Acquired: Breeder (professional)
San Diego, California, United States
Posted Jun 09, 2018
I had the privilege of cat-sitting a pair of Himalayan throughout my time in undergrad. They were both extremely friendly and affectionate animals. One of them was a bit of a scaredy-cat, but the other was bold.
These animals had an unusual way of drinking water. Instead of drinking out of a regular bowl, they insisted on drinking from a cup with a wide mouth. To prepare for the ritual of drinking, they did a little "dance" around the cup. It was really a sight.
Since these cats have long hair, they do require quite a bit of extra grooming. When I watched them, I had to brush them every day and wipe away any gunk that had collected around their eyes.
The one major health concern with them was that they had a lot of urinary tract problems. They had to be on a special diet to help alleviate these symptoms, and on more than one occasion, they were laid low by UTIs. In one instance, the male even had to have surgery to deal with his problem.
In spite of all this, they were lovely pets who provided so much joy and companionship to their owners.