9 Fascinating Facts About Persian Cats

Persian cats were a traveler's souvenir

The Persian cat's origins are unknown, like those of many other breeds. Some sources claim that longhaired cats have been in the Middle East for thousands of years, yet studies show that the cats' genetic makeup is similar to that of cats from Western Europe.

They were in the world's first cat show

After the Persian breed debuted in the world's first organized cat display at the Crystal Palace in 1871 more than 250 years later Persian cats quickly became the talk of London.

Persian cats are beloved in America

Persians were transported to the United States at some point after 1895. One of the first cats to be registered when the Cat Fanciers' Association was established in America in 1906 was a Persian.

And adored by famous historical figures

There are numerous well-known people who have kept Persian cats throughout history. Throughout her life, Florence Nightingale owned 60 cats, her favorite of which was a big Persian named Mr. Bismarck.

Persian cats are pretty easygoing

Despite their posh and distant appearance, Persian cats are among the nicest and most laid-back of all cat breeds. But they do require attentive maintenance.

Persian cats come in many sizes, colors, and varieties.

Persian cats are known for their characteristic white or silver appearance in popular culture (see the Fancy Feast cat), but the breed actually comes in a variety of hues. Numerous types are available.

 Persian cats are pop culture icons.

Regarding the Fancy Feast cat, one of the breeds that is most frequently portrayed in popular culture is probably the Persian. Ernst Stavro Blofield, the James Bond supervillain, and his satirical alter ego, Dr. Evil, both enjoy petting their Persians with white and blue eyes.

Their faces haven't always been and aren't always flat

The Persian's flat face is its most distinguishing feature, second only to its coat. The breed's compact face hasn't always existed, though.

They're similar to Turkish Angoras

Persian cats bear a striking resemblance to Turkish Angoras, another type of fluffy cat that made its way to Europe from the Mediterranean in the 1500s.