Sunday, September 30, 2012

About Persian Cats

Of all the cat breeds in the world, none is more distinctive or highly recognized than the Persian. Their look is almost stately, conjuring images of riches and opulence, especially white Persian cats, but this breed brings to the table more than simply good looks. Their calm and loving temperament makes them a joy to have around the house and a wonderful, loyal companion.

Persians have a lengthy and interesting history. They were first thought to have originated in Iran, which is where Persia once existed. Although this may be true, the modern Persian breed has lost its genetic signature. The modern breed we see today is felt to have, for the most part, developed in Western Europe, specifically Britain. It was not until after World War II that American breeders recognized the inherent beauty of the Persian and began breeding them. Now, the Persian is the most popular breed in the United States.

Persians are set apart from other breeds by their extremely thick coat, wide head, large eyes, and shortened muzzle. In the United States, a movement began in the 1950′s to produce an exaggeratedly flat face, known as peke-faced, but this gave way to health problems. While the peke-faced look is still very popular, the health problems associated with it caused many breeders in the mid-1990′s to abandon selective breeding practices to produce that characteristic. The traditional look of the Persian includes a more elongated muzzle than what we see today and many are now selectively breeding to produce the more traditional looking version of the breed.

Dignified, calm, and gentle are three words that come to mind when describing the personality of the Persian. They are very quiet and affectionate, making them a favorite for apartment dwellers. They are content in nearly any environment so long as they are afforded enough attention. Although they do well around other pets, Persians need human companionship and should not be left alone for long periods of time.

It should be noted that while most cats are able to groom themselves, the extra dense coat of the Persian prevents it from being able to do so. Regular bathing and brushing of the coat is necessary to keep the coat from matting. Additionally, the large eyes of the Persian can cause excessive tears that run down the face of the cat. Any ocular discharge and crusting should be cleaned each day to prevent staining of the fur around the eyes.

Persian cats have such a long and extensive history and have been popular for so long that there are many variations of the breed, some of which have given birth to other popular breeds. Himalayans are, in fact, a result of cross breeding Persians with Siamese cats. Exotic short-hair versions of the Persian breed were a result of crossing Persians with American Short-Hair cats. In South Africa, breeders were successful at selectively breeding specific characteristics to produce what is now known as the Chinchilla Longhair breed, featuring a longer muzzle and translucent hair with dark tips.

Health Concerns
The distinctive facial features of the Persian, especially in the peke-faced variations, can cause breathing and eye difficulties. Excessive tearing and corneal damage due to eyelashes rubbing against the eye are also two common problems with this breed. Aside from this, birthing problems are also common in this breed and the rate of stillbirths is much higher in Persians than other breeds at between 16% and 22%. Other health problems that may be seen in Persian cats are polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and progressive retinal atrophy.

Persian Cat Rescue
It's hard to believe, but there are Persians out there who do not have a loving home. Even this beautiful, distinctive cat sometimes finds itself in need of adoption for one reason or another and there are rescue centers scattered throughout the country that have Persians available for adoption.

One such rescue center is It should be noted that this website does not ship cats due to the stress it causes the animal and the number of cats that are in need of good homes everywhere. They recommend searching local shelters and rescue centers first. Any individual visiting the website above should be forewarned that the sweet, beautiful faces they are about to see will indeed pull on the heartstrings and they just might find themselves on the phone shortly searching local shelters for a Persian of their own.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Adopting a Cat? Here Are Tips To Help You Prepare

After many discussions, the decision has been made to bring a cat into your family. Congratulations!

Of course you know to expect an adjustment period, while your furry friend gets used to his new home.

These tips should lead to a smoother transition for everyone.

Bringing your cat home

Make sure you have a pet travel bag or a sturdy carrier for the car ride home. Holding the cat on your lap is a very bad idea, and a dangerous one. Even if he's calm enough to sit in someone's lap, nothing will stop him from bolting the second the car door opens. It's really not worth the risk.

Find a vet

If you don't already have a vet, now would be the time to find one. You don't want to start running around when the cat's not feeling well. It's also good to know where the local emergency hospital is, just in case.

Pet sitters

If you had to go away suddenly, who would you call to care for the cat? Start thinking, and asking around. Checking out some professional pet sitters will also come in handy.


Buy supplies such as a litter box, litter, food and water bowls, scratching post, brush, nail clippers, bed and a couple of toys


Give your cat the same food he's been eating. If you want to switch brands, by all means, just do it gradually to avoid any stomach issues.

Cat proofing the house

Some cats get into everything, others don't. Since you probably don't know which category yours falls into, it's safer to be cautious until you do know. Don't leave things like rubber bands, ribbon, string, cords, or wires lying around. Toxic houseplants should be removed, and household cleaners, chemicals or medications locked away. You might also want to take your favorite glass vase off the table, just in case.

A room of his own

Coming to a new home can be overwhelming, so setting him up in a quiet room will help. If there's a closet, leave the door open a little so he has a place to hide. If not, a large box or something to hide behind/under will do just as well.

The litter box should go in one area, food and water bowls in another.

Set the carrier down on the floor, and open the door. Don't tip it, or try and drag him out. He'll come out and explore when he's ready.

Spend time with him, talk to him, but let him come to you. If he's hiding under the bed and refuses to come out, don't force him.

If you have other pets at home, it's wise to leave the cat in the room for a few days, so everyone can get used to the newcomer.


Have family members go in, one at a time and sit with the cat, allowing him to get familiar with everyone.

Some cats are happy to have a new playmate, while others just see them as invaders of their territory. Keeping him separated, will allow the resident cat time to check him out.

You could start opening the door just a little, so they can see each other and stick a paw through.

After a few days of gradual introduction, see how they do face to face. Have someone supervise to make sure there's no fighting.

It would be helpful to know in advance, how your dog feels about cats, but sometimes you don't. When the dog is out on a walk, let your cat explore the house. Once he's more comfortable, you can start introducing the dog and cat, slowly.

Keep the dog on a leash, while the cat walks around. Don't leave them alone until they've demonstrated that they're okay together, and won't kill each other.

Don't forget cats are predators, so if you have birds or other little critters, please take appropriate measures to ensure their safety. Make sure the cat isn't tormenting them, and stressing them out.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Things That You Will Learn When You Own A Cat

When people think of a family pet, the first thing they think of is a dog. It is no surprise, as dogs can make great companions and they can even help owners with special needs. What may come as a surprise is that cats are in fact the most popular option as pets in the country. There are many advantages to owning cats; they take a lot less work in your part to care for them. They are seen as more independent etc. Even when some people will take them out for a walk here and there, all they really need is a litter box to take care of their business. There are still a few things that you will learn when you own a cat.

They Need You... A Lot

Even though cats have a reputation for being independent, they still need you a lot. When you own a cat you understand the concept because your cat will like to be close to you a lot of the time. While in a lot of cases they do not act as excited to see you when you come home, the fact is that not having you for extended periods of time can be very stressing to a cat. They do not only need you for food, they also need companionship, and unless you are there all the time or get a second cat they can be very bored and lonely.

They Need Exercise

A cat that is lonely the entire day can get bored, and a bored cat can easily get into trouble. If the cat has no one to interact with then it will have two options: It will get fat and sick and lead a boring life, or it can entertain itself by destroying some of the wires around the house. That can be dangerous to the cat if the wire conducts electricity. Your plants will also be fair game and so will be your carpet. Giving your cat a fair amount of exercise in the way of interactive toys can help you save your furniture, wires and even the cat's life. If you own a cat, then you already know where the toys are available; but if you are new to cats then you should head to your local pet store.

They Are Not Dogs

A pet owner may feel that they know what to expect when they own a cat because they had another type of pet in the past. This is actually not the case. Cats are very different from dogs and a new cat owner would do well to do some reading before ever going through the adoption process. Cat education is a lot different than dog education. The games that they like to play are different and the way you will need to cat-proof your home is not even close to what you would have to do when you adopt a puppy. That said, cats can be great companions to people and you will have a long loving relationship with them.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Interesting Facts About Cats You Probably Didn't Know

Interesting Facts About Cat Claws

It's impossible for a cat to climb down a tree head first because their claws are curved only one way. To get down, they must back down (or get a nice fireman to rescue them.)

All cats have claws; all cats, with the exception of the cheetah, sheath their claws when at rest. A cat's back claws are not as sharp as their front claws, because the back ones do not retract, and therefore become worn.

Marking their Territory

You probably feel pretty special when fluffy rubs up against your legs; she's not only showing affection, she's marking you as her territory. Do you ever wonder why as soon as you change the litter box, your cat goes in to use it? You guessed it - she's marking her territory. No matter how many times you change the litter box, your cat will go in right after to make it hers. This means you'll be buying a lot of cat litter!

Why Do Cats Purr?

To this day, experts are unsure of why cats purr. Most believe that the purring is caused by vibrating vocal chords deep in the throat. In order to purr, one of the larynx muscles open and closes the air passage as much as 25 times a second. Cats mostly purr when they are happy and content, but they can also purr when they are nervous.

How they Spend Their Day

Cats spend about 18 hours a day sleeping. When kittens sleep, a growth hormone is released.Another third of their day is spent cleaning and grooming themselves. That doesn't leave much time for play, but they do manage to get some free time in!

The Richest Cat in the World

The richest cat is named Blackie, who was left 15 million pounds by his owner, Ben Rea. This just shows how much Ben loved his pet, with that amount of money this cat is definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to cat food.

How to Tell if a Cat Feels Content

When a cat is on her back, paws in the air, you know she feels safe and content (although this is not an invitation to give her a belly rub!) They will usually curl up in one of their favorite spots in the house to fall asleep; don't be surprised if one of their favorite spots is your bed.

Cats love to be pampered, but they also enjoy their time alone. They will let you know when they want attention. In the meantime, they'll be expecting the best toys and treats that money can buy - so be on the lookout for money savers like Tidy Cats coupons.