Monday, November 13, 2017

Birman Cats: Why The Birman Cat Is Known To Be A Sacred Breed

Birman Cats: Why The Birman Cat Is Known To Be A Sacred Breed

Aren’t you often confused by seal-point Cats? Because we sure were, and you’d be surprised to know that they are all different breeds. The Birman Cat is one of the breeds with seal-point markings, but it has a beautiful tale of its origins and a pretty personality to match. Birmans are also the predecessors of another desirable Cat breed.

The Birman Cat

Though the earlier history of Birmans are amidst a ton of folklores, most of them point to how Birman Cats are from temples in Burma, which were then rewarded in pairs as gifts to Europeans whom helped protect the temples. A very well-liked folklore depicts how a Birman Cat was bestowed with blue eyes and a golden coat by a Blue-eyed Goddess whom was touched by the Birman’s loyalty and devotion to his priest. Souls of priests whom have passed on were believed to be reborn into Birman Cats too. This is why they are also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma ☺ The first possible traces of Birmans’ existence leads back to France, in the city of Nice. 
birman cat breed
During World War II, the Birman Cat breed was drastically depleted and almost faced extinction. It was only after the war where a pair of Birman Cats were discovered, named Orloff and Xenia De Kaabaa. Orloff and Xenia are believed to be the founding pair to building the foundation of the breed, they had to be crossed with long haired Cat breeds such as Siamese, Persians and Angoras, just to recover a strong foundation for the Birman Cat breed. Re-establishment of the breed came with successful litters produced in 1950s. Birmans were recognised in Britain during 1965, and later on by the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) in 1966. Birman Cats have been used in founding many other breeds, one of which is the Ragdoll Cat!

What Does The Birman Cat Look like?

Also distinctively known for their colour-point-only coats (like Himalayans, Persians and Siameses), Birmans have many variations of colours. Such includes Seal, Lilac, Chocolate, Red, Cream, Tabby, Tortie and Blue points. Birmans don a medium-long coat with silky hair that grows thicker around the neck, forming a mane/ruff and ends off with a plume tail.
Birman Cat Colours
They are also adored for their bright Blue eyes and white colouration around each paws, which gives the impression that the Cat is wearing socks or mittens! Other notable features include a clear marking on the forehead.

Grooming Requirements Of A Birman Cat

Given its medium-long coat, the Birman Cat has minimal undercoat, which means a low chance of matting. They do shed however, so be sure to brush and comb them once every week, and increase the number of times during heavy shedding period. This speeds up the process of ridding loose hair and reducing hair clusters around your home. Most importantly, less hairballs to choke on! 
Long Haired Cats
Practice good dental hygiene by brushing your Birman’s teeth with a Vet-approved toothpaste, trim their nails every two week or so, and keep their eyes clean with a damp cloth. Check their ears for any buildup or dirt and clean them with a Vet-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Additionally, give your Birman a shower to keep its coat fresh and clean. If you are unsure how to perform these tasks, approach your trusted Veterinarian and Groomer for professional help and accurate demonstration ☺

Birman Cat Behaviour and Personality

This is an absolutely sweet Cat, both intelligent and docile. Birmans love the attention and company of their humans. They’d speak to you in soft, quiet tones once in a while, hoping for a cuddle while following you around the house. We can see where the Ragdoll’s personality comes from ☺ Birman Cats are also great with children and other pets, with slow and careful introductions first! You’ve got a inquisitive explorer on your hands, so be sure to keep them safe indoors and put them on a leash when outdoors. You can have a clearer picture by having a look at great Birman Cat lovers from around the world!

Mau Mau The Cat

Mau Mau was a beautiful and affectionate Chocolate-Tortoise point Birman Cat from Netherlands. This is a photo and video journal of the life and times of Mau Mau, clearly showing us how lovely Birmans can be. Sadly, she passed on just last week, R.I.P sweet Mau Mau. Her owner still keeps the account going, with wonderful memories.

  – 102 K followers
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Molly Cat Birman

Meet Molly, a Birman from Melbourne, Australia. Follow her days as she lounges around the house, flashing her bright blue eyes at every angle.

– 10.9 K followers

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