The Italian Lemon: Birman Cat Crush

That's right. These blue-eyed beauties have stolen my heart from the exotic Bengal, a crossbred of the Asian Leopard cat and a striped shorthair. As you might have guessed, the Birman cat originates from ancient Burma, giving it the title “Sacred Cat of Burma.” If only I could get a name like that!

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The Birman is a calm, affectionate feline who enjoys spending time with his family — especially if you lavish lots of attention on this former temple idol. Birmans get along well with children and other pets. If you talk to him, your Birman will respond in a soft, pretty voice, but he’s not as vocal as the Thai Siamese. Although Birmans are less active than some breeds, they have a serious playful side. It’s not unusual for them to fetch or chase a ball -- when they’re not curled up in your lap.