I Adore Himalayan Cats

Seal Point Tortie HimalayanCredit: alexiafeatherchild aka Kyoushi     I do love them so, I grew up with them as my aunt in Michigan used to raise them. Later on, a few years after my mother had moved us to New York she sent my mother a seal point tortie whom someone had brought back to her. That's when my mother began a small cattery of her own. Actually the cattery wasn't her own as it was still Tubbin's Cattery, but with two different breeders in two different states. 


     Where we live, these beautiful cats weren't as popular as they were in Michigan. Then again we didn't live near a big city like my Aunt and we had back when we lived in the mitten.

     However, I was only about three or so when my aunt had her first cats. They did not like me, but then what cat really enjoys the attention of a three year old? Since then however I've had many a cat who adored me, though they were really all my mothers. Except for my current little furbaby, but she is not a Himalayan.

     There have been very few Himalayans that I have known, whose personality would not be appreciated as they prefer not to be held, chased or given too much attention. Yet they're still beautiful and when they want attention, they'll ask for it, but when they don't want it, don't bother them.

     However most Himalayan cats I've known and that my aunt and mother used to breed turned out to be the most loving creatures I've ever known, besides dogs like the Maltese and Coton de Tulear.

     I really do miss having at least one or two Himalayan cats around. Everytime I see one, my heart aches and I just want to pick up and cuddle the blue eyed furbabies.


Himalayan Cats Are Wonderful

     Who can not stop, but to marvel at the beauty of a Himalayan cat when one first lays eye upon one? The way their big blue round eyes stand out, especially against the darker faced of their brethren?

     With their long, luxurious fur coats, they look as if they were royalty and therefore off limits to touch. Yet they are an inviting cat, with a wonderful temperament. Unless of course they were raised under horrid conditions, but they all just want someone to take care of them.

Seal Point HimalayanCredit: alexiafeatherchild aka Kyoushi

     These pampered felines prefer the indoors where they have human caretakers seeing to their every need. Be it for a scrumptious meal, a roll in some catnip or a fun exhilarating toy to play with.

     It's like having a little bit of upper-crust society in ones home, who else could afford such a fabulous coat as the Himalayan sports?

     They love to sit in their caretakers lap and feel their backs being rubbed, or being scratched under their chin. Some of them even enjoy being brushed if they were brushed as kittens and not made to fear a brush or a comb.


Take Care Of A Himalayan's Coat!

     Their coats do take a good deal of care so as not to get matted up, particularly the ones with the more coarse or wiry coats.

Flame Point HimalayanCredit: alexiafeatherchild aka Kyoushi     They're beautiful and they know it and they want their owners to show their appreciation, not just by providing them with shelter, food and toys. While cats are very hygienic on their own, there are some things that they just can't do alone. At least not long haired beauties like the Himalayan.

     Like any long haired animal, dog, cat, or otherwise, even a human if their hair is left unkempt it can lead to disaster. Their fur can get so matted up that its difficult to tell which is fur and which is skin.

     Matted up fur can lead to sores which the cat may not be able to get to and clean up themselves. The poor things will feel uncomfortable and no doubt let you know it. Angry kitties, for whatever reason, even when in a house with another cat they don't approve of, have been known to piddle inside of toasters.


What Is A Himalayan?

     A Himalayan is a cat, which started out as a cross between a Siamese cat and a Persian cat mixes. The Himalayan cat gets its pointed look and big beautiful blue eyes from its Siamese ancestry, while getting its long fluffy coat from its Persian ancestry.

     It was Dr. Clyde Keeler of the Harvard Medical School in the 1930s who teamed up with Virginia Cobb of the Newton Cattery. They worked together to genetically engineer a fusion between the two most popular cats of their time through crossbreeding. The first generation they bred did not provide them yet with the Himalayan cat as we know it today.

     The first generation Dr. Keeler and Cobb bred took place between a female Siamese cat to a male black Persian cat. This resulted in a solid-colored Persians who carried the color point gene. It was from this litter that Bozo, a black male kitten with a wavy coat who would later be used again in their genetic engineering.

Black Tortishell persianCredit: alexiafeatherchild aka Kyoushi     Next Dr. Keeler and Cobb bred a male Siamese cat to a female black Persian cat. The litter this pair of cats produced was a black female Persian carrying the color point gene, Bitzie.

They then took Bitzie and Bozo and bred them together, producing a litter that had resulted in the first Himalayan cat, Newtowns Debutante, Debutante for short.

 


Why Is It Called A Himalayan?

     It is not called the Himalayan, because its from the Himalayas. It was after all bred in the United States intentionally to get the look of the Siamese cat, but with the long luxurious coat of the Persian.

     No, instead they get their breeds name for their marking pattern looking like that of the pattern found on rabbits and goats which did come from the Himalayas.

Himalayn and Persian KittensCredit: alexiafeatherchild aka Kyoushi     These beautiful big round blue eyed cats have light colored bodies, with darker points on their tail, ears, nose and paws. They are however born mostly white and as they grow their colors come in better. The most numerous of the Himalayans are the seal pointed ones, which have black points. However there are other colors. The seal point however is the most dominant of color point genes.

     Their colors included, seal, blue, chocolate and lilac points early on when they first became an officially recognized breed.


When Did The Himalayan Become A Recognized Breed?

Flame Point h Himalayan KittenCredit: alexiafeatherchild aka Kyoushi     The Himalayan did not become officially recognized until 1957 by the Cat Fancier's Association. While their colors at the time only included seal, blue, chocolate and lilac points, more colors have become recognized. The colors which have been added since the CFA first officially recognized the Himalayan as a new cat breed are flame, cream, blue cream, tortie and lynx. These colors also have several variations which are recognized as OPPC (Other Pointed Colors Class)

     In 1964 the Cat Fancier's Association allowed the solid colored Himalayan into the Persian Division in the show ring. They are known as Color Point Persians (CPP). These CPP are accepted Color Point Carrier's, also called Hybrids within show ring circles.