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Birman is intelligent, inquisitive, charming, playful, and very people orientated. The friendly, laidback Birman is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. When you walk in the door, your Birman will be waiting to greet you and probably everyone else that comes to your door too! These kittens are wonderful characters and because they are a very loving, gentle cat, they will fit into virtually any home.
Size: Its body is medium to large in size. One of the many pluses of this breed is that its long, silky hair is mat-free. Females weigh between 6 and 10 pounds and males average between 10 and 15 pounds. The tail is also bushy and the body is robust with shorter solid legs and a medium sized tail.
Temperament & Personality: The Birman is a calm, affectionate cat who loves to be around people and can adapt to any type of home. He likes to play chase with other pets, taking turns being the chaser and the one being pursued. Birmans make friends with kids, dogs, and other cats.
Activity Requirements: They do not have any special exercise needs. They are recommended as indoor pets; their affectionate and friendly nature can make them an easy target for outdoor dangers. Their physical activity should be similar to that of most cats (sleeping long hours, playing, running and jumping).
Breed Traits: A long, large cat, the Birman is territorial but not aggressive and captures attention with very unusual markings. The Birman looks like a pointed cat with four white feet and deep blue eyes.
Diet: 1/4 to 1/3 cup per feeding up to about 8 wks. 1/3 cup to 3/4 cup per feeding up to 6 months and beyond, depending on weight. Research shows that adult cats need a minimum of 26 percent protein in their diet. Just like every other cat breed, this breed is a natural carnivores. This means that your pet will need to have a good meat-based diet and to eat lots of food that's rich in taurine amino acids in order to stay healthy.
Grooming Requirements: grooming once a week to keep its striking coat in good condition. If the grooming process is started as a kitten they soon become used to it and enjoy the attention it brings. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails weekly.
Colors: Like all color point cats, Birman kittens are born all white and develop their color as they mature. They come in a rainbow of colors, including seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, and tortie. All these colors can be either the traditional solid pattern or the dramatic lynx pattern. The Birman is a long-haired, color-pointed cat distinguished by a silky coat, deep blue eyes, and contrasting white "gloves" or "socks" on each paw.
History: Known as the “Sacred Cat of Burma. It was recognized in France in 1925 as the sacr
de Birmanie, from which comes the current breed name, Birman. The cats were first imported to the United States in 1959 and were recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1967
Origin: Myanmar (Burma), France
Life span: 13-15 years
Temperament: Calm, easy going, adaptable, affectionate
Weight: 8-12 lb
Height: 8-10 inches
Colors: Seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, red, cream, tortie, tabby silver, tabby Smoke