Table of contents:
- What are the features of keeping a Persian cat?
- Which toilet / litter box is best for a Persian cat?
- What toys to choose for a Persian cat?
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What are the features of keeping a Persian cat?
It should be noted right away that keeping a Persian cat is quite expensive and troublesome, since a lot of effort and money is spent on care, nutrition and veterinary services. Persian cats are among the most human-dependent breeds, since they are not adapted to life "in the wild" and are completely dependent on people. Perhaps this is why they are so pliant and calm: they can be held in your arms and stroked for a long time, and they will not get bored; where they are put, there they will lie; they tolerate grooming procedures more patiently than other breeds. Even to not very gentle childish caresses, they are very calm.
Persian cats are not demanding to the area of "their territory". They can live well, both in a large country house and in a small apartment. The main thing for them is the attention of the owners. It is worth noting that, even living in a private house, the Persians do not seek to leave it, so you should not think about walking with a fluffy pet. Moreover, with their weak immune systems, walking can even be hazardous to health.
Persian cats coexist peacefully with other domestic animals, almost never coming into conflict with them. They get along with birds and rodents, or rather, ignore them. Thanks to this disposition and some laziness, the Persians are bad mouse-catchers.
Since Persian cats have a luxurious thick coat, which, even with good care, remains everywhere, owners are advised to purchase a powerful vacuum cleaner.
To provide the Persian with a comfortable life, it is recommended not only to buy the necessary goods for animals, but also to take care of favorable conditions of keeping. Even if your pet does not have breathing problems due to a too flat muzzle (and most of the breed suffers from this), it is necessary to maintain an appropriate air temperature in the house, since Persian cats do not tolerate heat very well. Cats not participating in shows are trimmed by some owners for the summer. When moving and transporting Persians, it must be remembered that in stressful situations they can develop respiratory failure (especially when transported in the cargo hold of an aircraft), which sometimes leads to the death of a cat. Therefore, when traveling by plane, look for an airline that allows you to bring your pet in the cabin.
If the financial opportunity allows you to purchase a sleeping place for a Persian, then the cat will probably appreciate it and will sleep there. If not, it's okay - the Persian will gladly take a bed or sofa. In this case, you should take special care while the kitten is still small, so as not to accidentally injure him in his sleep (if the cat and the owner sleep on the same bed) or sit on it while going to watch TV.
A sleeping place in the form of a house in a complex with a scratching post will be especially attractive: the walls and roof will help the Persian to relax, take a break from the hustle and bustle, or hide when he wants to be alone. Important: never get a Persian cat out of the house. This is her personal space, and it must be respected to maintain the normal mental state of the pet. You can call a cat, lure, but you cannot pull it out of there by force - this is stress for the pet.
A scratching post is a must. Depending on the capabilities of the owner, you can purchase both a simple rope long scratching post, and a columnar one. When buying a Persian, you should clarify the type of scratching point to which he is accustomed, and at first, if possible, use an analogue. It's easy enough to get used to a new scratching post. It can be lightly anointed with catnip, or, when the cat begins to sharpen its claws on furniture, immediately take it to the right place and move its claws a little along the scratching post. When the Persian cat performs this action on its own, it is imperative to praise it.
The tray is perhaps the most essential item. A large tray with high sides is most convenient.
It is recommended to purchase ceramic bowls; plastic, glass and aluminum are less suitable. Each material has its pros and cons, but plastic bowls are the most undesirable, as they accumulate dirt and can provoke the development of diseases. In addition, the service life of such bowls is short - they need to be changed every six months. Since Persian cats are mostly brachycephalic (flat-faced), some of them find it difficult to feed on their own. For these cats, pet stores sell special pet bowls with flat muzzles.
Toys should be varied. But you do not need to buy many toys at once, 2-3 is enough.
Do not forget about carrying and the most essential medications that should be in the house in case of injury or emergency. A carrier bag or any other type of animal carrier is required to transport the animal (for example, from the breeder home, to the doctor's appointment, to the show). It should freely accommodate an adult cat or cat, but a spacious carrier is useless, and a small one (for a kitten) is not economically viable.
Persian cats tolerate cold well, but to prevent colds in winter, it is recommended to spread warm cloth or special rugs (sold in pet stores) on the windowsills. For the same purpose, you should not place the bed near doors, windows and heating appliances.
Correct maintenance also implies a balanced diet and keeping the “cat supplies” and the cat itself clean.
Which toilet / litter box is best for a Persian cat?
Persian cats always follow their instinct to bury, so they can dig for a long time in the tray, scattering the litter in all directions (not on purpose, of course). For representatives of this breed, a large, spacious tray with sides from 10 cm high or a closed toilet will be most suitable. It is recommended to immediately buy a litter box for an adult cat, because kittens grow very quickly. The configuration of the tray should be checked with the breeder.
To get rid of the smell, it is recommended to use a filler (you can even under the net). The best way to eliminate odor is the filler of a clumping type, worse - woody. To prevent the filler from spreading throughout the house, it is recommended to spread a rug in front of the cat litter.
For kittens, only natural fillers are used, since they are safe for health (if the kitten accidentally swallows them). Before using any kind of filler, you must carefully read the instructions for its use and disposal.
After each visit to the toilet, check the cat's coat, as particles of filler can stick to the long hair and sometimes cause a lot of inconvenience. Some Persians even refuse to go to the toilet / litter box if they feel there is something extra on their belly, paws or tail. This sometimes makes the animal very nervous. Inspection is also necessary so that the cat does not accidentally swallow the litter while licking itself. Silica gel fillers are dangerous because once they get inside the animal, they increase in size and thus can cause intestinal obstruction.
Most Persian cats refuse to go to a dirty litter box. Therefore, if you do not have an automatic or dry closet, then it is recommended to buy two trays at once. There are fussy people who go to one tray for "small", and in another - for "big". If you have several cats in your house, then each cat should have its own litter box + 1 spare.
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Some Persians are very sensitive to strong odors, so their toilet should be not only clean, but also free of the strong smell of disinfectants and detergents with which they wash the tray. For the same reason (strong or strong odor), some cats refuse to go to a closed toilet, as odors are concentrated in a tight, closed space.
What toys to choose for a Persian cat?
Persian cats are not the most active representatives of domestic cats. Nevertheless, they need toys. Due to some laziness of the Persians, it is recommended to select toys that are especially attractive for cats - feather, sound, smelling. For sedentary cats, there are toys soaked in catnip. Such toys will arouse interest even among older cats. Feather toys (for safekeeping) should not be left unattended, and sound toys should be cleaned at night so that the games of domestic predators do not wake up the owners. One or two toys should always be available to Persian cats (for example, a ball, a fixed string or a soft mouse).
Authors: wolchonokW7, Gurieva S.