I have a 4 month old birman cat and was looking for tips on how to raise the little cat.
Also can it be left alone during working hours or will the kitty be depressed?
Answer by Phoebe Tonkin
Although Birmans are not outdoor cats, they require vaccinations by a qualified veterinarian. Once a year we give our adult cats a booster shot of Felocell CVR, for Rhinotracheitis- Calici- Panleukopenia.
We are a Feline Leukemia negative cattery (all have been tested neg.) Personally I don’t believe in over immunizing our cats but giving a modified live virus vaccine to your cat is a personal choice between you and your vet.
Rabies shots are required by state law but we recommend not to do so until the cat is at least 6 months old.
I also recommend that if you get a cat, while you may have cats already in your household (presuming they are healthy), NOT to let your friend’s/relatives cats get together as if they were children in a play group. Every home has it environmental conditions (resident bacteria that is harmless to your group) but don’t jeopardize your cat’s health by bringing in danger from other’s home.
Birmans don’t mature until they are almost 3 years old! Part of a cat’s personality is directly related to their sexual designation. We want the personality well established before we alter that sexuality. If there is no sexual behavior that is causing you inconvenience, hold off on neutering/spaying. We recommend that at 10-12 months.
Use a newspaper to gently swat your Birman off the kitchen counter or tries to sneak out the door. NEVER HIT A CAT! Never hit anything. When my kittens start using my face as a chew toy when I am sleeping (they teeth like babies before they get placed in new homes), I gently blow in their faces. I guess morning breath really works, they never come back!