It’s important to take note of potential health problems with the Persian cat breed if you are considering to make one of these fine creatures a member of your family.
Teacup Persians just like their larger counterparts have an average lifespan of 12-20 years.
Health concerns can occur if the feline matures at under 3 pounds in weight.
Persians have a more sensitive digestive system which manifests itself in vomiting and diarrhoea. It is therefore important for them to have a balanced diet rich in vitamins, fibre and proteins.
Owing to the typically defining facial features of a Persian and micro Persian, they are prone to respiratory problems i.e. breathing problems as well as eye draining concerns.
Persian cats are also more prone to fungal infections and is the main reason for them being more suitable to live indoors. These fungal infections can be picked up simply by breathing in the germs which live in the soils typically in hot sandy climates. Fungal infections are difficult to treat, do not respond to anti-biotics and can cause death!
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Another health concern which affects Persian and teacup Persians is PKD.
PKD is short for Polycystic Kidney Disease which is a hereditary kidney disorder. This disorder can be successfully treated with help from the vet by way of DNA tests in kittens and ultra sound in adult cats. A special diet targeting kidney problems would include daily food not as high in protein and phosphorus nutrients. Symptoms of kidney failure is a loss of appetite and an increase in fluids as well as blood in the urine and bad breath.
As with all cats and dogs regular de-worming and monthly flea checks will also make for a happy pet.
Teacup Persians are an expensive breed which can prove even more expensive if your kitten has health problems. It is best to take your new kitten within 72 hours of purchase for a complete health check so that you are fully informed and know what you are getting into.