Himalayan Cats

Himalayans are gentle, calm, easygoing cats. They enjoy playing, but are not overly active. They also tend to be quiet.

Himalayan

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Quick Facts

  • about 13 pounds

Ideal Human Companions

    • Multi-pet households
    • Owners willing to groom often
    • First-time cat owners
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • “Point colors” on the coat
    • Affectionate
    • Calm & easygoing
    • Flat face
 

What They Are Like to Live With

Himalayans with particularly thick coats need regular bathing to keep it clean. Daily brushing is optimal for these cats because their fur is prone to matting.

Things You Should Know

The flat face of the Himalayan can lead to watery eyes and breathing problems.

Himalayans need to be brushed daily to keep their coats from becoming matted. They also need frequent baths.

The breed is prone to kidney disease.

Himalayan History

The Himalayan was developed in the 1930s by crossing Siamese cats with Persians. Dr. Clyde Keller of the Harvard Medical School and breeder Virginia Cobb of Newton Cattery are credited with first attempting this cross with the intention of getting a Persian cat with Siamese markings. After several cross-breedings, they settled on a male cat they named Newton’s Debutante to be the first official Himalayan.

The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the Himalayan as a breed in 1957, but in the 1980s, changed the Himalayan’s designation to a variety of Persian. The International Cat Association also considers the Himalayan a variety of Siamese. Only the American Cat Fanciers Association recognizes the Himalayan as a separate breed.

The Look of a Himalayan

Himalayans come in a variety of “point colors,” much like their Siamese relatives. These colors vary from registry to registry. In CFA, recognized colors are chocolate, seal, lilac, blue, red, cream tortoiseshell, blue-cream, chocolate- tortoiseshell, lilac-cream, seal lynx, blue lynx, red lynx, cream lynx, tortoiseshell lynx, blue-cream lynx, chocolate lynx, lilac lynx, chocolate- tortoiseshell lynx and lilac-cream lynx. Eyes must be blue.

The face of the Himalayan is flat, like that of the Persian. The coat is thick and profuse, and the paws are large.

Talk About Himalayans 

The perfect gentleman

When I first saw Mr. Kitty, he was an abandoned "Rastaman" kitty living under the porch of our new home. The previous owners moved and left him. He was wild for more than a year. It took lots of patience and time before I could cut off those dreadlocks and invite him into our home.

He was the perfect gentleman: quiet, loving, and very devoted once we gained his trust. He was very respectful of our two girls, and they ended up adoring him. He loved being in our company and followed us from room to room.

He grew to about 13 pounds and had a beautiful silky coat that required combing about twice a week/ Rubbing his head made him drool and purr like a motorboat. He loved those corregated cardboad scratchers sprinked with catnip.

We were surprised at how playful this distinguished-looking, blue-eyed, ever-so-slightly-crosseyed cat with the quiet voice could be. He loved to be carried around and he loved to be kissed on his head. We spoiled him rotten because he deserved it. We'll never understand how someone could abandon this loving creature.

~Mr. Kitty's mom, owner of a Himalayan