Himalayan Cat

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.

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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.

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