The Reserved Persian Cat
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Activity Level: Medium
Coat: Long, Full
Information / Facts: The Persian breed of cat hails from Persia, which was once a part of the country that is now known as Iran. This breed of cat was first recognized as a separate breed sometime in the late 1800s. The Persian cat is known by its flat muzzle and long, full and fluffy coat. The Persian comes in a variety of colors, and no one color is preferred over others. The Persian is a delicate breed of cat and is prone to some health problems due to breeding and over-breeding. This cat can also be temperamental and cling to one owner as it ignores other people. The average lifespan of a Persian cat is around 12 years of age.
Pros: The Persian is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world, due to its beautiful coat and facial features. This cat is ideal for those who don't have allergies or other issues that would cause them to need a cat that produces less allergens. Persians are also great companions for the elderly or those who are home a lot.
Cons: Due to breeding and over-breeding, Persian cats are prone to many health problems, especially if not treated early. Some of these health issues include breathing problems due to the shape and size of the cat's muzzle. Persians are also known to have skin and coat issues. Eye problems, including malformed tear ducts that leave unsightly deposits on the fur are also common in Persians. Inward folding of the eyelids and problems with the eyelashes can lead to scratches and even tears on the eye. This breed of feline can require a lot of maintenance, from grooming to vetting, and is not recommended for those with a lower income or little time to spend taking care of the cat's basic needs.