White Persian are very beautiful cats and one of the oldest varieties. They were often regarded as status symbols in London drawing rooms at the turn of the century. While Persians have been known in Europe for about 300 years, but the earliest White had blue eyes and long, pointed faces, and was frequently deaf. White cats began to attract attention in the late 1800s and were first shown in London in 1903, at which time they were also becoming popular in the United States.
Today there are three varieties – Blue-eyed White, Orange-eyed White, and Odd-eyed White (one of each color) – due to outcrossing to other Persians, notably blues. It seems difficult to breed the good Persian type with blue eyes, and the Blue-eyed Whites on the show bench still have slightly longer ears and faces, although they usually have better coats than Orange-eyed Whites.
One disadvantage of white cats is that many of the Blue-eyed whites are deaf from birth and some of the odd-eyed cats are deaf on the blue-eyed side. Deafness may be difficult to detect at first, because the cat’s other senses may compensate. It is quite a responsibility to own a deaf cat because it must be protected from traffic and other dangers. It is best to confine such a cat to your property to avoid any unforeseen accidents.
White Persian Grooming
To keep the cat’s coat really white, dust with talcum powder or a proprietary chalk-based grooming powder daily, then brush and comb out thoroughly. Any grease in the coat of a White Persian will show up as yellowish marks, particularly on the tail, and especially in male cats. To remove these.
Above: A splendid Blue-eyed White Persian well prepared for showing. Note the magnificent long frill that encircles the head and the front of the chest.
Stains, the tail should be washed in warm water to which a little borax has been added, and rinsed thoroughly afterward.
For a show cat, a bath a few days before a show will probably be essential to set the coat off to its full advantage. Sunlight is unlikely to spoil the coat, so there is no need to keep the cat indoors.
White Persian Breeding
Blue-eyed Whites have smaller litters, which may account for the fact that they are not as numerous as the Orange-eyed Whites. Their deafness may also account for their lack of popularity and unfortunately, two cats with normal hearing may produce deaf kittens. Unless you are experienced, it is advisable not to use a deaf cat for breeding. A deaf queen requires more supervision than a normal cat because she cannot hear the cries of her kittens. She should be placed on a hard surface covered with newspaper so that she can feel her kittens and the vibrations of their cries.
White Persian Kittens
All the kittens are born with blue eyes and it may be some weeks before you can tell whether there are blue-eyed, orange-eyed or odd-eyed kittens in the litter. The depth of the eye color also takes some months to develop Orange eyes should be deep orange or copper, and if a kitten does not have the deep eye color by the time it is six or seven months to develop. Orange eyes should be deep orange or copper, and if a kitten does not have the deep eye color by the time it is six or seven months old, then it is unlikely that it will intensify later in life. When born the kittens are pinkish in color, but this baby coat soon disappears and they become covered in lovely fluffy white fur. Some kittens are born with a smudge of black hairs on top of their head. This is an indication that they will have normal hearing, at least in one ear. The spot disappears as the adult coat starts to grow in about nine months.
The coat must be pure white throughout, with no shadow markings or black hairs. Nose leather and paw pads are pink. Eyes deep blue; orange or copper; or one orange or copper and one deep blue. Pale or green tinged eyes are faults.