Care of the Birman is much easier than you might think. They have a single coat type, and as such do not mat. Combing once a week is normally plenty of grooming. Occasionally, a Birman might have such a soft coat that it might be necessary to comb twice a week or you could see snarls around the ears and/or elbows.Cats normally get a bath once a month if they are not being shown.
Use a clarifying shampoo which will remove some of the oil from the coat. The coat will stay more fluffy, with less oil in it. Use baby shampoo to wash the cat's face.
I recommend clipping nails a day or two before the bath to avoid possible infection from bacteria in water and a nail clipped too closely.
Start the bath by filling six inches of warm water in the sink or tub. Bring the cat into the room and put it in, as if it is a normal occurrence. Your kitten has been bathed since birth and should accept this. If the cat resists, have two people do the bath: one holding, one bathing. Wet the cat all over, and begin with the body and neck. Put shampoo on your hands, and rub into the damp coat. Soap the cat from neck to toes. Rinse the shampoo mostly out of the coat. Next, use the baby shampoo on the face with a wash cloth. Rinse the cat with warm water, towel dry (you may spritz a small amount of leave-in conditioner after towel drying), and use a blow dryer and comb to complete the drying. Be sure to use a comb, rather than a brush, when blow drying your cat. A brush will pull out and damage hair. Your cat will look beautiful!
SHOTS Immunizations are an area for debate, for some. Most cat breeders agree with the
following regimen of immunizations:
I vaccinate for panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. Additionally, kittens can come vaccinated for rabies. No additional immunizations are needed for the first
year of your kitten's life. After that, I recommend the following schedule:
* panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus: One year from the last date given, and every three years thereafter, until the age of seven. After seven, no more
vaccinations of this type. Annual vaccination is not required and may result in over vaccination. A possible exception should be made in the event you board your cat.
* rabies: one year after the last date given, then every three years for the lifetime of the cat. You should check with your local and state authorities and comply with their laws regarding rabies.
* There are numerous other feline vaccinations available, but we do not recommend them unless they are warranted. Finally, there are vaccinations we recommend NEVER be given: Chlamydia, Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Infectious Peritinitis (F. I. P.), and Ringworm.
* In lieu of Feline Leukemia, we recommend never allowing your cat to
go outdoors, unrestrained. Additionally, it is recommended to test any new cat BEFORE it is introduced to the home.
FOOD: For the most part, premium foods are located at a specialty pet food stores. I'm not aware of any high quality pet foods being available in most supermarkets or retail stores that primarily sell non-pet related items. Ideally, what you need to look for are foods that are:
*high in protein
*use human grade ingredients
*contain no grain or potato ingredients
*with a preference to moist, not hard, food
Stores: PETCO, PETSMART, PETLAND, and other specialty pet stores
Brands: WELLNESS, NATURE BALANCE, INSTINCT, ROYAL CANIN,, and
Fresh water should be offered at all times. Although carnivores get most of their moisture from their prey, there are time when they do not consume food and will still require fresh water.