VETERAN BIRMANS

AS PROMISED, WE PUBLISH HERE LETTERS TO THE “GOLDEN PAW”

 

 

My male, red point Birman, Jasper, is 19 today. He is senile, suffers constipation, is deaf, has fits, has renal problems, but is still going strong!

Pauline Debrevi
January 2016

 

 

 


Aduello Kangokiwi

Our birman was born in October 1996 so is now nearly 19 and a half. He is a seal point. Very noisy! His pet name is Poppet. His back legs are a bit weak, but not his voice! He is originally from Cornwall but travelled with us in 1997 to Norway.

Jenni Martin
March 2016


I just thought you might like to know. It's our Birman cat's 22nd birthday today. (29th March 2016)

Georgia doesn't have much life left in her days so I suspect she does have many days left in her life so I doubt she'll reach 23, but we are so proud of her.

Glenn Curley
April 2016


I just saw your newsletter.  I have a seal point Birman called Mali (female) who was born in Sept 1995 so she’ll be 21 this year if she makes it.  Her son who was born in 1996 made it to the good old age of 18 so she has well surpassed him.  She is however, sleeping around 22 hours per day and quite skinny now.  If she makes it to 24/25 I would be very surprised but if that’s the case, I’ll email you again.  

Eva, Bristol
April 2016


We have had the privilege of living with Bluebell - Adhirlo Bluebell Karima for the past 21 years. Her DOB 16th May 1995. She has been a remarkable companion and is truly the best friend you could ever have. She makes us laugh & gives so much love. We consider ourselves so fortunate to be her Mum & Dad. She has a few problems, the usual kidney problems and blood pressure but all in all is still quite fit and happy. We hope and pray that she continues to thrive and enjoy her life.

Sue & Tony Billows
May 2016


Najim Livingstone ( Larry) was bred by Jan Wedgbury and we met him as a tiny kitten with his mother and siblings at Jan Wedgbury`s home in Bewdley, all those years ago. He celebrated his 20th birthday last month

Jan named him "Livingstone" after the famous explorer due to his curious, active and confident attitude.............characteristics still present, but his frailty is becoming apparent and "Livingstone" takes rather longer over his explorations these days!

He is a Lilac Point and his pedigree name is Najim Livingstone and his DOB 14th May 1996, Sire: Ch Quernmore Commander Data, Dam: Najim Calico

Patricia Hunter
June 2016


My cat Mystery dude "Hiscock" is a pedigree Birman blue and is of 19 years of age and counting. Before we had her, we had a cat which tragically lived for just one year. Fortunately, Gemma, the cat, has made up for it by living till 19 and counting.

We’ve lost her birth records but are pretty sure she is born around December 1997.

Owen
August 2016


Mitzi (Annaric Tanglepaws Mitzi) celebrated his 20th birthday on 28th May this year. He is a very handsome seal point Birman who we adopted with his half sister through the BCC back in 2006 because his family were moving abroad. They were already 10 years old. Zara, a gorgeous petite tortie point, sadly died last year not long after her 19th birthday. Mitzi's father was Ch. Veyriere Whisky Mac and his mother, Adinnlo Tigerlilley. Zara's mother was Veyriere Indyanna Velvet. Mitzi's favourite food is tuna but he doesn't like to have to chew too hard these days so we try to give him food with plenty of liquid and gravy. Having said that, cuddles have always seemed to be more of a priority than food for Mitzi! He has become an indoor cat in his senior years but has a strong set of lungs which belies his great age! We have noticed that his dark brown face and legs have faded in the past year. He has been on medication for his kidneys for almost 10 years and it certainly seems to have worked wonders for him. The vet gave him a good report last week, which was reassuring. He's a lovely gentle boy.

Amanda Corp
November 2016


Mindy 14/11/ 1996 - beloved pet of Marcelle Montgomery of Ourimbah NSW Australia. She has recently turned 20 years old. Mindy and her half sister Mandy (24/12/1996 - 15/11/2013, almost 17 yrs) were reject pedigree show cats from Mandeanara Cattery of Narara NSW. Mindy is no lap cat and absolutely hates being picked up but loves to be next to me on the sofa. She has suffered epileptic type fits for the last 10 years, but she is still going strong. She doesn't appear to have any other health issues, and has a healthy appetite. It is hard to believe that she is still with us. May be her secret is to sleep as much of 24 hours a day as she can.

Marcelle Montgomery
November 2016


Our blue point male Birman Meeko has recently celebrated his 19th birthday. He looks amazing considering his age although he does take medication for his kidneys and blood pressure.

Julie Bashford
December 2016


I have a Birman I bred, NS Ch & Bronze TD Gd Ch Sarika Bon Bon (a Chocolate point), who turned 21 on 25 December 2016. She was a great show cat and breeder, and eventually was desexed.  I bred Bon Bon while living in Canberra, and she has stayed with me and we now  live in Northern New South Wales, where we retired to.  Her daughter that is a Chocolate Tortie lives with her, as does her granddaughter, a Seal point. Bon Bon is really showing her age now (the photo was taken when younger); her skin is very tender and she hates being groomed, but she is the first one at the food bowl

Liz Robinson
December 2016


Dino was born on the 25th August 1997 and died on the 15th January 2017 and was a pedigree Birman, whose rather long pedigree name ended in "Boo-Boo". He became Dino, after the famous Ferrari model, which was deliberately ironic as he never did anything at speed! Originally one of four cats we owned, two of them Birman/Persian crosses and a rescue moggie, he outlived all of them by over five years. He survived a major thyroid operation when he was 18 years old and was only recently diagnosed with heart problems but as the vet assured he was in no pain, we elected to nurse him through his last days. He finally passed away on the 15th January. My wife Sue and I were both physically and emotionally exhausted after nursing him for over a month and are both still devastated by his loss. The house is so empty without him. He had the most wonderful personality and would tolerate any amount of physical contact. He would greet us with his strangulated Birman squeak and follow us around like a dog and would always come to see any visitor and then made his mind up if they were interesting enough for him to stay. He loved a cuddle and would put both front paws around my wife's neck and nuzzle up into her chin as far as he could and always gave her a “kiss” at bedtime. He had a penchant for home made rock cakes and double cream (but turned his nose up at single cream!). I used to really enjoy grooming his luxurious mane and he would purr loudly as I did it. He didn’t have an aggressive bone in his body and was so loved by many of our friends that he get his own Xmas presents and cards.

God Bless you Dino. You brought so much joy into to our lives and were so brave at the end. We are totally heartbroken now you've gone and will take your memory with us to our own dying days.

John Alexander
January 2017


We researched breeds of cats many years ago and decided on the Birman. We contacted a breeder in Hershey Pa and through conversations with her we were able to find our "Spud" in Winchester VA. His original name was fancy, but was changed after we observed his very laid back behavior. Sadly, even though we could have registered him, we never did as he was only a family member and not a breeder.

He is still active and goes up and down two flight of stairs many times during the day. He has only been outside of our home two times in twenty years, both by mistake. He has and remains in charge demanding his food at dinner time and frustrated when we interrupt his alone time.

He is a cherished member of our family

Charlie Lawler
Fairmont WV
March 2017


Polsan was born the 5th of July 1999. She is currently living in Stockholm where she spends her days talking endlessly with her two masters, catching shoes during the night (and carefully dragging them to the food station), eating gourmet catfood, pasta or potatoes and sleeping in the sun. Once a day she enjoys a short walk around the house and sometimes, during these occasions, she slaps a neighbor cat in the face.

Kristofer & Elin Andersson
Stockholm, Sweden
May 2017


My Birman girl was born 5 May 1999. She is still active and curious, her name is Malin Turtlecat. She has her own Instagram acount @Lady Malin Cat. She has good health and eats well.

Cathrine Naess
Norway
October 2017


My beautiful seal point Birman Lisa is 18 years and going strong. Sshe does have kidney failure but still enjoys life. She was born 1999 and has seen the children grow up and leave home. Lisa now shares her home with Paddy the yellow lab but she's still the boss. Lisa is a one woman cat a real mummy's girl and always has been . I'm very proud of how she's doing so thought I'd let you know.

Amanda Hedley, Hereford.
October 2017


Milldener Jezabel (Jez) has just died, sadly at the age of 25.  The house is very empty  after breeding Birmans for many years. My husband died a few months before and Jez was very fond of him, and I wondered if she missed him.

If anyone knows of cats or kittens of my Milldener breed  I would love to hear. I  Am hoping to find a seal kitten from somewhere.

Wendy Dare
January 2018


Sadly lost my beautiful boy, Pablo, last August he was 18 years and 6 weeks Best ever cat.

February 2018


Just thought you may find my beautiful Sebastian's 22nd Birthday of interest. He is moving slower now and cannot hear (vision is also deteriorating) but he is still alert and demand to be fed twice a day. He is still the boss of everyone. Nothing seems to deter him, even a home renovation. The vets (who have his birth date recorded) had to check their records as they were astounded that he is still alive.

Deanne Francis
February 2018


Bakista 'Omar' Periwinkle - (09.04.1999 - 18.02.2018) - Our beloved pet Seal Point Tabby Birman Omar sadly passed away just a few weeks shy of his 19th birthday. He was the most lovable, playful, gentle old cat with the heart and bravado of the feisty kitten he once was and a joy to be around. Bred by Barbara Maund in Co Cork in Ireland he came to live in Malahide in Dublin aged 16 weeks. Outside he loved gardening and watching the birds on their feeder,  basking in the sun and going for walks along his well worn usual path. Inside he enjoyed preventing you doing the ironing (or any task that wasn't all about Omar-time), eating tuna, turkey and the occassional marshmallow! His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts. He will be missed more than we could ever say.

Oonagh Myers and Mary Duffy
February 2018


Dear editor, having read some of the testimonials by other Birman owners I thought I might add Gertie to your list of veteran cats. Gertie was bred by Mrs J Luscombe, Horrabridge, Devon and was born 21st October 1999. Whilst the breeder gave her a very grand sounding name on the lines of Maschenka Princess, Isis of the Blue Nile, to us as a delightful blue, tabby kitten she always looked like a Gertie. Read more........

Marthe Gomer
April 2018


Hi - this is actually about a 16 year old! She was entrusted to me about 10 years ago by Heather.  Her name is Hermione Rose, known as Mimi, or as the vets more appropriately spell it 'MeMe'! She is sadly now suffering from ckd, but maintaining well on renal function biscuits, and (cat) chicken soup, and has even put on a little weight since diagnosis. She is very feisty, making her wishes very clearly known! My sister has come to live with me, and the one TV programme we watch together is Eastenders. This immediately sets Mimi off on a 'fixed' routine. Asking to be picked up and placed on the arm of my armchair (she can easily jump up), drinking out of my glass of water (which has had to become hers!), jumping down, then pestering my sister to be picked up and brushed, before sitting on the floor and glaring at us until the programme is finished! I have put a quote on facebook from the vet 'on second thoughts, I should have cut her claws before I tried to give her the worming tablet (!)' Needless to say, I am hoping that she will go on for a few years yet, but I would like to thank Heather for all the years of pleasure this naughty delight has already given me.

Catherine Taylor
June 2018


Petra born 3 July 2000. Stokefield Skyblue Secret (Sire Urprity Nelson 13c2Blue, Dam Stokefield Apache Princess, 13c2Blue) Breeder Mrs J Neilson of East Stoke.

Fied born 3 July 2000, died Nov 2017. Stokefield Blue Fazzarne (Sire Urprity Nelson 13c2Blue, Dam Stokefield Apache Princess, 13c2Blue) Breeder Mrs J Neilson of East Stoke.

Both are pet quality. We had them chipped, but otherwise we ignored most of the advice we initially got re food, temperature etc, and treated them exactly the same as every other cat we have had - pampered house pets eating conventional food with freedom to roam anywhere inside and outside through a cat flap. When they were young they were low in the pecking order (we had two Heinz cats), so probably did not show their attributes until the older cats left us (both of a good age). But then they took over the house, my wife becoming the on call waitress, petter, comber and general servant. Fied began to talk (usually at night or feeding time). We swear he would say “Hello” when he wanted something which was often!). Last November it was Petra's turn, and boy did she take advantage of it. She had obviously been listening to Fied and composing many of her own words, which she uses now. Her tones range from a plaintive “I would like attention” to a very angry “Why are you not doing what I want you to do?”. She sleeps most of the day and still spends time outside during the warmer days, and at night tends to be on the bed with us - recently under the duvet when it is cooler. She has kidney disease now and we are trying our best to keep her on a renal diet. Sometimes that is not easy.

They have been the most loving - and yes, demanding - pets we have ever had. If we were younger we would definitely have another pair.

Matthew and Julie Mulgrew
July 2018


I've just lost my beloved Jake age 20 years and 2 months. He was a loving beautiful chocolate point Birman, his "Aunty Saffy" a gorgeous seal point died at 20 three years ago. Gosh I miss them.

Angela Le Breton


My family has had three adorable Birmans for nearly 20 years and we absolutely LOVE the breed, but I have only just twigged there is a club for them/us!

Sadly, Tia (lilac) passed on not long ago, aged 21, but we have had Sandy (seal) and Milkshake (tortie) since they were kittens. Originally Tia's cousins, they are now 19 and 18 and doing very well. They were bred by Mrs Lee of Yarnton and have stayed in good shape, having benefited from excellent vet care. They were the first customers of the Oxford Cat Clinic when it started up over 15 years ago. Please see the attached photos.

Jackie Holderness
July 2018


My male seal point Birman (Snoopy) will be 21 years old on 28 October this year. He comes from Margaret Sutton's Milais Birmans in the north island of New Zealand.

Junine Stewart
July 2018


I rescued two blue point Birmans from Birman rescue in 2009. Lilah passed away in 2014 age 20 and sadly her daughter Libby passed away age 22 and 8months two weeks ago. They were beautiful cats and I shall miss them very much. Libby was born deaf so we used hand signals to get her to come over to us.

Julie Dubroff
August 2018


My Birman, Rakim Glitterpantz, is now 22 years and 5 months and still going strong albeit a bit dotty. We believe she has F.A.R.S so we know not to rattle keys or cutlery near her.

Hoping she reaches the 24 you are hoping for but I know its a long shot.

Linda Bennett
October 2018

We have a pure bred Blue Point birman, Thadeus Blueboy, who turned 22 years old on 8th August 2018.  He is still with us and still acts like a much younger guy. 

Monica Haskett, proud Birman owner, Port Orange, Florida, USA
October 2018


We owned a Seal Point Female we named Pixie (pedigree name Caralo Tessacherie). She was born on 10th August 1998 and lived till a couple of days ago, passing away on 6th January 2019. She was such a gorgeous cat, full of mischief and had a wonderful life. She went deaf about a year ago and gradually lost weight and could not groom herself for the last year. She passed away peacefully at home and will be missed so badly.

My wife and I had Pixie from October 1998, a long time ago and she remained with us through many house moves, job and career changes, getting married, 4 children and getting 2 new Birmans 6 months ago. She was truly unique, with a very loving personality and was very mischievous when she was younger. She loved playing hide and seek which gave me endless hours of fun before I had the 4 kids. She wasn't too fond of the kids when they started arriving … upsetting her routines a bit … but she was a gorgeous little lady and never lost her cool. We were so lucky too as she didn't have any real health issues until quite recently.

She did start to lose her hearing about 18 months ago and began having fits when she heard certain noises like a crisp packet being crumpled … but they disappeared quite quickly as she lost her hearing completely over about 6 months we think. She was totally deaf by about this time last year. We stopped allowing her outside at that point as we were always afraid she would get hurt or not hear a car outside of the house. She adored sitting on my shoulder, up where she could see everything and she was on my shoulder about 3 days before she passed away, still purring away, loving the attention. She lost quite a deal of weight over the last year and she became very thin and unsteady on her feet.

She stopped drinking and eating on Friday 4th January and by Saturday afternoon, my wife knew she was on her way out. She became semi conscious by Sat night and we nursed her gently through the night, giving her very small amounts of water from a small bottle. By Sunday morning, I could not watch her any longer and we took her to the vet by special appointment to be put to sleep. She always hated being in the car and she moved her limbs around on the short car trip, although barely conscious, knowing she was in the car.

The vet was fantastic, very sensitive and allowed us time to say goodbye. It was heartbreaking to say the least, as she was injected through the I.V line, I stroked her under the chin and she extended her neck one last time before she went. I found it very hard to be honest … she was with us so long, and had such a charmed life, this is my only comfort now, knowing that we gave her so much care and attention over her lifetime.

Ive tried to track down the lady who sold her to us in 1998, Barbara Maund, who is originally from the UK but lived for many years here in the R.O.I. in a place called Glengarrif, Cork. She bred Birmans around the late 1990s and into the 2000s. I suppose out of sentimentality … but she appears to have left and gone back to the UK a few years ago. I would guess that Pixie, who came from a litter of 6 … was probably the longest surviving sibling … but I guess we will never know. Pixie passed away on 6th January 2019 making her 20 years and 4 months old. She will really be missed by my wife and me, who cherished and adored her all of her lifetime.

David Hearne
January 2019


I would like to include our Sacred Birman Leonie to your oldest Birmans list!

She was born on the 9th of January 1999 in Düsseldorf, Germany, so she turned 20 today.
She is still doing well, living in Cologne, Germany.

Tim von Holst
January 2019


We have a male blue Birman called Frosty who turned 23 on 17th December 2018. Born 17/12/1995. We live in Sydney and his diet is fresh chicken fillets and fresh Australian and New Zealand fish with some tinned food but no red meat. Still interested in us and life and our other Birman who is 13.

Sue Mahr 
January 2019


Max is a rescue Birman. He was found by a set of traffic lights on a busy road at Church Lawton in Stoke on Trent and given to Alsager Animals In Need before coming to Cheshire to his forever home. I have had the pleasure of him by my side for 16 years. His estimated age when we brought him home was 18 months to 2 years old so that will make him about 19 years old in September this year. I actually believe that he got into someone's vehicle and escaped or got put out on the road and he wasn't even chipped, so sad, but he has had the best care and love since and that will continue. He is such a lovely boy.

Carol Revell
March 2019

Here is my 24-year-old deceased cat Scherry, born in 1994 and sadly died 27 February 2019. Unfortunately I do not know her exact birth date because she was found lost or abandoned. These photos I have sent are one when she was young and the last when very old.

Maurilia Boen, Italy
March 2019

I just wanted to tell you I have a female seal point Birman, Layla, currently 18½ years old. She's a little frail these days and sleeps a lot but is still as feisty as ever and keeps her half Maine Coon boys (4 year olds and weighing in at over a stone each!) well in their places.

Lynne Sharpe-Guppy
March 2019

It is with sadness I must let you know that Tikaboo Mr Mistoffeelees known as Toffee passed away. He was born on the 16th June 2001 and passed away on Monday 6th May 2019. He was always so much fun and full of character. He will be sadly missed.

Fiona, Guy and Rachel
May 2019