Some people will not recognize immediately if I said Himalayan cats are quite famous. Yes, they were in cartoon series, Hollywood movies and on social media, for example, Mr. Jinx the toilet flushing kitty from ” Meet the Parents” comedy film and Homeward Bound film series. Yes, they are all Himalayan fur babies. They are typically Persian cats with Siamese color points. For those cat lovers still have no idea about this adorable super fluffy felines, there are 3 fun and informative facts to understand basic about this breed.
Himalayan cat history and origin
Did they really come from Himalaya? Just like Balinese and Javanese cats which have never been to Indonesia, this feline breed has never been to Himalaya mountain instead it was named after real Himalayan Rabbit due to its color resemble. Actually, they are the result of the combination of Persian long-haired and Siamese family. In 1930, a group of scientist from Harvard University ran a project named “Siamese- Persian” and they got the successful beautiful outcome. However, the result was published after 6 years later in 1936 by the Journal of Heredity.
Although the research was successful, the new breed was not adopted that time due to lack of officially registered by major cat lover organizations. The official breeding was started by British breeders who had visited America after knowing about Harvard University team ‘s new research. The breeding was widely started in the United Kingdom and the well known professional cat breeder Brian Sterling- Webb developed this hybrid breed for a decade until the World War 2. After the War, the breeding programs re-continued again. The American professional cat breeder named Marguerita Goforth successfully restarted the breeding program after the World War 2. The Cat Fanciers’ Association ( CFA ) accepted her trying as a new breed ” Himalayan” in 1957. They are called ” Himmie” for the short.
The Himalayan furry babies became famous and registered as the standard trait in every show ring of the U.S.A in 1960. But CSA put the Himalayan and Persian as same in the registry and denied the former record as a new trait by declaring they are similar in 1984. Nowadays, they are most popular as the standard champion show cat and one of the top most expensive luxurious breeds in the whole world along with pure Persian since 1996. According to CFA record, it became most famous hybrid in that same year too.
Himalayan cat characteristics and appearance
They have round body, short legs and thick bones like Persian but with Siamese color paints plus short extremely fluffy tail. These fuzzy balls cannot jump high like other cats but they are massive to cuddle. You will have own soft purring heater in winter. Himmies possess thick long massive glossy fur coat which is so soft and make them bigger in size but they already have heave muscular body inside. There are two types of Himmie faces, Doll-face ( traditional ) or peke- face ( extreme).
The popular show kitty is normally big round eyes, Persian type peke face which is sometimes called a nose break. Although they own entire body structure of Persian, fur color points and vivid blue eyes are the sign of Siamese gene. Unlike other breeds, Himmie is steady with only this beautiful vivid blue eyes. The hair coat color points that are commonly found in Himalayans are the cream point, red or flame point, Seal point, Lilac point, blue point and chocolate point. The hair coat is generally cream, white or light grey but different color points are on ears, face, tail, and legs. Those points can be tabby, lynx or tortoiseshell pattern too in rare cases.
Himalayan cat personality and temperament
They are passionate and affectionate babies but also have quite proud, bossy and no-nonsense nature. Some cats may be patience and calm babysitters but Himmie will not endure the kids. Those fuzzballs are very picky about choosing the right human and once they chose, they will excessively attach themselves to peoples they are blessed to be chosen. They will demand lots of love, attention and care like a little prince or princess. Although being quiet peace lover, better not to break their peace or short temper with no toleration will happen. Strangers and dogs may better stay away from Himalayans. They are not high vocalizing cats as quieter and less active than Siamese but more active than Persian because even simple toys can amuse them. They do love playing fetch, with toys. Himmies are best for keeping indoor.
Himalayan cat hypoallergenic
Unfortunately, they are not hypoallergenic so people who are allergic to feline should be aware of it. They possess long hair and shed a lot. The general signs of allergy in humans are discharge nose and eyes, itchy rashes, asthma, and sneezing. The main sources from kitty are dry skin flakes, saliva, urine and hair where microscopic particles of allergic protein stay. They can enter into human lungs by airborne. If you ever show the signs of allergy, the best way is to show the doctor and get proper medication.
The blue point is not as common as seal point and not easy to breed too. The true color of the blue point is white in the body and the very pale greyish blue color point on the middle of face, ears, tail, and legs.
Seal point Himalayan
Seal points are most common in this breed. This means the seal brown color points pattern on the face, on ears and on legs but the body can be white or light grey. Some do not have brown seal points on their fluffy shaggy tail.
Himalayan cat lifespan and health
They can live 9 to 15 years in general but some very well cared kitties can live around 22 years maximum. They have very sensitive health issue so need very well maintained with daily healthy diet, grooming, and regular medical checkup. They are well known as couch potato so the owners have a responsibility to make them exercise at least 2 times per day. The common diseases of this breed are polycystic kidney disease, nervous system disorder, difficulty in breathing etc.
You need to be affectionate loving parents if you want to have Himalayan cats because they are luxurious proud show kitties. There are few short notes every owner should know. This breed of cat needs a bath at least one time a month an regular grooming to prevent hairballs, hair clots for the high level of shedding. They have some important health issue such as breathing issue for having peke face, polycystic kidney disease from Persian gene and so on. The Himalayan breed needs extra care than others and needs to clean face and ears every day along with healthy standard diet.