Why a Persian Cat Will or Won’t Make You a Good Pet
A Persian cat can be a wonderful companion, but before getting one, you should consider your living environment, available time and energy to care for them, and the type of interaction you wish to have with your new pet. The information here will help you decide if a pet Persian cat is the right pet for you. Keep in mind that each cat is an individual, and not all Persians will fit the breed characteristics exactly.
Consider where and how you live? A pet cat can be content in even a small apartment, as long as there is enough room for it to have separate eating and litter areas. Persians can be territorial, however, so a small living space is not ideal for multiple cats. Consider whether you have any belongings that could be damaged by your new cat. Cats instinctively sharpen their claws, but can often be trained to sharpen them only where you desire. Persians have long hair that will shed, and can also cause hairballs, which can stain carpets and upholstery if not cleaned up quickly.
How much time and energy will you have to devote to your new pet? Cats’ personalities range greatly from very affectionate to aloof and solitary. Persians tend to be in the middle but closer to the solitary side. They will play and socialize but will not necessarily seek out these interactions. Personality notwithstanding, all cats require time-consuming care & attention. Your pet Persian must be fed and watered daily, and litter must also be cleaned daily. Many automated devices exist, but these still require maintenance at some point. Persians also require regular grooming to care for their long hair, otherwise mats, knots, and hairballs will surely cause problems. Cat pets also need exercise and mental stimulation, both of which can be fulfilled by interactive play with their owners. Depending on the personality of your pet, some time will have to be spent training or helping your pet adapt to their new environment.
You should also consider your financial situation and your future. Cats can live fifteen or more years. Before you get a pet Persian cat, you should understand that you are making a long-term commitment to this animal. Cats require regular vet care, including vaccinations, spaying or neutering (unless you plan to breed), and care for any medical conditions that may arise. Many cats live long, healthy lives, but some also develop costly conditions such as diabetes or FIV. Think about whether you have the resources to provide this care for your pet. Call a veterinarian in your area and ask for a range of prices for routine cat care.
Persians make great friends, but just like any partnership, personalities, needs and abilities must be weighed to be successful. Do you have the space for a cat to be happy? Do you have an environment that both you and your pet can live in? Will you have the time and energy to play with and care for your pet Persian? And will you be able to afford a pet cat over its lifetime? After considering the information above and answering these questions you will be able to determine whether to have a pet Persian cat or not.