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The Himalayan Cat

The Himalayan, also called colourpoint or colorpoint, is a cat breed native to the United States. In some European countries, this breed does not exist and is considered a Persian dress. This medium-sized cat usually weighs between 7 and 12 pounds (3.2 and 5.5 kg).

The Himalayan is a Persian in the colors of the Siamese. Unlike its parents, considered as natural breeds (not having been created by human intervention), the Himalayan is an artificial breed developed by crossing the Persians and the Siamese to introduce the coloring of the coat and the blue eyes of the Siamese. In 1931, breeders began working with this goal to determine how the colorpoint gene was transmitted. Cat breeder Virginia Cobb and Harvard Medical School researcher Clyde Keeler have developed long-haired cats in Siamese colours.

Like the Persian, the Himalayan is gentle, docile and silent. It likes to be caressed, sitting on your lap. He also enjoys playing with calm children who gently pet his fur. The Himalayan is affectionate but discriminatory.

He reserved his attention to family members and the few guests he believed he could trust. Noisy environments are not appreciated by this breed. Of calm temperament, he prefers a serene home with an established routine. There is little chance that this cat will climb into your curtains, jump on the countertops of your kitchen or perch on the top of your refrigerator. He feels perfectly happy dominating the floor or furniture more accessible.

Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to particular genetic health problems. This does not mean that all cats belonging to these breeds develop these diseases; it simply means that they are at increased risk. If you are only looking for purebred cats or kittens, it is a good idea to learn about genetic diseases common to the breed you are interested in.

The Himalayan requires daily grooming. This beautiful and long coat doesn’t stay clean and brush itself. It should be gently brushed every day and bathed at least once a month.

Another factor to consider is litter. Litter can be lodged in the legs or hair of the Himalayan. If the cat and litter are not scrupulously cleaned, it will become more inclined than most others to stop using the box.

Excessive watering can be a problem in this breed. Wipe the corners of their eyes daily to avoid staining under them.

Having such a beautiful feline is precious, keep it inside. The Himalayan is not a fighting cat and would have difficulty defending itself against other cats, dogs, coyotes and other dangers, such as theft, that outdoor cats face.