This breed is also called the “Sacred Cat of Burma” and is said to have originated from Burma. Birmans have a striking appearance. They are long-haired, color-pointed with a silky coat, wide ears and deep blue eyes. They have an inquisitive nature and can teach themselves about the litter box. A diet of high quality dry food is recommended. As far as health issues goes, the Birman tends to be susceptible to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a severe but common heart disease seen in cats. The progressive disease can result in heart failure, paralysis of the hind legs due to clot embolization and sudden death.