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Health problems in Himalyans

Albuquerque himalayan catHimalayan cats are a beautiful breed of cat. They make good family pets and are very affectionate. They are known for heavy shedding but are easy to groom. They typically live from 9 to 15 years.


Their breed is a man-made breed. They were made from the combination of Persian and Siamese cats.




Like their Persian ancestors they have similar health problems.

  • Breathing difficulty or noisy breathing from their short and pinched nose.
  • Dental malocclusions, meaning the teeth don’t mesh well together, which can result in tooth loss or the need to do extractions.
  • Excessive tearing
  • Eye conditions such as cherry eye, entropion and progressive retinal atrophy
  • Feline hyperesthesia syndrome
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Polycystic kidney disease, for which a genetic test is available
  • Predisposition to ringworm, a fungal infection
  • Seborrhea oleosa, a skin condition that causes itchiness, redness and hair loss

The most important thing is daily grooming. Himalayan’s have a long and beautiful coat but it can get knots and tangles. They need daily brushing and regular baths.  It is a good idea to trim the fur between their toes as well. It is not uncommon for them to get cat litter stuck between paws which can cause sores if left there. You may consider trimming the fur around their bum if their poo starts to stick to their fur.

Himalayan’s are the most likely to stop using the litter box. They are very finicky. Make sure to keep their litter box clean.


Tearing can be an issue. Wiping away the tears will help prevent staining. If they do get stains you can pick up stain removers from your local petstore.

Since they are prone to teeth issues, make sure to brush their teeth regularly (weekly) to prevent periodontal disease.

Himalayan’s don’t make the best outdoor cats. They are not natural fighters. It is best to keep them inside.

After you get your Himalayan make sure to check with your vet about any health issues that you should be aware of.


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.