The Himalayan cat is a breed of extreme aspect that derives from its origins: from the Persian cat and the Siamese. It is a wonderful pet, as much for its beautiful aspect as for its coexistence. His Siamese origins give him a more playful and playful behavior with a point of mischief, while his Persian origins make him a quiet cat, very affectionate, attached to humans and often in need of attention.
Origins of the Himalayan Persian Cat
The Himalayan breed cat, also called Himalayan Persian, contrary to what its name indicates, is a breed of cat originating from the United States. It has this name in reference to a breed of Himalayan domestic rabbits that uses the same colors.
The Himalayan cat breed as we know it today is the result of a research program carried out in Great Britain and the United States in 1947. It is the result of a cross between a medium-long haired Siamese cat and blue and black Persian cats. The breed was recognized in England in 1955 and in the United States in 1957.
Although the Himalayas are considered a special division of the Persian breed, the TICA, the WCF, and the ACFA consider it a breed in its own right.
An ideal pet
The Himalayan cat, or color point Persian cat, has the same standard as the Persian breed. That is a solid but rounded body. It has short but strong and robust paws. They are round, large and with the fingers very together and provided with long locks of hair.
Its face is round, with a wide skull, well emphasized by its imposing neck. The nose is wide and raised with a marked stop. In profile, the forehead, nose, and chin must be aligned in the same vertical line. The ears are small, with rounded tips and well separated. Its large round eyes are always of intense blue color.
His coat is long and shiny with a thick undercoat. The coat is always colorpoint, with an identical distribution of dark markings on the face, ears, feet and tail. All colors are accepted, as well as tabby and turtle markings.
General information about the breed
The TICA recognized the Himalayan as a breed in 1957, but since 1980 it is considered a variety of the Persian. The FIFE considers it as a breed, but as a variety of the Siamese. The ACFA, on the other hand, considers it as a breed of its own since 1950.
- Body: medium to large, solid, muscular and strong-boned.
- Weight: males between 5 and 6 kilos, females between 4 and 5 kilos.
- Head: medium size and rounded.
- Ears: small, wide base and rounded end.
- Nose: short and wide and with hairs.
- Eyes: large and round. Light blue or blue in color.
- Legs: short and muscular.
- Claws: medium and oval.
- Tail: medium and with a lot of hair.
- Hair: long, soft and dull.
Accepted colors for the breed
- Seal: brown mask, ears, legs and tail, cream-colored base with golden reflections.
- Blue: blue mask, ears, legs and tail, white base.
- Chocolate: brown mask, ears, legs and tail, ivory base.
- Lilac: gray-red mask, ears, legs and tail, white base.
- Red: red mask, ears, legs and tail, cream white base.
- Blue-Cream: blue and cream mask, ears, legs and tail, light blue base.
The hair color of the Himalayan breed
Its color is very white, very light when it is small, and darkens a little as it gets older. Therefore, it is necessary to wait until the Himalayan cat is between 1 and 3 years old to see its final color.
The most known colors are the seal-point, the blue point and the redpoint. However, there are many other colors like the chocolate dot, the lilac dot, the cream dot, the turtle dot, and there is also the smoke dot and the shadow dot.
The Himalayas are a playful, mischievous, curious, but very loving, quiet and gentle cat! He adapts very well to life in a flat or apartment. He is a very sociable cat, he likes the presence of humans and to be caressed. He is a very docile cat who likes contact with humans.
A very cuddly cat: the Malaysian Persian will remain for hours in the lap of his owners, purring of pleasure under the received caresses.
Playful and mischievous: the Himalayan is more playful than the Persian because it inherited the genetics of the Siamese. It can be very mischievous.
Calm: Calm and tranquility are some of its main qualities
Intelligent: everything and being a naughty cat, this is a very intelligent cat that will surprise you from time to time.
Sociable but distrustful: Everything and being a very sociable cat, this cat is cautious with strangers and may take a little time to adapt to them.
Independent: the Himalayan cat has a self-centered point. He likes to be the center of attention and is close to his owners. He needs attention and can’t stand loneliness.
A communicative glance: the Himalayan Persian is a cat that meows little but knows how to make itself understood perfectly with its glance.
A very greedy cat: he is a gourmet and has a tendency to gorge himself. It is recommended to use dosing devices to limit food intake. This will also stimulate her physically and intellectually.
It doesn’t need much exercise: daily play sessions should be limited and of low intensity due to his morphology. But that does not mean that there should not be some.
It is not a cat that likes to run away: the Himalayas prefer far away the comforts of home to the escapes to the open air.
Compatibility and coexistence
The Himalayan cat is a very friendly, cuddly and playful cat that can live with any pet, even with cats of the same sex. It is an excellent pet for children and the elderly, especially for children, as it is very patient. He is curious and energetic, but, in spite of that, he can live without inconveniences in small houses. The Himalayan cat is very intelligent but not very meowing.
The Himalayan cat and the dogs: being a rather quiet cat, it will get along well with the dogs that share this trait with it.
Himalayan and other cats: sharing environment with other cats can be suitable for him provided the environment is appropriate and the introduction has been done correctly.
Himalayan and children: Being a playful cat, the Malaysian Persian will enjoy the company of children who are kind and respectful to him. But beware of naughty and rough children because they will not get along with this cat.
The Himalayas and the elderly: this is undoubtedly one of the most suitable breeds of cat to keep company with a quiet person, provided that you can devote to the daily cleaning of the cat.
Price of a Himalayan cat
On average, the purchase price of a Himalayan kitten inbreeding is between $500 and $2400 euros. Its price can vary according to the lineage, the breeding, the age or even the sex. For the monthly budget, it will be necessary to have an average of 40 euros/month to cover his needs, offering him a quality food and making sure to keep him in good health.
Care of the Himalayan cat
All the cares of the Himalayan cat will pass mostly through its beautiful coat. He will need, almost daily, to be brushed to remove the dead hair. Regarding its health, we must pay attention to its digestive system, since cases of trichobezoars (hairballs in the digestive system) usually appear, which are easily treated with a veterinary laxative and prevented with some balanced food.
Cleaning and hygiene
Cleaning in the Himalayas is particularly demanding: brushing must be done daily to avoid knots and remove dead hair. This can be removed more easily after a bath, followed by a good drying. The long hairs on the underside of the cat, can sometimes stain the chairs, and therefore it is advisable to check them regularly. Sometimes it will be necessary to cut the hair to facilitate their maintenance.
On the other hand, the cleaning of the eyes and the mucus of the nose should also be daily due to its flat face. In fact, the secretions can dye the hair very slightly but can also cause infections. Remember to also check your ears frequently to make sure they are clean.
Like all Persians, the Himalayas lose a lot of hair.
The choice of diet will be greatly influenced by the physical and morphological characteristics of the breed. To guarantee the shine of the coat and the good health of this breed, the food chosen must be of very good quality.
Treatments of the Himalayan race
The Himalayan race, like the Persian, requires special attention. Their hair requires regular brushing, otherwise the hair tends to get tangled. Due to its morphology, the Persian colorpoint also has some fragility in the nose and eyes, so it needs to be cleaned regularly.
The Health of Himalayan cats
Life expectancy in the Himalayas is quite high due to the genetic characteristics of the animal. It’s a long-lived cat that can live for 10 or 15 years.
A domestic cat par excellence, extreme temperatures are not for him.
The tendency to get fat:
His greedy side is likely to lead to overweight. It is advisable to control the quality of food offered to him. Dosing bowls could be a good solution for feeding him.
Frequent diseases of the breed
Like many cat breeds, Persians in general, and Himalayans in particular, are predisposed to develop certain hereditary diseases:
- Polycystosis of the kidneys: Cysts appear gradually and slowly in the kidneys, preventing them from functioning properly. There is a screening test for this disease
- Idiopathic cystitis — this inflammation of the bladder is often seen in neutered men There are many causes, but often they are not identified
- Urolithiasis (or urinary stones): usually appear after the age of 7, especially in sterilized animals and males.
- Basal cell tumor: mostly benign, these skin tumors are often located in the head and neck area.
- Sebaceous gland tumor: These benign skin tumors can be isolated or multiple.
- Hypertrophic heart disease: heart disease characterized by thickening of the myocardium.
- Pericardial-diaphragmatic hernia: An abnormality in the development of the diaphragm that causes the passage of the abdominal organs into the pericardial cavity.
- The progressive atrophy of the retina that leads to loss of vision almost from birth…
- Corneal sequestration (or corneal necrosis)
- Coloboma of the eyelids: malformation of the outer part of the upper eyelids
- Entropion: malformation that causes the edge of the eyelid to curl inward.
- Idiopathic epiphora: abnormality of tear secretion related to the shape of a cat’s head.
- Ringworm: a fungus that develops most often on the back or at the base of the tail, causing