There is such a wondrous variety of cats to choose from. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Actually, too many when you factor in the unwanted and the throwaways, but that's another blog. Out of this wide, varied selection my all time favorite is the himmie. When it comes to looks and a gentle personality this breed wins hands down. Himmies are lovers not fighters.
Like people, every cat has its own unique personality. So even though, a gentle, people-pleasing personality is the norm with himmies, there are always exceptions to the rule in the animal world. But the odds are in your favor, if you own a himmie, you'll be your cats' slave for life.
The breed began in 1930 when Dr. Clyde Keeler and Virginia Cobb decided to breed a Siamese with a Persian.
(Pic on right: Himmie mix rescue kitten)
The name originates because of the similarity of their coat color to the rabbits and goats of the Himalayas.
Himmies have the blue eyes of the Siamese and the cobby body and long fur of the Persians. Their color points include: chocolate, lilac, tortie, red, and blue-cream. Many himmies have pushed in noses, not reflected in the attached pictures.
As mentioned earlier, their personalities are gentle. They also are a bit more outgoing than regular Persians because of their Siamese gene pool. They love their humans.
If you're thinking about getting a himmie, needs include: To be brushed regularly, preferably on a daily basis. Since I get a bit lazy at this, I often opt for a lion-cut for my long hairs.(see picture on right) Other owners opt for regular cuts (see pic above on left)
Use a soft damp cloth or cotton ball to gently wipe their eyes to remove build up that frequently occurs
As with any cat they like a clean litter box.
The average life expectancy of a himmie is fifteen years.
If you're in the market, there are wonderful himmies in shelters and rescues just waiting for you to take them home.
Akasha is a pretty little calico cat who, along with two of her kittens, has drowned and passed on to Catarau. Now she must journey back to earth to save the kitten that was left behind.
Akasha is available at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/47397