Black Persian Cats

Black Persian Cats

A True Black Persian is a relatively rare animal. Many cats may seem black but on closer inspection actually have white or rust flecks in their coats. The glossy black color is difficult to breed, and definitive results won’t show in kittens until they are six or seven months old. The cat with the true black variation should be discouraged from backing in direct sunlight, which will bleach its coat, and dampness, which will cause a tint of brown.

The Black Persian is lively for a Longhair but remains the characteristic affection for its owners. Its jet-black coat is silky and thick with a full frill at the neck and shoulders. The body is the cobby type. It has short, thick legs, rounded, large paws, and a short, bushy tail, which ends in a plume. The head is rounded and broad with fully developed cheeks and a short nose. The eyes are round and large, either dark orange or copper in color. Its ears are rounded at the tip and relatively small.

Common faults are hair not thick enough, a thin body, a tail of a different color from that of the body, a too-long muzzle, and ears too close together.

To prevent mating, the fur needs daily brushing with a soft bristle brush, with particular concentration on the tail, where fleas congregate. The diet should include meat, cooked rice and cooked vegetables. Multivitamin supplements are advised particularly in the cat’s first year.

Black Persian is affectionate and prefers an indoor life, but it is lively for a Persian and an able mouser. It requires thorough daily grooming to keep hair free from tangles, a varied diet of meat, cooked rice and vegetables, plus multivitamins. Its true black coloring is difficult to breed. It has too little hair, a thin body, inconsistent tail colorations, and ears too close together.

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