Video: How To Choose The Right Persian Kitten?
Persian cats are smart, agreeable, good-natured, willingly play with children, do not scratch or bite them, they are neat and easy to communicate.
The appearance of a kitten in the house develops in children a sense of responsibility for the fluffy, love for animals arises and persists for a long time from infancy, so many people want to buy a cat for the house, for the family. Other people have a great interest in breeding work, they want to engage in breeding "Persians". In any case, before you take an animal, you need to understand why you are doing this, since just purebred cats and selective, valuable ones, differ significantly both in price and in exterior.
But in both cases, everyone wants to take a beautiful and, above all, healthy animal into the house. Therefore, I would like to warn the reader against buying the "beast" on the Arbat or on the Bird Market. And the point is not only that half-breeds or completely outbred animals are often sold there with fake documents instead of purebred animals, but that there is a very great danger of acquiring a sick baby.
Not all kittens can survive for many hours outdoors, especially in winter. Then, the possibility is not excluded that they were already brought in sick, and buyers, passing, stroking each animal, can infect all neighboring, healthy ones. So you, having involuntarily admired the funny, small, trustingly looking at you kittens, you can take one of them and, thinking that you will bring joy to the house, bring great grief to the family if the animal turns out to be sick. Small kittens are very difficult to treat, and some diseases, such as lichen, toxoplasmosis, echinococcosis, are dangerous for children.
To avoid trouble and get an absolutely healthy and beautiful high-breed animal, you need to contact a club, where an experienced expert will help you get a kitten. However, not all cities have clubs, and cat lovers have to rely only on their knowledge. Better luck for those who remember the following rules.
1. The animal must be taken from the house where the mother-cat lives. Thus, you can see if this cat is healthy, whether the kittens are toilet trained, find out if the kittens have had contact with other animals. The club animal must be given a metric or pedigree.
2. The animal must be taken when it is at least two months old; at an earlier age, the baby may be sick for a long time after weaning from the mother. It is very important to make sure that the kitten is trained to self-feed. Those who acquire a baby for breeding need to know that the type of breed is better visible at the age of three to four months, it is then that all defects and shortcomings immediately come out.
3. Before making a purchase, you need to make sure that there are no visible signs of the disease: whether the eyes are festering, whether the nose is flowing, whether the ears are clean, whether there are bald patches or crusts on the body, whether the stomach is swollen, whether there is hair around the anal holes, sniff if his breath smells.
4. If you buy a kitten for breeding, you need to make sure that it has no genetic defects: you need to feel the vertebrae on the tail, they must be absolutely even, without nodules and creases. The bite of the animal must be correct, the muzzle is symmetrical. Check with the cat to see if both testicles are in place.
5. The bred animal must comply with the standard. Complex colors, such as chinchilla, color-point, smoky, are not recommended to buy without expert advice.
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A high-breed Persian cat should have large round eyes, small, wide-set ears covered with hair, a small nose, very upturned, with a strongly pronounced "stop" - a depression between the forehead and the nose. The muzzle must be round, the nose, forehead and chin must be almost in line. The paws and tail are short, but it should be noted that during the formation of the animal, these proportions can change significantly, which should not upset the owners, since everything is restored with age. The coat should be long, thick and fluffy. The biggest drawback is a small head with a pointed down muzzle.
Source: Natalia Voronenko, national expert