The Himalayan, which was first brought to the US in the 1930s, is really just a variation on the Persian breed, which is why it is sometimes called Himalayan Persian or Colorpoint Persian.
Indeed, the Cat Fanciers’ Association treats them as a single breed.
Himalayans are a fairly large breed of cats with long, silky coats that require regular brushing.
Some describe them as a kind of less hyper and less talkative Siamese.
Should you get Pet Insurance for your Himalayan Cat?
Himalayans are healthy animals, generally living to around 15 years of age.
There are, however, a couple of health concerns to which they are especially susceptible:
- Breathing Problems: the Himalayan’s cute pug nose has a tendency to become blocked, and in extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to widen the nasal passages.
- Pyruvate kinase deficiency (PKD): not to be confused with polycystic kidney disease): pyruvate kinase is an enzyme required for the metabolism of energy by red blood cells, and some animals inherit a defective gene so that pyruvate kinase levels are low or the enzyme fails to function properly. Eventually, PKD leads to the development of a blood condition known as hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include weakness, loss of muscle mass, lethargy and a higher than normal heart rate, and the condition can significantly reduce a cat’s lifespan. Diagnosis is based on a detailed analysis of blood and urine. The only known treatment is a bone marrow transplant, which fortunately tends to be successful in restoring enzyme function.
For both of these health problems, surgery may be required; and just as it is for humans, it is not cheap.
The right pet insurance will be there to make sure that finances will not decide your cat’s fate.