Birman’s are also called the sacred Cat of Burma, they have been around for centuries. In a word they are one of the most charming breeds of cats. Here’s why, the Birman’s beautiful colour point pattern, long, silky fur, flawless white gloves and brilliant blue eyes and you can add some more to the reason why people fancy the Birmans. Their sweet, devoted personality makes them terrific companion.
History and Origin
The History of the Birmans are shrouded in the past though they are around for centuries. According to the stories, pure white amber eyed cats lived in the monasteries of Burma and were said to be the feline carriers of the souls of those priests who have left the mortal life. A golden statue with glowing sapphire eyes represented the goddess of transmutation, Tsim Kyan Kse. She was worshipped in these monasteries. Story goes that each evening Mun Ha, the High Lama of the temple of Lao Tsun worshipped Tsim Kyan Kse with one of the sacred temple cats, Sinh as his faithful companion.
One day, the marauders attacked the temple and injured Mun Ha. As Mun Ha was dying Sinh climbed on his chest and purred to comfort Mun Ha for the final journey. When the monk died a amazing transformation took place. The eyes of the cat turned from Amber to Sapphire blue like the statue of the goddess, his fur changed to a golden-ish colour like the colour of the statue. And his four legs, ears, face and tail turned to the colour of earth. Her four paws were pure white for the Mun Ha’s pure spirit. And on the morning after all the monastery cat changed to the colour of SInh. After that for seven days Sinh refused to have any food and finally died and carried Mun Ha’s soul with him.
More stories are heard about the appearance of Birman in France. It’s said that a pair of cats, one male (Maldapour) and the female (Sita) were being taken to France from the monastery of Lao tsun. Maldapour died on the way but when Sita reached France she was already pregnant with Maldapour’s offspring. That’s how Birman went to France in 1919.
In 1959, Birman came in America and in 1967 Birman was officially recognised as the third most popular long-haired cat breed in America, according to CFA’s registration totals.
The Birman’s body is a beautiful mix of slim Siamese and portly Persians. Their firm chin, strong jaws, Roman nose and medium sized, almost round, wide blue eyes makes them a cute breed.
A perfect Birman has matching white gloves on his four paws. Their small silky coat is medium to long and the long tail fur is so silky that it resembles luxury silk.
Birman’s are devoted, well mannered cats with a gentle temperament. They are perfect family cats and more perfect for those who have other pets. Birman’s are playful, people oriented and they love to curl up on the available lap to grab some more attention. Their meows are very smooth and melodious and easy for the ears. They communicate with the meows.
For their loving nature and gentle temperament Birman’s are easy to handle and take care of. Like the original temple cats they still have that elegance and craving for worship which is actually human affection. With a meaningful meow, tilt of the head and a stare of those brilliantly beautiful eyes they speak for themselves to their humans. With a bit of well deserved worship, Birmans return the wealth of love and devotion.
In spite of being a long-haired cat, Birmans are easily groomed. They are perfect for those who want a long haired cat but have less time to groom it. Birmans generally need a good combing four or five times a week with a steel cat comb. Occasional paws, eyes, ears and fur care is needed though.
A Birman is a breeder’s nightmare it takes a lot of effort to match the paws and all the features so your order for a perfect looking Birman may stay pending for months. But if you ask me, I’ll say, what will you do with his looks if you are not going to show it off? A Birman is a Birman anyhow.
Extra Special Notes For Extra Special Cats
Birman’s have a wee bit of dog-ness in their personality. They are sweet and affectionate. They will always follow you around the house even when you just have gone to take your phone from downstairs. Birmans are curious. They are curious about everything, from your movements to the grocery bags he wants to know about everything. They will always run to the door whenever he hears the door being unlocked and will greet you with some happy meows. They love to talk to you about silly things, with meow-yeses and meow-no’s. And you can even teach them some little tricks like shaking hands. All it will take is a lot of patience, affection and cat treats.