Cat Breed Guide: Birman Cat
By Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.
About the Birman Cat
Weight: 10-18 lb
Points of conformation: Face resembles a Siamese, but is rounder and fuller. They are heavier boned than Siamese, and have small wide set ears. They have large round paws and are long bodied.
Coat: Medium-long single coat.
Color: Kittens are born white and then develops the seal points. White mittens 1/2 to 3/4 up to the ankles is desired.
Grooming needs: Low to moderate, daily brushing is recommended.
Origin: Burma (Myanmar)
Behavior Traits: Playful and friendly, but with a territorial tendency.
Is a Birman Cat Right for You?
The Birman cat is not as docile as the Persian and not as vocal or active as the Siamese. They are soft voiced and calm and tend to bond with one person. They are often described as a lap cat and do best with a companion.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Birman
According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives
|Medical Issue||Average Claim Amount||Expensive Claim|
|Inflammatory Bowel Disease||$1467||$3634|
|Renal Failure – Chronic||$1506||$5273|
|Feline Infection Peritonitis||$931||$2315|
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