Image from page 20 of "Across coveted lands : or, A journey from Flushing (Holland) to Calcutta, overland" (1903)
Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's sons
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mp of the lastcamel of my caravan were perched, in a woodenbox made comfortable with straw and cotton-wool, two pretty Persian kittens, aged respect-ively three weeks and four weeks, which I hadpurchased in Kerman, and which, as we shallsee, lived through a great many adventures andsufferings, and actually reached London safe andsound, proving themselves to be the most won-derful and agreeable little travelling companionsimaginable. One was christened Kerman,the other Zeris. The Persian cat, as everybody knows, possessesa long, soft, silky coat, with a beautiful tail andruff, similar to the cats known in Europe asAngora, which possess probably longer hair onthe body. The Persian cats, too, have a longerpencil of hair on the ears than domestic cats, andhave somewhat the appearance and the motionsof wild cats, but if properly treated are gentlenessitself, and possess the most marvellous intelli-gence. Unlike cats of most other nationalities,they seem to enjoy moving from place to place.
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Kkkm \\ .\h /.KRIS, ihc twii Kittens who accompanied Auliior on his waiideriiigs. I PERSIAN CATS 7 and adapt themselves to fresh localities with thegreatest ease. If fed entirely on plenty of rawmeat and water they are extremely gentle andaffectionate and never wish to leave you ; thereason that many Persian cats—who still possesssome of the qualities of wild animals—growsavage and leave their homes, being principallybecause of the lack of raw meat which causesthem to go ahunting to procure it tor them-selves. The cat, it should be remembered, is acarnivorous animal, and is not particularly happywhen fed on a vegetable diet, no more than webeef-eating people are when invited to a vege-tarian dinner. Isfahan is the city from which long-hairedPersian cats, the biirak^ are brought down to theGulf, and from there to India, but the Kermancats are said by the Persians themselves to be thebest. The white ones are the most appreciatedby the Persians ; then the blue (grey) ones withdiffere
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