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Beautiful but High Maintenance
Member Name: katibec
Date: 18/06/01, updated on 18/06/01 (265 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful, Good Friends
Disadvantages: Leave fur everywhere, Fussy
I acquired my beautiful persian cat 3 years ago(right now she is perched on my knee helping me write my opinion!).She was an unwanted kitten and surprisingly I got her for free!She is a pure bred persian showing all the characteristics of this breed;long fluffy hair,flattened face and "mane".
The main difficulty with persian cats is that they really need to be brushed at least twice a day because not only do they shed hair everywhere but their fur becomes knotted very easily!If you think the hair shedding wouldn't bother you then imagine how you would feel if the only colour you wear is black but everytime you cuddle your cat you become covered in long white hair!My cat sheds more fur in spring time as during the winter its coat becomes thicker.It is of great importance that you do brush your cat regularily as if the fur becomes too matted it will need to be shaved by a vet.Also regular grooming builds a close bond between owner and pet and if started at an early age will not be difficult to make routine.
I found that with its high class apperance my cat also developed high class taste in pet food and annoyingly refuses to eat nice cheap Safeway Savers Cat Food and insists on having Felix or Arthurs.The funny thing is when i tried covering a Safeway savers can with a felix wrapper she ate it without fussing for around a week before realising she'd been tricked.
Like all cats it is important to ensure persians receive worming treatment regularly and have vaccinations yearly at the vets.If your cat has problems with fleas or ticks(more of a country problem!) i suggest using "Bob martin Spot On" which lasts for about six weeks,and is applied simply with a drop behind the neck.
Although persian cats are great pets i would urge anyone considering getting one to remember they require a lot of grooming(and that in most cases they are very expensive).
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