How to care for Persian cats. Method for dealing with Persian related health conditions.
Be alert for any signs of illness. While Persians have been bred for their unique looks this same breeding has also led them to become predisposed to certain diseases. While there is nothing you can do to prevent your cat from getting the disease as she is genetically prone you can watch for signs of these diseases and have your cat treated as soon as she develops the condition. So watch out for polycystic kidney disease, PKD. This genetic fault affects one in three Persian cats and results in the formation of multiple fluid-filled cysts within the kidney that can lead to renal disease. Once the problem is identified your pets lifespan can be extended by prescription, renal diets and medications such as ACE inhibitors which can aid the filtering capacity of the kidneys. Symptoms include drinking more than normal, reduced appetite, lethargy, weight loss, vomiting. If you recognize these signs in your pet then take her to a vetinarian.
Look for symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy heart disease. This disease causes the heart wall to become thick and which then impairs the heart's ability to pump blood around the body. Luckily there are drugs such as diuretics and ACE inhibitors that can decrease the workload on the heart and increase longevity. Signs that your pet has heart disease are vague and nonspecific, however you can look out for things like exercise and tolerance, sleeping more than norma,l lack of interest in food or grooming herself, shallow breathing and breathing through an open mouth.
Pay attention to signs of progressive retinal atrophy, PRA. PRA is a genetically programmed thinning of the retina that eventually leads to blindness. Whilst it sounds distressing cats are actually very good at compensating for blindness. They are adept at using their whiskers, sense of smell and hearing to move. If your cat does go blind it is generally best to keep her indoors and avoid rearranging the furniture as she could become disoriented. Signs of blindness include bumping into objects left in her path that are not normally there. Pupils that cease forming slits and bright light and will remain large and black.
Tips: Give your cat plenty of love and affection every day. Avoid letting Persian cats out of the house as they can easily catch fleas. As a rule cats should be kept indoors to avoid accidents or injuries due to cars or fights with other cats.
Warning. If you see signs of any illness in your cat you should take her to the veterinarian.