With their shining emerald green eyes and long white fur with colorful reflections, Persian Chinchillas are very wonderful cats.
The Chinchilla Persian cat is relatively lazy and can sometimes be a bit capricious, but she is very affectionate with her masters and lovers.
The Origin of the Chinchilla Persian Cat
The Persian Chinchilla is a variety of the Persian cat, which is distinguished by her white, pointed coat and the tip of the colored coat.
The first Persian Chinchilla was born in Great Britain in 1880 in Mrs. Vallence’s cattery. The kitten was developed from the crossing of a Smoked Persian and a Silver Tabby Persian.
The new breed, which was born from this Persian baby, owes her name to the Chinchilla, a small rodent with a thick gray coat. She is also called “Silver Persian”.
The breed was first recognized in Britain in 1901. However, she is a cat breed that is still rare, mainly due to the limited selection made by breeders to obtain Persian cats that meet their criteria.
This selection is so strict that the breed disappeared from Europe during the Second World War.
Today there are two varieties of Persian Chinchilla cats: the silver shaded, white/silver, and the golden shaded. The latter is the result of a crossing between Chinchilla Persians and brown tabby Persians.
The Chinchilla-Persian has generally the same physical characteristics as the Persian cat. She is a medium-sized breed with a robust physique. Her legs are rather short with large round paws.
A Persian cat can be recognized at first sight by her special head. Round and imposing, she is towered over by small and bushy ears. Her muzzle is as broad as long and very flattened.
However, in the Chinchilla Persian the head is less broad than in other Persians and their ears are often longer.
Their eyes have a shining emerald-green color. They are underlined with black, which gives depth to their color. This color appears in kittens from the seventh month. Also, the muzzle is surrounded by a fine black line, like make-up.
The coat is long, dense, and silky. The particularity of the breed, compared to a “classic” Persian cat or kitten, lies in the color of her hair.
The hair of the Persian Chinchilla has a “tipping”, that has a different color than the base.
This tipping is found all over the back, head, tail, and flanks of the cat, and covers less than a quarter of the hair length. The cat’s belly and chin are always white.
The tip of a silver-toned Persian cat is silver that looks darker than that of a real Chinchilla, but these pets do not have a white undercoat.
The tip of a golden-toned Persian cat is “golden”, that is, rather beige. In golden cats, the tip of the tail is black.
It is much rarer, but some can be blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream or tortoise shell.
The Persian Chinchilla cat is a breed that is generally calm and relaxed. She can even be lazy sometimes and prefers to take a nap instead of playing.
However, this does not prevent her from enjoying some active moments, especially with her owner, to whom she knows how to be so affectionate.
However, be careful not to offend her, she can be grumpy when she doesn’t get what she wants.
Persians, no matter what kind, are animals with fragile health. Their eyes are particularly sensitive, and corneal secretion is a common disease affecting this breed.
It is also common for this breed to frequently get affected by bilateral cryptorchidism, which causes sterility .
Persians have a predisposition to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy of the cat, which can lead to high blood pressure and other heart disorders. Therefore make sure to monitor her health condition regularly and seek advice from a veterinarian.
Finally, Persian cats are animals that are often affected by a genetic disease called polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Between 40 and 50% of Persians are said to be affected, regardless of sex.
The disease can be detected at the age of 10 months and allows you to foresee a treatment as soon as possible because it appears around the seventh birthday of the cat.
This cat has a life expectancy of 13 to 20 years.
The Chinchilla Persian is a cat that needs a lot of attention and care. Her long fur is often attacked by fleas and parasites. Therefore it is important to brush her very regularly and to check if parasites have settled down. A bath from time to time is recommended.
The eyes of Chinchilla Persian cats and kittens must be cleaned daily and the ears weekly.
Amongst all the breeds of cats all over the world, Persian Chinchilla felines always stand out, essentially because of their majestic royalty and attractive look.
These pets have the power to melt the hearts of their humans and every cat lovers just by looking at them. They really deserve our care, love, and attention.