This cat breed is super popular for its sweet temperament and long, shiny coat. They show their affections to only those they are close to.
If you are looking to adopt the Persian cat breed, there are a few things that you need to know to ensure you make an informed decision.
Read on to know the important information about the breed like its character, grooming, temperament, factors that influence its price, etc.
How much is a Persian cat in Rupees?
The average price of a Persian cat in India is Rs. 18,000 but the cost can range anywhere between Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 30,000 depending upon the purity of breed, your location, whether you are buying from a cat owner or pet shop and which season of year you are buying.
Factors that influence the Persian cat price in India
One of the most important factors that affect the price of the Persian cat is its colour rarity. The cats that are found in rare colours like white fall in the expensive price range.
The coat quality of the cat also affects its price. The higher the coat’s quality, the higher is its price.
Another factor that influences the price is its health. A healthy Persian cat costs more and it is worth spending a few bucks more on a healthy cat.
The place where you purchase the Persian cat matters a lot. We recommend you to get a Persian cat from a reputable breeder or owner because they are the ones that actually take good care of the cat.
The pet shops have a bad (true) image of keeping cats only for their profits. Some pet shops do not even check if the cats are healthy or not.
The location where you adopt the cat from influences the price because of the expenses that the breeder incurs.
Persian cats are popular for their flat face. There are three kinds of faces like the pet quality, show quality and doll face.
The price of the cat also depends on the kind of face it has. Let’s understand the different kinds of faces.
The pet quality face is the one that has a nose and is not perfectly round, which means it is not too flat which can make it difficult for the pet to breathe.
The show quality face is the flattest Persian cat face which has an extreme or no nose. The third type is the doll face which is also known as the breeder quality. It has a tiny nose and a round face.
The show quality face, also known as the punch face is the most expensive, next comes the pet quality (semi-punch) and least expensive is the doll face Persian cat.
The breeding season is also one of the considerations that influences the price of the Persian cat. If you wish to get one during the winter, that is their breeding season, then you can get one at a cheaper rate at around Rs. 12,000.
If you wish to get one in the summer, then you may have to pay around Rs 30,000. If you are planning to get a kitten, then make sure that it is at least 3 months old. This is because it needs to be with the mother for at least 3 months to grow well and build good immunity.
If you get a kitten younger than 3 months, then it may have a tough time digesting dry food and will prefer wet food only.
When you get a kitten, make sure to see the vet and ask him/her about the deworming timeline.
What is the yearly maintenance cost of Persian cats in India?
A yearly maintenance cost of a Persian cat is around Rs. 15,000 to 20,000 including food, litter, vaccination and vet visits.
Let’s breakdown the expenses so that you know which part takes what percent of the expenses.
Cat food is the most recurring expense. Your Persian cat will approximately require 1.2 kg of dry food every month which will cost you around Rs.300. The yearly expense comes to Rs. 3,600 yearly.
Wet cat food costs around Rs. 40 for a 85 gm pouch, which costs around Rs. 4000 – Rs. 5000 yearly.
A bag of cat litter costs Rs. 300 for 5 kgs, which comes to Rs. 3000 yearly. Vet visits depend on the location and experience of the vet but it approximately goes to Rs. 200 per visit.
Vaccination costs would be around Rs. 1000 yearly and medicines for ticks, fleas, deworming and shampoo would cost around Rs. 1500 yearly.
One time neutering cost would be approximately Rs. 4000.
History of Persian cats
Persian cats are super popular in India but not a lot of pepople are familiar to its history.
This cat breed have been into existence since 1600s and are believed to have originated in Persia and Turkey. The breed then moved towards the west to Europe with the crusades.
They became popular among the nobles like the Queen Victoria of England. This cat breed became more popular in the late 19th century during the car show circuit.
Persian cats have round ears, shor bodies, stubby nose and are round headed. The traditional persian cats have doll faces with a prminent nose.
They are registered by the cat Fanciers Association and is usally the winner in cat shows. Their chubby cheeks and snub noses are particularly bred and loved by humans.
Personality of Persian cats
This cat breed is obedient and dignified. It is popular for being quiet and too sweet to its master. Kids love to play around with her and she loves to be gently combed and wheel her around in a buggy.
Persian cats love their human family members and are super affectionate towards them but may discriminate the guests they dont trust.
They like to be in a quiet space. They have an impressive personality, and a soft voice. They have a very simple routine – regular meals, a little fun playtime with the feather or his/her favourite toy, love from his/her humans.
Persian cats are not the one who climb up the curtains or jump up the kitchen counters. They like to be in their space. She would want you to give her the attention while she is happily sitting on the sofa, chair or bed. She loves the attention she will willingly receive from her humans but never demand for it.
These cats are picky eaters but they eat well when they are fed their favourite food. Make sure their diet is rich in fiber and protein, lowin fat. You can feed them raw, dry, wet or a mixture of types of cat food.
As they are not too energetic, do not overfeed them because that can lead to obesity. We recommend you make a time table to feed them food twice a day, instead of leaving some food for them all the time to avoid overeating.
Also, since they have a flat face, it might be tough for them to eat some shapes or sizes of food, so if you find your cat not eating a particular food, it can be because of its structure.
Grooming & Coat
The Persian cat has a unique appearance. They have a round head, short nose, large eyes, small ears and full cheeks. The short neck supports its cute little head and they have a strong muscular body.
They have short legs and chubby paws. Since the body is compact, the tail is short too which makes it proportionate to the body.
They have thick, shiny and long coat with ruff around the neck. They have deep frills between the legs, and toes.
They have different coat colours that include white, red, cream, black, blue, chocolate, and lilac. They have shaded, smoky and taby coats. Persian cats usually have deep blue, copper, green, blue-green eyes.
Types of Persian Cats [Varieties]
This persian cat type includes classic bi-colours, calicos and van patterns. The calicos and van patterns have white coats with little spatter of colours here and there. The patch colours can be chocolate, blue, orange, black and others.
Most cats of this type have copper eyes while some even have green.
You would have guessed it from the name of this type of Persian cat. These cats have single-coloured coats. You can find them in cream, black, blue, lavender, chocolate and white.
All these Persian cats have copper cooured eyes, except the white one who has a beautiful sapphire blue eyes.
The Himalayan Persian cat is very famous and was bred with a combination of Persian and Siamese. This is why iy has a fawn-coloured or cream cat with soft facial markings and different coat colours like blue, red, lilac, chocolate, seal and more.
Since this type of cat is crossbred, the Cat Fanciers Association took some time to accept them. A Himalayan Persian cat should have sapphire blue eyes, and the point colours should be on tail tips, feet and face.
The tabby patterns are famous on various cat breeds and look beautiful on the long furred Persian. You can find them in patched, mackerel, classic with easily noticing markings.
These cats are available in different colours like silver, cameo, red, blue and cream. The Tabby Persian cats are an extrovert and playful. They are ideal family pets with their social and playful personality.
Smoke & Shaded Persians
This type of Persian cat has an undercoat that changes into various overcoat colours. The patterns include a number of shades like orange, red, cameo, black, cream and tortoiseshell.
Persians of this type have warm copper eyes.
The Parti-colour Persians are four carefully bred colour patterns. There is a tiny room for variations among the parti-colours that include chocolate tortoiseshell, tortoiseshell, lilac-serum and blue-cream.
These cats have a strong base colour and gorgeous patches of second colour to enhance their looks. These doll faced persian cats have copper eyes.
Silver & golden perrsians
As you may have guessed from the name of this type of Persian cat, the fur colours are either sunshine gold or moonshine silver.
Both these types of cats can have blue-green or green eyes in shaded and chinchilla varieties.
Are persian cats friendly?
Persian cats are loving, friendly and sociable. They love snuggling up with their human. They are super calm and relaxed. They like attention and would wait for you to come back home and give them some love and attention.
Do Persian cats like to cuddle?
Persian cats are close to their humans, gentle and affectionate. They love being in touch with their humans physically, petted picked up, cuddles and the best lap cats.