Persian Cat Kitten Advice
Persian cat and kitten advise, tips and tidbits
As years have turned into decades we have become Persian feline specialists with tested and true advise for those of you with a various database of questions regarding the needs and concerns of Persian and Himalayan cats.
This page features YOUR questions and our knowledgeable and experienced answers.
Question: What is the best brush/comb to use for grooming my kitty?
Answer: We actually sell what we consider to be the best brush for your kitties. You can find these amazing little Persian cat & kitten brushes by visiting this page: Kitty Brushes if you would like to purchase one. They are $25.00 and we use these exact brushes on all of our kitties.
Question: What are the best types of scratching posts, carpet or sisal rope?
Answer: Well, we try and teach our cats NOT to scratch the rugs and carpet, so it is best to get the sisal scratcher posts, that way you are not confusing your cat.
Question: Is there a particular canned food that is best in your mind?
Answer: Canned cat food is a special treat for your furry friend but in all honesty, it’s what I refer to as “Cat Candy”. Don’t get me wrong, some of brands out there do offer a lot of nutritional value , but by far Life’s Abundance brand is the best. If I had to pick just one to promote it would be Life’s Abundance. Their foods are top of the line. You can order Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice canned food here.
Question: What is the best type of cat litter?
Answer: Well, we are a huge fan of all natural clay litter since we dump and bleach the litter pans daily, but we also like the tidy cat crystals. They look like little crystal rocks. They are THE BEST at neutralizing odors and being neat & tidy to clean up after.
Question: Is there a particular cat litter you recommend for cats who don’t like those two types of cat litter?
Answer: Yes, believe it or not some cats can be just as finicky about their kitty litter, as their food! If litter pan issues arise be sure to confine you kitty to a smaller room in your home and switch them to Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract Cat Litter. This special veterinarian developed cat litter has a natural herbal attractant that piques a cat’s curiosity to use the litter box. The combination of herbs, texture and particle size provides a unique and effective solution for cats who have eliminated somewhere in the house other than their litter pan. You can purchase Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract Litter at Pet Smart.
Question: What is your best advice about dealing with mats and tangles?
Answer: Oh boy, do we ever get this question a lot! Ok, listen up gang….if you are going to own a Persian or Himalayan you MUST invest in the best grooming tool out there…..the FURminator! This AMAZING grooming tool is an absolute MUST for anyone who owns a Persian or Himalayan. This tool comes in various sizes for various coats but my favorite is the small “Long Haired Cat Tool”. It is light purple.
Question: Do all kittens have blue eyes?
Answer: Yes, that is something that most people don’t seem to know but yes, all kittens have blue eyes when they are babies.
Question: How do I know which ones will have different colored eyes by the time they are adults?
Answer: Below we have created an eye color chart for you to view which explains eye color. Please keep in mind that the colors may vary somewhat depending on each cats individual genetics.
Question: Many cat breeders say to use water or a squirt gun to train cats not to claw furniture or stay off counters, what is your advice?
Answer: Well, that is a good question. While many cat breeders will tell you to get a squirt bottle I disagree, ONE drop of water in your cats ears can cause an inner ear infection that get very serious, very quickly. We always advise people to use canned air; you know the type we use to clean our keyboard with.
That way there is no risk of getting water in kitty’s ears or gets them all wet and yucky. They really do not know where the burst of air came from so they do not fear their owners, all they know is they do not like it! Once or twice and they are like….”Forget it, I’m not going near that chair/table top, ect.” So put your squirt bottled back under the sink.
Question: What is a “furb”?
Answer: Haha! Oh, that’s a good one! Okay, as everyone knows, we call our kittens “fur-babies” so the nickname to that is Furbs. So when we say we are off to check on the furbs or we have a new litter of furbs, you will know what we’re talking about!!
Question: What should I do when my kitty sneezes or appears to have a head cold?
Answer: As you know, cats hate going to the vet, especially when they are not feeling well. Most of them even hold a grudge against the person who loaded them up and took them there. We have discovered a product for colds that we swear by! Nine out of ten cats see marked improvement with just one dose. Now, as you know, it takes a lot for me to sing the praises of any particular product, unless we wholeheartedly believe in it and trust it with cats and kittens. This remarkable product is called NHV, it has earned our thumbs up approval as being an outstanding product to help shorten and resolve a kitty’s cold without taking them into a vet clinic where they can sometimes pick up things much worse than a simple cold.
|Color Pattern||Eye Color
|All Himalayans||Born blue, stay blue|
|Whites||Can have either blue eyes, gold eyes, green eyes or the unique “Bi-Eyes” (One blue – one gold)
|Silver and Golden (Including chinchillas)
||Born blue, turn green|
|Bi-colors (Including calico’s)||Born blue, turn gold
||Born blue, can turn gold or green|
|Chocolate & lilacs||Born blue, turn gold
|Tortoiseshells||Born blue, turn gold
|Smokes||Born blue, can turn gold or green
|Solids (Black, red, cream, blue, ect.)||Born blue, turn gold
Question: What is a Himalayan?
Answer: Ok,we get asked this question A LOT so here we go…A Himalayan is basically a Persian but with 8 color points.
The mask on the face and the tail.
The Himalayan acquired the color points from the Siamese, therefore the Himalayans are a tad bit more vocal and high energy than the Persians.
Both are very sweet-tempered, intelligent and generally very social. Like Persians, Himalayans are very loyal and devoted to their owners. They prefer to be near humans for ongoing companionship.
All Himalayans have blue eyes.
Persians and Himalayans are considered to be the exact same breed.
As with most long-haired cats, Himalayans need to be brushed daily to keep their coats looking their best.
The body fur on of a Himalayan is white or ivory, but the points come in many different colors: seal (or black), blue, lilac, chocolate, red (flame), and cream. The points can also be tabby or tortoiseshell-patterned. The chocolate and lilac point Himalayans are the most difficult to produce, because both parents must carry the gene for chocolate/lilac to produce a chocolate or lilac kitten, as the trait is autosomal recessive.
Like Persians, Himalayans are indoor cats only and should never be allowed outside.
They are not fighters nor street wise as most feral cats.
Question: Is there a product you recommend for stress?
Answer: Yes, there sure is!:)
It’s called Rescue Remedy and it is a natural stress relief agent for cats & kittens.
Whether it is an approaching thunderstorm, an imminent trip to the vet, or merely a weekend alone, loss of companion, separation anxiety, pets of all shapes and sizes can experience stress. Help relieve their symptoms with the first alcohol free Rescue Remedy specially formulated for pets.
The preferred method for administering Rescue Remedy is putting it directly in the cat’s mouth. It can be dropped in with the dropper or rubbed onto the cat’s teeth and gums using a finger.
We sometimes dilute a few drops of the remedy in water and use a spray bottle to spray it on the animal’s fur and in the location where the cat spends time. Another option is to rub the remedy into the skin, such as behind the ears, on the paw pads or on the nose, where it will be absorbed or licked off.
Here is a link where you can purchase this amazing product.
The other MUST have for a cat or kitten is CATNIP, no cat household should be without catnip. There are so many times we offer catnip to our kitties to reduce (and almost vanish) stress. Everything from bathing kitty, going to the vet, thunderstorms….the list goes on and on. We offer our organic catnip in two forms, inside our specially made catnip pillows or infused in our nursery blankets.
You can purchase our very own home grown organic catnip here. We do not use any harmful chemicals or insecticides in our catnip fields.
Question: What is the BEST cat food on the market?
Answer: Without a doubt it is Life’s Abundance cat food!
Provide your furry feline friend to this awesome food and watch them flourish! Purchase Life’s Abundance HERE.
Question:How do I introduce a new kitten to my older cat?
Answer: We get this question a lot and believe it or not it’s not as hard as you think. Put the new kitten in a pet taxi/carrier and sit, he or she in front of your older cat. This way they can see and smell one another without really being “in contact”. Do this several times a day for the first couple days and then when you sense they are ready for contact open the carrier and allow them to sniff one another. You may still have a little arching of the older cats back and or a hiss or two but that will fade in no time. Soon they will be snuggling up together, and you will wonder how they ever lived without each other.