Breed Himalayan cat was bred in the 50-ies of XX century in the United States by crossing the Persian cat and a Siamese. The Himalayan is the case when the name of the breed does not reflect its origin.
Individuals of this breed have all the qualities of the Persian cat’s appearance, character, long hair and Siamese color with blue eyes, typical Siamese breed. So why this breed is called Himalayan? It’s all about the resemblance with the color of Himalayan rabbits – a light coat and dark spots on the ears, tail and paws.
The Himalayan cat has a fine appearance and friendly nature. This breed is very popular in USA and Europe.
The main features of this cat:
- fluffy, thick, soft and long coat, with a cream or white color;
- the eyes are large, round and widely set colors of all shades of blue;
- wide-set small ears with rounded tips;
- straight tail, proportional to the length of the body;
- build strong, stocky with a smooth back;
- the legs are short and strong with round paws;
- muzzle is round, broad, slightly flattened;
- weight 4 to 6 pounds.
From all this we can understand that animals of this breed have a muscular body with a nice flattened snout, fluffy coat, fluffy dark tail and dark paws and strong eyes a bright blue hue.
Himalayan cats have calm friendly nature. They are gentle and affectionate, love to spend time in the hands of the owner. Himalayan cats do not cope well with loneliness and very attached to his master, but not Intrusive. Himalayan cat will not bother the master while he’s busy with his own Affairs. He will wait on the sidelines and then get their portion of petting.
Himalayan cat – friendly children. If the child gives a cat the inconvenience – it won’t bite and scratch, and just hide. Cats of this breed by nature is a happy medium between the Siamese and Persians. From the Siamese they inherited regularity and curiosity and calmness of the Persians.
Kittens Himalayan breed is very playful. All beings and objects in the house can participate in their games. At the same time this breed is suitable for people who appreciate peace and quiet. Due to the short legs of Himalayan cats do not aspire to conquer the peaks in the house – they don’t climb curtains, cabinets, refrigerators and tables.
Himalayan cats are very sociable, often purr. If it is something important that they notify the owner mewling, but will not bother.
Himalayan cats are very clean. So they need to provide proper care and follow the couch and toilet with the daily. Taking into account the characteristics of the breed – long hair – they need constant care for a fur coat. Daily combing and frequent cleaning – here are your constant companions if you decide to have a pet.
Combing is not only removes dead hair, but also a kind of massage your pet. Through proper care improves the quality of wool. Himalayan cats useful to bathe – it allows to wash off the sebaceous glands and makes the coat look casalino and untidy.
Another feature of the Himalayan breed – flattened snout is a cause of a violation of the lachrymal canal. Because of this they need every day to wash the eyes. This is a fairly simple procedure – it is necessary to wipe the face with cotton wool or a cotton pad soaked in tea leaves or plain water. If you decide to trim your pet’s nails, then this procedure must be accustomed from an early age.
This procedure should be carried out every 2-3 weeks. Despite the fact that you cut the nails of your pet, the house should still be kittens.
Himalayan cats are a healthy breed. They have only one inherent disease is polycystic kidney disease, who got them from Persian ancestors.
The cause of this disease may be:
- improper diet;
Often in the initial stage of polycystic disease proceeds without symptoms. So you should visit regularly visit the veterinarian to check your pet to the disease was diagnosed at an early stage and was carried out effective treatment and supportive therapy.
To prevent or delay this and other disease will help proper nutrition. You’ll need to carefully monitor the diet of your pet. Food can be dry and wet. You must use the ready to feed premium and super-premium. The composition of the feed is balanced and will protect your pet from the early development of the diseases and problems related to swallow wool.
It’s also a rather common problem in cats, Himalayan breed. Therefore, you should regularly take care of the removal of wool from the stomach to avoid health problems. Regular care, which was mentioned earlier, not always fully solve this problem. If your pet spits up the wool – do not scold him – this is a natural mechanism of cleansing the stomach.
In very advanced cases, you can give your pet a special paste, which is sold in pet store. It contributes to the dissolution of wool in the stomach of the animal. Veterinarians suggest to prevent the use of Catnip – its seeds can be purchased at the pet store and put in a small pot on the windowsill. A cat will eat grass if necessary, which will help to cope with the “wool” stomach problem.
If you decide to feed the cat is not balanced diet and to use natural feeding, you will be more difficult to provide the cat with essential vitamins and minerals.
Because of the peculiarities of the muzzle Himalayan cats encountered problems with breathing. Under the stress and excitement of the breath of these animals becomes difficult. To avoid this, try to protect your pet from stress: don’t leave it for a long time alone in a confined or small space, for example, do not close in the bathroom. Kittens Himalayan cats are born bright without black markings. The dark color on the muzzle, paws and tail beginning to emerge in a few weeks.
The Himalayan is a popular breed, so to get a kitten of this breed is not difficult. Kitten Himalayan cat can be purchased in a kennel specializing in this breed. Addresses and telephone numbers of the nurseries in your city you can find on the Internet. The price of a kitten depends on the sex, appearance, pedigree and documents ranges from 10 000 to 70 000 rubles.
Before buying a kitten, Himalayan cats, weigh the pros and cons and ask yourself are you ready for a pet of this breed, be given much time to care for him. If Yes – be sure that the kitten of this breed will repay you with selfless love and affection.