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The Birman Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

12-16 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

12-16 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Chubby.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

12-16 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Ideal playmate.
Also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma, the Birman Cat has a striking appearance and docile nature. This is medium-sized cat with well-developed bones that create the illusion of solidness. The Birman captivates attention with its deep blue eyes and silky medium-length coat that comes in points. This breed is famous for having distinctively white paws that are called “gloves”. The Birman Cat might be docile, but it is also very smart, curious and social breed. These cats love to be involved in daily activities and follow their owners around the house. The amiable nature of this breed ensures that it gets along fine with everyone. Birman isn’t an attention seeking breed. However, these cats love company. Hence, the fun Birman will make a perfect addition to homes with children and other pets.

Breed History

According to the legend, the breed got its good looks through divine assistance. It is said that the Birmans were just ordinary cats who lived with temple priests in Burma. But at some point, the blue-eyed temple goddess rewarded a temple cat’s devotion to a priest by transforming its appearance. The goddess turned the cat’s white coat to gold, its yellow eyes to blue and left the cat’s paws white to symbolize purity. It is believed that when a priest dies he gets to be reborn in the body of one of these cats. This legend is the reason the Birman Cat is also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma. However, there are no real records of how this breed come to be. Some believe that it originated from crosses of Siamese with Persians or Turkish Angora. Still, it is still unclear where and if, these actually occurred. Thus far we know that the breed was brought to Europe in 1919 by a Frenchman and Englishman. The temple priests gave Auguste Pavie and Major Gordon Russel two cats as a gift for defending their temple in a raid. From the pair, only the female Birman survived the trip to France. It was pure luck, that she arrived in France pregnant. The offspring of this cat are the foundation of all European Birman Cats. Even though the Birman Cat originates from Burma, it is widely considered as a French breed. It was first recognized in France in 1925 as the Sacre de Birmanie. First Birman Cats were exported in the United States in 1959 and to Great Britain in 1965. The British Cats Registry recognized the breed in 1966. And in 1967, the Birman was also recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association.

Size Standards

This is a medium-sized breed with well boned and strongly built body which gives it a rounded appearance. The head is also broad and round and accentuated with round bright blue eyes. Features are completed with a Roman-shaped nose and wide ears that give this breed a sweet look. Male Birman Cats are larger and weigh from 10-15 pounds. The female cats are smaller and on average weigh from 6-10 pounds. Having a somewhat stocky appearance makes the Birman prone to weight gain. Make sure that you feed your cat according to her age. And consider settling for a weight management formula like IAMS Protective Health Cat Food.

Birman Cat Personality Traits

The Birman Cat has a mellow personality and a quiet nature. Still, this is an affectionate and social breed that likes having company. The Birman likes to follow its owner around the house and be involved in his every move.
In some sense, this breed acts like puppies who need to be close to their owners all the time. The quiet Birman will voice its opinions in a soft and gentle voice, without being bossy and overbearing. This is a smart and curious breed that likes exploring its surroundings. Birmans are keen observes and like mimicking their owner’s behaviors. So, don’t be surprised when your cat shows you that she can open the door or drink from the tap. Invest in puzzle toys to keep your cat out of trouble. This breed is so curious, that ends up popping up from strangest places. The Birman is a friendly and social breed that enjoys having company. They like children and other pets and will for sure engage them in a game of chase. And by the time the fun is over, you will find your cat gently meowing to be picked up and cuddled in your arms. This is a breed that gives and seeks affection so make sure you are able to provide enough love.

Adaptability

The Birman Cat is a highly adaptable breed. Thanks to its friendly and affectionate nature it tends to adapt well to any lifestyle. You won’t have problems introducing this breed to other pets. Even changing her environment isn’t a big deal since it adjusts to everything to please its owner. This is a moderately active breed that loves fun activities and playing with toys like Catit Senses Play Circuit. Since they are prone to weight gain, interact and play with your cat every day. Regular exercise is an important factor in a cat’s overall health and shouldn’t be avoided. Use an accessory like a feather wand to encourage jumping and running.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Birman Cat has a very good health. But like all breeds, it is prone to some health problems. This doesn’t mean that your cat is going to develop any of these issues. However, it is always better to learn a bit more about potential problems. To keep your cat’s health in check, take her to regular vet appointments and don’t skip vaccination.
  • Congenital Hypotrichosis: This condition causes a cat to be born without a coat. If it occurs, this condition only affects few kittens and not entire litter. There is still no cure for this disease. But some special shampoos can improve the skin state.
  • Hemophilia B: It is a blood clotting disorder seen in Birman Cats. By itself, this disease doesn’t affect the cat. However, if not diagnosed and a cat sustains internal injuries and she can bleed out. It is also advisable to test your cat for this condition prior to any surgery.
  • Corneal Dermoid: This is a rare condition that characterized by the presence of skin or hair on the surface of the cornea. The cases can range from mild to severe. Hence the treatment can include simple eye drops or eye surgery.

Lifespan

On average Birman Cats live from 12-16 years. We advise that you test your cat for Hemophilia B and avoid unnecessary blood loss. Furthermore, pay attention to your cat’s diet. Invest in a high-quality food like Merrick that will keep your cat at an ideal weight.

Grooming Needs

The Birman Cat has a silky medium length fur that contributes to the overall feel of plumpness. The coat is fairly easy to maintain and doesn’t mat easily since it doesn’t have an undercoat. Use a stainless steel comb to brush your cat twice a week. This will distribute skin oils through the length of fur and keep it silky. The Birmans can shed moderately during the shedding season. For these occasions brush more often with a slicker brush.

Birman Cat Coat Colors

This breed comes in color points, which means that their face, ears, legs and tail are darker than the rest of the body. The Birman is famous for having “gloves”. All four paws are white and end with an even line across the paw. On the back legs, the “gloves” extend up the length of legs and form an inverted V shape. This trait is known as “laces”. The symmetry of “gloves” and “laces” can make a difference between a show cat and a house pet. Birman Cat coat colors come in Seal, Blue, Lilac, Chocolate, Red, and Cream points. Parti colored points like Tabby and Tortoiseshell in variations of a seal, chocolate, lilac, or blue are also allowed. Linx pointed Birman Cats have a pronounced M marking on their foreheads and stripes or rings on tails and legs.

Compatibility with Children and Other Pets

The easy-going Birman is a perfect choice for families with children and other pets. This is a social breed that enjoys the company and loves having playmates. Some Birman Cats are a bit territorial. So always introduce all pets slowly and in a safe environment. But as long as your cat is getting the same amount of affection, she won’t mind living with other pets. This breed will spend hours playing with plush cat toys and running around as long as you interact with it. When you aren’t around let your cat play with toys like these. Provide plenty of activities to keep your cat healthy and in great shape.