As longhaired cats became more and more popular in Europe, especially in England, British owners created clubs based on color. The blue longhairs were most popular in the late 1800’s. Queen Victoria had a pair of colorful blue felines.

The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy was formed in England in 1910. The recommended standards of cat breeds were drafted as well. At that time, they decided the longhaired felines known as longhairs, or Persians, would be known formally as longhairs. They dropped the name Persian. The Angora cat declined in popularity. This was probably due to cat lovers preferring the Persians’ fuller coat and stockier build. The Angora’s coat was thinner and they had a leaner build.

People in the United States began obtaining longhaired cats in abundance from England. The Persian soon overtook the once-popular Maine Coon Cat by the 1900’s.

The Cat Fancier’s Association, which is the leading cat registry in the U.S. and the world, was founded in 1906. The Persian cat was also bred in different structural directions. The head shape and nose break would soon become the object of much criticism and concern. Regardless of this occurrence, the Persian was and still is one of the world’s most registered and highest rated of all felines.

If you are searching for your first Persian kitten, there are many important things you need to think about, which include:

• Where to look
• What you are looking for prior to a selection

You will first need to understand that adding any kitten to your home is a commitment to care for, respect, and love this little creature for the duration of its life. This little kitty will depend upon you, its owner, for every need and want that will include:

• Food
• Recreation
• Medical check-ups
• Grooming
• Security
• Litter training
• Teaching where to and where not to scratch
• And companionship

The list above is not a complete list, but certainly at the top of your list for things a Persian kitty will definitely need. This is true of any kitten you adopt, however, adopting a Persian kitten will require more time and care than some other cat breeds. For one thing, the Persian cat generally has a long and full coat that will require daily grooming to keep it tangle-free and in good shape. You should count on Persian cat grooming on a daily basis at about 20 to 30 minutes each day. If this will be a problem for you, you might want to rethink the decision to adopt a Persian kitten.

And where to buy: Just as with puppy buying, avoid the pet shops. A purchase from a Persian cat breeder will probably yield the highest quality for you.

Source: Persian Cats by Sandra L. Toney, published by T.F.H. publications, the world’s largest and most respected publisher of pet literature

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