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|At Kittkat Cattery & Mountpurr Cattery we have been showing and
breeding Birmans for 18 years.
Birman cats are traditionally alphabetically named according to the
year they are born. 2010 is the "H" year.
Our odyssey with the Birman
began in the "P" year when we were lucky enough to find
Mibest Pennies from Heaven and Maskat Phantom De L'Opera
who became our foundation cats.
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questions about our beautiful Birmans!
|The Birman cat is believed to have originated in Burma, where it was considered sacred, the companion cat of the Kittah priests.
There is a legend as to how the Birmans developed the colors they are today: “Originally, the guardians of the Temple of LaoTsun
were yellow-eyed white cats with long hair. The golden goddess of the temple, Tsun-Kyan-Kse, had deep blue eyes. The head priest,
Mun-Ha, had as his companion a beautiful cat named Sinh. One day the temple was attacked and Mun-Ha was killed. At the moment
of his death, Sinh placed his feet on his master and faced the goddess. The cat’s white fur took on a golden cast, his eyes turned as
blue as the eyes of the goddess, and his face, legs and tail became the color of earth. However, his paws, where they touched the
priest, remained white as a symbol of purity. All the other temple cats became similarly colored. Seven days later, Sinh died, taking
the soul of Mun-Ha to paradise.”
The ideal Birman is a large, long stocky cat. It has long silky hair, not as thick as that of the Persian, and is of a texture that doesn’t
mat. The color of the coat is light, preferably with a golden cast, as if misted with gold. The “points” - face, legs and tail - are darker,
similar to the Siamese and colorpointed Persian color patterns of seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point. The almost
round eyes are blue, set in a strong face with heavy jaws, full chin and Roman nose with nostrils set low. The very distinctive white feet
are ideally symmetrical. The gloves on the front feet, if perfect, go across in an even line, and on the back feet end in a point up the
back of the leg, called laces. It is very difficult to breed a cat with four perfect white gloves.
The Birman personality is marvelous - gentle, active, playful, but quiet and unobtrusive if you are busy with other things.