Cat Breed Guide: Birman Cat

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A Birman breed of cat with pet health insurance.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
FLUTD $1102 $1734
Feline Infection Peritonitis $931 $2315


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