You’re lounging on your couch, watching TV, when suddenly you feel a warm weight on your chest. You look down to see a Himalayan cat perched on you, staring up at you with big, blue eyes. You try to push her off, but she’s too darn cute. You’re stuck.
This is the magic of the Himalayan. They’re not just cats, they’re little balls of fluff with personalities as big as their coats. They’ll follow you around like a loyal dog, but with the grace and elegance of a true feline. They’re the perfect balance of playful and chill.
And let’s talk about their looks. That long, silky fur. Those piercing blue eyes. They’re like walking works of art. You’ll find yourself staring at them for hours, mesmerized by their beauty.
But don’t be fooled by their delicate appearance. These cats are tough as nails. They can handle anything life throws their way, whether it’s a rowdy dog or a rowdy toddler. They’ll take it all in stride, with a calm and collected demeanor that will make you wonder how they do it.
Many people consider the blue-eyed, long-haired Himalayan to be the perfect indoor cat. Himalayans are well-suited for indoor living due to their calm and gentle nature, making them great companions for those living in apartments or other small living spaces. The Himalayan’s thick, luxurious coat would become easily tangled and matted if they were to spend much time outdoors, making indoor living a more suitable environment for their grooming needs. Additionally, outdoor exposure to dirt, debris, and insects could negatively affect the health and appearance of their coat. Their thick coat also makes them comfortable in cooler indoor temperatures.
They are not only beautiful, but make excellent companions, with their friendly and playful nature. They are one of the most docile and affectionate cat breeds, often seeking out attention from their owners. This breed is known for having a laid-back personality, and are often content to just relax and cuddle with their humans.
Both the Persian and the Siamese are natural breeds, but the Himalayan was created through human intervention. Their coat is long and luxurious, like that of the Persian, but they have color points like the Siamese. Nicknamed the “Himmie”, they bond well with humans, and much prefer companionship rather than being left on their own. A lovable cat, the Himmie is generally friendly with everyone.
The Himalayan cat is a relatively new breed, developed in the 1930s in the United States through the cross breeding of a white long-haired Persian and a Siamese cat. Therefore, Himalayans are a manmade breed..
The idea was to create a breed with the long, luxurious fur of the Persian, but with the striking blue eyes and color points of the Siamese.
The breed was originally named the “Himalayan Persian,” but was later shortened to simply “Himalayan. In fact, Himalayans are still sometimes called the “Colorpoint Persian”.
The first Himalayan cat was named Newton’s Debutante, and she was born in 1935. It was not until the 1950s, however, that the breed became more popular and was officially recognized by cat associations.
Although some countries still classify the Himalayan as a subset of the Persian breed, it is now widely recognized as a distinct breed in its own right. Known for their stunning colorpoint markings, striking blue eyes, and affectionate nature, Himalayans have become a popular choice for cat lovers around the world. They have been bred to accentuate their unique characteristics, which has helped to establish them as a separate and highly sought-after breed.
While the Himalayan cat may have a relatively short history, their unique and striking appearance has made them a beloved breed among cat enthusiasts around the world.
The appearance of Himalayans is very similar to the long-haired Persian with the exception of their blue eyes and their point colorations, which comes from the Siamese cross-breeding. While the bulk of the fur on the body of a purebred Himalayan is usually white or cream, there are 6 main types of coats for purebred Himalayans:
- Blue point – The blue coat color is only seen on the feet, ears, tail and face mask.
- Lilac point – A brighter version of the point. The body color is also usually whiter and brighter than a blue point.
- Seal point – The seal brown coat color is only seen on the feet, ears, tail and face mask.
- Chocolate point – Chocolate brown color (which is lighter than the seal brown) on the points. The body color is white and brighter than the seal point as well. Chocolate point Himalayans have pink paw pads while seal point have dark brown paw pads.
- Red or Flame point – The red coat color is only seen on the points.
- Cream point – Cream and flame points can be very similar in color, however the body color of the cream is whiter and brighter.
The Himalayan’s coat color is determined by temperature-sensitive enzymes, meaning their fur is darker on their extremities and lighter on their body.
Himalayans are medium-sized cats that usually have a weight range between 7 and 12 pounds. They are generally big-boned, and because their fur is so long, they can look quite large. They have a round body with short legs. Because of their short legs, they usually can’t jump as high as other breeds of cats.
A Doll-Faced Himalayan
Himalayans have one of two types of faces – either a “doll-face” (traditional) or “peke-face” (extreme), which has a flatter face and nose.
A Seal Point Peke-Faced Himalayan
As they are better suited to being indoor pets, they have a relatively long lifespan of approximately 14-15 years. However, Himalayans can be predisposed to Polycystic Kidney Disease due to their Persian ancestry. A genetic test can be performed that will reveal whether the cat carries this gene or not.
Himalayans are prone to dental issues, so regular teeth cleaning and veterinary check-ups are important for their health.
They are also prone to the same health problems as the Persian, especially the Peke-faced variety, such as sinus and breathing problems due to their flatter face, which gives them shortened sinus cavities. But overall, they are generally a healthy breed.
Himalayans love to be petted and caressed, so there is no problem grooming them – they love it! Which is a good thing, because they will need to be groomed often! If they are not groomed every day, tangles and knots can form which can cause the cat a lot of pain.
They will also be prone to getting more hairballs when grooming themselves, if their coats are not groomed daily. It is recommended to brush them with a steel comb. They may also need to have their face and eyes wiped every day if they have a “peke-face”.
Himalayans have the sweet, docile, quiet nature of the Persian cat. They are intelligent and make excellent indoor companion animals. They are usually non-destructive; but they have a playful side, as well, which comes from their Siamese heritage. They love to play fetch and toys will keep them entertained for hours.
So, next time you’re in the market for a new cat, consider the Himalayan. They may just surprise you with their charm, their beauty, and their unbreakable spirit. Plus, they make great couch companions.
I miss my Shelly, She was a sweet Himalayan.
I want a Birman!
To me, EVERY cat is beautiful and loveable! <3
there is one in my family, and she´s beautiful
So are Birmans
Yes, they are Noela
so very beautiful cat
ako moja Bubi 🙂