Himalayans need special grooming throughout their lifespan.

Himalayan kitties are sweet, cuddly lap cats that easily become a faithful addition to your family. They do require more grooming than short-hair cats, but regular brushing can be soothing for you too. With lots of love and good health care, your Himalayan will live well into her teenage years.

Lifespan

Himalayan cats live just as long, if not longer, than other feline breeds. The average lifespan of Himalayans is 15 years or longer, reports PetWave. Himalayans are known to be polite and intelligent, and with friendly introductions, tend to get along perfectly with other felines or canines in your household.

Breed History

Himalayan cats originated by selectively crossbreeding a Persian with a Siamese kitty. In 1957, The Cat Fanciers’ Association, which is the largest registry of pedigreed cats in the world, added four specific colors of purebred Himalayan kitties to their registry. Purebred Himalayans originally came in seal, blue, chocolate and lilac point color varieties. However, in the 1960’s several more colors were included, such as flame, tortie, lynx, blue-cream and cream points, among others. All types of Himalayans have similar docile personalities, average expected lifespans and the same grooming requirements.

Grooming

From the first few days of life and all throughout adulthood, you’ll spend a lot of time grooming your fluffy feline. Your fuzzy companion requires daily brushing to prevent matting. When snarls and tangles become prevalent in her long lustrous fur, they can cause painful skin irritations. These thick mats must be cut out of her hair and may require the help of a professional groomer. Depending on the consistency of her coat, she may need a bath as often as once a week. Additionally, the area around her hindquarters must be shaved down regularly to prevent fecal waste from getting stuck in her fur. Himalayans are used to being groomed from an early age, and generally handle brushing, trimming and cutting their coats with ease.

Health Conditions

Himalayans need special grooming throughout their lifespan.
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Well, this morning

2008-06-05 10:51:38 by jane-ireAs I was leaving my house for work, I spied a cat going to town on the catnip I just planted. Gorgeous gray Himalayan with blue eyes. When it saw me, it hid. So, I hunched down and started whispering to it. Soon, it came around but it kept darting back under the deck. I missed my bus but it was worth it because it finally came to me, laid down and allowed me to pet it all over, even on its belly!
The whole experience made me really happy today.
It looked like this guy:

Both, absolutely!

2011-06-15 08:54:35 by portia_pieLet me share a story. I have a gorgeous Himalayan cat who had a lot of digestive problems for years. He was tested over and over and the end diagnosis was colitis. There isn’t much they can do for that except treat with medicine, which to me wasn’t the way I wanted him to live. I wanted to heal him, not just treat symptoms and have him suffer. I tried a lot of different diets for him and long story short – when I got him on Blue Buffalo (dry and canned) his problems cleared up completely and have stayed that way. It’s the only food I will ever feed my cats.

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