Males 27-30 cm
Females 24-27 cm
Males 6-7.8 kg
Females 4.5-5.5 kg
Colorpoint, bluepoint, strongpoint, chocolate and white with lilac markings
Category II: “Semi-long-haired” Breed designation – SBI
Group 2: “Semi-long-haired” Breed designation – SBI
Long-haired cats, apartment cats (docile cats), popular cats
History of Origin
If you look up the word precious in the dictionary, you can see a picture of the Sacred Birman cat. It is a joke, but there is some truth in it. This cat is a pleasure to look at; you can admire it for hours. There are hundreds of legends and traditions connected to the breed representatives in their motherland in Myanmar, which used to be called Birman.
This popular cat breed has been known to the world for a very long time. In the early twentieth century, it reached the West from Asia, faithfully serving Sacred Birman priests as a guardian and companion. The feline couple, a male named Maldepur and a female named Sita, were stolen from Birman monks and smuggled by ship to France. The male, unfortunately, died on the way, but Sita made it to France, pregnant with Maldepur’s babies. The French breeders took a great liking to the kittens, and they seriously decided to breed and improve the sacred cats from Burma.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
Breeders in France created the modern appearance and standard of the breed. Sacred Birman cats are endowed with a strong body of medium size; the height at the breed representatives’ withers usually reaches 30 cm. The weight of sacred cats ranges from three to six kilograms. The most common color of Sacred Birman’s silky coat is colorpoint, bluepoint, strongpoint, chocolate, and white with mauve markings.
These long-haired paws are easy to identify; all Birman are born white, but their color changes. These adorable cats have light fur with noticeable dark flecks on the muzzle, limbs, tail, and ears’ tips. The paws themselves are always as white as snow; they have little white socks or gloves, as they are also called. Their eyes are wide and of a bright blue hue to better see the world around them.
The Sacred Birman is an animal with a beautiful appearance and a calm character. Devoted and friendly, they get along well with other pets. They are very suitable for families with children, loving affection and attention to their person.
Birman cats are sweet and well-behaved pets, known for their kindness and calmness. They are malleable and very people-oriented, which they consider their family. It is said that if you pet a sacred cat three times, all troubles and problems disappear at once, and peace of mind and peace of mind come in return.
It doesn’t take much time to take care of them because their soft coat doesn’t tangle and doesn’t roll up into tangles. You only need to brush once or twice a week. Do not forget to keep your cat’s eyes, ears, and teeth clean and trim its claws. Do not let it out for a walk; it is a perfect house cat, and it feels uncomfortable in the street.
The Sacred Birman cat is a calm and sedentary breed. There is no point in training them to fetch a ball or jump on your shoulders; they are too lazy to do so. For a change, it is advisable to buy the pet many different toys that it can play with in peace. Otherwise, documents, jewelry, or any other items in the house that appeal to the little cat may be damaged. The Birman cat is easily accustomed to the litter box, adores a secluded place allocated to it, and will not squeal on your royal bed without permission.
Sacred Birman cats can be classified as long-lived cats. One of them, Lady Catalina from Australia, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after living a long 35 years. Sacred Birman cats hold the record in age and in the number of babies they give birth to. Usually, they give birth to up to ten kittens, but one of them gave birth to as many as 19 babies.
The health of the Birman cat turned out to be quite strong, all thanks to careful breeding. With regular visits to the veterinarian, timely treatment against parasites, and all necessary vaccinations, Birman cats live longer than other breeds.
Inherited birch diseases include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, corneal dermoid, and vestibular disorders. If detected in time, they are all treatable. Heart problems are easily recognized by shortness of breath and coughing that occurs immediately after active play. The presence of a pouch-like lump on the eye whites can be seen with the naked eye. Coordination problems are manifested by an unsteady gait and other balance problems.
The health and beauty of a Sacred Birman cat depend directly on its nutrition. The best option is excellent ready-made premium food. Such food includes an optimal amount of nutrients of high quality and useful vitamin and mineral additives necessary for the animals’ health.
Sacred cats are moderate eaters and can be left to eat freely without fear of overeating. Also, dry food promotes mechanical cleaning of the teeth and is an excellent prevention of cats’ dental disease.