The Sacred Birman is a very
affectionate cat; he is only happy when part of a family, he
adores the company of children with who he is often gentle and
patient, it is a playful cat and close to its masters. A little
exclusive with human beings, he doesn’t like living in large
numbers, particularly in the breedings. It is a good idea to
guide children from the beginning in the relationship that they
form with their cat so that they learn to let the cat come to
them and not to annoy it. Once the notion of respect is in
stalled, you will see that a very close cat-child relationship,
based on mutual trust, will become evident over the months. This
is obviously a very enriching experience for the children.
Manon with Biski
Manon with Biski
( a big thank to Eve and Yann for these nice photos )
In indoor cat, above all, in the
same way as a Persian, he can prove to be incapable of defending
himself and protecting himself from the dangers of outdoor
life. It is not advised to let him walk alone in the garden. In
addition vaccinations do not protect it against three deadly and
incurable viruses, the Fip ( feline infectious peritonitis, it
is a mutation of coronavirus, the FCoV*, and there is no
the fiv (virus of an immunodeficiency in found in cats, no
possible vaccine ) and felv (leucosis, the vaccine being
effective in only 80% of cases). Fip can be caught be indirect
contact, on a lawn (if a contaminated cat has gone into your
garden over night and left contaminated excrements in your
garden), this illness is caught by others through nasal contact.
( * info FCoV :
site of the Dr Addie )
Of course an annual booster is
indispensable even if the cat does not go outside because we
ourselves can bring back germs to the home.
It is a good idea to check the
teeth and do a scaling every three to four years.
Its mid length fur allows for easy
upkeep and it gets very few knots. In winter one weekly
brushing is sufficient, while the moulting period, one should
brush them daily to prevent the formation of hair balls in the
intestine _ this moulting period can draw on for several months.
A dry vet food ( True Instinct
High Meat, Amikinos, Farmina Grain Free, Wildcat Etosha ), and every day at their disposal
some white meat or some cooked fish, will allow it stay in
great shape for a very long time. It drinks water that does not
have a heavy mineral concentration, especially if it is fed with
dry food in order to protect its kidneys. A vitamin supplement
can be given from time to time, but only under a vets
When should Sterilisation be done?
Females can be sterilised young.
In the United States, early sterilisation is practised for a
long time, done from the age of two months at the same time as
the vaccinations. It is worth noting that this does not alter
in any way the growth of the kitten – the growth’s cartilages
close up naturally during the hormonal growth in puberty.
Sterilised cats have, on the contrary, the tendancy to be of a
slightly larger size than the others. The only inconvenience of
such an early sterilisation aussi lies in the fact that an
anaesthetic is required and so this should only be done by
The ideal age is between 6 and 9
months for a female, before it goes on heat if possible (this
normally begins after the age of 6 months and rarely earlier
For the male, the intervention is
done at practically the same age, between 6 and 9 months, which
avoids the markings, a habit that it could keep in certain
cases if he is sterilised at a later date.
Sterilisation before the age of 2
is a good way of protect the cat against the risk of teat’s
tumours, extremely serious in the majority of cases. Giving the
cat oral contraceptives also increases the risk of teat’s
tumours, these risks are not to be taken lightly because they
can considerably reduce the life span of your cat. As well as
repetitive heats even uninterrupted can create the formation of
ovarian cystes, which can be very serious for the health of a
from my friend Karine Meilchen, cream point
with Vickie, lilac tabby, Tijuana's daughter, bornt at our
Owners, Mr et Mrs Chatelain
The fur of sterilised cats is
often thicker and the sterilised cat is often calm and serene,
the males become again big babies, which is not always the case
for no sterilized cats.
To conclude, the Birman is a cat
with a moderate appetite and obesity does not exist in the race,
whether it is sterilised or not. If one feeds it food of a good
quality there are no particular problems. What is more there
exists in several brands low fat foods which allow your little
cat to keep its figure whilst keeping its plate full! Your vet
can advise you on a suitable choice.