As you know I have a Persian cat named Nina and I have been writing in this blog dedicated to cats for a few years. For this reason, I usually surf the Internet to find information about cats and the news of blogs that deal with our feline companions.
This year, I have discovered interesting content on a website The Happy Cat with which I feel identified, since its creators have a Persian cat like me as a companion , and they also have a deep knowledge and love for felines.
The happy cat is a website that will provide you with everything you need to know to care for our incredible feline companions: products, types of breeds, food, health, care. And something that I also found very interesting is that they inform you of the steps to follow if you choose to adopt a cat . This option is an excellent way to give cats that have had a traumatic experience on the street another chance and a better quality of life.
Next, a little history of this website and I take the opportunity to indicate some basic care for our Persian cats .
Who are the creators of the website El gato feliz?
Behind the website El gato feliz are Susana and Ismael, two passionate about cats who demonstrate this with the adoption of their cats, and with the knowledge they show us in the various articles on their website.
In 2012 they adopted a beautiful Persian cat that they call Asher . Surprisingly, they managed to breed him with just a few days. Nowadays, Asher has grown into a beautiful playful but calm cat who does not like human caresses very much. This must be quite common in this breed, with my cat the same thing happens, the few caresses and when she wants.
After a while, they decided to adopt a stray cat that they named Ronda . It is a very beautiful story of how this couple decides to pay for the hip operation of this kitten, who had been kicked and caused a significant injury.
A few months later the cat family expanded with two other cats, Jackie and Nape , one white and one black.
I will not tell you more, it is best that you visit their website The Happy Cat , in which they will share with you their knowledge of the cat world and their daily experiences with their cats.
Essential care for a Persian cat
As Asher and my cat Nina are two Persian cats , I take the opportunity to indicate a series of care that every owner of this delicate and beautiful breed of cats must follow.
Yes, Persian cats require a lot of grooming and care . But once you know what to do, you will find it enjoyable and it will be a way to bond with your cat.
For this to be a pleasant experience, you must have the necessary tools and know the essential techniques for grooming. Here are some guidelines to follow.
1. Eye care
Due to their peculiar facial structure, Persian cats often have problems with their tear ducts . Tears and eye discharge can discolor your hair
To avoid tear stains, clean your eyes regularly . Use a cotton ball and warm water to clean any eye discharge, use a new piece of cotton for each eye, with this you will avoid an infection.
If you already have spots, you can use a l ocular impiador with hyaluronic acid for cats , moisten a cotton ball placed his hand on your cat’s eyes and clean the stain.
2. Caring for the hair of a Persian cat
The undercoats of Persian cats’ hair tend to knot easily, so try not to get knots from forming into matting, which can be painful and should be removed. These knots can cause infections of the skin under them.
To make sure your Persian cat adapts to brushing, you’ll need to start brushing early. From day one, be sure to brush your kitten to get her used to this experience. A full brushing session should last around 15 minutes.
Begin by gently combing your cat’s hair in the direction of hair growth. Start with a wide tooth comb to help loosen large tangles, then proceed with the fine tooth comb to comb smaller knots and face. Don’t forget the hair in the armpits and behind the ears, because it is finer than in other areas and more prone to tangles.
Another necessary tool is a stiff, natural bristle brush, which is mainly used to fluff up the coat of hair after combing.
If you don’t brush your Persian cat frequently, your only option would be to cut through knots and tangles, spoiling her beautiful coat of fur. Another consequence of the lack of brushing could be the formation of hairballs in the intestinal tract. At best, the cat will vomit the hairball; at worst, it could cause an intestinal blockage.
3. Trimming the nails
As you follow the grooming guidelines, your cat may decide to “retaliate” with you. Therefore, to avoid scratches, start by cutting your nails. It’s also important to keep your nails short so they don’t accidentally get cut while scratching.
Make sure you have clippers designed for cats, this should be curved.
Do your best to help him be calm. Press and massage its paws to expose the claw. This will help your cat feel comfortable with this process.
Once you see that it is ready, you can begin trimming the nails. Trim the white part of your nail . The pink area contains blood vessels and can be very painful if you accidentally cut this part. You can do this in several days if your cat is not comfortable with the process.
If you clip your cat’s nails too much and it starts to bleed, don’t panic. Simply apply cosmetic powder with a bit of cotton on the injured area.
4. Cleaning the ears of the Persian cat
Inspecting your cat’s ears on a routine basis will prevent possible ear infections that might otherwise go unnoticed and untreated. To clean your cat’s ears, grasp the top of the ear and gently turn it inward to see inside clearly.
The presence of a small waxy buildup is normal. On the contrary, when you find a discharge similar to green or yellow, red or dark red pus, that smells quite bad, or any other discharge out of the ordinary, take your cat to the vet. This type of discharge indicates a bacterial or fungal infection or a mite infestation.
First, pour the ear cleaner directly onto each of your ears . Then massage the base of the ear for 15 to 20 seconds for the cleaner to work, wait a few minutes until the product loosen the wax or dirt from the ear.
Dampen a cotton ball with the ear cleaner and gently wipe the cat’s ears. Don’t go too deep into the ear canal, it can damage or even rupture an eardrum, especially if an infection is present.
Common Persian Cat Health Problems
Like all purebred cats, Persians are prone to a number of health problems that are maintained with selective breeding. Many of these problems are related to your facial structure, although they can also present genetic health problems unrelated to your physical characteristics.
Common health issues to look out for among Persian cats include:
- Polycystic kidneydisease, a genetic disease that affects one or both kidneys that usually appears when the cat is between 7 and 10 years old.
- Breathing difficultiesdue to their flat noses
- Eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy, eyelid bumps (cherry eye), and inwardly folded eyelids (entropion).
- Hepatic bypass, this condition occurs in cats suffering from liver disease and may require surgery, medications, and possible dietary changes.
- Lacrimation excess.
- Bladder stones and bladder infections.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which consists of a thickening of the muscular walls of the heart.
- Idiopathic seborrhea, this condition causes excess oil on the skin and a bad smell.
- Sensitivity to heat
What can you feed a Persian cat?
The feeding of a Persian cat has to be with dry or wet feed, depending on what you want or recommend the veterinarian. In either case, you should always adjust to the amounts that correspond to age or special needs.
Your food should be high in protein and fiber and low in fat and can be wet, dry, raw, or a mixture of two or more types. Don’t forget that cats are strict carnivores.
Since Persian cats are not very energetic, be careful not to overfeed them , as their inactivity can lead to weight gain and obesity . Being overweight in the Persian cat or in any other, causes diseases in the heart, kidney and digestive systems.
Due to their flat faces, some Persians may find it difficult to eat food of certain shapes or sizes, so if your Persian is not eating properly, he may need a change in the shape of the food.
Another issue that you should watch out for with this breed is the control of the hairballs that may form. They are long haired and need more oil in their diet to remove hairs that could form balls in their intestines.
In this case, with a Persian, a diet rich in oils and fibers is probably safest for those pesky hairballs. Otherwise, you can provide a hairball treatment like malt paste from time to time. The malt paste helps remove this excess hair and sends it through the digestive tract. It does so through its natural laxative effect that helps improve intestinal transit.
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