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Any Persian owners? What should I know?

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stressystressy Mon 10-Jul-17 18:39:08

We are long term fosterers and have had many, many cats through our home. While we have loved them all we have owned cats in the past and quite enjoy the temporary nature of fostering.

DP was recently asked to cat sit for a new neighbour, and over the weekend I went with him to care for the cat. He is the most delightful, handsome smoky Persian with amber eyes. He took to me straight away and was affectionate without being all over me - it took everything in me not to bring him home wink

I am very rescue minded so I would never buy a kitten from a breeder, but it got me thinking about potentially adopting an adult Persian in the future. Does anyone have any insights into their personality? Are they known for being affectionate? This guy had a quirky little personality - is that typical?

ocelot41 Mon 10-Jul-17 18:57:54

I don't know much about Persians, but if you are anywhere near N Yorkshire, they have some at the lovely St Francis Rescue where I am adopting a Maine Coon. In fact, I will be transporting another to them on Sat on behalf of someone else

OlennasWimple Mon 10-Jul-17 18:59:56

they can be affectionate, are often quirky but almost always hard of thinking (they have fluff between their ears as well as their toes smile)

Lolalovespugs Mon 10-Jul-17 19:04:39

Mine is a bit thick, would go for a lie down on the motorway if allowed too, very trusting and friendly with everybody.

Fur and eye care are very important, they need grooming every day, mine also needs his bum wiped as the fur matts very quickly and then need to be shaved.

Great cats though

stressystressy Mon 10-Jul-17 19:06:22

hard of thinking grin

We're actually in London and I've already looked at the four(?) Persian rescue sites for the UK. We aren't in a hurry though. I just want to make sure I know exactly what I'm signing up for before committing.

The only real experience I have of living with a breed has been a Siamese (demanding, bonded, highly intelligent, virtually no grooming required!) By the sounds of it the complete opposite of a Persian!

Vinorosso74 Mon 10-Jul-17 19:52:28

How about this fella?http://www.northlondon.cats.org.uk/northlondon/adopt-a-cat/?cid=189133

Vinorosso74 Mon 10-Jul-17 19:58:17

Ooh that didn't do the clicky link. www.northlondon.cats.org.uk/northlondon/adopt-a-cat/?cid=189133
Never had a Persian myself so no advice but Toddler a regular poster on here has two from a rescue.

stressystressy Mon 10-Jul-17 20:40:07

Vino he is delightful! Look at his tatty ear smile

Sadly, we have no outdoor space, so he would need to be content to be an indoor cat (and as far as I'm aware they are pretty dopey so don't do well unsupervised outdoors). Ah well...

Hope Toddler pops by to give an insight.

thecatneuterer Mon 10-Jul-17 20:49:58

I have a rescue Persian. He is very, very sweet and incredibly stupid. I should have called him Tim (nice but dim). I briefly also fostered his four brothers and sisters, who were exactly the same. Persians aren't known for their brains.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 10-Jul-17 21:13:31

We had three at the same time, they were all intelligent but not in the evil genius league the bengals in.

You won't wear black for years & you'll become a lint roller aficionado.

juneybean Mon 10-Jul-17 21:16:00

I love Persians. Got a gorgeous 3 year old tortie myself. She's dim as a brush but cuddly. They need a lot of grooming ...not just brushing but wiping eyes and botties if fur is too long around the bum.

Vinorosso74 Mon 10-Jul-17 21:24:00

Stressy I met him last week and he is a sweetheart. You could always call them to discuss your home set up.....

Weedsnseeds1 Mon 10-Jul-17 21:29:23

You need toddler , she has two lovely Persians.

stressystressy Mon 10-Jul-17 21:50:46

Thank you for all your input.

Vino will have a chat to DP about Chester tonight.

Someone else mentioned "Persian attitude" - is that a thing?

OlennasWimple Mon 10-Jul-17 22:30:59

Well, they think that they are the king or queen of all they survey, but don't all cats? smile

I guess they end up in rescues because of the grooming requirements (they do need a lot of attention!)?

OlennasWimple Mon 10-Jul-17 22:35:08

Chester looks like a persian cross, so might not need quite so much grooming

Our persian is an outdoors cat, and we never supervise him

heymammy Mon 10-Jul-17 22:36:47

They do need intense grooming and it's just too much for most people, my mum included. Her lovely girl has had to be shaved twice at the vet and I've just finished shaving her again due to matts. Their fur is beautiful and soft but all of a sudden it just clumps together like damp wool. Their eyes are gunky and need cleaned regularly and yes, if you keep their fur long then you will need to wash their back end.

I'm a bit hacked off with Persians and their stupid fur at the moment, sorry! Lovely, sweet natured cats though!

FrencheoGrammaireo Mon 10-Jul-17 22:44:47

I like Persians too.

In addition to rear end grooming (and rest of body) may I helpfully suggest you avoid any chance of Persian getting diarrhoea..especially if you dont notice until there are strange brown patches on your bed, on your sofa, down the backs of his furry furry legs.....shock

And definitely make sure they're flea protected!! Even if they're never outside.

But despite those two delightful experiences, when I've finished mourning my former Persian love, I'll probably look for another.

Ours was a rescue and definitely not stupid.

Liked to be King though.

SnoozyMcsnoozy Mon 10-Jul-17 22:58:22

I've got an exotic shorthair almost like a Persian but with short hair, she's the best cat and I don't even like cats (except her) I wanted a dog.
She runs up when I get home for cuddles and dreamies she's super cuddly but not demanding although she's not the sharpest tool in box.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 10-Jul-17 23:21:04

Thanks for all the lovely comments. Wrote a long post and it won't post. Dodgy wifi so I will try again tomorrow!

Toddlerteaplease Mon 10-Jul-17 23:32:39

Looks like is ok now! My Persians were used as breeding queens and were rescued in a bad state. It's taken almost two years to get them to where they are now. They came from the Brilliant St Francis rescue. They are gorgeous, very affectionate once their confidence is gained. Semi lap cats. We are getting there with that but love fuss. As PP's have said, they really do only have fluff between their ears. Totally rubbish at being cat's. They don't climb or hunt. Mine aren't bothered about going out. They go into an enclosed garden but that's it. I'd never let them anywhere near a road. Mine will not let me wipe their eyes but I can pick off dry gunk with my fingernails. Weirdo. The other just wipes it on my arm. Snorg has breathing issues and snores like a man. They are less demanding than normal moggies, I think. Mine have lovely easy to care for coats. But I know some Persian coats are hard work. Go for it * Op*, you'll not regret it. SF do have contacts in London As well.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 10-Jul-17 23:34:23

My best friend has an exotic short hair and she's gorgeous but very grumpy. Her daughter is a cross with a Selkirk rex and is slightly more cat like as she lives boxes and climbs.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 10-Jul-17 23:38:00

Persian Attitude. Is this a thing? Ha ha ha that made me laugh. They wouldn't know what attitude was! Although I'm told chinchillas can be quite a handful!

stressystressy Mon 10-Jul-17 23:49:12

Toddler if you can imagine the first picture (not sure which one of your girls that is) with amber eyes and a lion cut (and a boy of course!) - that is exactly like our cat sitting cat. I loved him!

To be honest, after having a grumpy guy for many years, whom I adored anyway, I will definitely be getting the lowdown from the fosterer on their personality. I want a lovey dovey cat if I every adopt again (it's looking likely isn't it?!) The grooming side of things doesn't put me off really as I groom the cats at work.

Thanks for sharing everyone. I don't think DP will take much convincing - I'll report back [winkl]

OlennasWimple Mon 10-Jul-17 23:51:03

I'm having yearnings for a persian kitten now.... (I never have pangs like this for babies, only cats)

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