Persian cat is a very cute, lovely and friendly animal. Its long fur and also the button shape of its nose making this cat becomes a very popular pet all around the world. Even though Persian cat will be an amazing companion for you, taking care of this type of cat is far from easy. It needs plenty of attention and you really need to spare your time to make sure your cat will always look good, and most importantly, be healthy. Here are some tips to help you care for your Persian cat.
Brush Its Hair Everyday
One of the most appealing charms of Persian cat is definitely its smooth and long fur. Unfortunately, its fur will not stay smooth all the time. As its fur grows longer, along with the activity the cat does, its fur will be tangled. If you keep it that way and don’t untangle it immediately, the fur will be matted and it will be hard to clean the skin underneath. Not only the fur will be less beautiful, your cat will also be prone to skin diseases.
Brushing Persian cat’s fur is not an easy task because the cat might be afraid of the brush and develop a resistance to it. To prevent this from happening, you need to start brushing the cat’s hair from when it was still a kitten. Make the activity seems playful so the cat will be happy instead of being intimidated with the brush.
Don’t forget to choose a good metal brush with wide-spaced teeth. It is the best type of brush for Persian cat’s fur. Brush the fur every day following the growth direction of the fur. Do this twice a day when the shedding season is coming.
Clean Its Nose
Persian cat’s flat face and button nose might seem really cute and this feature might be the reason why you fall in love with this breed in the first place. Unfortunately, this face structure makes the cat prone to respiratory problem. Due to the shape of its nose, Persian cat doesn’t have mucous membrane to filter air which makes respiratory infection very likely.
To make sure your Persian cat can breathe properly, you need to wipe your cat’s nose at least once a day. Make sure the nose is clean so it is not blocked and your cat will not have any breathing problem. To clean its nose, simply use a clean cloth and wipe it gently to clean anything that might block the nose.
Pay Attention to Its Eyes
Besides its nose, the structure of Persian cat’s face can pose some health problems to its eyes as well. Since the eyes are deeper, it doesn’t have proper drainage system for eyes’ fluid. As a result, the fluid will get dried around the eyes, stain the fur around it and even cause eye infection.
To make sure there will be no problem arises from it, you need to dry its eyes regularly. Some cat will produce more eye liquid so you need to check it several times a day. Everytime you notice that your cat’s eyes are starting to get wet, wipe it immediately with clean cloth.
Make Sure The Cat is Healthy
Persian cat is related to some genetic illnesses such as heart and kidney disease as well as blindness due to shrinking retina. Since this is genetic disease, there is little you can do to protect your precious cat from those health conditions. However, it doesn’t mean that you can just sit back and wait until the disease coming for your cat. Most of those genetic diseases are fatal. However, if you bring your cat to the vet regularly, watch over it for any abnormal behavior which enable the disease to be detected early, those diseases will not be a threat to its life.