Birman Cat Breed Profile


The birman cat is a very people oriented cat. They are always extremely pleased to see you no matter what condition or mood you are in. They are extremely playful, charming, and full of curiosity, well into adulthood. Birman cats love to purr and have very soft voices.

Family/Child Friendly

Birmans love to be with children, other pets, and family. They like to have companionship, whether in the form of another pet or children.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for birmans is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight of a birman is around 8 to 10lbs.

Common Diseases

I have been unable to find any common diseases associated with this breed of cat. If you know any information about this, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Birman kittens come housebroken at around 8 weeks of age. These cats are average shedders, only requiring brushing about every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

Birmans are good for apartments and condos. Best owner has toys to play with and another pet for company when the owner is too busy to play. They love attention, but are fine if you are busy, provided they have a companion. This cat is not suitable for the frequent traveler.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy birmans are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning a birman does not come cheaply. The average cost ranges from $600 to $1,500 per cat. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

These cats are not typically aggressive animals unless they have been abused. They do, however, love to horseplay and bite hard when they do horseplay.

Noise Factor

Birmans are only noisy when they are hungry or when they want someone to play with.

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