Sacred Cats of Burma are playful and curious cats, friendly, silent, and independent. Indeed, Sacred Burma cats are incredibly gentle and easily fit into the life of any household. For those who want an attractive cat attached to people, in other words, the Sacred Cat of Burma is an excellent choice. Sacred cats of Burma are ideal family members as they are warm and affectionate to humans.

Breed Overview

ORIGIN: Burma, France

BREED TYPE: domestic cat breed

WEIGHT: 6 to 12 pounds 

LENGTH: 15-18 inches 

COAT: long-haired, color-pointed

COAT COLOR: seal, blue, blue-cream, cream, lilac, chocolate, red, tortie

EYE COLOR: blue

GOOD WITH: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 16 years

OTHER TRAITS: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up

Breed Characteristics

Temperament:

Sacred Cat of Burma is especially dear and affectionate breed. Because of it, breeders have bred them to be human companion cats for many generations. Burmese cats are friendly, smart, and cordial cats, curious and people-oriented. They are obedient as cats can be. In addition, they vocalize very softly. Surely, they are silent and friendly.

Sacred Cats of Burma
Sacred Cats of Burma

Physical characteristics:

The body of the Sacred Birma is of medium size, elongated, strong, and the legs are short and stocky. The head is of medium length, arched with so-called Roman nose profile. Cat’s ears are small and do not stand completely upright. Also, their ears are not too rounded.

The eyes are round and slightly oval, set vast, deep blue. The hair on the body can be from darker white to light brown.  and is significantly different from all other long-haired and medium-haired cats. It is silky to the touch and should not be too long. It is slightly longer on the back, hips, neck, abdomen, and tail.

Belly paint and markings:

The original colors of the markings (on the legs of the head and tail) are chocolate, seal colors, blue and purple. Today, other colors derived from mating with Persian cats with markings (Himalayas) are also recognized. The paint on the belly is completely white.

“gloves” or “socks” – a unique mark

“Gloves” – a unique mark of the sacred confirmation are white paws called “gloves” or “socks.” “Gloves” are always entirely white and can end at the root of the fingers or on the ankle. The white color of the “sock” must be sharply limited-bounded by the color of the hair on the legs. On the front legs, the “gloves” are shorter. The whiteness should end in a wedge shape on the feet of the hind paws.

Health
Some genetic problems may occur as HCM, heart disease seen in cats. There is also a high risk of kidney disease and infectious peritonitis.  Some Birmans can have a type of epilepsy FARS.  We should vaccinate the Birman Ctas as any other domestic cat. Despite some genetic mutations, Birmans live a relatively long life. Indoor life helps them to avoid numerous diseases and health inconveniences. 

Care
The hair of the Burmese cat is soft and silky, but it is not as challenging to deal with as the Persian. However, to maintain this, it requires care once a week with a comb and brush. Burmese cats, groomed from an early age, enjoy the extra human attention. In addition, this regular activity brings them care and love. Like all cats, this breed needs routine vaccinations, parasite control, and annual health checks.

Facts

  • French form of Burma is Birmanie, from which breeders derived the breed name
  • Birmans look like the Himalayan cat breed
  • All Birman kittens are born white, and after a few weeks, the color of the coat begins to show.
  • Legend says Birman cat was the sacred companion to temple priests.

History

Legend says this is a beautiful cat breed that originated in a Buddhist temple dedicated to the reincarnation goddess Tsun Kyan Xe in the Lugh Hills of Indochina. According to this belief, the priest Kitah Mun Ha lived in the temple with the white cat Sinna. One day, the priest was meditated and robbers came, killed the priest from behind. At that moment, the cat jumped on the dead body of the priest and looked at the statue of the goddess. 

And a miracle happened:

  • The white color of the cat took on the color of the skin of the goddess Tsun Kyan Xe.
  • The yellow eyes became sapphire blue.
  • The legs, tail, nose, and ears took on the color of the earth.

On that day, all the other cats in the temple took on the color of Sinna. Only the paws touching the priest’s body remained white as a sign of love and purity. Seeing this miracle of transformation, the robbers fled the temple.

How Birmans traveled to Europe:

The connection between the Lao Tsun temple and the cats breed we know today is the assumption that in the early thirties, on the order of the American industrialist Vanderbilt, a member of the temple service stole a pair of cats for a lot of money.

Some cats died on the way. Fortunately, the female – named Poupee – was pregnant, so her offspring born in Nice became the basis for breeding outside the temple. Breeders assume with the great certainty that no-one else “exported” the other Birman cats from the Lao Tsun temple.

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Children And Other Pets
All sacred Birman cats love to be in human company and get along well with other pets. Above all, owners should treat them properly. They are an excellent choice for children because they are calm, patient, and gentle.

Choosing the Best Food for Birman Cat
If the cat is indoor only, the portions of food should be adapted to the lifestyle. In addition, combining a dry and wet food is always the best option for indoor cats. However, you should always read the food ingredients and prescription to decide if it is optimal for a medium-sized Birman cat with a long-haired coat. Therefore, for older cats it is advisable to choose food which will keep their fur in good condition.

Choosing the Best Food for Birman  Kittens
It’s good to offer kittens exceptional kitten food until they are about two years old, as this breed reaches full development when being two years old. After that time, kittens start to eat complete food for adult cats.

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