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The flow of the Persian cat’s history basically goes like this: Originates from the Chorazan Province of Persia (present-day Iran); fascinated by the cat’s long, grey silver hair in the early 1600s, an Italian traveller and writer named Pietro della Valle, returns home with a species of cat never before seen in Europe; it’s quickly associated with luxury, silken cushions and high living; instantly granted aristocratic status; and now remains one of the breeds most affected by changes in fashion today.

Placid, good tempered, and extremely easy-going, the Persian is upset by virtually nothing. Owning one of these “aristocratic” felines – whether it be a Brown Tabby Persian, Tortoiseshell Persian, Smoke Persian, Red Persian, Black Persian or Chinchilla – gives you ample opportunity to impress someone. Even in less illustrious homes, it relinquishes none of its regal habits. Persians are extremely expensive, largely because they achieve sexual maturity relatively late and their litters are often very small. But to be in awe at your cat’s glorious presence comes at a price. That price is extreme attentiveness.

There’s no more pathetic sight than an ill-kept Persian. However beautiful it may be to start with, however proud and majestic, the Persian cat can soon become an unattractive mass. Their eyes, which weep easily, must be cleaned daily. Couple this with tangles and knots which form easily and are impossible to remove, grooming your Persian cat can become overwhelming, but it’s all for a good cause. It’s your gateway to establish a stronger bond with your cat. As far as the Persian is concerned, you’ll learn that anything that’s worth taking care of is worth keeping. You’ll relish the results of your efforts. Literally.