Sadie and Beethoven

 

Some 50 years ago, cat fanciers decided to try to create a cat of Persian coat and type but with the colour pattern of the Siamese. In North America the resulting cats were called Himalayans, while in Europe they were classified as Colourpoint Long-hairs. The Himalayan is one of the most popular of all Persians. The Himalayan is shown in the following point colors: chocolate, seal, lilac, blue, red, cream tortie, blue-cream, chocolate-tortie, lilac-cream, seal lynx, blue lynx, red lynx, cream lynx, tortie lynx, blue-cream lynx, chocolate lynx, lilac lynx, chocolate-tortie lynx and lilac-cream lynx. Color is restricted to the facial mask and extremities with the body of various shades of white to fawn. Himalayans were developed by breeding Persians to Siamese to combine the Siamese point coloring with Persian type. After many years of cross breeding they were approved as accepted color variations of Persians. All must have deep vivid blue eyes as eyes other than blue are a disqualification.

 


Pictures of my babies


Sadie

Seal Point Himalayan

Passed away on 10/13/06  at 8:55 am    She will be dearly missed.


Beethoven

Lilac Point Himalayan.

Passed away on 09/12/11    He will be missed.


Sadie and Beethoven


 


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Top Ten Most Popular Breeds! According to the CFA registration statistics for 2007, following is the ranking for the Top Ten Breeds.

  1. Persian

  2. Maine Coon

  3. Exotic

  4. Siamese

  5. Abyssinian

  6. Birman

  7. Oriental

  8. American Shorthair

  9. Tonkinese

  10. Burmese

 

CAT TRIVIA 

  • Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

  • Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dogs memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat's can last as long as 16 hours - exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans.
  • Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America. There are approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets a distant third at 14 million.
  • 95% of cat owners admit they talk to their cats.
  • A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.
  • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
  • A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
  • A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human only has 206 bones.
  • A cat has four rows of whiskers.
  • A cat in a hurry can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.
  • A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum , a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.
  • A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as feelers or antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.
  • A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.
  • A cat will clean itself with paw and tongue after a dangerous experience or when it has fought with another cat. This is believed to be an attempt by the animal to soothe its nerves by doing something natural and instinctive.
  • A cat will never break a sweat because it has no sweat glands.
  • A cat will spend nearly 30% of its life grooming itself.
  • A cat's arching back is part of a complex body language system, usually associated with feeling threatened. The arch is able to get so high because the cat's spine contains nearly 60 vertebrae which fit loosely together. Humans have only 34 vertebrae.
  • A cat's brain is more similar to a human's brain than that of a dog.
  • A cat's hearing rates as one of the top in the animal kingdom. Cats can hear sounds as high-pitched as 65 kHz; a human's hearing stops at just 20 kHz.
  • A cat's heart beats at 110 to 140 beats per minute, twice as fast as a human heart.
  • A cat's jaws cannot move sideways.
  • A cat's normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees F (38.6 C).
  • A cat's sense of taste is keener than a dog's sense of taste.
  • A cat's tail held high means happiness. A twitching tail is a warning sign, and a tail tucked in close to the body is a sure sign of insecurity.
  • A cat's tail plays a vital part in the cat's balance and in the "righting reflex" that allows it to land on its feet after falling from a height.
  • A cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae-tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.
  • A cat's whiskers, called vibrissae, grow on the cat's face and on the back of its forelegs. The whiskers are thought to be a kind of sensor to help a cat gauge the space it wants to go through.
  • A female cat can begin mating when she is between 5 and 9 months old.
  • A fifteen year old cat has probably spent ten years of its life sleeping.
  • A frightened cat can run at speeds of up to 31 mph, slightly faster than a human sprinter.
  • A group of adult cats is called a clowder.
  • A group of kittens is called a kindle.
  • A large majority of white cats with blue eyes are deaf. White cats with only one blue eye are deaf only in the ear closest to the blue eye.
  • A male cat can begin mating when he is between 7 and 10 months old.
  • A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.
  • A quarter of cat owners blow dry their cats after bathing them.
  • Abraham Lincoln loved cats. Abraham Lincoln's cat, Tabby, was the first of several White House cats. He had four of them while he lived in the White House.
  • According to one legend, the "M" marking on the forehead of the Tabby Cat was created by the prophet Mohammed as he rested his hand lightly on the brow of his favorite cat, a Tabby.
  • Adult cats with no health problems are in deep sleep 15 percent of their lives. They are in light sleep 50 percent of the time.
  • After being handled, cats lick themselves to smooth their fur and get rid of the "human" smell. Licking is also thought to produce a calming effect.
  • Ailurophobia is the fear of cats. Julius Caesar, Henry II, Charles XI, and Napoleon all suffered from this and would nearly faint in the presence of a cat.
  • All cats are born with blue eyes.
  • All cats are members of the family Felidea. Interestingly enough, the cat family split from the other mammals at least 40,000,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest mammalian families.
  • Americans spend more on cat food than on baby food.
  • Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
  • An adult cat has thirty teeth and around twelve whiskers.
  • At night a cat can gather into the extra-large corneas and lenses of its eyes more than six times the amount of light than humans can. Seeing far better than humans do at night time and tending to focus best at a distance of eight to twenty feet makes cats excellent night time hunters.
  • Black cat superstitions originated in America. In Asia and England, a black cat is considered lucky.
  • Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
  • Calico cats are nearly always female.
  • Cardinal Richelieu was so fond of cats that he shared his home with 14 of them. Specially appointed attendants cared for them, and upon his death, the Cardinal left all his worldly wealth to his feline companions.
  • Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible.
  • Cat scratch disease, a benign but sometimes painful disease of short duration, is caused by a bacillus. Despite its name, the disease can be transmitted by many kinds of scratches besides those of cats.
  • Cats are attracted to automobile antifreeze because of its sweet taste, but it can be fatal to them.
  • Cats are sometimes born with extra toes. This is called polydactyl. Hemingway’s cats were known for this trait.
  • Cats are the only domestic animals that walk directly on their claws, not on their paws. This method of walking is called "digitigrade." When cats scratch furniture, it isn't an act of malice. They are actually tearing off the ragged edges of the sheaths of their talons to expose the new sharp ones beneath.
  • Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal.
  • Cats bury their feces to cover their trails from predators.
  • Cats can donate blood to other cats.
  • Cats can get "age spots". These are black spots on the skin that are often seen around the lips, eyes, and nose; and usually start when the cat is three to five years of age.
  • Cats can get bored. They show their boredom by excessive licking, chewing, or biting.
  • Cats can have freckles. They can appear anywhere on a cat's skin and even in its mouth.
  • Cats can learn tricks. They just sometimes choose not to.
  • Cats can see color. Studies have shown that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray.
  • Cats can see up to 120 feet away. Their peripheral vision is about 285 degrees.
  • Cats have 13 ribs.
  • Cats have a homing ability that uses its biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth's magnetic field.
  • Cats have a third eyelid, called a haw, that is rarely visible. If it can be seen, it could be an indication of ill health.
  • Cats have AB blood groups just like people.
  • Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10.
  • Cats have amazing hearing ability. A cat's ear has 30 muscles that control the outer ear (by comparison, human ears only have six muscles). These muscles rotate 180 degrees, so the cat can hear in all directions without moving its head.
  • Cats have carpal pads on their front paws that help to prevent them from sliding on a slippery surface when jumping.
  • Cats have true fur, meaning that they have both an undercoat and an outer coat.
  • Cats lack a true collarbone and can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through.
  • Cats love to hear the sound of their own name and your voice, so talk to them often.
  • Cats must have fat in their diet, because they can't produce it on their own. Never feed your cat dog food, because cats need five times more protein than dogs do.
  • Cats only need a sixth the amount of light that humans do to see. However, their daytime vision is only fair compared to that of humans.
  • Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
  • Cats scratch to shed the sheaths of their old claws.
  • Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel.
  • Cats use more than 500 muscles to leap, jump, and sprint.
  • Cats with white fur and skin on their ears are very prone to sunburn.
  • Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America. There are approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets a distant third at 14 million.
  • Despite its reputation for being finicky, the average cat consumes about 127,750 calories a year, nearly 28 times its own weight in food and the same amount again in liquids. In case you were wondering, cats cannot survive on a vegetarian diet.
  • Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.
  • Ear furnishings are the hairs that grow inside a cat's ears.
  • Ernest Hemingway once had some 30 cats at his home in Havana.
  • Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a parade.
  • Florence Nightingale owned more than 60 cats in her lifetime.
  • Human painkillers such acetaminophen (Tylenol) are toxic to cats. Chocolate is also poisonous to cats.
  • If left to her own devices, a female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why population control using spaying and neutering is so important.
  • If your cat is in the habit of rolling over and exposing his stomach, you can be sure he feels perfectly safe with you. It's also a way of demonstrating his pleasure in your company.
  • In 1888, an estimated 300,000 mummified cats were found at Beni Hassan, Egypt. They were sold at $18.43 per ton, and shipped to England to be ground up and used for fertilizer.
  • In addition to using their noses, cats can smell with the Jacobson's organ which is located in the upper surface of the mouth.
  • In ancient Egypt, the entire family would shave their eyebrows off as a sign of mourning when the family cat died.
  • In cats, the calico and tortoiseshell coats are sex-linked traits. All cats displaying these coats are female... or occasionally sterile males.
  • In general, cats live longer than most dogs. An average life span might be 12 to 14 years.
  • Some cats are reaching 20 or more. A cat's longevity depends on feeding, genetics, environment, veterinary care and some other factors. It is also important whether or not the cat lives indoors or is allowed outdoors (outdoor cats live an average of eight years).
  • The general consensus is that at about age seven the cat can be considered as "middle-aged", and at age 10 and beyond - old.
  • In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
  • In the 9th century, King Henry I of Saxony decreed that the fine for killing a cat should be sixty bushels of corn.
  • In the midst of building the Grand Coulee Dam in the state of Washington, engineers were stymied by the problem of threading a cable through a pipeline until an anonymous cat saved the day. Harnessed to the cable, this unknown hero crawled through the pipeline maze to successfully finish the job.
  • It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
  • It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure.
  • It is a common belief that cats are color blind; but recent studies have shown that cats can see blue, green, and red.
  • Julius Caesar, Henri II, Charles XI, and Napoleon had aelurophobia, the fear of cats.
  • Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of Rutherford Hayes, is the first person recorded to own a Siamese in the U.S.
  • Many cats are unable to properly digest cow's milk. Milk and milk products give them diarrhea.
  • Many of a cat's bones are found in its tail.
  • More than 30 percent of American households have a cat as part of the family.
  • Morris, the 9-Lives cat, was discovered at an animal shelter in New England.
  • Most cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  • Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.
  • Never pick a kitten up by the neck. Only a mother cat may do this safely.
  • Newborn kittens have closed ear canals that don't begin to open for nine days.
  • Nostradamus, the French Astrologer, 1503-1566, had a cat named Grimalkin.
  • One litter box per cat, plus an extra box, is the best formula for a multi-cat household.
  • Orange and lemon rinds are offensive to cats. A light rubbing of orange peel on furniture will discourage your cat from using it as a scratching post.
  • People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or cat dander. If the cat is bathed regularly, allergic people have better tolerance to it.
  • Perhaps the oldest known female cat was Ma, from Devon, who was 34 when she died in 1957.
  • Purring is part of every cat's repertoire of social communication, apparently created by the movement of air in spasms through contractions of the diaphragm. Interestingly, purring is sometimes heard in cats who are severely ill or anxious, perhaps as a self-comforting vocalization. But, more typically, it is a sign of contentment, first heard in kittens as they suckle milk from their mother.
  • Siamese cats originated in Siam-modern day Thailand. Legend has it that they were the companions of kings and priests and that they guarded temples. Some trace Siamese origins to Egypt and Burma, but many dispute this idea. Siamese were first brought to England in the late 1800s.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, who first described the principle of gravity, also invented the swinging cat door for the convenience of his many cats.
  • The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wild Cat, which still exists today.
  • The average canned or dry cat meal is the nutritional equivalent of eating five mice.
  • The cat family split from the other mammals at least 40 million years ago, making them one of the oldest mammalian families.
  • The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
  • The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago. Today's house cats are descended from wildcats in Africa and Europe.
  • The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
  • The color of the points in Siamese cats is heat related. Cool areas are darker. In fact, Siamese kittens are born white because of the heat inside the mother's uterus before birth. This heat keeps the kittens hair from darkening on the points.
  • The declawing of a pet cat involves surgery called an onychectomy, in which the entire claw and end bone of each toe of the animal are amputated.
  • The different types of tabby patterns that are seen in domestic cats also occur in wild cats.
  • The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking. A tail held high means happiness; a twitching tail is a warning sign; and a tucked tail is a sign of insecurity.
  • The giraffe, camel, and cat are the only animals that walk by both their left feet, then both their right feet when walking.
  • The heaviest cat ever recorded weighed 46 lbs.
  • The normal temperature of a cat is 101.5 degrees.
  • The Persian cat has the longest and thickest fur of all domestic cats. The topcoat may be up to 5 inches long.
  • The phenomenon of cats finding their owners in a place where they have never been before is scientifically known as Psi-trailing. Many well-documented stories tell of cats that have walked hundreds, even thousands of miles to find their owners.
  • The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.
  • The red tabby cat is a Sarman.
  • The silver tabby cat is a Teku.
  • The Turkish Van, a very old rare breed that originated in Turkey, is quite different from other breeds because of its unusual love of water. Known as "the swimming cat," the Van is strong, quick and agile. He makes a devoted and loyal companion--on land or at sea.
  • There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.
  • There are more than 500 million domestic cats, with either 35 different breeds (according to The Cat Fanciers Association, the world's largest cat registry), or 38 breeds (as recognized by The International Cat Association, the second largest registry).
  • Those dark lines connecting to a cat's eyes are called mascara lines.
  • To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, rather than the top.
  • When you find your cat glued to the window intently watching a bird, making a strange chattering noise and clicking his or her jaws oddly, your cat is merely acting on instinct. What your cat is doing is directly related to the killing bite that all cats (both domestic and wild cats) use to dispatch their prey.
  • Winston Churchill, adored cats. Churchill used to refer to his cat, "Jock", as his special assistant. "Jock" was reported to be on the bed with his master on the day the great British statesman died.
  • You can tell a cat's mood by looking into its eyes. A frightened or excited cat will have large, round pupils. An angry cat will have narrow pupils. The pupil size is related as much to the cat's emotions as to the degree of light.
  • Young cats can distinguish between two identical sounds that are just 18 inches apart at a distance of up to 60 feet.
  • A cat has four rows of whiskers.
  • Other than fruit, honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life! What about milk, you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living!
  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself. At about that height it hits maximum speed and when it hits the ground its rib cage absorbs most of the impact.
  • Cats can hear ultrasound.
  • Cats in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have a very high probability of having six toes.
  • A cat's jaws can not move sideways.
  • Ancient Egyptians believed that "Bast" was the mother of all cats on Earth. They also believed that cats were sacred animals.
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
  • The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.
  • Despite its reputation for being finicky, the average cat consumes about 127,750 calories a year, nearly 28 times its own weight in food and the same amount again in liquids. In case you were wondering, cats cannot survive on a vegetarian diet.
  • Cat scratch disease, a benign but sometimes painful disease of short duration, is caused by a bacillus. Despite its name, the disease can be transmitted by many kinds of scratches besides those of cats.
  • When the Black Death swept across England one theory was that cats caused the plague. Thousands were slaughtered. Ironically, those that kept their cats were less affected, because they kept their houses clear of the real culprits, rats.
  • The penalty for killing a cat, 4,000 years ago in Egypt, was death.
  • The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.

 

 


 

Making your cat fall in love with you--romancing your cat

Some tips on cat care

  1. Cats need love and affection, just as dogs do. But, you need to let the cat come to you.
  2. Cats need their space. Let certain areas be off-limits to you except for cleaning and maintenance. An space that provides privacy and some darkness will do.
  3. Cats like it when you talk to directly to them--use animated tones but keep your volume fairly low.
  4. Do not "crank it up." A loud stereo causes incredible stress in cats.
  5. If your cat has a behavior problem, work with your veterinarian to overcome it. Using the wrong methods will only make the cat resent you and behave even worse.
  6. If you pick your cat up (such as when going for a walk and encountering a dog), support the cat's weight under the butt. Never pick a cat up by the arm pits or the belly--think of how you would want your weight supported if lifted up. Then make a little more allowance for the cat. Don't ever pick a cat up by front or rear limbs.
  7. If the cat "chirps" at you and walks away, that is a sign that you are to follow. Act inquisitive, and mimic the cat's sounds. This lets the cat know you are interested in what s/he has to say.
  8. Cats love to "help" make the bed. However, rather than get cat dander over freshly-laundered sheets, let the cat "help" you make the bed the morning before you wash the sheets. At other times, shut the door and let the cat in when you are done.
  9. Learn how best to stroke your particular cat by practicing various light strokes around the ears, chin, sides, back, and other places while gauging the cat's reaction.
  10. Don't feed your cat table scraps. To give your cat variety, you can use "people food." But, use small amounts of such food as an occasional treat. Tuna mixed with yogurt and chopped vegetables (broccoli works well) will give your cat a nutritious, delicious snack.

Follow these tips, and you'll have your cat purring all the time. Be considerate and thoughtful, respecting your cat's need for privacy and sense of control. The end result is your cat will follow you everywhere, even the shower, just to be with you.

 


 

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