Birman Cat Care
Looking at the Birman’s long coat, you might think that the breed requires a lot of grooming. In reality, the coat is quite easy to care for. It is a single coat, so no undercoat to brush out and the texture of the silky coat helps it to resist matting and requires only weekly brushing with a soft slicker brush. Keep your Birman’s nails trimmed short and look inside the ears weekly. If you see a small amount of dirt or wax in the ears, use a pet ear cleaner and cotton balls to clean the ears (never use a cotton swab). If your Birman’s ears look red or very dirty, schedule an appointment to see your veterinarian.
Birmans love to follow you all over the house and are always up for a play session. Bring out a few fun toys, such as feather wands, balls that jingle and toy mice to engage your Birman in play sessions a few times a day. Things to climb and perch upon like cat trees, cat-friendly bookshelves and kitty condos also help encourage exercise. Set up a few scratching zones in the house, with vertical scratchers (like tall posts or cat trees) and horizontal scratchers (like cardboard or sisal scratchers that lie flat on the ground).
Common Health Problems
Birman cats are an extremely healthy breed, with no known breed-specific diseases or other health concerns. That said, any cat of any age can become sick or injured or develop a health problem. Bring your Birman cat to your veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical to ensure your cat is healthy and so you can identify any developing health concerns.
The Birman is a medium-sized cat with an elongated body and A stocky, muscular build. The Birman’s head is broad and rounded, with heavy jaws, a firm chin, full cheeks, a somewhat rounded muzzle and a medium-length Roman nose. All Birman kittens are born white; the color points on the face, ears, legs and tail develop later as they mature.
Diet and Nutrition
Because the Birman cat generally has a healthy appetite and has a stocky build, the breed has the potential to become overweight if Birman owners do not properly manage nutrition. Keeping your Birman cat lean is healthier for the cat, and can prevent the development of obesity-related health issues like diabetes and arthritis. Rather than keeping the food bowl filled all day (called free feeding), serve your adult Birman cat two measured meals a day (young kittens should eat multiple times a day). Serving measured meals helps prevent overeating. Ask your veterinarian or breeder for advice about the best food for your Birman cat.
Where to Adopt or Buy a Birman Cat
The Birman is somewhat less common than some other cat breeds, but it’s still possible to find a reputable breeder with kittens available. The Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association both list active Birman breeders on their respective websites. A fun way to meet Birman breeders and see many different cat breeds in one place is by attending a cat show. To find a local cat show, search the internet for “cat show near me.” Purbred Birman cats rarely end up in animal shelters, but you can ask local Birman breeders if they know anyone looking to re-home their adult Birman.
The Birman cat is an easy-going breed that fits in well into almost any household and family. Medium-sized and sturdily built, they are not too delicate for children to handle. Birmans are sweet and affectionate cats, happy to warm your lap or crawl up onto your chest for a hug. They are generally quiet, vocalizing only when necessary with soft chirruping meows.
Calm and gentle
Affectionate and friendly
Gets along well with children and other pets
Prefers an animal companion
Doesn’t do well if left along long periods
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