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Himalayan

Himalayan

A Lively Personality

Devoted, Eager to please, Loyal

Himalayans are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Himalayans, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Himalayan and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium to large, cobby, broad, muscular Coat:Long, thick, glossy, full

Length of fur
5

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
5

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
1

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

Dental: Himalayans have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is calm and sweet-natured, enjoying your attention and devotion.

Positive Traits:

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Lovable, playful companion

Negative Traits:

  • Long coat needs to be brushed regularly

  • An indoor cat that doesn’t do well in the heat

Whether you are considering adding a new Himalayan to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Himalayan will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Himalayan you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Himalayan could encounter:

Urolithiasis

Blood Type

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

Portosystemic Shunt

Cutaneous Asthenia (Ehlers-Danlos)

Peritoneopericardial Diaphragmatic Hernia (PPDH)

The blue-eyed, long-haired Himalayan was the creation of a scientist and a cat breeder in the 1930’s. A blend of Persian and Siamese, this sweet tempered breed was given its name because it resembles the rabbits and goats living in the Himalayan Mountains. Featured in film, TV, and magazines, Himalayans have a playful nature and prefer to spend more time with their owner than on their own.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Himalayan shows signs of the following:

  • Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

  • Labored or open-mouth breathing, vomiting

  • Asthmatic wheezing

  • For great videos of coughing cats with asthma visit www.fritzthebrave.com

  • Care

    Routine Care: She needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has long hair that will need brushing daily.

    Dental: Himalayans have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is calm and sweet-natured, enjoying your attention and devotion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Lovable, playful companion

    Negative Traits:

    • Long coat needs to be brushed regularly

    • An indoor cat that doesn’t do well in the heat

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Himalayan to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Himalayan will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Himalayan you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Himalayan could encounter:

    Urolithiasis

    Blood Type

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

    Portosystemic Shunt

    Cutaneous Asthenia (Ehlers-Danlos)

    Peritoneopericardial Diaphragmatic Hernia (PPDH)

  • History

    The blue-eyed, long-haired Himalayan was the creation of a scientist and a cat breeder in the 1930’s. A blend of Persian and Siamese, this sweet tempered breed was given its name because it resembles the rabbits and goats living in the Himalayan Mountains. Featured in film, TV, and magazines, Himalayans have a playful nature and prefer to spend more time with their owner than on their own.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Himalayan shows signs of the following:

    • Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals

    • Labored or open-mouth breathing, vomiting

    • Asthmatic wheezing

    • For great videos of coughing cats with asthma visit www.fritzthebrave.com

Himalayan Discussions

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