There ain't no mountain high enough to keep this kitty from getting to you, babe. No matter where you are, no matter how far, the cuddly Himalayan will find a way back to your lap. This breed wants nothing more than to spend every day by your side.
Himalayans are a serious favorite among cat fanciers—they're the top pick among Persian varieties, which are the most popular cat breed in the world. “Himmies” (as they're known to their fans) can grow to between 9-12 pounds, though one Himalayan named Tinkertoy was much smaller——only 7 inches long and 2.5 inches high! This breed lives an average of 15-18 years.
Daily play, please
I looooove being with you
Things may take me a while
We'll be doing this a lot
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE HIMALAYAN'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Himalayans are peaceful and gentle, and they're more laid-back than their Siamese cousins. They'll happily split their time between play and lap-warming sessions. This is a polite, intelligent, friendly breed. With proper socialization, she'll usually do just fine with dogs or other cats.
WHAT IS HIMALAYAN BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Himalayans are more active and chattier than Persians. They're more likely to drape themselves across a couch than perch above your bookshelf. But most of all, they'll be in search of your affection and attention.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY HIMALAYAN ENTERTAINED?
Himalayans are easily amused—play fetch with yours, teach her tricks, or let her work on outsmarting the treats from a puzzle toy. Better still, mix it up and offer her a new outlet each day of the week by rotating her toys each day. It'll be like every day is just for her!
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO HIMALAYANS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Beautiful long-haired Himalayans mainly look like Persians with color points and bright blue eyes. Yours will need brushing every day to prevent mats and tangles. She might also need her face wiped to prevent tear staining.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can also help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
Brushing your furry friend often helps remove dead skin and loose hairs, as well as shaking debris and dirt loose. Daily grooming will keep your cat from swallowing too much hair while she grooms, which can help cut back on the number of hairballs you accidentally step on while you're barefoot. An upside for both of you, surely. Most healthy, grownup cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.
And remember: even if your cat gets the at-home brush-and-comb treatment regularly, she still might benefit from professional grooming once in awhile.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO HIMALAYANS HAVE?
Himalayans can be prone to hereditary kidney disease or respiratory problems. Yours might also be sensitive to hot weather.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE HIMALAYANS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Himalayans aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers. These cats shed like it's their job. While shedding less doesn't make a breed hypoallergenic—dander found in urine, dead skin, and saliva (not pet hair) is what sets off allergy sufferers—lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home. Himalayans, on the other hand, shed as much as a cat can shed and still have fur on its body.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. Brushing can help cut back on airborne allergens. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY HIMALAYAN'S BEST DAY?
These super-social chatty catties want to be part of everything you do. She'd prefer to start her morning with a grooming session——which gets her your attention and helps you stay ahead of her shedding. Bonus: you'll have the opportunity to hear all about her dreams from last night! Spend a lazy afternoon dozing in a sunbeam and discuss your day over dinner. You don't mind if she sits right next to your plate, right? Oh, were you going to eat that?
SHOULD I ADOPT A HIMALAYAN?
Himalayans are gorgeous, but also high-maintenance to groom. They're less talkative than Siamese and more active than Persians. For folks who don't mind keeping up with their beauty regimens, they make loving and devoted feline friends. If this sounds like your kind of cat, why not make a Himmy yours?
Have you decided that a Himalayan is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.