Breed Introduction: Burmese Cats
Be sure he has the company of another pet!
Burmese Cats Breed
The Burmese is energetic and friendly. The breed is highly intelligent and seeks out human companionship, so it is not best suited to a home where he will be left alone much of the day. If no humans will be around to engage his intellect, be sure he has the company of another pet. He gets along well with other cats and with dogs, but of course another Burmese will be his best pair. When you are sitting down, he will be in your lap or right next to you, waiting to be petted. You will be scolded if you ignore him. Guests will receive his full attention, and it is likely that he will win over even those who claim to dislike cat.
Burmese Cats Origins
The ancestors of the Burmese are the Siamese Cats and the “copper cat” of Burma (now known as Myanmar). It is thought that they were temple and palace cats bred that were kept by priests. The matriarch of the modern Burmese was a small, dark-brown cat named Wong Mau. She belonged to Dr. Joseph Thompson, who either acquired her from a sailor or brought her back himself from his travels, depending on which story you believe.
The Cat Fanciers Association began registering Burmese in 1936, but suspended registrations in 1947 because breeders were still using Siamese in their breeding programs. Registrations resumed in 1953 after the practice was stopped. Today, the Burmese is a popular breed among cat lovers.
Burmese Cats Characteristics
The soft, short coat of the Burmese is easily cared for with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oil. A bath for this cat is rarely necessary.
The Burmese is often described as a “brick wrapped in silk,” a testament to his solid, muscular body. While the original Burmese was a dark solid-brown colour known as sable, he now comes in other shades as well, including blue, champagne and platinum. The cats have a compact body with a rounded head; large, expressive eyes in gold or yellow; and medium-size ears that are rounded at the tips and tilt slightly forward.
The active and social Burmese is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority.
Both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. Burmese are generally healthy, although they can be prone to gingivitis and may be sensitive to anaesthesia. The following diseases have also been seen in Burmese:
Lipemia of the aqueous humor, a transient milky appearance of the eye during kittenhood, which usually resolves on its own.
Corneal dermoid, the presence of skin and hair on the surface of the cornea, which can be successfully corrected surgically.
Updated: September 29, 2017.