Our beloved Fa-Raon

Name: Fa-Raon
Date of birth: 24 May 2010 (age 8), arrived at Le Bristol in November 2010Breed: Sacred Cat of Burma– or Birman– chosen for its hypoallergenic coat. Theyare very soft and sociable.
Coat: Red Point(white with touches of red and deep blue eyes)
Mother: Duchess of Chatterfield with a chocolate brown tortie coat
Father: Edgard with a blue point coat
Weight: 4.125 Kg
Food: All-he-can-eat Royal Canine Veterinary Diet “Calm”


Why have a cat at Le Bristol Paris?

Our directors decided that having a cat would enhance the hotel’s unique charm. The house cat fits in well with Le Bristol’s family palace ambiance. Everyone immediately fell in love with Fa-Raon, including the hotel staff and the guests – even those who said they didn’t like cats (yes, they exist).

Needless to say, Le Bristol made headlines upon Fa-Raon’s arrival. We have become the only Palace Hotel with a cat. But it may be more appropriate to say that Fa-Raon is the only cat with a palace. Here, he is completely at home. And with him around, Le Bristol has gotten in touch with its inner feline.


What is his favourite place to be?

At reception, where he has his own room, painted by French graffiti artist RENK in 2014 with a contemporary style to contrast Le Bristol’s classicism. He loves to fall asleep in unusual positions and locations like the windowsills or the lobby stairs.

Most of the time, you can find him at the concierge desk or on the fluffy cushions of the lobby armchairs.


Who takes care of him?

The reception team takes care of Fa-Raon’s daily needs, and an automatic feeder gives him his meals. Marie-Paule, our Administrative Assistant, arranges grooming appointments for him on a regular basis– especially in the summer when the courtyard is open.


What does he do all day?

Fa-Raon doesn’t leave the hotel, but he does enjoy the courtyard garden. He wears a GPS collar so that we can track him in case he gets lost. He loves to play, let the children pet him and to tamper with the flowers on the lobby coffee table. Fa-Raon is free to roam about the hotel, but he is trained not to go inside the restaurants. Occasionally, guests will ask if he can come inside their room, which is allowed but only at the discretion of the Hotel Manager.


The Sacred Cat of Burma:

Despite its name, the Sacred Cat of Burma, or Birman for short, comes from France – although experts disagree about its origins. The widely accepted story is that the first Birman appeared in the 1920s after a fortuitous meeting between a white paw Siamese and a Persian. However, as with many cat stories, there is also a mythical version.

The story goes that sometime in the 18thcentury, a white cat with yellow eyes and brown paws named Sinh lived in Lao Tsun’s temple in Burma, where a community of priests spent their time worshipping the sapphire-eyed goddess Tsun-Kyan-Tsé. One day, the temple was attacked and the invaders killed Sinh’s caretaker, Mun-Hua. Sinh leapt onto his dead master’s head and his paws instantly turned white and his face, ears and tail became ochre. This was his first metamorphosis. Then, the Tsun-Kyan-Tsé statue leaned over toward him and placed its hands on Sinh’s eyes, which took on the goddess’ own sapphire blue colour. And thus, the breed was created. In this version of the story, the cat’s arrival in France resulted from a robbery of two Birmans by an unscrupulous temple worker who sold them to an American billionaire in 1920– who then brought them with him on his yacht to Nice. The breed was officially recognised in France in 1928 under the name Birman. A decade later, the Second World War nearly saw its extinction. Very few Birman cats survived and breeders across France came together after the war to rebuild their population. In 1950, the breed took on the name Sacred Cat of Burma to distinguish it from the Burmese cat.

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