If you’ve decided that the Persian cat is the right breed for you and your family, you need to start thinking about where you are going to get one.
(If you want to keep a Teacup Persian cat, this breed isn’t exactly rare, but it isn’t common either, so be prepared to look around a bit before you find one. When looking for a breeder who specializes in Teacup Persian size, take great care to view the breeders to make sure they are ‘Really’ small Persians; you will not be able to tell by looking at the kittens whether or not they are teacup size)
If you are having trouble finding a breeder, you may be tempted to purchase a kitten from your local pet store. Be careful buying kittens from pet stores because you don’t know where they come from; They could come from a quality breeder but are more likely to come from a hobby breeder or an unlicensed breeding facility that prioritizes profit over animal welfare.
In the United States, you can do an online search for Persian cat breeders, or you can check the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) website for a breeder index.
In the UK and elsewhere in Europe, the International Cat Association (TICA) provides a list of breeders for each of their registered cat breeds. You can also try the Persian Breed Council, which also provides a list of breeders.
Bringing From The Rescue Shelters
If you don’t particularly mind bringing a kitten home, or if you want to help reduce the population of unwanted pets, you may want to consider adopting a cat. Cat adoption has many benefits besides the fact that you could literally be saving a life by bringing a rescue cat into your home.
Many rescue cats have already been litter-trained and are often past the kitten phase as well, meaning you may not have to deal with typical kitten behaviors such as scratching.
Rescue cats that are adults are also fully grown and developed so you can get a good idea of their personality – kittens can change in terms of their personality as they mature, so you never really know what you might end up with.
If you are planning to adopt a Persian cat, consider one of these breed-specific rescues:
The United States Rescues
- Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue (http://www.purebredcatrescue.org/persians)
- Persian and Himalayan Cat Rescue (https://persiancats.org)
- Helping Persian Cats (http://helpingpersiancats.org)
- DFW Purebred Rescue (https://dfwpurebredrescue.org)
United Kingdom Rescues
- Chapelhouse Persian Rescue (http://chapelhouse-persians.co.uk)
- Rushden Persian Rescue (https://www.justgiving.com/rushden-persianrescue)
- London Persian Rescue (https://www.london-persian-rescue.co.uk)
- St. Francis Persian Cat Rescue (https://www.stfrancisrescue.co.uk)
Buying From The Reputable Breeder
How to choose a reputable Persian Cat Breeder?
Although the Persian cat is a beautiful and gentle breed, it is a breed prone to numerous inherited health problems. With this being the case, you should make sure you get your kitten from a reputable breeder.
A reputable breeder will do a DNA test on his breeding stock to avoid transmitting these diseases; You will also take other steps to make sure your kittens are healthy and well behaved. However, to find a good Persian cat breeder, you may have to do some footwork.
Start by asking your local veterinary clinic or other cat owners for recommendations; If that doesn’t work, a simple online search can help. Once you have compiled a list of various breeders, you will need to review them to choose the best option.
You don’t want to take the risk of purchasing a kitten from an amateur breeder or someone who doesn’t follow responsible breeding practices. If you’re not careful where you get your kitten, you could end up with a kitten that is already sick.
Once you have your list of breeders handy, you can go through them one by one to narrow down your options.
Follow the steps below to weed out poor quality breeders and choose the best option:
- Visit the website of each breeder on your list (if you have one) and look for key information about the breeder’s history and experience.
- Check for club registrations and licenses, if applicable.
- If the website doesn’t provide any information about the facility or the breeder, you’d better move on.
- After you’ve ruled out some of the breeders, contact the remaining breeders on your list by phone. ·
- Ask the breeder about their experience with dog breeding in general and about the Persian cat breed in particular.
- Request information about the breeding stock, including registration numbers and health information.
- Expect a reputable breeder to ask you questions about yourself as well – a responsible breeder wants to make sure their kittens go to good homes.
- Make an appointment to visit the facilities of the remaining breeders on your list after you’ve eliminated a few more.
- Request a tour of the facilities, including the place where the breeding stock is kept as well as the facilities that house the kittens.
- If things look unorganized or messy, don’t buy from the breeder.
- Make sure breeding stock is in good condition and that the kittens look healthy and active.
- Narrow your list down to a few final choices and then interact with the kittens to make a decision.
- Make sure the breeder provides some kind of health guarantee and ask about vaccinations that kittens may have
Once you have chosen your kitten, ask the breeder if the kittens are ready to be separated from their mother. Leave a deposit, if needed, to reserve a kitten if they are not ready to go home yet.
Tips For Selecting A Healthy Persian Kitten
Even after you’ve chosen a reputable Persian cat breeder, your job is not done! Now you need to take the time to choose a healthy kitten. If you don’t take the time to make sure the kitten you bring home is in good health, you could be setting yourself up for a decade of frequent vet visits and that can be very costly.
Choosing a healthy kitten is not difficult and it is worth it.
Follow the steps below to choose your Persian kitten:
- Ask the breeder to give you a tour of the facility, especially where the kittens are kept.
- Make sure that the facilities where the kittens are kept are clean and hygienic; If there is evidence of diarrhea, do not buy one of the kittens because they may already be sick.
- Take a few minutes to observe the litter as a whole, observing how the kittens interact with each other.
- Kittens should be active and playful, interacting with each other in a healthy way.
- Avoid kittens that appear lethargic and those that have difficulty moving may be sick.
- Get closer to the litter and see how the kittens react when you do.
- If the kittens seem scared, they may not be properly socialized and you don’t want such a kitten.
- Kittens can be a little cautious, but they should be curious and interested in you.
- Let the kittens come up to you and give them time to sniff and explore you before interacting with them.
- Pet the kittens and encourage them to play with a toy, taking the opportunity to observe their personalities.
- Identify any of the kittens that you think might be a good fit and spend a little time with them.
- Pick up and cuddle the kitten to see how it responds to human touch.
- The kitten may squirm a bit, but it shouldn’t scare you and it should enjoy being a pet.
- Examine the kitten’s body for signs of any potential illness or injury
- The kitten should have bright, clear eyes with no discharge.
- Ears must be clean and clear without discharge or inflammation.
- The kitten’s stomach may be round but it should not be distended or bloated.
- The kitten should be able to walk and run normally without mobility problems.
- Narrow down your options and choose the kitten you think is the best fit.
Once you have chosen your Persian kitten, ask the breeder about the next steps. Do not bring the kitten home if it is not at least 8 weeks old and unless it has been fully weaned and is eating solid food.
No reputable breeder will attempt to sell you a kitten that has not yet been weaned or is at least 8 weeks old.
Preparing Your Home For A Persian Kitten
Persian cats are very friendly and mild-mannered, but all cats have a slightly naughty side, especially when they are kittens. You may not be able to stop your Persian cat from getting into trouble, but you can protect it from getting into things that could hurt it.
Kitten-proofing your home is very important, but also fairly easy to do; just follow these steps:
- Store all your cleaning supplies and other household chemicals in a closet
- Place all foods in covered containers or store in the pantry; you don’t want your cat to get into something that could be bad for him.
- Make sure you don’t leave any medications or toiletries on the counter where your cat can get into.
- Always unplug electrical cables when not in use and wrap them so your cat is not tempted to play with the cord; this is a good idea also for blind cables.
- Remove poisonous plants from your home or place them where your cat cannot reach them.
- Keep the lid of the toilet seat down so your cat is not tempted to drink from it; it will also prevent a small kitten from accidentally falling off.
- Make sure your window screens are very secure, especially if your cat can jump into the window.
Always check the doorways and doors of appliances (like the dryer) before closing them; you never know when your kitty might get in.