The Himalayan cat is a hybrid breed between two cats that are very named and loved among cat lovers. The reason for its creation was thanks to the curiosity of both breeders and scientists to have all the wonderful aspects of a Siamese cat together, with the elegance and particular physique of a Persian breed. Certainly, this mixture makes a cat that is very striking and attractive to the eye, but it is not a breed that is made for every home or owner. Although they are quiet and get along well with pets as well as in any environment, due to their requirements some people are not able to keep such a beautiful cat in optimal conditions. This is why I usually emphasize that you learn about the breed or pet you are interested in acquiring and learn as much as you can before making a blind decision.
Being a hybrid breed, it does not have as much background as many others, but undoubtedly in almost 100 years, it has gone through many changes. For some reason, for humans to make this cross between these well-known breeds was more than an idea that remained as a wish for several years. Until finally, shortly after the year 1930, the goal that so many fans wanted to achieve was accomplished. The founders of this special breed were three people named Marguerita Gorforth, Virginia Cobb, and Dr. Clyde Keeler. The Himalayan cat had its beginning in the United States, but it did not take long to reach other regions of the world, because after the British breeders became aware of such creation they began their breeding programs in England. Sadly, its time of glory did not last long since thanks to the Second World War, all the process and work to increase the population of this cat was affected as well as many others at this time in the history of man.
However, after the war ended, the Himalayan cat started to recover efficiently so the Himalayan kittens were growing in number and variety. By the 50s this breed started to be registered and recognized as a breed of its own, being one of the first to do so by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) and the American Cat Fanciers Association. After this, there were some among which it was recognized as a cat breed that grouped the Himalayas with the Persian thanks to its close kinship. Among one of the many controversies that exist with this breed, it is due to this grouping with another cat that although they have so much similarity, some refuse to take them as the same breed. It has been so much controversy and desire to obtain it that there have been cases where the same breed receives different names depending on the country or region, among these names, there are some that refer to this cat as “Himmies”, but you can probably also find them as Persian-Himalayan or Himalayan-Persian among those who have this perspective that it is a Persian cat with the pointed color of a Siamese, it has even been described as Colorpoint Longhair in Great Britain.
The Himalayan cat is not the only hybrid breed that exists, there is also the Savannah cat for example, which is a mixture of a wild cat with a domestic one. Despite this, the Savannah has its restrictions so not everybody can get one, while in the case of the Himalayan is to get a kitten and the color that is of your taste or interest. There are other breeds where man has intervened for their creation but certain genetic aspects are involved that many do not share because they mean complications or alterations in these breeds, where cats eventually suffer, as is the case of the Scottish Fold or the Munchkin. There is another group of cats where they rather lack an anatomical part like the Manx or Japanese Bobtail. However, in the case of our breed, one must pay attention to it while it is a Himalayan kitten since between these early ages some pathologies or complications usually appear. Some consider them a relatively healthy or “disease-free” breed given good management so, in theory, they should have an excellent quality of life. The thing is that, due to the anatomy of the Persian, the Himalayas share certain complications that may well alter their health. Nonetheless, there have not been strong criticisms against this breed compared to those mentioned above, and it may be because they come from two well-known breeds, so they are aware of the possible risks that may come with them.
Only time will tell if this breed remains among the most loved and accepted by people, associations, or admirers alike. But, for now, it remains a popular one thanks to its striking appearance. Currently, the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Association see this breed as a variety of the Persian instead of being a breed of its own. Although in 1957 the CFA had recognized the Himalayan as a breed of its own, by the year 84 it made this change as a derivation of the Persian, as did the International Cat Association (TICA).
One of the reasons he is most loved is precise because of the reason for his popularity. The Himalayan is considered as a medium-sized cat that may well be seen as a large breed, as having a relatively robust, muscular and so hairy body may deceive many about their true height and weight. The average life span of this beautiful breed is 15 years but they may well stay by your side for much longer. Cats usually last longer than dogs, but this will always be subject to many conditions, some of which may get out of hand, but it will always be best to maintain at least the best care, time, and dedication you can give to them. As far as their weight and height, normally males are much heavier and bigger than females but again, this will depend on many things, such as their personality, not all of them comply with what is established in the literature, they are all averages among all those that have come into existence and have been reported. The weight of the male Himalayan on average is usually 12 pounds at maturity, he can even get more weight, while the female goes between 8 to 11 pounds, reaching up to 12 inches tall and 19 inches long respectively. Their eyes are a mixture between the round shape of the Persian and the colors of the Siamese, being blue, copper, or green, although some authors describe their coloration as a unique color like the blue of the Siamese. In addition to this, it has the short ears of the Persian, its flat nose, and its expression so sweet that it melts the heart of anyone.
Now, the most striking part of the Himalayas, which is the fur, blends the fabulous patterns of the Siamese into a heavy-boned Persian-style body. In the body color, we can find lilac, chocolate, tortoiseshell, cream, blue-cream, blue, seal, red, cream-tortie, chocolate-tortie, chocolate point, lilac-cream, seal lynx, blue lynx, cream lynx, tortie lynx, among many other mixtures and patterns, where they keep the light coloring in the body and have a darker tone in the face simulating a mask, as well as in the ears and tail. Its coat is long and smooth, so you will have to spend a considerable amount of time to keep it in optimal conditions if you want to adopt this breed. There should not be a middle ground in this aspect, since it can bring him problems and injuries in the future that do not deserve them, and even less should there be a need for them to occur.
All in all, you’ll get the sweet and quiet personality of a Persian, along with the sociable and somewhat invasive personality of the Siamese. The personality of your Himalayan kitten should give you the least trouble, being such a quiet, independent breed with a gentle and soft meow, it is unlikely to cause you any trouble at home. Besides this, they are not usually a climbing cat, so you will not find them in the tops of kitchens, pantries, refrigerators, or any other high places, so you should not have any inconvenience with the curtains or any other object in the house as far as this matter is concerned. You will usually find them on a sofa or in a place that is easily accessible to them. They will adapt to practically any environment, no matter if the house is active or very noisy for whatever reason, or if the people are busy and absent because of their work, it is not something that will affect your cat but you should still dedicate time to them every time you have the chance. Otherwise, it simply does not make sense at all for you to adopt a pet. Real-life is nothing like in games, don’t expect something like Nintendogs, rather think that it will be like in The Sims where your cat could destroy the house or run away because of your lack of attention.
By this, I don’t mean that he won’t be a playful cat or won’t chase you around the house. They are usually playful but the Himalayan kitten is not usually as active as others. Maybe at the beginning, you will get a kitten that does not get tired so easily but as time goes by he will adopt the personality that is so distinctive in this breed. Even if they don’t seek to be on top of you, so they are not considered a lap cat, they will still seek your company, make an appearance in whatever you do at home. They may not always be on top of you, depending on the activity you do they will look for a place where they feel comfortable and can keep you under their watch, there will be times where they will occupy themselves with a toy instead of sleeping, but you get the idea. As every good cat will be very curious and more having that touch in his personality of a Siamese. Something I recommend to you is that you do not adopt a Himalayan if there are small children in the home. Being a cat that doesn’t seek to move as often, the little ones in the home may pester him/her or want to party when this is not something your new kitty will agree with. Despite this, if they are children who have already matured in some way, they can be excellent companions for girls’ games and their dolls, just be careful with the freedom you give the girl with the cat, don’t go ending up with hair worse than a clown.
CARE & HEALTH
For the care of a pet, there are many guides or recommendations that you will have at your disposal on the web, but it is always best to consult with an expert who has his credentials, being a reputable breeder and veterinarian, your best and only options in these aspects. The most important and tedious aspect regarding the care of the Himalayan probably you already know, which is the maintenance of its beautiful hair. If it was an easy task, this long haired cat wouldn’t be so special and if you want to be the envy of the block or have your cat in a Pantene commercial, you have to put your hands to work and have the discipline to keep his hair in good condition, not letting any day go by that might be under your control. Any carelessness can result in a traumatic trip to a pet groomer, so it’s best to avoid this sort of thing. Of course, these trips are not going to be avoided completely, there will always come a time when you must resort to one throughout the year and although they may be expensive, it is something that will be worthwhile, and you must assume from the moment you adopt a Himalayan kitten. Consult with the breeder of your choice or the veterinarian about the best type or style of comb for your Himalayan’s hair that you can acquire in the market. Bathing is also something you should do frequently to maintain hygiene. This type of activity can be a bit of a cliché with cats in general, but some breeds love water or some cats don’t find this process so traumatic, or they simply accept their fate and let themselves be bathed and then take revenge on their owners when they least expect it. Take advantage while it is a kitten so that this type of activity becomes a habit, more so if it is something you will have to do so often and undoubtedly will come to enjoy the process. Who does not like to be groomed and more a pet with the requirements that demand the Himalayan cat breed?
As for the rest that concerns their maintenance or grooming is the basics of a cat. the daily grooming is maintaining oral hygiene, trimming the claws whenever necessary, and periodically checking the cat’s ears to remove any dirt, and inspecting for the presence or absence of a root canal infection, as these are often somewhat tedious to deal with. Something you should keep an eye on is your Himalayan eyes, some tend to have problems with eye drainage so they are prone to produce spots in those areas of the face, and it is not something that helps maintain their beautiful coat.
To provide him with a full life and good health, you should make frequent trips to the vet for check-ups throughout the year as often as your doctor recommends. This will help you avoid some diseases or control those that your Himalayan cat may be predisposed to. Among these complications of the breed, there is a certain variety that some may overlook. As it happens with other Pedigree cats, there may be pathologies with a genetic origin which may not be the case, that is why it is important to maintain the check-up to keep under control most if not all of them. Because of their facial structure, they are prone to several complications such as misaligned teeth, breathing difficulties, and what I mentioned before about excess eye-watering, but they can also suffer from progressive retinal atrophy or entropion. Besides the complications related to their anatomy, they are sensitive to heat, seborrhea oleosa, polycystic kidney, feline hyperesthesia syndrome, and are at high risk of suffering ringworm because of their long hair.
As far as their nutrition is concerned, you must always be vigilant in all matters concerning their diet and weight. Due to their inactive personality, they are under a greater risk of getting fat which can be extremely dangerous in cats, especially those that are left unattended or their owners are not attentive to this type of detail, which can end up being lethal. You should help them both by giving them the right amount recommended by the vet, as well as seeking to play with them whenever they are in the mood to do so. It is very important that you feed them from kittens with special cat food for them and that it is the best quality you can get in the market, as they do not deserve anything less. Just like a child, their diet is something that will determine their growth and health during these first stages of their life that will make all the difference.
I hope that this little guide about the Himalayan cat has been to your liking and has cleared up all but most of your doubts. This breed is one of the most popular with Pedigree so you must be very attentive at the moment of adopting and look for breeders that fulfill the requirements and have their papers up to date. If you have any doubts or you think I missed something, please let me know in the comment section down below.
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