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Birman Cat

Published on 31 May 2021

Lovely Birman cat at home sitting on the desk and looking around.

With mysterious origins and exquisite good looks, the Birman is a sweet and gentle cat that is perfect for families with small children. 

Although the exact origins of the Birman are unclear, It is thought that they came from Burma (now Myanmar) and were imported into France where they were first recognised as a breed in 1925.

The Birman is now a popular breed throughout the world. They are a medium sized cat, weighing around 3 to 6kgs with a life expectancy is around 12 to 16 years. They have a pale body with darker colour on the tips of their ears, nose and tail known as colour points, and have white feet. They come in a range of point colours including seal, chocolate, blue, lilac (light grey), red, or cream and have spectacular blue eyes.

Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics


Unclear, Possibly Burma (Myanmar) or France


Average, 3 to 6kgs  

Weight Range

3 to 6kgs  


Light with “points” which can be seal, chocolate, blue, lilac (light grey), red, or cream

Life expectancy

12 to 16 years  


Long with no undercoat


Affectionate, patient

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Singles, couples, families, elderly

Apartment Friendly



The Birman is known for being a gentle and patient cat, making them a good choice for families with small children. They typically enjoy lots of attention. Encouraging your Ragdoll cat to play daily will help keep them fit and healthy. Playing with your cat also strengthens your bond. Be sure to provide your cat with plenty of cat trees and toys to play with.


Birmans have long, soft fine fur with no undercoat and moult at least once a year. It is wise to gently brush kittens from an early age, so they become comfortable with it. A slicker brush may be a good choice to gently brush your Ragdoll with several times a week. That long coat can hide nasties like fleas and ticks, so make sure your Ragdoll is on tick and flea control all year around. 


When choosing a food for your Birman, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. As Birmans can have urinary tract issues, consider foods that promotes urinary tract health and wet food to help keep the urine more dilute. A dry biscuit that promotes urinary tract health as well as dental care. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Birman has a supply of fresh water available, and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer drinking moving water. 

Beautiful Birman Cat exploring the nature

Common Health Concerns 

Most common pet insurance claims for this breed, (PetSure data, 2020*)

RankConditionAverage cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)
Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
1Gastrointestinal problems, including gastritis and colitis$369$2,293
2Urinary tract problems, including kidney disease and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)$220$2,012
3Foreign body or toxin ingestion$779$7,031
4Cancer, including Mast Cell Tumour and Lymphoma$550$3,685
5Neurological problems, including seizures and vestibular disease$275$1,039

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.


A beautiful Birman cat with wide open blue eyes sitting on yellow table.

Birmans are prone to kidney disease as well as Feline Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which is an inherited disease in Birman cats. In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy the heart muscle becomes abnormally thickened, impairing heart function.


Most popular Birman names

Common names (PetSure data, 2020)

  1. Luna
  2. Buddy
  3. Alfie
  4. Basil
  5. Bunny
  6. Chevy
  7. Coco
  8. Eevee
  9. Frankie
  10. Harley

Most common female names

  1. Luna
  2. Bunny
  3. Eevee
  4. Indi
  5. Kirra
  6. Mabel
  7. Mia
  8. Mochi
  9. Rosie
  10. Sophie

Most common male names

  1. Buddy
  2. Alfie
  3. Basil
  4. Chevy
  5. Coco
  6. Frankie
  7. Harley
  8. Henry
  9. Hercules
  10. Jasper

Did you know?

According to a study from 2015, Birman cats (as well as Siamese) are more prone to compulsively sucking on or ingesting things that they shouldn’t. This is sometimes also known as pica. This may explain why ingestion of foreign objects were featured in both the top claimed conditions as well as the highest pet insurance claims for the Birman. 

Where can I get a Birman cat? 

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may also be possible to find a Birman through a breed specific rescue organisation. 


  1. Borns-Weil, S, Emmanuel, C, Longo, J, Kini, N, Barton, B, Smith, A, Dodman, N, 2015, A case-control study of compulsive wool-sucking in Siamese and Birman cats (n = 204) Journal of Veterinary Behavior, vol 10, Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2015, Pages 543-548, Accessed on 27/10/20
  2. Cat Fanciers Association, About the Birman, Accessed on 27/10/20
  3. Wikipedia, Birman, Accessed on 27/10/20 is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ABN 78 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard); is promoted and distributed by Pet Insurance Pty Ltd (ABN 38 607 160 930; AR 1234944) (PIPL) and PIPL’s authorised distribution partners (including Pet Culture Group Pty Limited ABN: 69 644 613 098; AR 001284860) (PetCulture) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ABN 95 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). PIPL and PetCulture are authorised representatives of PetSure. Any advice provided is general only, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Consequently, before acting on this information, you should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain and consider the product disclosure statement (PDS) in deciding whether to acquire or continue to hold, Pet Insurance.

Kylie Mitchell

Kylie Mitchell


Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

Kylie Mitchell's Pets

  • MeekaMeeka
  • Bei BeiBei Bei
  • NoahNoah

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