Himalayan cats, also known as Himmies and ‘Persian kitties in the Siamese suit’ are the creamy, dreamy mix of the longhaired Persian and color-pointed Siamese cat breeds. Despite having a comparatively short history, Himalayan cats are quite popular among feline lovers. They owe their popularity to their friendly demeanor and attractive Siamese-like color points.
Perhaps the feature that makes these felines look even more splendid is their variety of colors. Blue makes them look cool, while cream makes them graceful, and the list goes on.
Go through the details below and find the Himalayan cat colors that mesmerize you the most!
Did You Know?Himalayan Cats are simply the sub-breed or ‘color point’ version of the Persian cat breed. That is why the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and several other cat organizations do not consider them a separate breed.
Himalayan Cat Colors
Before we jump onto the detailed discussion, know that there are 10 main colors found in the Himalayan breed; however, since these felines exhibit two patterns, i.e., Simple Point and Lynx Point, each color type can be further divided into two depending upon the pattern type. That thus raises the tally of Himalayan cat colors to 20.
The main colors recognized by the CFA include blue, chocolate, cream, cream-blue, lilac, lilac-cream, red, seal, tortoiseshell, and tortoiseshell-chocolate.
Blue Point Himalayan Cat
1. Blue Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is bluish-whitish while the tone is cold. Points are dark blue, and the nose and paw pads and slate blue. Besides, the eyes are hued in attractive sapphire or deep vivid blue color.
2. Blue Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is icy, bluish-white, but the points are only light silver-blue and ticked with brindled blue tabby markings. Their paw pads are blue, while the nose leather can either be blue or brick red. Moreover, the eyes are midnight blue.
Chocolate Point Himalayan Cat
3. Chocolate Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is hued in ivory, while the points are milk chocolate brown. Their eyes are vivid deep blue, and the paws and nose can either be dark or cinnamon pink colored.
4. Chocolate Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is ivory, but the points are milk chocolate brown, which is further ticked in dark chocolate tabby markings. The eyes are deep, vibrant blue, while the paw pads and nose leathers are coral or cinnamon pink.
Cream Point Himalayan Cat
5. Cream Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is light, creamy white akin to milk, while the points are hued in buff cream. The paws and nose are red to coral pink in color, and the eyes are a deep vivid blue.
6. Cream Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is creamy white and considerably lighter in tone when compared to the points. Having a pale cream color, the points are ticked with tabby markings hued in dark cream. The paw pads and nose leathers are flesh to coral pink, and the eyes are deep blue.
Cream-Blue Point Himalayan Cat
7. Cream-Blue Simple Point Himalayan Cat
Cream-Blue is the warmer type of blue. The body is creamy to bluish-white, and the points are also blue but with patches of cream color. The nose leathers and the paw pads are either slate blue or pink, while the eyes are Prussian blue.
8. Cream-Blue Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is blueish-toned, and the points are also blue but with tabby markings of darker blue and patches of cream color in between. The eyes are Oxford blue, while the nose leathers and paw pads are either blue or pink.
Lilac Point Himalayan Cat
9. Lilac Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is glacial white, with the points hued in frosty gray but with a pink tone. The nose and paws are lavender-pink while the eyes are an intense vivid blue.
10. Lilac Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
It is one of the rarest colors in Himalayan cats. The body is glacial white, and the points are pale, frosty gray with a pinkish tone. They are also ticked with dark lilac tabby markings. The eyes are vivid blue with the nose and paws are lavender-pink.
Lilac-Cream Point Himalayan Cat
11. Lilac-Cream Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is glacial white, while the points are lilac but with some patches of cream. The rest is the same as Lilac Simple Point, i.e., lavender-pink nose and paws and deep vivid eyes.
12. Lilac-Cream Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is icing white. The points are pale gray but in a pinkish tone. The tabby markings of dark color with cream patches also exist. The nose and paws are hued in coral to lavender-pink colors, while the eyes are midnight blue.
Red or Flame Point Himalayan Cat
13. Red or Flame Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is creamy white, and the points are orange to red. The paw pads and nose leathers are flesh to pink while the eyes are deep, vivid blue.
14. Red or Flame Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
It is the warmer type of Blue Lynx. The body is creamy white while the points are deep orange flame marked with the red tabby pattern. The eyes are deep violet-blue, and the nose and paws are coral pink to flesh-toned.
Seal Point Himalayan Cat
15. Seal Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is pale fawn to cream-colored but has shades of light color over the stomach and the chest. The eyes are deep vivid blue, while the points, nose, and paws are deep seal brown.
16. Seal Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is light-toned, cream to fawn-colored, while the points are beige-brown, ticked with the tabby markings of dark brown color. The paw pads are seal brown, while the nose is either seal brown or brick red. Their eyes are deep blue.
Tortoiseshell Point Himalayan Cat
17. Tortoiseshell Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is pale fawn to creamy white, and the points are seal-brown with red or cream-colored patches. Their nose and paw pads are either seal brown or coral pink, while the eyes are deep blue.
18. Tortoiseshell Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is hued in light cream to white color. The points are beige-brown with dark brown mishmash and red patches. The paws and nose can exist in seal brown, coral pink, or brick red colors.
Tortoiseshell-Chocolate Point Himalayan Cat
19. Tortoiseshell-Chocolate Simple Point Himalayan Cat
The body is ivory-colored, while the points are of chocolate color with red or cream patches. The eyes are vivid blue, while the nose and paws are either cinnamon or coral pink.
20. Tortoiseshell-Chocolate Lynx Point Himalayan Cat
The body is ivory, while the points are milk chocolate-colored with dark chocolate tabby markings and red patches. The paw pads and nose leathers are either cinnamon or coral pink. The eyes are hued in deep blue.
Himalayan Simple Point vs. Lynx Point Pattern
The simple point is the most common pattern in the Himalayan cat breed. The body is solid with even shades of light colors. The points and legs, tail, and facemask are also solid but a bit darker in color. However, note that darker body colors can be found in older Himalayan cats. (You have read it right – Himalayan cats do change colors!)
The lynx point Himalayans, on the other hand, are similar to simple points when the body is compared but different when points are taken into account. They have vertical, clearly lined dark stripes on the extremities. Other than the extremities, they also have the ‘M,’ the trademark tabby marking on their forehead. In addition, the mask also includes light rings.
Himalayan Cat Grooming
The beautiful Himalayan coat surely requires grooming and care to make the better looks appear the best. The coat is luxurious and beautiful with thick and long hair. To keep it groomed, you need to take out some time for your cat each day. Yes – each day because the coat is prone to tangles and mat formation.
You should use a wide-toothed brush to do the job effectively besides removing the dirt and debris. In addition, it is also recommended to take your kitty to a professional groomer every two or three months to maintain a neat and clean look. Bathing once every month is also advisable.
Also, note that like most cat breeds with big eyes, Himalayans are also prone to having ‘teary eyes.’ Though it is rarely a cause of concern, these must be cleaned regularly to maintain the dapper looks.
Did You Know?Grooming a Himalayan cat is not as difficult as it may sound. Thanks to their attention-craving instinct, they receive grooming easily and form a close bond with the owners.