With an angelic face and the temperament to match, those looking for a close companion will not be disappointed with the Birman. With a strikingly beautiful coat, it’s often the Birman’s dignified look and soft, silky fur which catch people’s eye first. Their cream-colored body is contrasted with dark, dramatic points -except for the white “gloves” or “socks” that grace each fuzzy paw. As beautiful as they are, it is their sweet and affectionate disposition that makes people ultimately fall in love.
The Birman, also known as the “Sacred Cat of Burma”, has somewhat mysterious origins, but the most popular tale is that this breed originated in the temples of northern Burma, and served as faithful friends to the resident priests. Somehow, the first Birmans to leave their land of origin sailed aboard a ship to France. Regardless of their history, households the world over are grateful for this affectionate and gentle breed.
Tragically, the breed was almost wiped out during World War II. The few Birmans who remained were outcrossed with Persians and Siamese to maintain genetic diversity, but the Birman remains its own, distinct breed.
Appearance / health:
The Birman is a medium-sized cat with a somewhat sturdy build. This breed is slow to reach maturity, and may not be fully grown until their third year of age. They have a round face and ears that are as wide as they are long. Their striking, sapphire blue eyes are round and widely spaced. The Birman has medium-to-long hair, dense, but lacking an undercoat, making this a much easier cat to groom than many long-haired breeds. They have a noticeable “ruff” or mane about the neck and their tale is particularly fluffy.
The Birman is born white and their color develops as they mature. The point coloration is usually developed by 2 weeks, but may not have reached full development for 2 years. The body is usually a creamy off-white, or white, though some coats may show browns to various degrees. The Birman is always pointed, with dark ears, face, legs, and tail. Unlike other color points, however, the Birman’s feet remain pristine white. On the front paws, the white extends to the bend of the toes, and on the back it may extend up the back of the foot. The points may be solid or lynx-patterned, with colors of seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, or tortoiseshell.
Behavior / temperament:
The Birman will make you their friend for life. This is a cat that loves to be with people and loves attention. They are tolerant and easy to handle which makes them a good cat for homes with young children, though children should be supervised so as not to take advantage of the cat’s sweet-nature. You’ll never be alone when you live with a Birman, and they’ll happily accompany you through your daily chores and evening relaxations. Though only moderately active, the Birman is both curious and playful, and enjoy chasing toys as much as they do cuddling on the couch – the important thing to the Birman is that you are doing it with them.
As a well-mannered, calm, and affectionate cat, the Birman fits well in most households, including those with other pets. However, a Birman who is left alone for too long may become depressed, so if you are looking for an independent cat, this is not the breed for you!
gorgeous coat, sweet tempered birmans, deep blue eyes, great loving personality
brush, regular grooming, feline leukemia, breed costs, urinary tract infections
unique personalities, silky middle hair, real character, double coats
The first day we adopted Nana we bought her a basket she could sleep in and put her in our bedroom. She was 10 weeks old and as soon as we switched the lights of she jumped out of her basket and crawled in to bed next to me. From day one Nana has been a social cat and loves to cuddle up in bed. She will always follow me through the house. Although she had halflong hair, she doesn't need a lot of grooming nor does she shed a lot of hair. Birman’s love human attention. She almost never makes a sound unless she feels lonely or wants attention. In the morning she will be the most energetic and run through the house. Nevertheless, Nana is definitely a domestic cat and not very active. During the day she likes to sleep a lot. Cats like Nana make a house feel like a home and bring so much extra love into a family..
From bressar Jan 22 2017 9:44AM
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago
- Birmans are for true cat lovers -
I am more of a dog person - in a pet, I'm looking for affection, playfulness, friendship, and companionship. I suspect that cat-lovers have a different set of priorities when it comes to pets, and for them, a Birman is a great cat.
My particular Birman has pretty dominant tendencies - he can be a little aloof, self-assertive or even aggressive with other cats, and totally ok on his own. He is sometimes affectionate and playful, but usually not in a clingy way, and only on his own initiative. However, I've met other Birmans who were quite affectionate and present, so it may just be his personality.
One huge positive is that Birmans are beautiful. If you are committed to brushing and caring for a long-haired cat with a white coat, and you enjoy an animal that is not needy or clingy, a Birman could be your pick! But make sure you keep a lint roller around, because sometimes, the fur is out of control!.
From doglover89 Jun 22 2015 8:53PM