The Persian is a delightfully dignified cat that is gentle, kind and extremely affectionate. These are kind, quiet animals. When they do vocalize, they have a melodious, pleasant, non-abrasive meow. Despite their mellow temperaments, Persians are not particularly shy. Indeed, some can be quite independent and rather saucy in disposition. Persians enjoy playtime and form very close bonds with their owners. They can thrive in almost any type of household environment, as long as they are given plenty of attention and sufficient personal space. Persians crave - and need - human companionship. They do not do well if they are left alone or unattended for long periods of time. Persians typically get along well with other household pets, including dogs and other cats. They also tend to be patient with children.
Like most cats, Persians can be quite playful. They have been described as being placid, but also as being “placid with a spark.” However, this is not an especially active or demanding breed. Persians are not inclined to leap, jump or climb, probably due to their calm dispositions and their short, stubby, square physiques. Although they love interacting with people, Persians are quite able to amuse themselves. Most of the time, this involves napping in a warm, comfortable spot, rather than engaging in an activity that requires any effort or exertion.
Persians are creatures of habit. They thrive in a stable, secure living environment and are not particularly fond of sudden changes. With gentle and consistent reassurance, they can adapt to boisterous households. Most Persians are meticulous self-groomers. However, they still need their owners’ help to maintain their glorious coats, which can be quite a challenge. All in all, the Persian is a remarkably decorative and glamorous breed, and they appear to be quite happy to serve in those roles. They are content to languish about their indoor environment on the softest place in the house or draped over their owners’ shoulders, only to rise for an occasional meal, game of fetch or trip to the cat box.