Himalayan is sweet, docile and quiet. She enjoys sitting on a lap or being petted by those who are discerning enough to recognize her superior qualities, and playing house with kind children who will gently comb her hair, wheel her around in a baby buggy or let her chase an interactive toy, then serve her tea at their parties. Himalayans are affectionate but discriminating. They focus their attention to family members and those few guests whom they feel they can trust. Loud environments aren’t a Himalayan’s style; they are sedate cats who prefer a serene home where little changes from day to day. These cats are known for their luxurious coats, beautiful eyes, and flat faces.
Size: This is a medium-size cat. Himalayans usually have a weight range of 7 to 12 pounds. With her massive bones and fur, the Himalayan can appear to be rather large. The body is short but thick with thick legs and a short, thick neck. The boning is heavy but the tail is short and the ears are small. The head of the Himalayan is round and has large, round eyes. When viewed in profile, the face is flat with the nose changing direction so that you see primarily the colored skin on the nose (nose leather).
Temperament & Personality: They are loving and affectionate, and the cats often become very attached to their family members (and sometimes one family member in particular).
They like to cuddle but are not overly demanding for affection; this can vary by cat. These intelligent cats are responsive to human moods and emotions and can be talkative at times despite being described as docile and quiet. Himalayans are good with children as long as the kids aren’t too loud or rambunctious. Dogs are fine as housemates as long as they are not extremely high-energy or excessive barkers. Calm, easy going, adaptable, affectionate, sweet-tempered, intelligent, social and good companions.
Activity Requirements: They need exercise to keep in top condition. She likes to play with her parent and will play with interactive toys, chase balls, and attack catnip mice, but you might have to keep after her to exercise on a daily basis. Most Himalayans enjoy playing fetch, similar to Ragdoll, Russian Blue and Manx cats.
Breed Traits: Himalayan cats do best as indoor-only cats. In addition to being a popular cat breed that might be easily stolen or picked up and taken home by someone thinking they found a stray cat, Himalayans are not fighters by nature. They would not do well defensively against typical outdoor animals.
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet.
Grooming Requirements: These cats are purebred and have high maintenance needs including daily brushing and lots of attention. If you have a Himalayan, then you will need to see to your cat’s food, grooming, comfort, entertainment, and health needs. The biggest challenge associated with a Himalayan cat is the grooming routine. Brush your Himalayan daily to prevent matting. Regular bathing once per month is also recommended. Litter can become stuck in the paw pads and attach to the long hair of the cat, and this should be checked and cleaned daily to prevent ingestion of the litter when the cat self-grooms. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. The eyes are prone to excessive watering and staining, so check and clean them daily. Trim the nails regularly. Daily teeth brushing starting at a young age preferably with special cat tooth paste.
Colors: The bulk of the fur on the body of a Himalayan is white or cream, but the points come in many different colors: Seal (or Black), Blue, Lilac, Chocolate, Red (Flame), and Cream. The points can also be Tabby, Lynx, or Tortoiseshell-patterned.
History: The Himalayan, or Himmie for short, is a Persian in Siamese drag. Unlike its parent breeds the Persian and the Siamese, which are considered natural breeds, meaning they weren’t created through human intervention, the Himalayan is a man-made breed developed by crossing Persians with Siamese to bring in the color points and blue eyes of the Siamese. Breeders began to work toward this goal in 1931, at first simply to determine how the colorpoint gene was passed on. Through selective breeding over a period of years, cat breeder Virginia Cobb and Harvard Medical School researcher Clyde Keeler developed longhaired cats with the distinctive colorpoints of the Siamese. The first kitten to be called a Himalayan was named Newton’s Debutante.
Common nicknames: Himmy
Origin: United States, United Kingdom
Life span: 10–15 years
Temperament: Calm, easy going, adaptable, affectionate, sweet-tempered, intelligent, social and good companions
Weight: 7 - 12 lbs
Height: 10–12 inches
Colors: Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Black, Flame, Red, Cream, Tortoiseshell, Frost, Silver, Golden, Brown, Fawn, Cinnamon
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