Persian cat

Reserved / Independent / Loving

Few cats are as famous as the graceful, elegant Persian. Their fluffy coats, chubby cheeks and flat noses are renowned in the cat community. Though they look smug and aloof, these kitties are sweet and love to sit on your lap.

If you’re thinking about adding a cat to your family, a Persian is a great option. They make wonderful companions for any cat lover.

Before you adopt a Persian, you need to know more about their habits and needs to determine if you can be a good parent for them. We’re here to help. 

Spot Pet Insurance offers personalized plans for your pet, and we also provide educational resources so that you can learn more about keeping your pet happy and healthy.

So what do you need to know about the Persian cat? Read on to find out.

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Health Risk

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Progressive retinal atrophy

What is it?

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a condition that can cause blindness in cats and dogs.

% Cats affected:  

Less than a percent. 

Clinical signs: 

Tests can reveal signs of progressive retinal atrophy. 


Sadly, there isn’t a treatment for PRA in cats.

Other risks:

Persian cats have a recessive inheritance pattern that makes them more prone to PRA, which typically develops in cats over one or two years old.

Average Vet Bill

$1500 to $2000


90% reimbursement rate = $1350-$1800

80% reimbursement rate = $1200-$1600

70% reimbursement rate = $1050-$1400

Bladder Stones

What is it?

Bladder stones are small formations that develop in a cat’s urinary bladder.

% Cats affected: 

Bladder stones are a common problem for cats.

Clinical signs: 

Blood in their urine or struggle to urinate. 


Vets often recommend the following treatments for a cat’s bladder stones: Cystotomy, passing the stone with a catheter, diet changes.

Other risks:

• Bladder stones take a few weeks or months to develop.

Average Vet Bill



90% reimbursement rate = $270-$720

80% reimbursement rate = $240-$640

70% reimbursement rate = $210-$560


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What is the personality of a Persian cat like?

Most people think of cats as aloof, but some can be very loving. Persians are one of those loving breeds. Despite their dignified looks, they are true lap cats.

Even though Persians love to drape themselves over you and your furniture, they can also be very playful. They aren’t fans of rough and tumble cat play but do enjoy playing with a feather or toy on a string.

A Persian would do well in a home with a single person, a child-free couple or a couple with older children. However, they will show affection to their family.

Do Persian cats get along with children?

Persians are very gentle, but they expect the same treatment in return. They are not fond of children pulling their fur or dragging them around, so if you have small kids, you should teach them to pet their new cat gently. 

Do Persian cats get along with other pets?

Persians prefer quiet houses, and they don’t like adapting to new situations. They prefer routines to chaos. They dislike dogs, so a Persian probably isn’t the best fit for your home if you have a canine companion.

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How to care for Persian cats

Many other factors go into caring for this popular cat. You need to know what their diet should look like and how to handle their exercise. You should always consult a vet, but we’ve gathered a few basic facts for you.

What is the Persian cat’s coat like?

You’ve probably already guessed that taking care of a Persian involves a lot of grooming. Their world-famous long coats need quite a bit of tender, loving care to keep them picture perfect.

Persians require daily combing. Otherwise, their fur can become matted and tangled. This can make your cat uncomfortable; they’ll probably need a haircut. 

This popular breed should be bathed frequently, at least once or twice a month. More frequent bathing can irritate your cat’s skin. It’s important to dry your Persian’s coat completely.

Persians should get regular nail trimmings and teeth brushings. They also tend to get tear stains, so you need to wipe their faces at least once a day, especially around the eyes.

Persian cat colors

Persians have a wide range of coat colors. Their luxurious coats can be:

  • Gray or silver
  • Black
  • White
  • Blue
  • Tabby
  • Tortoiseshell
  • Lilac
  • Calico

There are more than 80 different colors, so we can’t name all of them, but the ones listed here tend to be the most well-known.

Are Persian cats hypoallergenic?

Persian cats aren’t considered hypoallergenic.

Lifetime Care Cost:

About $14,000

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How to be the best parent for a Persian cat?

Wondering how to keep your Persian cat happy and healthy? Read below for tips about exercise, diet, and everyday care.

How much does a Persian cat cost?

Persian cats usually cost between $800 and $1500. However, you might be lucky enough to find one up for adoption from your local animal shelter.

Basic training and behavior etiquette for your Persian cat

Because Persians aren’t as energetic as animals like dogs, they don’t need much exercise. They are quite content with a daily playtime. The rest of the time, they prefer to sleep or find comfortable pieces of furniture to lay on.

Like dogs, cats can be trained to behave better when they’re acting out. Aim to begin training once you adopt or purchase your Persian kitten. If your Persian is behaving in undesirable ways, try to prioritize training in the following areas:

  • Train your cat to interact with children and other pets.
  • Train your Persian to get more comfortable with handling.

What foods should a Persian cat never eat?

As you’ve probably heard from your vet, some human foods aren’t safe for your cat. Avoid giving your Persian any of the following foods:

  • Dairy
  • Chocolate
  • Raw meat or fish
  • Yeast and raw dough
  • Onions and garlic

Diet tips to keep your Persian cat fit and healthy

Persian cats are carnivores. That means they eat meat, so a well-rounded cat food will be primarily some form of beef, chicken or fish. 

Other potential health conditions for a Persian cat

  • Cystitis, a bladder infection
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which causes kidney degeneration
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart abnormality

Persian cat life stages

Persian cats typically live for about 14 years.

Junior: 7 months – 2 years 

Prime: 3 to 6 years 

Mature: 7 to 10 years old

Senior: 11 to 14 years old


Persian Cat Cat Breed Hypoallergenic, Health, and Life Span | PetMD

Persian | VCA Animal Hospitals 

Persian Cat Breed Information | Vetstreet

Progressive Retinal Atrophy In The Cat | VCA Animal Hospitals

Bladder Stones In Cats | VCA Animal Hospitals

Portosystemic Shunt | Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Liver Disease in Cats | International Cat Care

Persian | The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc 

Persian Cat Care | Humane Society of Chittenden County 

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