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The Persian is the most popular purebred cat in the United States, and for good reason. Its distinctive round face and short muzzle make it instantly recognizable. The first ancestors of the Persian were imported from Khorasan, Persia, into Italy in 1620, and from Angora, Turkey to France around the same time.
The Persian cat as we know it today is a docile, sweet creature that blends seamlessly into most households. They are creatures of habit and prefer things just the way they are. Their long, flowing coats require daily brushing, a chore that most Persians will remind you about willingly.
While their active lifestyle makes them a joy for families with children, Persians are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Persians are prone to include kidney diseases such as polycystic kidney disease; heart problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; dental problems such as gingivitis; and respiratory disorders such as brachycephalic syndrome.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Persian inherits his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s poor heart, you’re covered.