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25 Hardest Cat Breeds to Take Care of

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Some cats require more time and effort, both physically and mentally, to look after than others due to their varying needs.

Here we look at some cat breeds that are hard to take care of, based on their grooming requirements, health concerns as well as personality and energy levels.

Persian

Persians are prone to a host of health issues, from kidney and heart conditions to others such as brachycephalic airway syndrome.

“Because of their short, flatter face, Persian cats struggle to breathe properly. Many get short of breath quickly and suffer from inflammation and swelling in their airways,” explains the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), the U.K. veterinary charity.

They are also very susceptible to ringworm as well as feline infectious peritonitis, which can be fatal. “Persian cats are more likely to develop this than non-pedigree cats,” PDSA says.

The long, flowing coats of Persians require an indoor, protected environment. “Proper maintenance requires a daily run-through with a metal comb” to prevent tangles, according to The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the registry of pedigreed cats.

An Egyptian mau cat seen at the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy’s Supreme Championship Cat Show on November 22, 2014 in Birmingham, England in the U.K.
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