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A Guide to Persian Tabby Mixes

When a cat is referred to as a Tabby cat people are referring to the markings or pattern on the cat’s coat. A Persian Tabby mix isn’t really a mix. A Persian Tabby is a Persian cat with Tabby markings. A red tabby Persian was the inspiration for Garfield, the beloved comic strip cat. 

Do you know what a Persian Tabby Mix is?

The Persian Tabby’s origin appears to be in nineteen twenties Iran. There is a tale told that the tabby markings were caused by a spark from a wizard’s wand, but that can’t be the truth, right? These cats actually come from years of selective breeding to get the right combination of the Persian breed with tabby markings. You can tell many tabbies by the M that marks their foreheads. 

What is the difference between the Persian and the Tabby?

Tabby refers to the patterns on a cat’s fur. Any mixed breed can be Tabby if one of its parents carries the tabby gene. So, Persian cats can be Tabby as long as there is a tabby gene in the mix. These Persian mixes are called either Persian Tabby or Tabby Persian. Tabby has several marking styles, such as classic, mackerel, spotted, and ticked. 

When they grow up, how big do they become?

The average Persian cat stands twenty-five to thirty-eight centimeters or ten to fifteen inches tall. They measure from thirty-five to forty-five centimeters or fourteen to eighteen inches long, not counting their tail. Persians weigh between four and six kilograms or nine to fourteen pounds, with females slightly less.

Do Persian Tabby Mixes Take a Long Time to Develop?

The Persian cat breed is one that matures fairly quickly, becoming fully mature by the age of two years. Mixes can sometimes take longer to mature considering the other breed in the mix. However, since the Tabby isn’t a breed, but the pattern on a cat’s coat. That doesn’t pertain here. 

Does a Persian Tabby Mix have a long life expectancy? 

Persian live long lives, with their average lifespan being twelve to seventeen years. Genetics, diet, environment, and medical care all influence a Persian cat’s lifespan.

Can you tell me how my Persian Tabby mix will behave?

The Persian cat is loved for its sweet, gentle, calm disposition. Persian cats are friendly but require delicate handling. When we say delicate what we mean is no rough treatment or grabbing from young children. They get along with respectful children but prefer to be stroked and admired. That isn’t to say that they don’t get bursts of energy and race through the house like they are on fire. 

Persians get along well with other cats and dogs. Persians love to sprawl out in their favorite spot so they can keep an eye on the household. Persians are homebodies. They love their human families but don’t mind being left alone for short periods. 

What should I feed my Persian Tabby Mix?

High protein, low carbohydrate diets are recommended for your Persian cat. Wet food is usually best because its moisture will help with urinary tract health. Persian cats love tasty meals. 

Cooked fish, chicken, eggs, and yogurt are healthy foods to feed your Persian. Fish is high in protein, and so is chicken, plus B vitamins. Eggs are also a high-protein food that Persians enjoy. 

Yogurt is a good snack or an additive to their food and will help the digestive tract stay healthy.

Make sure your Persian has plenty of fresh water available. We wrote a full guide on food for Persians, you can find it here.

Is my Persian Tabby Mix likely to have health issues?

Persians are prone to polycystic kidney disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which are both hereditary diseases and brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome which is not.  

As an inherited disease, polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the Persian cats’ most common health concerns. Cysts are tiny, fluid-filled sacs that develop in the kidneys of cats with this disease. Cysts interfere with the kidney’s normal function as they grow. As a result, kidney failure eventually occurs. A blood test can identify the specific gene that causes PKD in Persians. Unfortunately, there is no cure for PKD. As long as possible, cats are treated to maintain their health by supporting their kidneys.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is also a concern among Persians. This condition causes cats to have abnormally thick heart walls, which slow blood flow. This condition is more common in purebred cats, including Persians. It may take years for Persian cats with HCM to show symptoms. It is only when decreased blood circulation leads to other issues, such as heart failure, that symptoms appear. In this regard, whether or not a cat has developed symptoms usually determines whether treatment will be successful.

Persian cats are prone to brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome or BAOS as it’s known. They are unable to breathe normally because animals with flat faces have abnormally short skull bones, altering their face shape. They also tend to have dental issues as well. 

I am interested in purchasing a Persian Tabby Mix. What should I expect to pay?

Persian cats are among the most popular breeds in the world. Unfortunately, they can cost up to $5,000 depending on their age, coloring, and gender. Breeders usually have more expensive show-quality cats. They also sell pet quality cats that cost less because they are sold for pets and companions rather than for competition. Animal shelters or rescues may have Persians available. The fees at these places can save you a lot of money. It just depends on what you want. 


Today we discovered that the Persian Tabby mix is just a Persian cat with tabby markings. To get these beautiful cats, one parent must carry the tabby gene; of course, one must be Persian. We also discovered that the comic strip cat, Garfield, was inspired by a Persian Tabby.

Please leave any comments below, we’d love to hear about your Persian Tabby here at Persian Cat Corner. 

1 thought on “A Guide to Persian Tabby Mixes”

  1. Persians and Persian Tabbies are usually calm and gentle. This make it much easier to care for them if they’re sick. Feral cats are usually suspicious and violent.

    As a mother of three feral cats taken off the streets, I know how stressing and difficult it is to take a cat to the vet when she’s acting like a man eating tiger, and to force her to swallow a pill when you almost lose a finger while doing it.

    I had a Persian cat once, and she was gentle. I always managed to take care of her without getting hurt. The more trusting a cat is, the less likely they are to fight.

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