Himalayan Kitten For Free

Himalayan Kitten For Free

by Michael
(London, UK)

Are you searching for “himalayan kitten free”? You might be. I don’t blame you. You probably love cats, love the Himalayan cat breed. The Himalayan (“Himmie”) is an American name for a pointed Persian cat, a longhaired purebred cat. As it is an American cat it is probably “ultra typed”. This means bred to an extreme flat faced look. The word “type” in this context means a standard appearance inline with the breed standard. The CFA breed standard demands a flat face. This is unfortunate, as it is unhealthy. On that note you might consider adopting a traditional pointed Persian cat, a more natural cat – see traditional Persian cat.

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But, unless you are extremely lucky, you will never be able to find a free Himalayan cat. The sources of Himalayan cats and kittens are going to be breeders and extremely rarely a rescue centre, if the owner has abandoned the cat. Sometimes, surprisingly people do relinquish purebred cats. You might be lucky in bumping into a person who wants to relinquish their purebred cat or that person has become too elderly to look after their cat. You should also be aware that some purebred cats are in fact purebred mix cats. These are close to purebred but not. In short they look like purebred cats but not.

Breeders are in business so they need to make a profit. Unless they are feeling very generous and closing down their cattery and giving away retired queens you won’t get a free Himalayan cat.

Rescue centres charge adoption fees. These vary but can be around $100. This covers, veterinarian check, neutering/spaying, shots and perhaps microchipping etc.

Then you have to add on the travel costs to get to and return from the place where the cat is.

himalayan kitten climbing a bed

Then most importantly you need to factor in the cost of caring for a domestic cat. This requires correct expectations. There is no point adopting a nice Himalayan cat and ignoring all the requirements of good cat caretaking.

It is said that it cost $10,000 (£10,000 in the UK) to provide proper care for a cat over its lifetime. Let’s digest that figure before we search for that elusive “Himalayan kitten free”. Obviously that figure varies enormously but it is not cheap caring for a cat when you factor in litter, food, vet’s fees, toys, grooming aids, flea treatments, cat trees etc.

If you do find a free Himalayan kitten you have to visit the place where the cat is. You need to check this out to find out how the kitten was raised. A properly raised kitten will not only be healthy but well socialised. If a purebred kitten is free, it is less likely to have both these attributes.

There are stories on the internet of people adopting a bargain basement kitten and finding that they have to spend thousands of dollars or pounds on veterinarian fees because the kitten has ill health and likely will never be healthy. If that happens the so called free Himalayan kitten becomes the exact opposite.

The truth is if you are buying a purebred kitten it is always best to go to a reliable source, a respected breeder. We have an obligation to buy from excellent breeders as these are the only type of breeder that we can justify as a society.

My personal, albeit slightly tough stance on the issue of searching for “Himalayan kitten free” is to not to do it. Rejig the thought process and start again. Admire the Himalayan cat from afar and adopt a gorgeous, handsome longhaired rescue cat from a shelter instead. A cat that needs you. The reward will be higher in the long run.

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Mar 14, 2012 Himalayan cats NEW
by: Joyce

I do not agree with your negative response to owning a pure-bred Himalayan cat. I own only pure-bred cats. My Molly Tanglefoot, which I lost last night due to anemia, secondary to chronic kidney disease), was my sweet, precious baby. I was completely and emotionally invested in her; money had nothing to do with my devotion. I had her for 16 years and she was the best cat I’ve ever had, and I’ve owned cats my entire life (I am 61). She was so beautiful and precious. She was also very loyal and devoted to me and I am devastated by her loss. When I purchased her from a reputable breeder, she was $250. Now, of course, they cost a whole lot more. I may find another Tortie Point Himalayan when I’m ready, but when I am ready, believe me, it will be only a Tortie Point Himalayan, the right one for me. If I spend that much for her care over her lifetime, what do you care? It’s not your money; it would be mine. It would be my choice. I highly recommend them if you want a truly loyal, loving, quiet, calm, and very affectionate cat.


Feb 03, 2011 Greatest Cat Ever
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

You make some excellent points here, Michael.

Purebred cats can be beautiful and there are good reasons for buying them, but the cost always reflects the quality.
They never come free – I think the only exception is if you are lucky enough to know a breeder that will allow you to adopt a retired champion or something like that.

At the same time there are many great cats to be found at the shelters at a very modest price. They usually don’t have papers, but they too have all it takes to become somebody’s “Greatest Cat Ever”.
The PoC pages are full of stories about just that… :-)

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Himalayan Kitten For Free — 7 Comments

  1. Hello,

    I have raised cats for over thirty years and loved them all, two were given to me and the others I purchased from a local shealter.
    Two of my cats were Maine Coone males and I only have one right now but they have come to be a great amazing breed of cat to own.One of my cats was a Himmi Seal Point female only 6lbs we did not breed her because she was so small. I did pay $500.00 for her and went to alot of cat shows and reading on which breed I wanted.
    Even though she did not have such a pushed in nose and she had papers, she did sneeze alot but otherwise healthy. I hope some day I can get another Maine Coone which I got the one Sir Lancelot from the shealter or anther Seal Point because I just love these cats. I do know you can also find just the right cat at a shealter if you are lucky enough to find the right one for you.

  2. Hello everyone. I lost the most beautiful and intelligent best friend I’ve ever had. Her name was Lily and she was a blue cream point Himalayan. I am disabled and on a fixed income. I was able every year to take her to the vet for check-ups, shots. I would have her winter coat cut each year as well. She brightened my every day. I had a purpose and someone to care for who gave me nothing other than joy and unconditional love abundantly. I feel totally lost and alone without her.

    I have a request to anyone who raises and sells Himalayans. Should you have one that doesn’t sell or a fellow himmie lover such as myself who wants their kittens in the home if someone who’ll take the best care of and love them completely.

    I can’t pay much but should someone want to open their hearts for me or have a solution to my owning another Himalayan please e-mail me at charles13651@gmail.com I’d much appreciate it. God bless

    • Hello Charles. You have written a beautiful comment which shows how fine a relationship a person can have with his cat companion. I wish you the very best in your search for a Himalayan cat. Charles, you might like to consider joining a Himalayan group under the Yahoo Groups banner. There are lots of groups of people who discuss pedigree cats and it allows these people to meet others which may lead to an adoption for you. This is just an idea but it may not work.

      • Thank you for your words of encouragement, that meant so much. Yes Lily was my baby and so intelligent! She was like the cat version of Lassie

        • I lost a special cat 20 years ago. She is still very much in my memory. I still remember very clearly the day I found her body. The freshness of that memory will never fade.

          • I understand completely. Lily waited until I got up on a Sunday morning, then she cried out. I ran to the kitchen and she couldn’t get up. She stretched out her psw and I’ll started massaging it then within 10 min. She was gone. I laid on the floor with her for 30 min.until my best friend pulled me away. My heart hadn’t been that broken since the death of my Mother. Sure hope I can get a deal or rescue. Himmies are the most intelligent card I’ve ever had and oh so beautiful

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