Cat lovers!!! Do you ever fantasize about owning a Persian cat? A recent rescue mission in Massachusetts has delivered THIRTY-THREE purebred Persian cats to the MSPCA hands. They are ages five to 12 years and will be up for adoption on Saturday, Sept. 4th. If that’s all you need to know and have an interest in meeting the cats, apply online at mspca.org/nevinsadopt.

Details of Persian Cat Conditions

Take a breath. The cats are not so much abused as neglected. The death of the owner left someone to care for them who was not prepared for the responsibility.

“This is a situation where the cats’ primary caregiver passed away, leaving this gentleman to provide for them on his own. He quickly realized he could not meet their needs and agreed to surrender the cats to our adoption center,” said Tom Grenham, director of the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement division.

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm has been treating any ailments, providing much-needed grooming, and showering the cats with TLC.

Full disclosure, the MSPCA found the cats matted and dirty. These were due to the cluttered and crowded conditions in the home. Once under MSPCA care, many were undergoing treatment for upper respiratory infections. Some need major dental work.

But These Persian Cats Are Worth It

Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs, points out that these cats are extra special. The shyer members of the group will most likely need slow and careful transitions into adoptive homes.

“In addition to being purebred Persians— a highly desirable breed that only occasionally shows up in our adoption centers— many of these were previous show cats, with at least several imported from Italy.”  

Persian cats are distinguished by their long hair, round face, and short muzzle. Ranked the fourth most popular cat breed in the world by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 2021, they’re typically very sociable and friendly.

Check out these additional cat stats from the All About Cats website.

Special Cats Need Special Care

From what I have read, the key to caring for the Persian cat is the necessity for daily grooming. That is one of the heart-breaking aspects of this story. It can be painful to look at pictures of the conditions of these cats.

Their prized, lengthy beautiful coats do not remain clean on their own. These cats need daily thorough brushing and combing to keep tangles and matting away. And bathing!!! At least once a month is a good idea.

According to the CatTime advisory website, there is also a possible liter box issue. The Persian cat might stop using the box. It seems litter may become lodged in a Persian’s paws or coat. “If the cat and the litter box aren’t kept scrupulously clean, a Persian is more likely than most to just stop using the box,” advises the website. 

But if you adopt one of these fantastic felines, you won’t neglect them. 

Mike Keiley adds, “These cats might be in need of a lot upfront and ongoing care, but they are stunning, and we are hoping to identify adopters that are excited to bring one home and willing to aid them in their recovery journeys.”

Again, if you want to meet these Persian cats, the MSPCA urges you to apply online at mspca.org/nevinsadopt

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