We all have a lot of the same questions about Persian Kittens, I've made this page to help educate and answer some of the most common questions that we are asked in hopes to help you, the consumer.
First let me address the SIZE question regarding the Teacup & Toy size Persian Kittens, these two words are descriptive and not meant to ever indicate that a full grown Teacup Persian Kitten will fit into a coffee or tea cup!! Persian's have been renowned for 3 basic characteristic's since they were created several centuries ago; they have the flattest facial features of any purebred cat, they were typically LARGE boned and they are the most human seeking and loyal feline breed. In regards to the Teacup and Toy size, all that has changed is the BONE STRUCTURE! They are not runts, inbred or anything less than their standard size counterpart. It is important that you have a realistic expectation of these sizes. A standard Persian will be 10 to 15 lbs at full maturity with most of that comprised of a large bone structure. This is not to be confused with the different facial structure, as that also varies from baby doll face to extreme show face. (please see this page to learn more about facial structure)
A Teacup size Persian adult is usually 4 to 7.5 lbs, a Toy size is 8 to 9.5 lbs and of course, 10 lbs and up is a Standard size Persian. The smaller the bone structure, the higher the maintenance for the person raising them and their price is reflective of that.
Certain color's are recessive, being harder to produce (rare) and those of course, also reflect that in the individual price.
Another frequent question is long hair or short (officially called and "Exotic" Persian) This depends on your personal life style and time available for grooming, long hair is higher maintenance and I hope that everyone reading this will consider this factor carefully when choosing your family companion.
Can this breed go outside? Absolutely not! No matter the hair length, they simply do NOT have the survival instincts to spend any time whatsoever outside.
What kind of food do they need? Over the years, we have tried several brands and the two that are the absolute best for this specific breed are Royal Canin and Iams (dry). It is okay to give your kitten/cat treats, however, if you give daily wet food, you will likely see loose stool and that is not good for anyone.
What kind of litter box? We use both the hooded model and the non-hooded so that is entirely up to you. If bringing home a new kitten, try to pick out a spot for this in advance so that once you show he or she, it will be there going forward. Kittens are smart, they are litter box trained by their Mother's at a very early age and rarely have accidents. Provide a consistent place for their potty and they won't disappoint you:)
What kind of litter? who better to ask than your professional 'poopologist', lol, we highly recommend Tidy cats. If you want to try something else, do so upon arrival as they are still young enough to adapt to 'change'.
This page will continue to grow and is here to be helpful, feel free to ask any questions as no one learns anything without them!
The saying goes, "The females love you but the Males are IN love with you". When deciding on a family pet, please bear this in mind. Often, the girls will select one owner to be "their" favorite. Boys will follow you like a puppy and are often more affectionate, not always but more often than not.
Neutering/Spaying by 9 months of age will ensure that both sexes do not have the hormones to mark territory, etc. Remember that just as many females mark their territory if left unaltered, there is a huge misconception about this! We de-sex most of our kittens sold as pets before they are placed to protect our babies and ensure that they live the spoiled pet life that they were meant to.
Whether you're seeking a beloved pet or show baby, beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. Just because you don't plan on showing does not change the quality of the kitten. I also don't consider my kittens "only pets." They are born and raised to be valued companions and family members. This means, of course, that they deserve a family worthy of them. The price for a kitten covers many bases. It gives me hope that the kitten will be valued by the buyer; it weeds out the bargain hunters and the folks who may not be financially able to care for all of the cat's needs throughout its life. Of course the funds help with my considerable expenses as well. The people I'm looking for as care-takers of my kittens will not be thinking of them as "only a pet," or only a cat. Persians live 15 to 20 years and this is a serious commitment.
All kittens are at least 12-16 weeks old before being released to new homes, with the ultimate determining factor being that they must weigh at least 2.5 lbs, no exceptions. Persians are a slow maturing breed. We leave the kittens with their Mothers as long as possible, so that they learn to use the litter box, to use the scratching post, and develop good social skills with other cats.
All of our kittens/cats have been vaccinated with Purevax brand immunizations before going to their new homes. We DO NOT give or recommend any other vaccine, especially those containing feline leukemia. There is new research now available to the public on this subject. We have followed Dr. Jean Dodd and this is the latest information available:
New Vaccination Protocol - IMPORTANT READING
As suggested by Dr. Dodd for years, the revised Vaccination Protocol for ALL 27 Vet hospitals will apparently be changing their programs. This is welcome news and should be taken with you to your vet should you need reinforcement against over-vaccination.
VACCINATION NEWSFLASH [CIMDA support] Re: J Dodd's vaccine protocol
I would like to make you aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats.
Some of this information will present an ethical & economic challenge to vets, and there will be skeptics. Some organizations have come up with a political compromise suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of income vs. those concerned about potential side effects.
Politics, traditions, or the doctor's economic well-being should not be a factor in medical decision.
NEW PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY:
Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces immunity, which is good for the life of the pet (ie: canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titer is not "boosted" nor are more memory cells induced. Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines.
Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be Vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced.
Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, DELAY the timing of the first highly effective vaccine.
Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart SUPPRESS rather than stimulate the immune system.
A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age.
Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year 4 mo) will provide lifetime immunity.
Please note that Deposits are taken in good faith and are Non-Refundable, and the only way to reserve a kitten~ so please be sure of your selection before you send your Deposit. Deposits can be made through or via Western Union, Money Gram or Wire Transfer, any other kind of money order or cashiers check will delay the transaction 7 to 10 business days. ANY SALE CANCELLED BY THE CUSTOMER WILL ONLY BE REFUNDED HALF OF THE PURCHASE PRICE DUE TO LOST SALES TIME. WHEN YOU RESERVE A KITTEN, YOU MAKE IT UNAVAILABLE TO ANYONE ELSE.
All Final payments must be made via bank wire, Western Union, Money Gram or we will accept checks, they just take ample time to clear before your kitten can leave.