Routine Care: Birmans needs daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: Despite long hair they shed little, and requires brushing only once or twice a week.
Dental: Birmans have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Check ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Birmans are gentle, friendly and loves to be involved in your daily activities.
Might "chirrup" or trill her meows to call you when she misses you
An affectionate companion and family cat
Good with children and other pets
Requires minimal grooming
Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain
Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation
Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
Whether you are considering adding a new Birman to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Birman will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Birman you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Birman could encounter:
Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus
The origin of the Birman remains a mystery with many unverified tales of their beginnings. Born all white, Birmans do not develop their full color until maturity. They keep their unique white “mittens” on all four paws.
Birmans are very social and happy to be involved in your daily activities. They are less apt to climb and jump onto high places, preferring to hang out at ground level or on the couch. Birmans have a playful side and will play fetch or chase when engaged, but prefer to lounge with their family.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Birman shows signs of the following:
Sudden hind leg weakness or paralysis, labored breathing, collapse, weakness on one side of the body
Bruising on the gums or skin, unusual bleeding from minor injuries
Abnormal behaviors, particularly worse a few hours after meals
Progressive hair loss in kittens