Persian cats are pretty much royalty, in feline form, with their beautiful luxurious coats and regal personalities. You just can’t help yourself but bury your hands in their shiny thick fur.
Persians may be gorgeous and seem like the perfect cats, these kitties require a whole lot of extra care and lovin’. But, if you’re ready to pamper your Persian, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful and extremely loyal feline friend.
Knowledge on fur change in cats:
Do you know that cats shed and grow their fur according to the season to be able to take the extreme weather changes?
The long, beautiful coats of Persians in fact shed all year round, but autumn and spring is THAT time of the year for them. The Persian breed is naturally provided with a thick fur coat that grows even more so during winter but gets cast off when it gets warmer. It will take some extra effort to take care of your fur baby during these seasons when they start shedding their winter coat.
Whatever the season may be, being a fur dad or mum of these cuties, is a lot of hard work and requires paying more attention and care. Read on and find out more on how you can better care for these sweet fur cuties NOW!
Top 5 Best Tips to Take Care of the Long Haired Persian Cat
Tip #1: Find out the reason behind your Persians’s fur problems:
One thing’s certain, your Persian will shed. But if they’re shedding more than usual and it’s not autumn or spring yet, then try your hardest to find the specific reason why this is so.
These are some of the most common causes why your furry friend is shedding so much;
Change in diet
Another reason that your Persian cat might be shedding is because of food changes. A new diet can completely change the coat and attitude of your Persian cat so be sure to note this when you’re introducing new food to them. It is always best to choose food that promotes healthy skin and coat for your feline friend.
One of the most common problems among Persians and all furry pets for that matter is a flea, mite, and tick infestation. These parasitic insects try to burrow into their skin causing severe itching and irritation that will make your Persian cat try to bite and scratch it out which will lead to heavier shedding. Deworming, anti-tick shampoos, and manual removal are your best bet against this.
Extreme shedding could also be due to the quality of food you are feeding it. Like us, when your Persian does not eat enough nutrients, it will not be at its fittest, and therefore, its normal bodily functions will not be working their best. If in doubt as to the best food or vitamin supplement to provide to your feline buddy, it is best to consult a vet for advice.
Certain stressors such as pregnancy, or undergoing some treatment or procedure, or simply loud noises or an unfamiliar environment, might also cause your cat to lose their fur. This is a very normal physiological response and is nothing to worry about in fact.
Tip #2: Choose the right food:
Persian cats are slightly different than most feline breeds. To prevent health issues and keep their long luscious coats in optimal condition they needed a balanced diet that consists of both wet and dry foods. Remember too that cats, being obligate carnivores, must have meat in their diet to survive, so you can also feed them any type of meat so long as it’s fully cooked.
Tip #3: Take regular care of their fur:
Persian’s longer hair needs more upkeep than other breeds. It has been shown that if left unkept, your cat’s dirty, tangled, uncared fur will not only affect your cat’s appearance but will also start to cause your cat to go into a state of depression. So be responsible, prevent fur loss, keep your fur baby pretty and make sure they feel loved by regularly brushing their amazing coat.
Tip #4: Bathe them when necessary:
Most people assume cats do not need baths as they lick themselves. This may be partly true for other breeds but when it comes to a Persian cat, it is very important to bathe them often to help them get you to the bathing routine.
Always opt for a full body wash when bathing your Persian and make sure you use a good cat shampoo. It is recommended by vets that they be given baths once a month. You can opt to bathe them as necessary but remember that constant bathing might also dry out their skin and cause hair loss.
Tip #5: Use cat grooming products:
Only buy grooming products that are appropriate for cats. There are specific Persian cat grooming products that you cannot do without, three of which are powder, a good care foam and a metal cat comb. Since constant bathing is not an option for cats, you can clean and maintain their hygiene through the use of powder, acting as a degreaser and care foams. These are foam cleansers that have antibacterial and conditioning properties perfect for convenient cleaning of your fur baby’s bottoms, armpits, inside their legs, and behind their ears.
For your long-haired Persian, stubborn clumps and knots might also be present and such could be treated with oil and a comb.
When it comes to taking care of these beauties, you definitely should be more attentive, from their diet to their grooming.
It is also absolutely best that you know your cat and its behaviors so you can easily recognize when your cat is not being themselves and that something is actually wrong.
These gentle-mannered, gloriously-maned creatures may require a bit more effort and be difficult to manage at first but once you capture the heart of your Persian, it is yours forever to keep and that in itself is indeed priceless.