Persian Cat Kitten Advice
Persian cat and kitten advice, tips, links and FAQ’s
Persian Cat Care and Expert Advice from a Persian Cat Breeder with 3 decades of experience!!
As years have turned into decades we have single-handedly become Persian feline specialists with tested and true advice 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 experienced answers as well as the direct links to the products we recommend for your convenience to purchase the exact items we use. We order most of our kitty items directly from Amazon since they always have such fresh products and we know it can be quite confusing when you get to the store and so many of the brands have similar looking labels.
If you have any questions that are not listed on this page please feel free to email them to us and we will be happy to answer them and add them to this page so others can also benefit.
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Question: What type of cat food do you feed at your cattery?
Answer: We primarily serve our kitties a diet of Royal Canin Persian Kitten and Kitten Iams. Some of the babies may prefer a different type of food if that is the case we will let you know before you receive them.
We do not recommend giving your kitty canned food until they are closer to one year of age.
Question: Is there any certain type of water dish your kitties prefer?
Answer: Well, we have both the traditional water dishes and the more modern drinking fountains available for them and see that the kitties tend to use both equally. Any of the Pet Rageous dishes are awesome! Perfect size for food!
Everyone loves fresh water, including your pet. This 2-liter Petkit water fountain features a 3-stage carbon filtration system and a LED blue light reminder that automatically lights up when water thresholds dip below certain levels. It’s engineered to remove noises due to splashing and has a smart function that automatically turns off when not in use to save energy. Best of all, your pet can lop up clean, filtered water whenever the mood strikes.
Question: What type of kitty litter do you use?
Answer: We use Tidy Cat Non-clumping 24/7 performance long lasting odor control cat litter.
Question: What type of litter pan do you use?
Answer: There again we (well our kitties….LOL) have tried and tested TONS of litter pans and found that one stands out to be the best of the best and that one is the Petmate Giant Litter Pan. It’s super large capacity is big enough for 3 or 4 cats! It also has a Microban antimicrobial protection that stops bacteria.
Our all time favorite litter scooper!!!!!
Antimicrobial Litter Scooper!
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. Our personal favorite is the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post. Click the picture of it below to be directed to the page where you can purchase this exact cat scratcher post.
Question: What is your best advice in regards to removing 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 different coats but my favorite is the small “Long Haired Cat Tool”.
Question: How do you train kittens not to claw furniture or stay off counters?
Answer: Well, that is a good question. Get yourself a clean empty squirt bottle, fill it with plain water and squirt kitty’s hind end when he or she attempts to display a behavior that is undesirable. You can also use canned air; you know the type we use to clean our keyboard with. Both of these methods work great. Kitty will learn after once or twice that behavior is a no-no!
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 cat’s individual genetics.
Question: Are blue-eyed white Persians deaf?
Answer: Yes, 50% of blue-eyed white Persian cats are deaf much like albino rabbits. Deaf kitties are the friendliest cats money can buy since the “fear-factor” is not present. You call their name by your sheer presence rather than a verbal name so they come running to you the moment they see you. Anyone who has ever owned a deaf kitty would never even consider owning a cat with its hearing in tack because of the intensely affectionate personality.
Question? Are any other types of white cats deaf?
Answer: A small percentage of copper eyed white cats can be deaf. Some white cats who have one copper eye and one blue eye may be deaf in the ear on the side of the blue eye.
Question: Are white cats blind?
Answer: No, there is absolutely no truth to this rumor. It is merely a hoax and nothing more.
|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 calicoes)||Born blue, turn gold|
|Tabby’s||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, etc.)||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 a Persian but with eight 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 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 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 streetwise 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.
Bach Rescue Remedy
Rescue Remedy is a natural stress relief agent for cats & kittens.
Whether it is an approaching thunderstorm, a trip to the vet, or merely a weekend alone, loss of a companion, separation anxiety, pets of all shapes and sizes can and do experience stress at some time in their lives. Help relieve their symptoms with Bach 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 administered by simply putting a few drops under their tongue or rubbed onto the cat’s teeth and gums using your finger.
We sometimes dilute a few drops of Rescue Remedy in their drinking water or use a spray bottle to spray it on their fur, preferably the tail since they lick their tail often.
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 the kitty, going to the vet, thunderstorms the list goes on and on.
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.
Question: Do you recommend kitty towers?
Answer: Oh my gosh yes! Here are a few of our kitties all time favorite ones that they all seem to be drawn to and hold up for a very long time (even with multiple cats!!)
Question: What are some of the toys your kitties are used to playing with?
Answer: Well, our cats are a bit spoiled here, but we do have some favorites that we notice all the cats and kittens love to play with. They are some of the absolute safest cat toys ever made! (Click the photos to be directed to the page where you can purchase them)
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 to 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.
Question: Do you have a favorite cat/kitten shampoo?
Answer: Well, we actually have a few that we really like. One of our all-time favorites is called “Earthbath 2-in-1 Conditioning Cat Shampoo”, it is all natural in case you accidentally get it in kitty’s eyes AND it keeps kitty smelling absolutely wonderful for soooo long!
Another one of our all-time favorite kitten shampoos is Espree Kitten Shampoo – EXTRA gentle for baby kittens!
Question: What is the best comb for Persians and Himalayans?
Answer: I think we have tried every pet comb and brush ever made so we know a lot about grooming tools. Number one, do not attempt to own a long-haired cat without a Safari Cat Shedding Comb!!! It is a Must Have!
Now for KITTEN hair brushes, we love the Li’l Pals brushes since they have a rubber tip that protects a kitten’s gentle skin/coat, plus it is next to impossible to find kitten size hair brushes!;)
Question: What is the best product to clean their eyes with?
Answer: There are three very popular eye care products specifically formulated and marketed for Persians eye care. All three are safe, gentle, and effective; specifically created to remove unwanted tear stains from your cat’s coat.
The first one is “SPA” by Tropiclean, this fantastic cleanser is a permanent fixture in our grooming salon! LOVE IT!!!
Next, we have our beloved “Eye Envy” we have been using the 2 step Eye Envy for as long as I can remember. The amazing whitening powder actually helps repels tears to keep the area dry and to prevent the regrowth of tear stain-causing bacteria!!! Just an all-around awesome kit!!
And here is a different approach to tackling tear stains! “Angel Eyes” is a palatable chicken flavored powder that can be added to food or water. It starts working even before tear stains can begin!;)
Remember…..ALWAYS give kitty a couple treats after a grooming session. The type we use here and have had great success with is Felines Greenies Smartbites (Either Chicken or Salon flavored). We have never had one kitty, not like this brand!!;)
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 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!! 🙂
Wintertime Re-homing Tips
Winter time re-homing is much harder on the fur babies so please help keep stress to a minimum. Do not change their diet or type of litter. Keep plenty of warm blankets in the pet carrier when transferring kitty outdoors. We recommend using the ThermaPet Cat Mat inside the carrier, this unique mat transfers your cats own natural body heat back to them. Always give your kitty Rescue Remedy drops before traveling.
Drape a throw over the carrier so it is not exposed to the wintertime outside elements.
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