What should a Persian cat eat?
The Persian cat is a pure breed with a unique combination of nutritional needs. One of the earliest recorded domestic cats, with a history that dates back to the 1600s, the Persian has a well-earned reputation as being the ideal lap cat. Typically, you will find them grooming their beautiful, long coats on their favourite spot on the couch. Their coats require a lot of ongoing maintenance and they need a lot of nutritional support to keep them at their healthy best.
The ideal Persian cat food takes these needs into account, providing nutrients that support the coat and skin, support digestive health and help to deal with the most common Persian cat health issues like hairballs and irritated skin conditions.
Healthy skin and coat
The Persian cat is renowned for its glossy, longhaired coat. It makes them one of the most admired domestic breeds, but it comes with its challenges. The coat sheds a lot; so much so that it can fill your house with fur. Also, the length of their coat means the fur tends to tangle and mat unless you give your Persian a daily groom with a good brush. Replacing this much hair requires a lot of internal support, which is why a proper Persian diet should be reinforced with added omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Underneath their beautiful coat, the Persian can also suffer from skin disorders that lead to irritated skin and matted fur. The fatty acids that help promote a well-conditioned coat are also an excellent source of nutritional support for overcoming typical Persian cat skin conditions that can lead to clumping in their fur.
A longhaired breed that sheds heavily like the Persian cat will always be more prone to producing an excessive number of hairballs. Because of the length and density of the Persian’s coat, hair is often swallowed in large amounts when this breed grooms. Cats will generally vomit up hair that is swallowed but if hair stays stuck in their digestive tract, it may cause more serious concerns such as gastrointestinal blockages. Feeding your Persian cat a diet high in fibre can help to keep their gastrointestinal tract moving normally and help bind hair in their stomach so that it works its way through their digestive system more effectively.
The Persian has an overly sensitive digestive system that needs proper support to avoid upset stomachs. And with their tendency to experience hairballs regularly, it’s even more important that the Persian breed’s diet specifically targets healthy digestion. A great way to help your Persian’s digestion work properly is to provide them with a diet full of highly digestible proteins, prebiotics and fibres to support a balance in intestinal flora and aid digestion.
More than just a meal
The ROYAL CANIN® Persian Cat diet has been specifically formulated to meet the unique needs of the Persian. In addition to the nutritional content found in the food, the kibble has also been tailor-made to best suit the Persian’s unique flat jaw. Because Persians lap their food up with the underside of their tongue, the kibble’s almond-shape has been designed to make it easier for the cat to pick up and chew. If you’d like to know more about this diet, click through to the Persian breed page on our website.