Persian Cats

Persians and Himalays Com 107 September 6, 2010 Dr. Phillip Johnson Abstract Persians and Himalayans This paper will explore the differences between Persian and Himalayans cats with the respect to the color and different healthcare and where they originate from. These cats are alike in many ways, Himalayans are Persians and some are not Himalayans are essentially a cross between a Persian and a Siamese, but among the Persian they have striking marks as Himalayan.

Himalayans trademarks this colors which this makes the cat stand out this is just some of the colors it may have red cream tortie, seal, lilac or even chocolate blue cream but the most popular color is blue. Persians color prints are not that colorful and they are not well defined that’s why people can’t tell the difference between these breeds of cats. Where these cats orientated from are two beautiful places. The Himalayans origin is the United States also it carries the nick name “Himmy”. In Europe they are commonly called Colour print Persians that began in the 1950’s.

Persians origin is Iranian plateau (Persia). In Britain it is also called the Longhair or Persian Longhair and the Traditional Persians cats are also known as the (Doll Face Persian) is considered as a true breed of Persian cat breed. The first Persian was presented at a cat show at the Crystal Palace in London, England in 1871. The first breed standards (then known as points of excellence) was issued in 1889 by Harrison Weir, the creator of the first cat show. Persians differ from any other cat breed. Also these cats have some healthcare things that need to be known before you own one.

In the Persian ancestor some carry the gene that causes Polycystic Kidney Disease also known as (PKD). Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) which causes kidney failure in affected adult cats has an incidence rate of 36-49 % in the Persian breed. Cysts develop and grow in the kidney overtime, replacing kidney tissues and enlarging the kidney. Kidney failure develops later in life, at an average age of 7 years old (ranging from 3to 10 years old). Symptoms include excessive drinking and urination, reduced appetite, weight loss and depression.

The disease is autosomal dominant and ultrasound or DNA screening to remove affected individuals from the breeding pool has allowed some lines and catteries to drastically reduce or eliminate the incidence of the disease. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ( HCM) is a common heart disease in all cats. It is hereditary in the Maine Coon and American Shorthair, and likely the Persian. The disease causes thickening of the left heart chamber, which can in some instances lead to sudden death. It tends to affect males and mid to old-aged individuals. Incidences rate in Persians is around 6. %. Unlike PKD which can be detected even in very young cats, heart tests for HCM have to be done regularly in order to effective track and/or remove affected individuals and their offspring from the breeding pool. Persians breed cats are popular and describe to be so what quiet, mostly placid in nature it adapts well in apartment lifestyle. Himalayans tends to be more active due to influence of the Siamese breed. Both big on closeness, and affection to owner, not very friendly towards strangers, cleanliness, somewhat predictable, vocalization and fussiness over food.

Another thing, about these breeds since they have thick fur they can’t effectively keep clean, they need regular grooming to prevent matting of the fur. They have to be bathe regularly and dried very carefully afterwards and brushed every day the alternate is to shave all hair off. Their eyes also need to be cleaned regularly to prevent tear staining. Hopefully exploring some of the needs of being a Persian owner that now you will have a better out look at these beautiful breeds of cats.