The Birman Cat Club of Australia was founded in 1977 by a group of people dedicated to this wonderful breed. The club is affiliated with the New South Wales Cat Fanciers Association of Australia, which is a member of the Coordinating Cat Council of Australia. It is a non-profit organisation with the purpose of providing a meeting place for not only breeders of the Birman cat, but exhibitors and pet owners, with the intention of promoting this delightful breed. We encourage all people to practise responsible cat ownership for Australian conditions and for our members to strive to breed Birmans of the best standard.
The club holds an annual Championship Show to promote our cats to the public and we also have a helpline for those people with questions they may like assistance with.
Annual Permits for Non–Desexed Cats
From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee. Exemptions are in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons.
This will create a stronger incentive to desex cats, which in turn will improve their health and wellbeing, including reducing the risk of some cancers. Improving desexing rates will also ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife.
Click on the link for more information: https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/councils/responsible-pet-ownership/nsw-pet-registry/annual-permits/
COVID-19 AND CATS
It is important to note that transmission of COVID-19 from wild animals to human populations in China occurred because those animals were either consumed or kept in a wet market in close contact with other species which were then consumed.
There is still no evidence that cats can transmit the virus to humans and it is important that owners should not worry unnecessarily.
If it were possible to catch it from a pet, it would have become a clear factor in the spread of the pandemic but not a single case has been identified.
The president of the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Julia Crawford, is quoted in the April 11-12 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald as saying “To date, there is no evidence that pets can spread the disease….”.
The Australian government says no cases have been detected in domestic animals (pets and livestock) or wildlife in the country.
The Birman cat is available in many colours and patterns to their points. The "point" refers to the darker extremeties of the face, ears, legs and tail.