Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Nov 13, 2014
There have been very few times in my life when I have been without a cat. My only pure-bred cat was Girlie, and she was a rescue, abandoned at the veterinarian's office in a box with a note. Her original owners were no longer able to care for her. I adopted her knowing that she came with heavy anxiety issues and prone to bladder infections. So I knew caring her wouldn't be easy. That said, she was highly affectionate and loyal. I was "hers." Himalayans have a beautiful coat that requires regular grooming. The fur is exceptionally soft and susceptible to matts and tangles that their own natural grooming habits can't alleviate. They must be brushed at least once daily, and it's best to get them bathed and groomed regularly.That's all fine and good if you have a generally happy cat, but in her case, if she was in a mood where her stress and anxiety surfaced, it was very difficult to keep her calm enough to groom her. It required a great deal of coaxing to even brush her on those days, and to get her professionally groomed, she had to be sedated, which as you can guess gets costly. For all of her trouble (keep in mind she experienced some kind of trauma) she was always hugging me, snuggling with me, playing with toys, and even learned a few tricks. Her demeanor with other animals was mostly good, and she even had a maternal streak. She was highly intelligent, but could also be stubborn. If something wasn't to her liking, she would have tiny little tantrums. Her health was mostly good until she was 11 years old - sadly she died very quickly of a mysterious heart condition before she turned 12. Also please consider that some Himalayans may have respiratory complications due to the shape of their nose and snout. One of the most difficult cats I have had in my life, but on the other side of the coin, one of the most affectionate, animated, and demonstrative cats I have known.
If you want an affectionate, loyal, smart lap cat who loves to cuddle and play with you, and don't mind the added cost and time of grooming and potentially a few health problems, a Himalayan cat may be worth the investment for you. If you have budget concerns or think the upkeep of grooming might be too much, one of the shorter-haired breeds may be a better choice.