At a short glance, you may think it is a Siamese, the fatter version to be exact. But actually, it is a completely different breed. In fact, Birman cat is considered as a sacred cat of Burma. Let’s find out more details on this Birman.
Birman Cat History
The history of Birman cat cannot be separated from a legend which is still believed by folks of Burma. It is said that the cat’s existence and how it looks today is influenced by goddesses’ interventions. Every inch of their body and their features are symbols. There is also believed that the cats are actually priests. On the other hand, scientifically, this breed is a result of crosses between breeds such as angoras and Persians with little and almost no information on its original version. But most people believe they come from Southeast Asia considering the way they look which is typical of that part of the world.
Birman Cat Size
This breed commonly gains weight for around 6 to 12 pounds.
Birman Cat Temeperament Personality
If you find Siamese look and coat pattern is agreeable and nice then you may like this breed as well. In fact, it produces nicer voice also. This cat is a sweet one. They are docile, gentle and calm. This cat is also very affectionate and yet will demand more attention yet they are not bossy. This cat is also known for their intelligence and curiosity. They will explore their surroundings to find things that interest them.
Birman Cat Health
This cat, both the mixed and pedigreed ones may suffer some health problems that are related to their genetic.
- Congenital hypotrichosis and thymic aplasia
- Corneal dermoid
- Spongiform degeneration
- Shaking and trembling in kittens
- high concentrations of urea and/or creatinine in the blood which is not normal
Birman Cat Care and Grooming
The hair of this Birman cat breed is very silky and oily that is why it will appear neat and nice even without regular combing and the advantage is it does not easily mat. This breed does shed and it gets heavier in the spring. You may brush them frequently during this season. To bathe this cat, it is better to use a hand held shower than to dip them in the tub. Brush their teeth and trim their nails at least once a week. Wipe the corners of their eyes clean. Their ears should be cleaned well using a soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Clean their litter box well from time to time and never let this cat out and about by themselves without your company.
Birman Cat Coat and Color
Birman cat owns a great coat which is very silky and nice. The medium length hairs do not mat easily, so you will be benefited from it. Their coat pattern resembles Siamese a lot and yet they are two different breeds altogether. This one appears sweeter and chubbier which make them look cuter than Siamese. Moreover, there is a quite heavy ruff around their neck and belly. They mainly come in the pale or neutral body and coat colors like the fawn to cream color with a warm tone that gets lighter near the chest and belly. But, you may also find them in colors like blue point, chocolate point, lilac point, and various parti-color points and lynx point colors.