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Purrrfect Facts About The Persian Cat Kids Will Love

Here are amazing Persian cat facts for kids
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Remember Garfield eating a slice of pizza and lazing around the whole day? That’s when we first saw an animated Persian Cat on TV! Even Queen Victoria loved her white Persian Cat, who lived with her in the magical and Crystal Palace. These Persian Cats hail from Iran and are quite a wonderful sight to behold. They have long hair and big, round eyes that make them look adorable. The reason why they would make wonderful pets is that they love being around people. These cats were introduced to the western world by Pietro Della Valle, an Italian gentleman. Pietro Della Valle was a world traveler who brought the cat from Persia into Italy.

So, keep on reading to find out all about Persian Cats, their likes, dislikes, and personality. After reading these interesting facts about Persian Cats, you may also look at Siberian cat facts and Egyptian Mau cat facts.

Persian Cat

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What do they prey on?

Small animals and birds

What do they eat?

Omnivores

Average litter size?

1-3 kittens

How much do they weigh?

7-12 lb

How long are they?

14.5-17.5 in


How tall are they?

8-10 in


What do they look like?

White, red, cream, chocolate, and blue color

Skin Type

Fur coat

What are their main threats?

Diseases like polycystic kidney disease

What is their conservation status?

Not Listed

Where you'll find them

Plains, hills, homes

Locations

Iran

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Mammalia

Scientific Name

Felis catus

Family

Felidae

Genus

Felis

Persian Cat Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Persian Cat?

As the name suggests, the Persian Cat is a cat from Persia, now Iran. These cats are really unique and adorable at the same time due to the appearance they exhibit.

What class of animal does a Persian Cat belong to?

The Persian Cat comes under the mammalian class. These long-haired cats from Iran are easily recognizable by their distinctive round head, large copper eyes, and beautiful fur patterns.

How many Persian Cats are there in the world?

These cats are known for their diva-like personality, with a peke-face. They enjoy living in homes. There are 16,000-20,000 Persian Cats in the world. Out of these, the Siamese, Abyssinians, and Maine Coons are dominant breeds.

Where does a Persian Cat live?

These diva-like personality cats are friendly in nature with their doll-like face and long hair. They enjoy living a domesticated life. One can see them most likely in Iran and Britain.

What is a Persian Cat's habitat?

The Persian Cat enjoys a laid-back lifestyle. They are great companions to children and other pets. Depending on the breed of the Persian Cat, they enjoy both warm and cool temperatures. The fur keeps the cat warm when it is cold and sheds in warm climates to cool the Persian cat and maintain an ideal body temperature.

Who do Persian Cat live with?

Persian Cats enjoy living in the company of humans. They live with humans in their families. They are also good with kids and other animals. They are loyal and loving and a great addition to homes.

How long does a Persian Cat live?

A Persian Cat can live anywhere between 10-17 years like all other cats. They usually face issues like being overweight and a few hereditary diseases like Polycystic kidney disease, as stated by The Cat Fanciers' Association.

How do they reproduce?

The queen Persian Cat is ready to breed once she reaches sexual maturity. They can breed when they are in heat periods. The mating process is a short one and is usually over in under a minute. The tomcat leaves the queen Persian Cat as the queens tend to get aggressive. The Cat Fanciers' Association state that one should be sure that the two cats’ mating is not related as it may result in the litter inheriting Polycystic kidney disease.

What is their conservation status?

This Persian Cat breed is not listed on the conservation list and is safe from extinction for the upcoming years.

Persian Cat Fun Facts

What do Persian Cats look like?

Traditionally, they have a flat face and a round head. They have deep copper eyes. These are longhaired cats and can be found in beautiful colors like cream, blue, chocolate, and red. Their look has not changed much over the last 100 years due to mutation. They are so beautiful so they could surely win a cat show!

A Persian Cat is one of the longhaired cats.

How cute are they?

Their personality is an absolute delight. These kittens enjoy playing and jumping all day, plus they love their sleep. At the same time, the adult cat loves to sleep and laze around and bathe in the sun. They have a beautiful gaze and doll face with round heads and long, thick coats of fur. Some prefer white or black ones. Persian Cats have unique colors and patterns.

How do they communicate?

Persian Cats don’t “talk” much, but some, like Siamese cats, enjoy a good conversation with their humans through meows. They show affection by holding eye contact with their big round eyes and by licking their humans. They also rub their heads against people they like.

How big is a Persian Cat?

They are 8-10 in tall and 15-18 in long. They are called the furry furniture and are a tad bit bigger than the usual cats we see.

How fast can a Persian Cat run?

Persian Cats enjoy lounging and do not run for long durations. But, like all others, they are great at running for short bursts of time. They are also very agile.

How much does a Persian Cat weigh?

A full-grown Persian Cat can weigh around 6.6-11.00 lb, depending on the breed. In comparison, a Persian kitten might weigh upwards of 1.5 lb.

What are their male and female names of the species?

Persian Cats do not have special names for male and female cats. So the male cat is called a tomcat, and a female cat is called a queen cat.

What would you call a baby Persian Cat?

Persian Cats do not have a unique name for their kittens. So, a Persian baby cat will be called a Persian Kitten or can be referred to as a kitten, just like all other young cats.

What do they eat?

They enjoy a mix of fish, meat, and veggies. You can even feed them melons, berries, cooked eggs, and many other food items which are available around the house. You must always take care with their diet as most cat breeds cannot be fed certain food items like grapes, raisins, chocolate, and raw eggs.

Are they slobbery?

Like all cat breeds, Persians drool a little when they are hungry. They also drool a little when they are expressing happiness or affection when they knead their humans. But what’s a little drool when your favorite lap warmer is kneading your tummy.

Would they make a good pet?

If you find the Persian Cat breed interesting and are on the lookout for a cat that is calm and fun to be around, a Persian Cat is a way for you to go. This breed is an absolute delight to be around. They have a calm personality and behave well with other animals and kids. They shed a lot and need a little care from their humans to be groomed and make an excellent choice for a pet if you have the time and energy for an adorable fun-loving and loyal addition to your family.

Did you know...

The Persian Cat was bred with a Siamese cat to get the breed of the Himalayan cat. These are very outgoing and loving in nature. They talk a lot with humans. These cats have striking fur coats featuring blue, cream, and chocolate as a few unique colors. This breed was especially popular with the French and British Royals. This breed was also featured in many old paintings with royals.

History of the Persian Cat

As the name suggests, they are from Persia, now Iran. They reached the lands of Britain in the spice carts from Iran during the early 19th century. They are said to be the result of a genetic mutation, and the longhaired cat could also be the result of mating between the European Wild Cat and Pallas’s Cat. Queen Victoria was particularly fond of her white Persian Cat.  

Getting your own Persian Cat

In America, prices for Persian kittens range from $500-$700 depending on fur color. Yes, they can be a  little heavy on the pocket. One can find a white or black Persian Cat easily from a breeder. A few Persian Cats like blue, cream, and red-colored ones are much more expensive.

These cats also need a lot of attention for grooming. The Persian Cat sheds a lot which has to be brushed out at times. The cat also needs to be dried properly after baths to avoid diseases.  These cats must be bought from a reliable breeder to avoid a string of diseases and health abnormalities linked to their flat face. They also have eye and weight issues sometimes.

But this breed is like the royalty of all cat breeds with its unique coat color and loyal nature.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Balinese cat, or maine coon facts.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Cat Sleeping coloring pages.

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