|Size:||Medium to Large|
|Lifespan:||Long (12 to 15+ years)|
The Himalayan cat is what you get when you breed a Siamese and a Persian--a beautiful, blue-eyed, long-haired cat, with a doll-like face and gentle, easygoing personality. If you don't mind the extra grooming, the Himalayan is a great choice for a lap cat and companion for kids. But if you can't fit these cats' daily care needs into your busy schedule, you might want to reconsider. Still, what the outgoing Himalayan lacks in ease of upkeep, they make up for in affection and loyalty. All they ask is that you give it in return!
The Himalayan's long coat requires daily brushing to prevent hairballs and keep hair from getting matted and tangled. It's also important to check for fleas on your Himalayan, which is best kept as an indoor cat. Also, be on the lookout for certain health conditions that Himalayans, because of their flat faces and short noses, are often more susceptible to. These include breathing, tear duct, and dental problems. As always, check with your veterinarian with any questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.
For more information about Himalayan cat ownership and care, check out the Persian and Himalayan Cat Rescue of Northern California.