ANDHRA PRADESH

Persian cat, the hot favourite of pet lovers

One for the album: A kitten of Persian cat being cuddled by people in Visakhapatnam. —

One for the album: A kitten of Persian cat being cuddled by people in Visakhapatnam. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.R. Deepak

Nivedita Ganguly

The graceful feline cynosure of all eyes at the recently held pet show



These cats are easy to manage and are normally active and very friendly

They are fed three times a day with imported cat food, says animal lover



VISAKHAPATNAM: Even though the fiery orange round eyes give it an eerie, capricious appearance, Tom is a very friendly and active Persian cat, unlike its lazy introvert partner Ginger. The striking golden fur and friendly disposition made Tom the cynosure of all eyes at the recently held pet show at VUDA Park. The two rare varieties of Persian cats are the pets of S. Suresh, an animal lover and dog trainer.

Now four months old, they were brought to the city from Hyderabad and Mumbai when they were tiny kittens. “These cats are easy to manage and are normally active and very friendly,” says Suresh for whom the cats have become an intricate part of the family. They are fed three times a day with imported cat food.

“The species is rare but beautiful, that is why many pet lovers prefer to keep Persian cats,” he adds. In Vizag, there are about six to seven pet Persian cats, he says. But its popularity is on the rise.

The cat characterised by its round face and shortened muzzle. The striking feature of the cat is its long fur coat. One of the oldest cat breeds, it takes its name from its place of origin, Persia (Iran). Recognised by the cat fancy since the late 19th century, it was developed first by the English, and then mainly by American breeders after the World War-II. In Britain, it is called the Longhair or Persian Longhair.

The selective breeding carried out by breeders has allowed the development of a wide variety of coat colours, but has also led to the creation of increasingly flat-faced Persians.

Favoured by fanciers, this head structure can bring with it a number of health problems. The placid and homely nature of the Persian cat makes it a popular pet and confers a propensity for apartment living. It has been the most popular breed in the United States for many years.

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