The Birman cat, which have been considered to have existed as the holy escort of the Kittah priests, is said to have its roots from Burma. It has been recorded that sometime in the early 1900s, a pair of seal-pointed variety of such line was shipped from Burma (now known as Myanmar) to France. The offspring of the two cats became the foundation for all Birman felines in our day. The Birman cat is a medium-to-large breed that has a long and robust build. It has a semi-longhair, ivory-colored coat that has darker shades on the face, ears, tail, and legs. The Birman cat has an overall golden cast, and has pure white paws on all four feet known as “gloves”. In addition, the breed has a pair of round, deep, blue eyes set widely on its high cheekbones and somewhat Roman-shaped nose. On the whole, the Birman is a remarkably beautiful cat that holds up a mark of both balance and power.
Gentle and warm by nature, the Birman cat is believed to possess all the makings of a faithful household companion. Considered to be one of the easiest felines to handle and cause the least trouble, this breed is generally adored for its amazing disposition. Birman cats are self-assured, very curious, playful, and gregarious without being too pushy. Intelligent and inquisitive, the breed is extremely responsive to cat training. Like puppies, they have been observed to follow and shadow their owners a lot around the house. Birmans are friendly cats that often crave for human companionship, and are especially fond of children. The breed is a cheerful cat that is trusting and very adaptable to its environment.
Birman cats have a single coat that is unlikely to form tangles and mats. However, to keep their fur healthy, it has to be combed weekly with the use of a stainless steel comb. Trimming the breed’s nails as necessary, or perhaps every a couple of weeks, is advisable to keep them shipshape.
Although healthy in general, Birman cats are still prone to a number of health issues. These include congenital hypotrichosis, tail-tip necrosis, haemophilia B, thymus gland aplasia and some eye problems like congenital cataracts, corneal sequestration, and corneal dermoid formation. Unfortunately, some young kittens of this breed may develop neurological complicaitons like spongiform degeneration and distal polyneuropathy, although these conditions are uncommon.
Birmans are well-suited to any living environment with owners that will love them and provide them with lots of attention. Keeping them indoors is necessary to prevent any outside dangers like car accidents, communicable disease from other cats, and attacks from animals.