your cat’s nose with a warm, damp towel to ensure it is clean.
At least once a day, clean your cat’s nose, and always wipe it if it seems to be somewhat clogged.
3. Vaccinate your cat on a regular basis. Persians are more susceptible to respiratory illnesses owing to their stubby nostrils, which provide less protection against microorganisms. Persian cats do not have an additional protective coating in their nostrils that helps keep germs and other infections out, as cats do. As a result, it’s important to take your cat to the doctor for regular respiratory infection booster immunizations.
Take your cat to the vet if you find she is having trouble breathing or sneezing incessantly.
Persians are prone to a variety of health problems. As a result, you should think twice about breeding a cat with respiratory or other health problems that might be passed on.
Method 3: Eye Care for Your Cat
1. Persians’ faces are built in such a way that they may have eye difficulties. Persians are attractive because of their round, flat features and wide eyes. Unfortunately, the characteristics that make them so appealing may also be problematic. Tear fluid is produced by all cats to maintain their corneas healthy and the surface of their eyes wet. Each eye’s paired tear ducts should drain this fluid away. Unfortunately, due to your Persian’s shortened snout, these ducts have become kinked and are unable to drain properly.
Consider it a hosepipe that you can bend or stand on to halt the flow of water. Because of your cat’s shorter snout, this occurs.
2. Wipe away any extra tears from your kitty. The finest thing you can do for your Persian cat is just wipe away the extra tears that stain their hair and bother their cheeks. If you find your cat has too much eye fluid on her face, wipe it away with a cloth or paper towel.
At least once a day, wipe the area around your cat’s eyes. If you see that it appears damp beneath her eyes, you should attempt to wipe it. Wiping the eye itself, on the other hand, might cause corneal scratches or ulcers.
3. Recognize why Persian cat eye fluid becomes brown. You may be curious as to why the fluid leaking from your cat’s eyes becomes brown. The reason for this is because porphyrins are abundant in tear fluid, and when these compounds are exposed to air, they oxidize and develop a brown-rust hue.
This is the same chemical reaction that causes a chopped apple to brown.
You should be able to avoid stains on the cat’s hair with these tears. One method is to provide basic eye care, as previously noted. You may also use a cotton square to wipe around the eye with a tiny quantity of liquid boric acid, which is acceptable to use as an eye wash. After removing the discoloration, wipe the region below and around the eye with cotton balls soaked in warm water twice a day.
Method 4: Managing Persian-Related Health Issues
1. Be on the lookout for indicators of disease. Persians have been selected for their distinct appearance, but this breeding has also made them susceptible to certain ailments. While there is little you can do to prevent your cat from contracting the illness if he or she is genetically predisposed, you can keep an eye out for symptoms and get your cat treated as soon as possible.
2. Be on the lookout for polycystic kidney disease (PKD). One in every three Persian cats has this genetic defect, which causes many fluid-filled cysts in the kidney, which may lead to renal illness. Once the issue has been recognized, your pet’s lifetime may be prolonged with prescription renal diets and drugs like ACE inhibitors that help the kidneys filter more efficiently. Among the symptoms are:
- Drinking in excess of typical.
- Appetite suppression.
- Loss of weight
Take your pet to the veterinarian if you see these symptoms in him or her.
3. Look for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy signs (heart disease). The heart wall thickens as a result of this condition, impairing the heart’s capacity to pump blood throughout the body. Fortunately, medications such as diuretics and ACE inhibitors may reduce the burden on the heart and prolong life. The symptoms of cardiac disease in your pet are vague and non-specific. However, keep an eye out for the following:
- Tolerance to exercise
- Sleeping a lot more than usual.
- Lack of interest in diet or personal grooming.
- Breathing shallowly and via an open mouth.
4. Be aware of the symptoms of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). PRA is a genetically induced retinal thinning that ultimately results in blindness. While it may seem disturbing, cats are excellent at adapting for blindness. They travel about by utilizing their whiskers, sense of smell, and hearing. If your cat becomes blind, it’s important to keep him or her inside and avoid altering the furnishings since he or she may get confused. The following are symptoms of blindness:
- Objects placed in her path that aren’t supposed to be there.
- In strong light, pupils stop producing slits and become big and black.
Method 5: Nail clipping
Your kitten’s claws will need to be clipped. Spread each toe out and press the nail outward to do this. Move on to the next nail after clipping the nail where it seems clean. If your kitten is resisting the routine, you may need to take a break and then resume the process. Clip the front nails twice as regularly as the rear nails. Once you’ve got the procedure down, trim your back nails once a month and your front nails twice a month.
It takes time to care for a Persian cat, and you must be dedicated to their maintenance.
Persian cats need more attention than other cat breeds. The most difficult challenge you’ll face as your kitten matures is grooming. If things aren’t manicured regularly, they might get untidy. Brushing on a regular basis is the greatest approach to prevent tangles and matting. As every cat is different, even if you follow the procedures in this essay, you may still run into grooming complications.
I can’t stress how important it is to start doing this as soon as possible since it will be more difficult to bring anything new into your cat’s life later on (we’re all creatures of habit).
Do you have any recommendations about how to gaze at a Persian kitten? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear what you have to say.