We deeply care about cats. It is why we observe them almost obsessively. It is our greatest desire to learn and understand as much as we possibly can about cats, their attitude to stimuli and their behaviour in various environments. We examine the differences in their life stages and lifestyles, while matching every aspect to details of their size and breed. We consider their physical well-being; from the silkiness of their fur coats to the gleam of liveliness in their eyes. We think about their emotional requirements; how to keep them calm and emotionally secure. We observe how the right diet can transform a cat with the power of tailor-made nutrition. It’s this philosophy that has driven us to create specific formulas for cats - each a unique solution for a unique need. Each capable of transforming a cat’s health and making it into the magnificent animal it was naturally meant to be. We’ve dedicated our lives to the truth that every animal has the potential to be incredible. ROYAL CANIN®. Incredible in Every Detail.
First imported from Iran to Italy in the 17th century, Persian cats were highly prized by the European aristocracy.
In the first half of the 19th century, some “Persians” bred in Italy and brought to France and England were crossed with “Persians” of Turkish origin. Through a selective breeding program, crosses were made to improve the coat. In addition, a systematic effort aimed at increasing the range of colours and patterns had begun, leading to over 200 varieties today.
Since the beginning of time, man has been an omnivore. The cat on the other hand, is a strict carnivore. Nearly 5,000 years of domestication of the feline race has not succeeded in transforming these strict carnivores into omnivores. Therefore, cat foods to avoid would include feed that closely resembles a human meal.
YES! For cats, playing keeps their hunting instinct alert, and their toys become prey to be caught. A Ping-Pong ball held between her paws is transformed into a mouse, a Christmas tree bauble becomes a bird flying above her head. By encouraging your cat to play regularly, you are helping her to stay in good health, physically and psychologically.
Cats sleep a lot - in fact, they spend 13 to 16 hours a day asleep, i.e. around 2/3 of their life. In the wild, felines economise their energy whilst waiting for their next meal, which they are never sure to get. Domestic cats have kept the memory of this lifestyle. Often cats sleep mostly during the day, and can be perfectly awake when you come home from work at night. If your cat is agitated at night, spend some time playing with her in the evening in order to tire her.
Kittens eat, sleep, and run all over the place as soon as they wake up. They play with their tail, and jump on any moving object, right up until an adult age. So even if your kitten lives indoors, she will in theory have enough exercise to stay active. You can buy her toys, but remember: her favourite toy is you!
1 - Protect all electric sockets
2 - Put medicine, pesticides, and other dangerous liquids in a safe place
3 - Verify that you have no plants that could be dangerous for your cat (poison)
4 - Put away any small objects which your kitten could swallow (elastic bands, drawing pins, etc.)
5 - Do not leave any plastic bags on the floor
6 - Do not let your kitten go out onto balconies or terraces alone
You should avoid waking her when she is asleep: kittens’ sleep must be respected because that is mainly when their brain develops. Respect her natural rhythm and let her sleep during the day.
By rubbing against you or the furniture in your home, your kitten is depositing pheromones, which are molecules invisible to the naked eye, secreted by the animal and detected by other animals. They allow them to communicate, to mark their territory (by depositing pheromones, cats identify familiar objects), and reassure themselves.
It’s not a good idea to let your kitten travel free in a car: this could be dangerous for her and for the passengers. Use a cat carrier with a blanket on the bottom so your kitten is comfortable. A dark case will reassure your kitten, making her feel protected.
Cats love being high up. They love being at the same level as your face, because then they can rub against you as they do with other cats. If your home doesn’t have a lot of high (and stable) positions, try to create some by changing your environment a bit, or by buying a scratching tree.