Originally from England, Himalayan Persian Cats are bred from the cross between a Siamese cat and a Persian cat. The distinctive mark on his face also earned him the name "Masked Persian". We also hear from time to time the name "Persian colorpoint". For some, the Himalayan cat is a breed in its own right. For others, it is only a specific variant of the Persian cat.
Himalayan Cats' Physical Features
The Himalayan is a medium to the large-sized cat. His body is short: he is one of the so-called “cobby” type cats. His legs are short and stubby, and his frame is strong. The body of the Himalayan is rather short and strong. He has a broad chest and back. Its tail is thick and bushy, in balance with the rest of its body. The weight of this relatively rare breed is impressive: the male weighs up to 22 pounds, females up to 17 pounds.
The Himalayan has a round head. Its characteristic nose is short. Its ears are quite small and rounded. His eyes are large, round, and set apart. They are always blue and very bright.
The coat of the Himalayan is long, very silky, and has a dense undercoat. Its coat comes in seal tortie, seal point, and blue point colors. It has the long coat of the Persian cat, as well as "point" areas on the face, ears, legs, and tail, just like the Siamese.
There are two types of Himalayan cats: the traditional type and the extreme type.
What is the personality of the Himalayan Persian Cat?
Himalayan enthusiasts often call the stubby-nosed feline the "Persian disguised as a Siamese". Indeed, the Himalayan is included in the breed standard of the Persian. However, its personality is closer to that of the Siamese.
The characters of the two races from which the Himalayans were created could hardly be more different. We find the character of the Siamese in its vivacity, while its soft and quiet side comes from the personality of the Persian.
The Himalayan is not affectionate with just anyone; he is very selective and only grants his love to people he trusts. Those who have won her heart, however, willingly engage in endless hugs. Cats of this breed are very attached to their masters.
The Himalayans are sensitive, and they won't feel comfortable in noisy environments or busy homes. It is rather made to live in a calm environment with quiet people.
Halfway between Siamese and Persian
In the 1920s, cat breeder Virginia Cobb and Harvard Medical School researcher Dr. Clyde Keeler launches a new breeding program. At the time, Dr. Clyde Keeler was looking for the gene responsible for creating colorpoint in cats.
The goal of the breeder and researcher at that time was to create a cat with the coat of the Persian as well as the blue eyes and point markings of a Siamese.
How to take good care of a Himalayan Cat?
To preserve all its beauty, the long coat of the Himalayan must be brushed daily with a soft brush for cats. Brushing also strengthens the bond between you and your cat. Without regular brushing, the hair of the Himalayan, which resembles that of the Persian, felt and gets tangled quickly.
It is also recommended to wash your Himalayan regularly, once a month. His face should also be thoroughly cleaned every day, to keep your pet clean and healthy.
Residues often get caught in the legs of the Himalayan because of their long hair. You can also gently clean them if necessary.
The Himalayans can tend to gain weight. It is therefore recommended to carefully monitor your diet and weight.
Unfortunately, the Himalayans are relatively vulnerable to various diseases. He often suffers from respiratory diseases. In questionable farms, it even happens that the noses of cats are so short that they suffer from respiratory insufficiency. Animal rights activists often voice legitimate concerns about what they call torture farms.
Himalayan Persian Cat Diet: What Foods Does My Cat Need?
To feed a Himalayan, you have to take into account their tendency to gain weight. Apart from that, the same nutritional recommendations apply to the Himalayan as to other cats, whether purebred or not.
The BARF method, which some experts consider to be the most appropriate form of nutrition for animals, as it is the closest to the cat's diet in nature. Raw meat represents the largest part of their natural diet. Cereals, on the other hand, represent only a very small proportion, which the cat ingests, for example, via the contents of the stomach of a mouse.
Wet food has the advantage of containing around 80% water. This form of food is to be recommended, as cats generally drink little. They hydrate themselves sufficiently thanks to the water contained in their food.
Due to the risk of allergy or hypersensitivity, animal feed should not contain any unnecessary chemical components. Ingredients of fillers, by-products, or preservatives can harm your pet. High-quality food also has the unexpected benefit of resulting in less smelly feces.
When buying wet food, always make sure you choose only high-quality products. They are not necessarily more expensive than lower-quality products. Information from recognized test institutes informs you about the quality of each product. High-quality foods are high in good protein and are easily digested by cats. They provide the cat with the energy it needs, without however promoting weight gain.
Dry food has a few detractors, but it also has many followers. Some experts only feed their cats dry food.
Dry food has the advantage of being very “practical” for the cat caretaker: unlike wet food, it does not produce bad smells, even if it stays in the bowl for a long time. If you feed your cat dry food, and especially if you feed him only dry food, always make sure he drinks enough water. You can make sure of this by providing him with water fountains or bowls, but somewhere other than next to his food bowl. In the wild, cats always get water and food from different places.
How to find the right Himalayan Persian Cat breeder?
Trustworthy breeders are easily recognized by certain characteristics. For example, cats must be integrated into the breeder's family life. This way, you can be sure that the kittens are already used to household noises, such as vacuum cleaners and other noisy household appliances when they move into your home. Otherwise, the little kittens might be frightened by these monsters which are not part of the cat's natural habitat.
Of course, many breeders still have a separate room for their animals, where they can let off steam and climb the cat trees as they please.
In addition, the breeder must be a member of a recognized breeding club. A trusted cat breeder also acts as an advisor, and he is interested in the welfare of the kittens who have grown up with him once they are adopted. Thus, he will gladly and expertly answer all your questions about your Himalayans.
Also find out about the parents of your kitten, and the frequency of litter. Good cat breeders are experts in genetics, and they know which cat breeds should not be bred together.
Hygiene is a very important factor. You can tell a reputable breeder by the cleanliness of their bowls and litter boxes. Cats themselves are extremely clean animals, and they attach particular importance to regular and thorough cleaning of their litter box.
Most good breeders specialize in one or two breeds, as breeding them requires a lot of specialist knowledge. A good breeder also knows that cats should never be placed in a new home before they are 12 weeks old, and they should generally not be adopted alone, but with a sibling. A good breeder establishes a sales contract with you. Among other things, this governs how to proceed in the event of unforeseen problems with the kitten. Finally, the breeder will give you advice on how to feed your new companion. Don't forget that your instinct is a valuable and essential advisor in choosing the right breeder.
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