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
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 61 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