The Birman


If you need a gentle, loving and non fussy cat, then Birman cat can be one of the ideal options. Apart from their looks, personality is another factor that makes Birman cats popular as pets.



The body colour of these cats is either golden or egg shell colour and they have certain recognized colour points too. These points include the face, ears, feet and tail. Birman cat colours include seal point, blue point, chocolate point, lilac point, cream point, red point, blue cream, chocolate and lilac tortoiseshell, lilac tabby, red and cream tabby, seal tabby and blue tabby. The kittens are born snow white and they develop colour points within two weeks. Birman cats have brilliant blue eyes, small ears, Roman nose and white gloves on their feet.


Their personality can be described as gentle, loving, loyal and devoted. They are found to be immensely attached to their owners and other family members. They are well suited for elderly people and are found to relate well to children and other pets.
However it is better to keep them inside the house, because, their friendly nature may prove dangerous, as these cats can be attacked by other cats and dogs.


Even though, they can be kept as sole pets, if you have to keep the cat alone for long hours, it will be better to get a pair or opt for other pets, like a cat friendly dog. Birman cats are found to be playful and lively and this nature remains till they get old. They can spend hours playing with simple toys and household articles. They like to be adored and may sometimes seek your attention. Being intelligent in nature, these cats are easy to train as well. Male Birman cats are said to be very talkative in nature, but, these cats have very soft enjoyable voice.

These large and stocky cats have silky coat with semi long hair. The fur of Birman cats is not prone to matting, but regular grooming keeps it looking good. In general, these cats are found to be healthy with a lifespan of around ten to thirteen years.

Birman cats are believed to be natives to Burma, but, they are different to the Burmese cat breeds. According to legends, they are considered the sacred cats of Burma. It is said that Birman cats were kept by the temple priests of Northern Burma. A pair of Birman cats were taken to France from Burma and although some believe that they were gifted to French soldiers by the Burmese monks; others believe that these cats were smuggled to France. This cat breed, which was on the verge of extinction during World War II, was revived during the 1950s.