Factors of the Himalayan
Breed of Cat
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The Himalayan cat is a cat breed that is identical to the
Persian except that they have the coloration of the Siamese.
They were derived from a cross between the Persian and the
Siamese. The result was a Persian cat that was all white
except for having points like a Siamese and blue eyes. In
Europe they are referred to as Colorpoint Persians.
According to the International Cat Association the Himalayan
is to be considered a separate breed from the Persian. It is
grouped together with the Persian and the Exotic Shorthair
under the "Persian Breed Group Standard". The Cat Fanciers
Association considers the Himalayan a variation in color
from the Persian rather than a separate breed but they do
compete in their own color division.
The Himalayan has virtually the same body type as the
Persian. They are cobby and round with short legs. Because
of this they have a problem jumping as high as some other
breeds can. However, some pet quality Himalayans have been
known to have a Siamese type body and these can often jump
as high as seven feet.
Himalayans that fit the show standard have a nose break just
like the standard Persian. These facial varieties are known
as the "Peke" and "Ultra-Face" and the cats also have round
eyes that are very large and the nose is situated right
between the eyes. Pet Himalayans or breeder Himalayans in
general may have smaller eyes and a longer muzzle. All are
considered to be Himalayan though.
The Himalayan has a primarily cream or white body with
points that can come in many different colors: blue,
chocolate, and cream, lilac, red and seal (or black).
Tortoiseshell or tabby patterns are also seen. The chocolate
and lilac points are difficult to breed in the Himalayan
because the parents must each carry the autosomal recessive
gene, and then both recessives must combine to produce a
chocolate or lilac pointed kitten.
Himalayans, like most long-haired cats, must be brushed
daily to keep their coats at their healthiest and most
attractive. And depending upon the cat, they may need their
face wiped daily with a damp cloth. Some breeders recommend
that you bath the cat regularly in order to avoid a buildup
of oil on the skin and in the fur.
The Himalayan is a playful cat that is sweet tempered and in
general very sociable and cats of this breed make excellent
companions. They are intelligent and tend to be more active
than their Persian counterparts, no doubt due to their
Siamese heritage. Himalayan cats are excellent with
strangers, children and pets and very attached to their
owners. Your Himalayan may meet you at the door and follow
you around telling you about its activities while you were
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Taking Quality Care of your Wonderful Himalayan Cat
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Gentle long haired Persian types, the Himalayan
cats like to exercise and do well in roomy
homes with other pets and children.
Himalayans and Kashmirs tend to have improperly
developed tear ducts, causing discharge from
the eyes. Because of their short noses, they're also
more susceptible to respiratory disease.
Vitamin C or an antioxidant formula should be given
on a daily basis.
Conscientious daily coat combing is necessary to
prevent tangled, cottony looking fur.
Vegetable enzymes are essential.
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If your cat's coat is in poor condition, add torula
yeast with the vegetable enzymes. Torula yeast will keep
the coat healthy.
Hair ball treatment should be given two or three times
weekly between meals.
Himalayan Cats need this Hairball Treatment