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.
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.
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.
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.
Although Himalayan cats can live long healthy lives, depending on breeding, they may be predisposed to certain health problems. They have large eyes that tear up on a regular basis. You'll need to clean the area around your cuddly companion's eyes regularly, sometimes daily depending on your feline's needs. Himalayan kitties have a very short snout and sometimes they tend to have respiratory or breathing problems. You may notice that your purring pal snores when she sleeps, for example. Another consideration is that Himalayan cats, along with several other long-hair breeds, tend to have a higher risk of development of bladder stones, according to the ASPCA. Getting Princess in for an annual health and wellness exam with your veterinarian can help diagnose any possible health problems before they get too serious.
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