Persians are real couch potatoes, they are very calm, complaisant and peaceful.
Persian cats are very playful, but not aggressive. These cats are very attached to the owner and constantly follow him on the heels, because they really need love, but at the same time are completely unobtrusive.
The Persian cat is an ideal breed, giving the impression of a pleasant, peaceful and loyal companion. His voice is rarely heard. The Persians calmly and insistently ask you to pay attention to them: they are sitting near you and look intently into your eyes, in which their devotion is reflected. They will certainly jump on your lap in order to curl up to take a nap or to gently touch your wet nose with your face. On cold nights, they can become your bed warmer.
The calm nature of Persian cats testifies to their relatively low demands and ability to get along well, even with a very busy owner. They do not care about “imprisonment” in the apartment.
Keeping Persians in the house is very convenient and pleasant. Persians create an atmosphere of peace, but at the same time they will accompany you from room to room only to be in your field of vision. They, like other cat breeds, are playful and funny. But unlike other cats, they are not afraid of children and will never harm even the most annoying baby.
In general, it seems that this breed was created for bliss and pleasure: these cats do not rush around the house like a hurricane, they do not hunt, and they spend their time with pleasure, wallowing in some warm pleasant place with the owner.
This is an ideal cat for those who do not like the importunity and excessive activity of mobile breeds.
The first long-haired cats were brought to Europe by the Italian traveler Pietro Della Valle at the beginning of the 16th century from the province of Harassan, which was located in Persia. This cat may well have been a cat known in Persia as the Sand Cat, a cat who lived in the desert. This Sand Cat had a woolly coat, much like a steel soap pad, to protect her from the environment and permit her to live in the sand.
About a hundred years later, Nicolas de Pereisc acquired some longhaired cats. These cats came from Turkey, which is also the home to the Turkish angora, a different breed of longhaired cat. In the 19th century, the descendants of these Turkish cats were bred with some of the cats from Italy, and that was the beginning of the modern Persian.
The appearance of these cats was completely different than that of modern Persian cats and rather resembled today's Angora. What the first eastern Persian beauties looked like today can only be seen in ancient medieval drawings and engravings.
A long, decorative coat was formed as a result of an accidental mutation.
The twentieth century was a turning point for the Persian breeding, thanks to the achievements of American breeders, the modern Persian received an unforgettable “face”. In addition to chic long hair, the whole appearance of the “peach” was brought to extreme parameters. This was a real revolution in the breed. At one time, there were even two types of Persian cats in parallel: the old ("classical") and extreme (American). The "face" of the Persian gradually underwent metamorphoses and today it is spoken of as a child, that is, kind, gentle and looking at the world with wide open naive eyes.
When people choose a kitten, they most often want to get a female, thinking that the girl will be more tender and loving. In their opinion, the male is more aggressive and prone to sabotage. But this behavior is not typical for Persian cats. In fact, the Persian male is more gentle than the female. Females are always independent, and they are constantly busy with more important things than communicating with the owner.
Persian kittens are imposing, lazy, but at the same time curious and cheerful. An adult Persian enjoys even watching a drop of water from a tap or chasing a paper mouse that you pull by a string.
These cats are not very popular for someone who likes a clean house as they shed often.
Do not think about buying a Persian cat if you can not allocate daily time to comb her fur.
Persians have a luxurious long thin coat that requires daily care. Otherwise, it falls down, tassels form on the undercoat, and it becomes incredibly difficult to bring this lump into a decent appearance.
Therefore, the Persians should be combed every day using two types of combs: with coarse teeth for the main coat and with fine teeth for the care of the undercoat. It is necessary to apply talcum powder on the coat before combing, this can greatly facilitate the procedure.
Daily combing requires at least five minutes. Some owners spend twenty to thirty minutes every day to care for their Persian cats.
Persians do not like to wash, so bathing become a test of strength for both them and the owners.