This is a breed that will require regular grooming and is not capable of grooming his/herself. Because grooming will become a regular part of your kitty’s life, getting him/her accustomed to it from a young age is important for a happy, stress free relationship later. If you will use a groomer, keep regular appointments so that your Persian becomes familiar and comfortable with the routine. If you are unable to brush your Persian daily, then you may opt for what is called a “lion cut”. This is where the Persian is shaved leaving “just enough fuzz” to keep him comfortable over most of his/her body while keeping the hair long around the face and neck area (like the mane of a lion) as well as keeping the fur longer on the feet and tip of the tail. We usually give this cut to our kitties in the summer to help them feel more comfortable in warmer weather. We will usually groom our expectant Queens with this cut as well to help make it easier for the kittens to find milk and latch on as well as help with hygiene.
If you keep the coat long, you will also need to make sure you are managing hairballs. A hairball is, just as the name suggests, a ball of hair that collects in the stomach resulting from the cat licking his/herself. It is not digestible, so it will be thrown up (and this can happen on your bed in the middle of the night!). There are several products out there to help, and with regular usage, they will eliminate hairballs.
Another important grooming requirement to keep in mind for this breed is tear management. The flattened face of the Persian causes a of the nasolacrimal duct- the duct at the corner of the eye near the nose which carries away tears. This causes tear duct overflow which in turn leads to the staining and potential gunky build up if you do not keep it cleaned. You can use a damp rag or even a baby wipe to clean this daily.
It is not necessary to declaw your cat! This is a barbaric practice which chops off the tips of the toes of your cat! It is very painful and renders your cat incapable of ever defending his/herself or even climbing to a safe place. There are countless scratching posts and climbing posts available for purchase, or you can easily make one by wrapping a rope or carpet around wood. However, we have found that the absolute best (most preferred amongst all our kittes, and bonus, super cheap!) is simply corrugated carboard scratchers.