If you own a Birman cat, you know just how beautiful and unique this cat can be. It is one of my very favorite cats because it has a sweet personality and just a wonderful coat. This is why I wanted to show how easy it is to care for a Birman cat. As with all cats, they do require grooming, whether they are indoor pets or outdoor cats.
There are some things you will want to remember when grooming your cat. First, keep in mind that you should never use harsh chemicals on your cat. I have heard of people using dish soap on their Birman cat, which was not a good idea. Although these cats tend to have sensitive teeth, using harsh detergents on them could possibly cause a staining condition which could potentially lead to dental problems.
So what kind of shampoo should you use on your cat? I recommend you stay away from any type of shampoo that contains any sort of dyes. Your Birman cat is going to love having a different colored coat, but you have to keep in mind that your cat may end up in the grooming chair with itchy, red paws. If you notice any red patches on your cat, you may want to consider discontinuing the use of the shampoo. Dye-based shampoos could also potentially cause skin irritation, and should be avoided if possible.
Next, keep in mind that you should never force your cat to grooming. You should let your cat do the grooming on its own terms. If your cat becomes fussy, try giving it a treat. If your cat does not seem to like the massage, simply stop and try something else.
How to care for a birman cat, just as with any other cat, revolves around making sure that they are as healthy as possible. They will need to have a regular veterinarian checkup, which can range from a few times per year to once every six months. This will depend on the age and health of your cat. If you have more than one, you may want to schedule a regular grooming session for all of them at the same time. Make sure that you keep their teeth clean, as well.
The most important thing when grooming your cat is to refrain from rubbing your face too close to the mouth. The airway will become inflamed and irritated, and you will end up with some very irritating ear wax build ups. You will need to keep your fingers off the ears as much as possible, as the last thing you would want to do is create an open wound that will be difficult to heal.
If your cat starts scratching too much, you should try petting them and telling them “no”. They will soon realize what they are doing is wrong and stop the behavior. Be gentle with them, but firm if necessary. Never pull on the skin of your cat, because this could cause major bleeding. Use a soft brush to groom your cat, and be sure not to use human hair brushes as these will scratch your cat’s skin as well.
Birman cats are known for having a long, flowing coat. To keep this looking good, keep a comb with you at all times, and take it out periodically for your cat. You should also clip your cat’s nails frequently to keep them from being too long. How to care for a birman cat will involve a lot of love and attention. When you take the time to groom your cat, it will shine in your eyes.