The Persian cat was first brought to Europe by the Italian Pietro della Valle. Mr. Della Valle had spent many years in the Middle East witting about it and when it was about time to return to Italy, he realized that he had to take some gifts with him. And since jewels, spices and silk had become more than a common Middle East souvenir, he came up with a more unique idea. He took with him four pairs of gray longhair cats and that is how the first Blue Persian cats entered the Western civilization.
Persian Cats are a medium size breed of long-haired cat with distinct round faces, short muzzles, and stocky legs. Persian cats are the most popular of all cat breeds and have been highly valued through history as a show-style regal breed. Characterized by their stocky and un-athletic bodies, Persian Cats do not jump or climb on objects often and instead prefer to routinely lounge and pose throughout comfortable indoor environments. Persians have gentle and affectionate personalities that make them great lap cats.
A female Persian cat weighs 8 – 12 lbs (3.5 – 5.5 kg) and a male Persian cat weighs more than 12 lbs (5.5 kg). A balanced and rich in vitamins, protein and fiber nutrition will prevent most of their health problems, such as obesity and will help them develop a rich and shiny fur. Specifically, Omega fat acids help maintain a shiny and beautiful long coat, and soluble and insoluble fibers increase digestive activity to eliminate hairballs naturally.
Appearance Of A Persian Cat
There’s no mistaking a Persian cat when you see one. These iconic felines are well-known for their thick fur coats, large eyes, and stocky bodies. But there’s one characteristic that immediately comes to mind when you think about a Persian’s appearance: Their cute, smooshy faces.
These cats are a medium-sized breed, with female Persians weighing between 7-10 pounds and males at a slightly larger 9-13 pounds. That long, lustrous Persian coat comes in a host of colors, including orange, gray, and cream, and their eyes are typically a brilliant copper, green, hazel, or blue.
Persian Temperament & Personality
Persians can often be wrongly judged as being a little stuck up and aloof, due to their snubbed noses and fluffy appearance. The Persian is actually a very loving, gentle breed. They’re not particularly active cats and do prefer to have a routine that they can follow every day.
Making sure you have a set schedule for feeding, grooming and bed time, can help to keep your Persian content and happy. This includes the environment your Persian is kept in. Any new furniture or even a new layout could stress them out.
How To Groom A Persian
It should go without saying that the fluffiness of the Persian requires a lot of maintenance. Daily grooming is highly recommended as it allows you to keep your Persian’s fur in tip-top condition.
It’s essential that you are thorough with your grooming, as areas such as behind the ears and under the armpits can be easily missed, but are the most prone to uncomfortable matting. Aim to use a wide toothed metal comb for ultimate grooming comfort, you don’t want to be tugging on the fur as this isn’t fun for your feline.
What Is A Persian Cat?
Persian Cats are a breed of long-haired cat that can be identified by their round faces, short muzzles, and stocky legs. Persian cats are the most popular of all cat breeds and have been highly valued through history as a regal breed.
How Big Is A Persian Cat?
The Persian cat’s looks are deceptive with their long flowing coats they look a lot bigger than they actually are. They give off the appearance of a large cat.
The Persian is what I would call a medium to large cat, it certainly isn’t as big as say a Maine Coon but it’s larger than your average domestic cat.
I know when I was looking to buy a Persian cat I was wondering what size a Persian cat is. I knew that they had long fur and some look very big when their fur is very long.
A healthy adult male Persian cat will weigh between 9-13 lbs (4kg-6kg).
A healthy female Persian cat will weigh between 7-10 lbs (3.2kg-4.5kg).
Purina lists males weighing 9 to 14 pounds (4kg-6.3kg) and females weighing 7 to 11 pounds (3.2kg-4.9kg).
It’s worth noting that you can always get bigger and smaller cats of the same breed. My own Persian cat Milo is on the larger side and the last time he was weighed at the vets he weighed 5.5kg (12 lbs).
Persians have relatively short legs but they have a stocky body which makes them good climbers. It’s surprising how good a Persian cat is at climbing, they can also jump quite high. Looking at them they look like a glamour cat that’s all for show but that isn’t the case with the Persians that I’ve known they are happy to challenge themselves and scale fences if given the chance!
What Is It Like Living With A Cat The Size Of The Persian?
Generally speaking, a larger cat will require a larger space to live in. If you live in a very small studio apartment then a larger cat might not be ideal.
The good news is although the Persian cat is a medium to large breed of cat it is quite happy to reside in a house or apartment. It’s perfectly at home and comfortable in this environment.
Although the size of a Persian cat won’t cause you any issues just the same as a domestic cat wouldn’t but boredom cat be an issue.
Persian cats spend their time indoors, unlike the domestic cat that goes out for a wander when they’re bored. The Persian will be in your house all the time. Unless, of course, you have a garden then you can let them out under supervision. When a Persian gets bored they might start running up and down your house or meowing a lot and this can be undesirable behaviour.
What Is The Average Weight Of A Persian Cat?
An adult Persian cat should weigh between 7-13 lbs. Male Persian cats are usually bigger and weigh a little more than female cats. Of course, in some cases, if your Persian is bigger or smaller than average, their healthy weight might be outside this average.
What Is The Temperament Of A Persian Cat?
Persian Cats have gentle and affectionate personalities that make them great lap cats. Because of their stocky and un-athletic bodies, Persian Cats do not adventure often and instead prefer to establish regular indoor household routines that include lounging and posing.
What Is The Largest Cat Species?
The Liger is the largest cat species in the world. Hercules, a male liger, is the largest living cat in the world weighing 922 lb | 418 kg and having a length of 10’11” | 3.33 m.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Cat?
Being a cat owner is often identified with reduced stress, anxiety, and blood pressure, boosted immunity, reduced risk of stroke, and greater sociability.
What Are The Traits Of A Cat Person?
The stereotypical traits of a ‘cat person’ include being graceful, subtle, independent, mysterious, neurotic, and thoughtful.