Extreme flat-faced Persian cats are like humans suffering from coronal craniosynostosis

The more extreme flat-faced cat has an abnormally dome-shaped skull compared to both the Domestic Shorthair plus other severe problems of size and shape causing a severe health issues

Extreme flat-face Persian cats are, according to a research paper carried out in 2017 by German scientists, equivalent to children suffering from a condition called coronal craniosynostosis. This is a rare condition where a baby’s skull does not grow properly causing an irregular head shape. I would suggest in fact that the abnormality of …

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How many cats does Kate Beckinsale have?

Kate Beckinsale and Clive her flat-faced Persian one of 2 that she lives with

Kate Beckinsale has two cats at the date of this post, both flat-faced Persians. I believe that one is a chinchilla Persian, which is near white with some grey streaks. Her name is Willow, and the other is a grey tabby, Clive (11-12 years old). They are classic contemporary Persian cats. They both have …

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Picture of a concave-faced Persian cat

Picture of a concave-faced Persian cat

This is a picture of a concave-faced Persian cat. I have juxtaposed the picture against one of a standard, traditional doll-faced Persian cat to show the difference. The purpose of this short post is to discuss what we see in these pictures. The first point to make is that the contemporary Persian should have …

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Contradictory CFA Persian breed standard still demands an unhealthy cat

Punch face Persian

Some time ago the CFA Persian breed standard described this breed as having a “pansy-like” face. I don’t see it in the breed standard today but it was a phrase that contributed to an unhealthy cat. Today, the breed standard still demands that breeders create an unhealthy cat against the CFA’s own ethics and …

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Picture of Flat-Faced Tortie Smoke Persian Female Cat

Helmi Flick's photo at her home studio of SC Surreal's Trick or Treat "Fruit Loops", an 8 month old Tortie Smoke Persian Female from Leesa and Mike Altschul! The picture is protected by copyright please note.

This is a classic Helmi Flick studio photograph of SC Surreal’s Trick of Treat ‘Fruit Loops’. She was 8-months-of-age at the time of the photograph. She was bred by Leesa and Mike Altschul. Apparently she behaved well in the studio (‘Gold Star Kitty’) which is at the home of Helmi and Ken Flick. I …

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Flat-faced Persians banned from flying with Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia bans flat faced Persians

The airline company Virgin Australia has banned flat-faced cats (and dogs) due to a spike in ‘issues across the industry’. Qantas suspended their animal service to flat-faced breeds in December 2019, as I understand it. They cite well known health issues with these cat and dogs breeds: breathing problems due to their distorted anatomy …

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Rapaport complains bitterly about the removal of his famous cat video

Rapaport complains about the removal of his famous cat video

Instagram have removed Michael Rapaport’s video commentary on Wilfred the inbred Persian and he is livid. Wilfred has taken the internet by storm. Strange looking cats do. But there is a moral dimension which Rapaport missed. Rapaport, in his effing uniquely crude style, complains about the removal of his video in which he likes …

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1930s Persian cat compared with 2000 variant (picture)

1938 Persian cat

The difference that 80 or more years of selective breeding makes to the Persian cat can be seen in the photo. The breeders decided in about 1930 that they needed to refine the appearance of the Persian cat. For some unimaginable reason they decided that refinement meant flattening the face to unnatural proportions and …

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