4 Misunderstanding in Treating Persian Cat (must know!)
You must have seen a cat, right? From ordinary cats with thick and adorable fur to unique cats that have no fur at all. Or maybe you keep a cat at home? Oh, is that a Persian Cat? Perfect! Because at this moment we will spend time with Persian Cats.
For those of you who don’t understand or mistaken Persian cats and Angora cats are the same type, let me clear this thing. Persian cats are long-haired cats that are characterized by round face and short snout. He is also known as “Persian Longhair” in English-speaking countries. The first documented Persian ancestors were imported into Italy from Iran around 1620. The difference that clearly describes Persian cat is the shape of their nose which tend to be shorter and go inside. Unlike the Angora who has a longer nose.
So, now let me ask you something for those of you who have Persian Cats at home, do you think that during the treatment you provided so far is the right one? Is the way you treat your cat also correct? Well maybe a few points below will make you realize maybe your method of treating your Persian Cats at home is not entirely true. Here we go.
Combing feathers Persian cats are a must-do activity. If some people think combing their hair doesn’t need to be done as long as their fur isn’t wrinkled or doesn’t clot, well that’s a big mistake. Whether their fur is tangled or not, you need to comb their hair every day because the more you never comb their fur, some part of their fur will clot. Don’t wait for their fur to clot before you comb it. Combing their fur is an attempt to prevent their feathers from blowing. Besides combing their fur can also prevent them from skin infections. When the fur is wrinkled, your cat will find it harder to clean the skin under the fur. When cat skin becomes unclean, they often get infections.
Persian cats are brachycephalic which means their nose and nose space are shorter when compared to normal cats. This does not harm them, but sadly, this means that Persian cats do not have a system of mucous membrane reels in the nasal space that filters and warms the air. This makes Persian Cats tend to sneeze and sob like their noses clogged because they don’t have a normal filter which is the first line of defense against infection. On the basis of this fact, you should clean your Persian cat’s nose.
You may not know this fact, but once you know it, quickly clean their nose cavity. The best way to help your cat fight respiratory infections is to keep the nose clean. Make sure your cat’s nose is clean because your short Persian nose can be easily blocked and difficult to breathe. You can use a warm, wet cloth to wipe your cat’s nose and make sure it’s cleaned. Wipe your cat’s nose at least once a day, and always clean it if it looks a little clogged.
- Turning eye’s color
You might not realize if your cat changes his eye color. You don’t need to worry when you see it. This is caused by a chemical called porphyrin which is found in the tear fluid of the Persian Cat and when the chemical is exposed to the air, this porphyrin is oxidized and changes to brown rust. If you have trouble understanding it, this is the same process that causes apple to be cut into chocolate while you let it. Nope, it is not kind of decay process. This is only liquid that is oxidized because it comes out of the body. If it still inside their body, it couldn’t be change.
You should be able to keep these tears from staining the cat’s fur. Most of the owners will allow this situation but still this can cause problems if the dirt falls on their fur because it will be difficult to clean. You can also wipe the eyes of your Persian Cat with a small amount of safe boric acid that is safe for eye cleansing on square cotton. Wipe the area under and around the eye with a cotton ball soaked in warm water twice a day after removing the stain.
- Genetic hereditary disease
Many people think that Persian Cats are automatically healthy because they have been vaccinated. Regularly vaccinated isn’t 100% working for them. In fact, Persian cats have a high chance of hereditary disease carried by their gen. This is because crosses and artificial breeding have been developed so much that their gen is susceptible to congenital disease that may not be carried by Persian cat themselves but cross cat that are mated with them. One of the diseases that threaten them is polycystic kidney disease. This genetic error affects one in three Persian cat and results in the formation of several fluid-filled cysts in the kidney that can cause kidney disease.
The life span of your pet can be extended by prescribing a kidney diet and drugs such as ACE inhibitors that can help with kidney filtering capacity. Symptoms are including: drinking more than usual, reduced appetite, lethargy, weight loss, vomiting, if you recognize these signs in your Persian Cat, please take them to the vet.
Then how, have you reflected on how you care for your Persian Cats? Have you been right to treat your Persian Cats? Hopefully you have realized the points above before you read the point above. And if you just found out after reading this article, immediately change the way you care for them. Not that Persian Cats are fragile and harmful pets, but maybe you already have enough confidence that the care you give is the best. Even though it’s not as complete as the care you provide is right for them. No, this is not to justify or to blame you but while you can still take care of them, take care of them as best you can. While it can still be repaired, fix it. Don’t wait for them to get seriously ill, then you take action. This is only the case before it’s too late.