If you are after a gorgeous, laidback, loving, and playful cat that doesn’t require too much in the way of maintenance, the Birman may be the perfect breed for you. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of a Birman
The Birman is a semi-longhaired breed of cat of a medium to heavy build. They are a pointed breed, which means that they have darker markings on the face, ears, legs and tail, similar to a Siamese. The feet however should always be white. Birman colours are varied and wide ranging with some including seal, blue, lilac, red, cream, chocolate, seal tortie, blue tabby, seal tabby, and seal tortie tabby. The Birman, as well as its stunning coat, is also well known for their beautiful, deep blue eyes.
The Birman Temperament
The Birman is known for being a laidback, docile, and affectionate cat. They are not particularly active and you are likely to see them lazing around the house. However, they still like to have a good play! The Birman will form a strong bond with their owners as they are a people oriented cat and they get along well with other pets. While they are a fairly quiet cat, if they want attention they will make their presence known.
Caring for a Birman
Because the Birman is a semi-longhaired breed, there is some maintenance to keep their coats in top condition. This generally involves giving the coat a good brush two to three times a week or more often if they are shedding. You may also want to bath the cat a few times a year in order to rid the coat of loose hair. You should also be careful what litter you use as some types can actually cause staining to the light coloured fur on their bodies.
The Birman will require a good diet, and you may wish to use fish oil or olive oil or a fur ball formula food to help prevent problems with hairballs. It is also recommended to use chicken necks or chicken wings to help keep the teeth clean and healthy. The Birman will generally live for around 13-15 years.
Who is a Birman Suited To?
The Birman is a breed of cat that is suited for any owner or any situation. They are equally at home in a house or an apartment, no matter the size. They are particularly suited for family homes as they are wonderful with children. The Birman will happily live as a sole cat but if you are going to be out for long hours, you may wish to get two so they can keep each other company.