Birman - The Sacred Cat of Burma
Birman cat appearance
The Birman cat is a medium-large sized cat. It has a stocky body, short feet, and fluffy silk-like fur. The breed is easily recognisable. It has iconic traits such as sapphire-blue eyes, a colourpoint face mask, and natural white paws.
The breed comes in more than 40 different colours. However, the eyes are always sapphire-blue, and the paws are always white.
When born, the Birman cat is entirely white before its true colour starts developing. This happens within the first few weeks. Though, it won’t reach its full colour before it is at least two years of age.
The ears are always alert as they point upwards and is placed far apart. The fur looks like a delicate piece of Chinese silk. It requires a lot of attention. However, it consists only of one layer, and won’t need special attendance other than consistent brushing and an occasional bath.
Be aware that a bright-coloured coat will be more absorbent towards dust and dirt. Especially from an unkempt cat box. Make sure to change the sand often.
Birman cat personality
By nature, the Birman cat is a social creature, with a constant need to be around someone. It will quickly become depressed and lonely if left alone for too long.
The breed quickly gets attached to its owner. It prefers to hang out with its favourite human above anything else.
However, some company is better than no company. So getting another Birman cat can be a good option, if you work long hours at the time. They are better off keeping each other company.
The cat is also known to be of the forgiving kind if you were to leave it alone for too long. Though it is not recommended.
The Birman isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Its intelligence is moderate. It can activate itself if restless but loves when someone offers to play.
Other than that, it usually keeps quiet and doesn’t mind being inside all day.
Birman cat history
There are great legends linked to ‘The sacred Cat of Burma'. The breed derives from the ancient Burmese temples in modern Myanmar.
Before it arrived in France in the 1920s through the help of traders. The legend says the souls of Burmese priests got reincarnated in Birman cats. Hence, their holiness.
Birman cat price
Expect to pay $1200-$3000 USD for a Birman cat. They are expensive but beauty and delicacy rarely come cheap. Make sure you find a serious breeder before purchasing one of these cats. Their expensive price attracts a lot of poor breeders who don't care about the cat or the wellbeing of the breed.