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The Pros and Cons of Persian Cats
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The Pros and Cons of Persian Cats

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Are you considering adding a new furry feline to your household? With their adorable appearance and affectionate personality, it's easy to see why a Persian cat would rank high on your must-have list. Before you take the plunge, it's a good idea to explore some pros and cons.

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Persian cats are incredibly affectionate

Filipino man petting his cat carlofranco / Getty Images

Persian cats are experts at showing their love, and they often demand a lot of it in return. They're huge fans of curling up on laps and demand a fuss throughout the day. A friendly Persian is a wise choice if you're seeking a cat that'll rub against your legs and look at you adoringly.

Their affectionate nature makes them ideal emotional support pets, so they're often used as therapy animals.

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They're aesthetically pleasing

Lovely White Persian cats rukawajung / Getty Images

When you're seeking a cat that's good to look at, Persians are hard to beat. Thanks to their long silky fur and round faces, they're adorable to most cat lovers. Owning an aesthetically pleasing cat can also come with emotional benefits.

One study shows how looking at cute animals can improve your mood and lower your blood pressure.

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These cats often stay calm

Cute white Persian cat sleeping on wooden platform Aekprachaya Ayuyuen / Getty Images

When you want a cat but you also don't want to risk your living environment becoming too hectic, a Persian is an excellent choice. As a breed, they don't tend to scratch and bite a lot. Instead, they prefer lounging around and relaxing.

Having a calm cat is especially advantageous if you're looking for simple companionship or an emotional support animal.

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They're child-friendly

Lovely young child and her yellow and orange Persian cat spending time at home. FluxFactory / Getty Images

A Persian cat's calm nature usually means it's a decent choice for homes with children. They respond well to petting, playful behavior, and being picked up. Although there's no guarantee they'll never scratch or bite, they're far less likely to than other breeds.

Their calm nature also makes them suitable for children who experience stress or anxiety.

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They don't need a lot of exercise

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Just like humans, animals are at risk of experiencing obesity. Fortunately, Persian cats are less likely to become obese than other breeds. Thanks to their low energy levels, their calorific requirements are low, and they're less likely to overeat.

However, it's still important to monitor them for signs of obesity and keep them within a healthy weight range. Ideally, your cat will stay between seven and 12 pounds.

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Persian cats require a lot of grooming

Kitten Grooming - Long Hair Persian Cat Hair Cut with Trimmers - Close Up carlofranco / Getty Images

Part of what makes Persian cats so cute, their long fur, requires a fair amount of grooming. If you don't brush their hair regularly, they may develop knots and mats that become uncomfortable. Once a mat or knot is in place, it can be hard to tease out without the assistance of a groomer.

Make sure you brush your cat each day and watch out for knots in difficult-to-reach places, such as beneath their arms. If you do adopt a Persian, remember that they may need more assistance with grooming as they get older. Aging cats are less agile, which can make self-grooming feel uncomfortable for them.

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They Shed a Lot of Fur

Beautiful white Persian cats in nature and Grooming Hair. bombermoon / Getty Images

Another issue that comes with owning such a fluffy cat is the amount of fur they leave behind. Persians shed fur on everything they come into contact with. If you're a fan of wearing dark colors or you want to keep your furniture clean, you'll need to invest in a lint roller.

The Persian's heavy shedding may also result in them developing fur balls more often than other breeds.

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They're prone to respiratory problems and eye infections

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Persian cats have precious large, round faces. Unfortunately, the very flatness that makes them so cute also renders them prone to respiratory problems. Their narrow and short nasal passages can increase their risk of breathing difficulties.

In some, but not all, Persians, this results in their breathing becoming shallow and fast when something causes them to feel anxious. Their big round eyes are also prone to ulcers and infections.

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They're at risk of dental problems

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A Persian cat's flat face also means it's at risk of dental problems. Their jaws are short, which can result in the teeth becoming crowded. When their teeth don't have enough space, they may cause abrasions that progress into abscesses.

It is essential to provide a Persian cat with a balanced diet that meets its dental needs. Additionally, they'll need regular dental checks with the vet.

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Persians aren't very energetic

A mixed breed cat is a cross between cats of two different breeds or a purebred cat and a domestic cat. Boyloso / Getty Images

A Persian cat's low energy levels can become both a pro and a con. Their laid-back nature might not appeal to those who prefer playful cats. Additionally, cats that have a naturally calm nature may struggle to adapt to changes in their routine. This can make moving home or adding new members to the household challenging.

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