Ultra Persian at a cat show - added to this article by PoC Admin - no connection with the author of the article
I have inherited my grandmother's ultra-faced Persian... Her name's Nina, she's an incredibly sweet cat and unfortunately also quite ill:(
She's PKD-negative, but the ultra face prevents her from normal life - she cannot breathe normally, she's tearing all the time, always on antibiotics because she's been having upper respiratory tract infections constantly:(
She cannot play with my cat, because he loves chasing and stuff and she's just unable to do any bigger effort, she's breathless when she tries:(((
Why are people doing this to their pets? I know that some people like the ultra look, but it's not worth it!
It's not normal to assume that a cat can tear constantly and be unable to play and still be called healthy - and that's what breeders do! "A robust healthy breed"... Total hypocrisy.
I thought, maybe Nina is one of few, but no - I spoke to a "reputed breeder" who assured me that tearing and breathing problems are in reality part of the standard, whatever CFA might say. You can't avoid it, making your cat flat-faced...I was told I should be happy she can eat on her own, as some of their champions can't pick up food with their nonexistent muzzles:(
This is all so sick... Nina may be cute, but comparing her to my European shorthair, she doesn't even look like a cat:( She suffering every day because of people's belief they can play God - or rather dr Frankenstein:(
Cats have always been wonderful human companions, which, unlike dogs, have always had the charming independency and sense of freedom - it's not the cat who belongs to human, it's the human who belongs to the cat;)
It's in feline nature - both sweetness and predation, affection and independence, softness and incredible grace and strength. Modern breeding is robbing cats of their true nature.
I love both my Persian Nina and European Anakin - both cuddle up to me and purr happily when I touch them, both welcome me home.
But Anakin has the vibe and strength that makes me feel - it's my carnivore, he chose me, he doesn't have to stay with me because he'd be fine in the wild, but he prefers to stay with me and he's happy in our home, hunting just flies. Nina has never had any choice - she'd die out there. It's really sad...:(
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