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Chinchilla Persian Cat Breed Info: Pictures, Temperament & Traits

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on April 26, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Chinchilla Persian Cat Breed Info: Pictures, Temperament & Traits

Breed Overview


9 – 10 inches


7 – 16 pounds


12 – 15 years


Silver, Blue, Gold

Suitable for:

Seniors, singles, families with older children


Loving, sweet, quiet, gentle, calm, smart

The Chinchilla Persian cat is essentially a Persian cat with a specific kind of coloring. Some believe that the Chinchilla is a separate breed from the Persian, and others believe that they are silver Persians. Regardless of the opinions, Chinchilla Persians are beautiful medium to large cats with silver fur and blue-green or green eyes. Like the typical Persian, they have long and thick coats of fur, but unlike the Persian, their faces aren’t as flat.

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Chinchilla Persian Kittens

The Chinchilla Persian is a low-energy and calm cat that can be trained thanks to her intelligence, but her laziness might make it more of a challenge. They are a healthy breed with a long lifespan that could be even longer if they’re indoor cats. The Chinchilla Persian is generally a friendly cat, but she might be reserved around strangers.

A high-energy cat needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep healthy and happy, while a low-energy cat needs minimal physical activity, but still needs mental stimulation. When choosing a cat, It’s important to ensure their energy levels match your lifestyle.
Cats that are easy-to-train are more willing and skilled at quickly learning prompts and actions with minimal training. Harder-to-train cats are usually more stubborn or aloof and require a bit more patience and practice.
Certain cat breeds are more prone to various genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every cat in those breeds will have these issues, but they do have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Due to their size or potential genetic health issues of a specific breed, some cats have shorter lifespans than others. Proper nutrition, exercise, mental stimulation, and hygiene also play an important role in your cat’s lifespan and quality of life.
Some cat breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other cats and animals. Cats that are more social have a tendency to rub up on strangers for scratches or jump on laps for cuddles, while cats that are less social shy away, hide, are more cautious, and even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed or gender, it’s important to socialize your cat and expose them to many different situations.

What’s the Price of Chinchilla Persian Kittens?

Chinchilla Persians are purebred Persians but are also a rarer type of Persian cat, so you can expect to pay more. The price of one of the kittens might range from $1,400 to $2,000 from a good breeder. Silver Chinchilla Persians are the more common color type, so expect to pay more for a Golden or Blue Chinchilla Persian.

You should check the credentials of any breeder you deal with to ensure your cat will arrive home with you in good health. Most kittens are usually weaned by 8 to 10 weeks and should be ready to leave their mother by 12 to 13 weeks. Health issues and behavioral problems can result if a kitten is taken from her mother too early.

You could also try to find a Chinchilla Persian through a rescue group, which might cost about $150 to $500. You’ll support a rescue group and give an adult cat a chance at a happier life.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Chinchilla Persian

1. The Chinchilla Persian had her origins in 1882 England

The chance mating of a stray tomcat with a blue Persian created a smoke-colored Persian kitten. This kitten eventually mated with a silver Tabby cat whose own kitten would have another set of kittens, including the first male Chinchilla Persian, Silver Lambkin.

2. The term ‘Chinchilla’ refers to a specific form of coloring

The Chinchilla is a small rodent originating in the Andes mountains of South America and is most commonly found with a soft gray and white fur coat. The Chinchilla Persian is typically all-white, with the tips of each hair in black, which gives it a silvery appearance. They can also have brown tips that will give the cat a golden color.

3. Fancy Feast loves the Chinchilla Persian

Yes, the Silver Chinchilla Persian has always portrayed those beautiful, fluffy white cats that have long been used in Fancy Feast cat food commercials.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Chinchilla Persian

The Chinchilla Persian is an affectionate, calm, and sweet-natured cat that is rather docile and loves to spend time with her family. They might love spending time with their people but also enjoy spending time alone, particularly if things are chaotic in the house. They are somewhat shy and reserved around people they don’t know but will warm up once they’ve gotten to know them.

The Chinchilla Persian is an intelligent cat known to be quite adaptable to different situations. They express their thoughts and opinions through body language rather than with a lot of meowing.

Are These Cats Good for Families?

The Chinchilla Persian makes a good family cat but does best with a quiet family with older children. They prefer peace and quiet in the household and might spend most of their time hiding from the chaos and noise of young children. They are very sweet cats, however, and as long as they are treated with respect and gentleness, they will make excellent companions for the entire family.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Chinchilla Persians get along with other pets, provided they are also quiet and calm animals. Dogs or cats with boundless energy might be too much for these cats. Give her time to adjust to any new animals, and be sure she has a cat tree or shelf placed up high to allow her to escape from noisy and uncertain situations.

Silver Shaded Chinchilla Persian Cat
Image Credit: RomeoEbaloo, Pixabay

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Things to Know When Owning a Chinchilla Persian:

Food & Diet Requirements

Before bringing your cat or kitten home, you need to check with the breeder or rescue group on what kind of food your Chinchilla Persian has been eating. Most breeders and rescue agencies will send you home with some of the food your new cat has been eating. To avoid causing any digestive problems in your pet, continue to feed her the food she’s been eating and slowly introduce any new food if you’re considering switching brands.

Many cats are susceptible to urinary tract and kidney issues as they age, so consider adding canned food to her diet if she isn’t eating it. Another consideration is providing your cat with a fountain to keep her properly hydrated to prevent the previously mentioned health problems. Most cats prefer to drink running water, particularly when the water is running over a smooth surface.


The Chinchilla Persian is not a particularly active cat and would usually rather spend time cuddling on your lap over running about. Be sure to provide her with toys and spend time playing with her every day to ensure she gets enough mental and physical stimulation. This will not only stop behavioral issues but also form a bond between you and help prevent obesity.


Training the Chinchilla Persian might not be as complicated as other cats, thanks to her intelligence and easy-going nature, but it will also prove challenging because of her calm disposition. They would probably prefer to laze around in their comfortable chair rather than follow your orders.

Chinchilla Persian Cat
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Grooming ✂️

Grooming the Chinchilla Persian is not for the faint of heart! As with any Persian, they have a very dense undercoat and a long outer coat requiring regular brushing. If you brush your cat every day for about 5 minutes, you’ll keep her tangle and mat-free and help reduce the amount of shedding and, consequently, fewer hairballs.

You’ll also need to trim her claws and brush her teeth regularly, or you can consider giving her dental treats if she’s, shall we say, resistant to the toothbrush. If you notice discharge around her eyes, you can gently wipe it off with a damp, warm cloth.

Health and Conditions

The Chinchilla Persian is a healthy and robust cat, but there are a few health conditions that you should be aware of.

Minor Conditions
  • Skin issues
Serious Conditions
  • Breathing issues
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary tract disease

Your vet will inspect your cat’s skin, use X-rays, and run urinalysis and blood tests to check for any of these health conditions. Treatment will depend on whether or not your cat suffers from these problems.

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Male vs. Female

Male cats tend to be slightly larger and heavier than females, but there are always exceptions to the rule. It is thought that the males are generally more affectionate than the females, who tend to be a little more reserved. However, it is more about how long the kitten stays with her mother and how she’s treated by her human family that will determine her true personality.

Another consideration is spaying or neutering your cat. Unneutered males wander more and will spray and yowl while on the lookout for females. They are also much more likely to fight with other male cats in competition for viable females. Unspayed females will go into heat, make a lot of noise, and rub against everything. Having your cat spayed or neutered will cut down on unwanted behaviors and will, of course, prevent unwanted pregnancies.

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The Chinchilla Persian is a gorgeous cat that can fit into a quiet household and will make an excellent companion for those looking for a sweet and affectionate cat. However, you should be sure that you have a calm environment for this cat, or she’ll spend most of her time hiding. If you’re looking for a patient and gentle cat whose personality only outshines her striking looks, look no further than the Chinchilla Persian.

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