Before adopting a Persian cat, just like any other cat, you must make sure it can’t access any dangerous objects that it could choke on if swallowed. You must also check that sockets and cables are out of reach. Some plants have the potential to be toxic to cats. If you do own such plants, you will have to move them away from the cat. You could also think about “fencing” your windows to stop it getting out keeping it safe.
As the Persian cat is an apartment cat, you will have to prepare an area for its litter tray before it arrives. There are special “toilet houses” that exist helping reduce the smell. In fact, they are very useful in apartments. Make sure the litter tray is in an area easily accessible by the cat and don’t move it once the cat knows where it is.
The cat will also need food and water. Place the bowls as far away as possible from the litter tray in a calm area. You could also consider buying a basket or a bed for it to sleep in. However, most Persian cats prefer to decide where they sleep by themselves. A scratching tree and some toys are also very good investments to keep your cat happy and healthy.
The Persian cat is a very calm but stubborn cat. Therefore, a lot of patience is needed to educate them properly.
If your cat starts scratching your furniture, bring it immediately to its scratching post. Similarly, if it starts biting, give it a toy so it can teeth properly. In fact, a kitten will keep teething until it has a full set of teeth. If it scratches you, press down on its paws so it extends its claws and then press on them. It will learn to instinctively retract them. Also, remember to cut the claws when they become too long and sharp.
Some cats are known for stealing food. To avoid your cat becoming like this, teach it from a very young age not to jump onto the table. And obviously, don’t leave food lying around for it to eat when you can’t see it.
If you want your Persian to stay inside the apartment, get it used to staying indoors permanently and never take it outside. Otherwise, it will always want to go out which could be dangerous if unsupervised. Furthermore, it could be more upset when you leave it if it has been outside in the past.
When you leave your cat by itself, leave its toys in clear sight to avoid it getting bored. You can also leave the TV or radio on as the voices will make it feel less alone.
In order to get your cat used to using its litter tray, wash it with bleach before putting in the litter. In fact, cats urinate where they can smell bleach. Get used to putting your cat in its litter tray quite often to teach it that that is where it is meant to do its business. If the cat refuses to use the litter tray, it may be because it thinks it’s dirty. The litter tray must be cleaned every day and the litter must be changed at least once a week. Male cats are prone to marking their territory in the home. In this case, It is wise to look at castration as a solution.
Never leave a baby alone in the presence of a cat. Cats like the smell of milk and there is a risk that the cat will suffocate the baby without meaning to by lying on it.
One last little piece of advice: if you catch your cat being naughty, spray it with a water pistol without it seeing. It will be surprised and will not continue.