Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted Nov 03, 2015
Birmans, also known as the sacred cat of Burma are the quintessential people cat, and that is the reason I decided to add one to our family. If I'd known then what I know now I would have grabbed her brother. She loves attention and in typical cat behavior will do what it takes for focus to be on her.
Most of the time its fine, and only becomes a problem when you have a table full of paperwork you need to get, at which time she will promptly sit on whatever document you happen to be staring at.
Birmans lack an undercoat and can groom themselves, however because of the fine nature of their fur some fabrics will pick up every loose strand. She will purr at the drop of a hat, and only real nuisance behavior in terms of her vocalization is her fear of the dryer. When the dryer is on she bawls as if some horrific monster has entered the house and she wants us to show it the door.
The only breed specific health problems that my research picked up were a heart problem that most breeders try and breed out, and a sensitivity to anesthesia. I made sure my vet was aware of this sensitivity and everything was fine when we had her spayed.
Pure bred birmans are not cheap, but I was searching for an affectionate cat and I couldn't be happier.