Siamese and Persian cats are used in the breeding process to create the Himalayan breed of kittens. The Himalayan kitten is distinctive in appearance because to its long, luxuriant coat, stunning colour pattern, and sturdy build. This breed is available in two different styles, which may be distinguished from one another based on the contour of the face. As is the case with Siamese cats, Himalayan kittens can have a variety of various coloured “points.”
Extreme Himalayan is the name given to the initial stage of the Himalayan classification system. It features a round, flattened face with a bulbous nose and it is circular. The Extreme style is the one that is chosen the most frequently by those who show their animals. Some breeders of Himalayan kittens have a problem with the snub nose, claiming that it causes health problems such as eye tearing and respiratory issues in the cats. This has led to some controversy around the cats. It’s possible that your Extreme Himalayan will get tear stains below their eyes, in which case you’ll need to wash them every day.
The second type of Himalayan is called the traditional or original Himalayan and has a snub nose that is slightly lower on the face than the Extreme Himalayan. The nose of the traditional Himalayan kitten has only a minimal “break” above the bridge while the Extreme Himalayan has a complete break. The face of the traditional Himalayan is longer than the Extreme and its mouth curves up a little. These Himalayan Persian kittens are good-natured, very bright, and make excellent family pets.
One trait they get from the Siamese is that they are more physically active than the Persians. They make great indoor friends and people sometimes refer to them as Himmies. Himalayans love to play with cat toys or just a piece of crumpled tin foil. Himalayans are dedicated and dependent on their human families for friendship. They are very affectionate and crave a gentle touch.
Your first sight of Himalayan kittens may leave you wondering if the animal really is a Himalayan. They look a little different at birth. The kittens are born a solid creamy white color. They do not look like the parents at all but this is perfectly normal. In a month or so the darker colors will start to show on the nose and ears and then on the legs and tail. The rest of the cat will remain the birth color. Some say the color change areas are related to body temperature. The extremities, which make up the “points”, are lower in temperature than the rest of the body. The darker fur may absorb heat better and keep the extremities warm.
The color intensity of these cats may change from one season to the next. During the colder winter months, the color points tend to darken then fade a bit during summer. If you find Himalayan kittens for sale an experienced breeder can generally predict what color points will be produced from a given set of parents. However, the exact color of the kittens will not be known for weeks or even months after birth.
Here are some helpful suggestions on predicting kitten colors. Chocolate point cats have pads and noses that are cinnamon brown. Seal points have a seal brown color on their noses and pads. Blue points have noses and pads that are a slate blue hue. Blue cream points have a slate blue color with pink mottling mixed in. Lilac points show a pinkish lavender color. Tortoiseshell points have the seal color mixed with pink tones. Flame and cream points look virtually identical when the kittens are young.