The Himalayan cat is a long haired breed very similar to the Persian cat, with the exception of its blue eyes. It is considered a separate breed from the Persian by many people, but the Cat Fanciers’ Association considers it simply a color variant of the Persian cat rather than a separate breed. They are, however, allowed to compete in their own color division.
The Himalayan is generally a sweet, gentle cat with a playful streak. They are devoted to their owners and crave human companionship. They thrive with attention from their family members and usually sit willingly for grooming and brushing sessions. Because their coats are long, regular brushing is a must.
They may love attention, but like all cat breeds, Himalayans are prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Himalayans are prone to include respiratory problems such as brachycephalic syndrome; hip conditions such as hip dysplasia; kidney disorders such as polycystic kidney disease; and feline infectious peritonitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Himalayan has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of attention, you’re covered.