The Himalayan cat (also known as “Himmy”) is a breed of cat with a pair of vivid blue eyes and point coloration on its long hair or fur. It is originally derived from cross-breeding a Persian cat and Siamese cat. Persian cats are longhaired and bred with Siamese cats for their markings thus resulting in color point long hair cats. It is also known as the colourpoint Persian cat in Europe.
Himalayan cats are a loyal and pleasant companion. Grown-up Himalayan cats are sometimes referred as Himalayan kittens because of their sweet and gentle nature. They are people oriented and prefer to spend most of their time with their owners. They do well with family members as well as other pets and they are inclined to life indoors.
The body build of Himalayan cats is referred to as “cobby.” This is a term used for animals that have a stocky or stout body. Their broad chest, well toned muscles, and their rounded appearances are further enhanced by their long fur. They have a full, round face with wide and round blue eyes. Their ears are small and rounded and they have a well-developed chin. The coats of Himalayan cats have a main color of either beige or white. The point colors appear on their tails, legs, feet, face mask and ears. They are recognized by their distinct point colors such as blue, chocolate, cream, lilac, red, seal, mixes with tortie ( example are lilac-cream, chocolate tortie and blue-cream), and tabby marked points or lynx (such as blue lynx, cream lynx, lilac lynx, tortie lynx and more).
Himalayan kittens require high maintenance or special care. They need to have regular baths. Their fur or long hair needs daily grooming to prevent matting and tangling. Himalayan kittens might get ill due to exposure to chemical products applied to them during bathing. Upon bathing, use diluted soap or shampoo, and make sure to keep it out of the cat’s nose, mouth, and eyes.