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The Himalayan Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 7-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Absolute couch potato. Needs a lot of exercises.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

A sickness magnet.

Average Lifespan:

From 9-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a day. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Alright with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 7-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Absolute couch potato. Needs a lot of exercises.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

A sickness magnet.

Average Lifespan:

From 9-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a day. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Alright with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 7-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Absolute couch potato. Needs a lot of exercises.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

A sickness magnet.

Average Lifespan:

From 9-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a day. Sheds a lot.

Compatibility:

Alright with children & other pets.
The Himalayan Cat has the appearance of the Persian cat, but it’s dressed up in Siamese color points. This is a medium-sized breed that has a well-boned body and long fluffy coat which makes it look larger. It has a round large head, full cheeks, short nose and small ears with rounded tips. The vivid blue large eyes and long, silky coat that comes in many color points, are the traits that make Himalayan Cats so popular. This is a gentle, affectionate and docile breed that loves its family. But aren’t so fond of strangers and need some time to accept them. The Himalayan is a sedentary cat with kitten-like bursts of activity. This is an affectionate breed that will return all attention tenfold. However, the Himalayan Cat isn’t demanding and will spend time napping while you are busy with daily chores.

Breed History

The Himalayan Cat was created by crossing the Persian with a Siamese Cat. Breeders wanted to bring color points and the blue eyes of the Siamese Cat and pair these traits with a long silky coat of the Persians. In 1931, the breeders started to work towards this goal. For starters, they simply wanted to determine how the color point gene was passed on. A cat breeder Virginia Cobb and Harvard Medical School researcher Clyde Keeler started a selective breeding program. Over a period of years, they were able to develop a longhair cat with the distinctive color points of the Siamese. The first Himalayan kitten was named Newton’s Debutante. In the 1950s, British and North American breeders became interested in the color point longhair cats. They used the same approach as Cobb and Keeler did, and then bred those cats back to Persian Cats to establish a breed type. Once their efforts paid off and cats bred true, the breeders started to seek the recognition for the new breed. In 1957, the Cat Fanciers Association recognized the Himalayan as a distinct breed. However, in 1984 the organization decided to classify the Himalayan as a color variety of the Persian. Furthermore, The American Cat Association and The International Cat Association consider the Himalayan as a color variety of the Persian. On the other hand, the American Association of Cat Enthusiasts, the American Cat Fanciers Association and the Traditional Cat Association consider the Himalayan Cat a separate breed. In Britain, the Himalayan has always been known as the Colorpoint Longhair.

Size Standards

This is a medium-sized cat with a well-boned and cobby body. This breed has short thick legs that prevent them from jumping very high. The Himalayan Cat has a large round head that comes in two types. The traditional, or doll-face cats have a longer muzzle and slightly smaller eyes. The peke-faced cats have more extreme squashed-looking facial features. Both head types come with full cheeks, vivid blue eyes and small ears. The male Himalayan Cats are larger and usually weight from 9-14 pounds. Females are smaller and weight from 7-11 pounds. The Himalayan isn’t an active breed and these cats can become obese in no time. Feed your cat with weight management dry cat food in order to keep her at ideal weight. Additionally, keep your cat active by providing her with lots of toys.

Himalayan Cat Personality Traits

The Himalayan is an affectionate, docile, sweet and quiet breed. These cats love their family and can be discriminating when it comes to strangers. Generally, a Himalayan will need some time to warm to guests and will pick only special few. This is an extremely affectionate breed, however, they aren’t attention seeking and demanding cats.
A Himalayan Cat will happily nap in a convertible pet bed while you are busy doing other things. This isn’t a vocal breed, however this cat will occasionally talk in a pleasant and musical voice. These cats aren’t good at jumping and prefer being on the ground or snoozing on the sofa. The Himalayan is a sedate breed that enjoys peace and quietness of a daily life. They aren’t fans of hustle and bustle, and therefore they are best suited for homes with a calm lifestyle. The Himalayan isn’t particularly active, but these cats have kitten-like energy bursts. In mere seconds a Himalayan can go from sleeping to running around the house and rolling on the floor. To keep your cat occupied, get her a digger that will keep her mind sharp. The Himalayan is a calm cat that can’t match the energy levels of smaller kids. However, if a child recognizes the cat’s need for petting and gentle handling, it will bask in the attention. Generally, this is a breed that doesn’t ask much except for regular meals, little play with a feather teaser toy and a lots of love.

Adaptability

The Himalayan is a highly adaptable breed. These cats conform to the needs of their owners and will settle nicely into new environments. This is a calm and gentle cat that adjusts to new situations if she is adored and well cared for. This is a low energy breed, that will spend its days sleeping on the coziest pieces of furniture. Thus, you will have to stimulate your cat to move around. Invest in a electronic bird toy to get your cat moving and practice in hunting games. The Himalayan Cat needs to be active every day in order to stay in good shape.

Health and Potential Health Problems

Like people, cats can also suffer from inherited diseases. The sweet disposition of the Himalayan Cats comes with a price. These cats are at risk of developing certain health problems, which are most commonly related to their facial structure.
  • Breathing Problems: Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome is the term used to describe various breathing problems found in short-nosed breeds. Flat faced cats can experience partial obstruction of the upper airways because of the narrowed nostrils, overly long soft palate or collapsed larynx. The treatment is unnecessary if a cat isn’t exhibiting clinical signs. The breeders advise potential owners to get a doll-faced Himalayan Cat. These cats have a longer muzzle and lower chances of developing this type of problems.
  • Dental Malocclusion: This is a condition that occurs when the top and bottom jaw don’t fit together neatly. This condition usually starts when a kitten’s baby teeth start growing and progresses once the adult teeth set in. Mild cases aren’t treated, but in some cases, extractions are necessary.
  • Cherry Eye: This condition occurs when a pink mass protrudes from a cat’s third eyelid. The cherry eye can happen in both eyes and is usually followed by swelling and redness. Treatment can vary and might include topical anti-inflammatory drugs or the surgical replacement of the gland in the eye.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease: This is a hereditary disease that causes a cat to be born with small cysts in the kidneys. As the cat grows, so do the cysts and in time they disrupt the kidney function causing renal failure. Genetic testing for this disease is available. So check if your cat has been tested.

Lifespan

On average the Himalayan Cats live from 9-15 years. To prolong your cat’s life expectancy, keep her active and on her ideal weight. Since Himalayan Cats can develop hereditary conditions, get your cat from a reputable breeder. Make sure that your cat is tested for Polycystic Kidney Disease and if not, ask the breeder to get a cat tested before you bring her home.

Grooming Needs

The Himalayan has a long, thick and shiny coat of fine texture. The coat is the signature trait of this breed and needs daily care. The Himalayan Cat can develop mats and tangles on hair. So it is important to brush the coat daily with a stainless steel grooming comb. This way you will keep the coat in pristine condition. This breed tends to shed a lot. So you may have to use slicker brush to remove lose hair. It is also advisable to bathe Himalayan Cats once a month to keep them clean and loosen the dead hair. Use a proper cat shampoo to keep the coat spotless.

Himalayan Cat Coat Colors

The Himalayan Cat’s long coat comes in color points. Hence, the face, legs and tail are of the darker color than the body. The body of the Himalayan Cat comes in various shades of white to fawn. The color points found in the Himalayan Cats include Seal, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Red and Cream. The points can additionally be Tabby, Tortoiseshell or Linx patterned.

Compatibility with Children and Other Pets

The docile and quiet Himalayan Cat isn’t the best choice for homes with small energetic children. These cats like to lounge around and love to be petted which isn’t a thing most small kids know how to do. However, the Himalayan gets along nicely with children who understand its calm nature and desire for admiration. This breed gets along with pets that are willing to give her time for a beauty sleep. A Himalayan will on occasion rub against a dog or other cats, provided that they don’t want to play. The Himalayan is a low energy breed that likes to rule over her household from a soft chair. You will have to engage your cat in play to keep her in good shape. Keep your cat occupied with an action toy when you aren’t around. When you are around, play with your cat for 30 minutes every day in order to keep her fit and healthy.