The Himalayan cat is a cute animal with a gentle disposition. She is affectionate but selective. While she enjoys lying in your lap and being a pet, she can be hidden from guests. A serene, quiet environment with little daily changes is best for Himmi.
She likes to be at home alone, she does not climb behind your curtains and does not jump on your counters. This does not mean that she does not like playing with toy mice or even with a wad of crumpled paper.
In addition to colorpoint and eye color, she is almost Persian in almost everything. The Himalayans have a large, round head with widely spaced round eyes, a short nose, and full cheeks. Her face is adorned with small, rounded ears. Himalayans are not fat cats, they have a strong, muscular body, thick neck and short strong legs.
9 to 15 years old
Medium to large, males weigh 4 to 6.3 kilograms and females 3 to 5 kilograms.
The Himalayan has a light body with a darker mask on the face, ears and tail, like the Siamese. Himmi come in a wide variety of colors, from chocolate to lilac, red, and everything in between. Unlike its Persian ancestor, the Himalayan cat has only blue eyes, like its Siamese ancestors.
The Himalayas shed, so daily grooming is essential to keep their long hair tangle-free and tangle-free, and to get rid of loose hair.
Like other purebred cats, Himalayans have certain health risks that may or may not be genetic in nature. Their facial structure, in particular, presents some unique health problems for the breed, including:
- Labored breathing
- Displaced teeth
- Excessive lacrimation and other eye conditions such as entropion and progressive retinal atrophy
- In addition to the above, this breed also has a higher risk of the following diseases:
- Feline hyperesthesia syndrome
- Thermal sensitivity
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Higher risk of ringworm due to their long hair, which is more difficult to care for effectively
- Massive seborrhea, a skin condition that can cause redness and itching of the skin.
In 1931, cat breeder Virginia Cobb, along with Dr. Clyde Keeler of Harvard, began crossing a Persian with a Siamese to study how the colorpoint gene was passed. In the 1950s, breeders in the UK and North America worked to further develop the breed using the Cobb and Keeler methods. Once the breed was established, they began to seek recognition in cat associations.
The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognized the Himalayan as a separate breed in 1957, but reclassified the breed as a Persian variety in 1984. The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes the breed as part of its Persian group, but the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) and other associations assign their own group to the Himalayan cat.
- The first Himalayan kitten was named "Newton's Debutante".
- Himmi are the most popular breed cats.
- This is an artificial breed.
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