About the Burmese Cat
Burmese cats were cats of Burmese temple priests. The breed can track their origin back to one single cat, Wong Mau. The Burmese were in a breeding program in the USA around the mid-1930s.
This is a loving, child-friendly domestic cat. She can find her place in any home as long as she receives all the attention she needs.
Super athletic and easy grooming, no wonder this breed of short-haired cat is a favorite among families.
Quick facts about the Burmese cat
- The Burmese cat is very adaptable and can often settle in new surroundings quickly
- Burmese cats are very affectionate
- If you live with young children Burmese cats get along with younger families brilliantly
- Mans best friend? Well, your dog may just prefer your Burmese kitten as his playmate. These breeds are dog-friendly
- Burmese love to play and are an energetic breed
- Hypoallergenic cats are often associated with cats with low shedding – The Burmese are an easy to groom cat
- The Burmese are a highly intelligent breed of cat, keep them stimulated with games and toys
Burmese Cat History
Only a handful of cat breeds can track their history back to one single cat. In the case of the Burmese, we can. Wong Mau was bought back from Burma around the 1920s by a sailor. The amazing thing about Wong Mau at the time was her looks.
She was a chocolate brown cat resembling a Siamese in looks, the ‘Copper cat’ of Burma.
The sailor gave Wong Mau to a Siamese breeder by the name of Dr. Joseph Thompson who described her as ‘A rather small cat, fine-boned, but with a more compact body than that of a Siamese, with a shorter tail, a rounded, short-muzzled head and with great width between her rounded eyes’.
Wong Mau was thought to be a type of Siamese, but she was a dark, chocolate colored cat with a different structure. Dr. Thompson went on to start a breeding program to discover more about this odd-looking Siamese.
Unfortunately, Wong Mau was the only cat breed with her unique and distinct look. So, he started the breeding program with seal point Siamese cats. Wong Mau had various litters some that looked like Siamese breeds and some that looked like herself.
She was then bred with one of the litters which resembled herself, this resulted in kittens which had three different looks;
- Dark brown with points like Wong Mau
- Dark brown with no points
The brown kittens with no points were the start of what we now call the Burmese cat.
Dr. Thompson went on to do some work with breeders Virginia Cobb and Billie Gerst. As time went on geneticist Clyde Keeler joined and the results were the discovery of the Burmese cat. The results were amazing that it led onto Dr. Thompson writing the first ever piece of feline genetics.
Burmese Cat Appearance
Burmese cats are a dense breed. They are compact and thick. A powerhouse in a body of agility. Often described as a brick wrapped in silk.
They have a shiny, soft almost satin-like coat. Traditionally the Burmese are a rich, warm brown with slightly lighter tones on the upper body. As kittens get older, they tend to get darker.
Burmese breeds of cat are now available in more colors including; blue, champagne and platinum. Burmese cats have a compact body with a large round head. Large eyes with many expressions in mesmerizing green and piercing yellow. Their ears tend to be of a medium size which is wide at the base and rounded at the tips.
Burmese Cat Size
The Burmese cat is a medium-sized cat and can weigh between 8 – 12 lbs.
Females can weigh from 6 – 10 lbs.
Burmese Cat Personality and characteristics
Burmese cats are one of the most affectionate cat breeds around. They love their people and your Burmese cat will love you and your entire family. They thrive of companionship from humans and other cats.
Your Burmese cat will likely follow you around from room to room, say goodbye to personal time with this girl around. She will want to keep you company whilst you’re working and whilst you’re resting. She makes a wonderful lap cat and will love to spend some time with you watching T.V.
The Burmese breed is intelligent felines. They love to be challenged and it is best to keep them occupied with puzzle toys which reward them with a treat. They love feather toys and anything which makes them think or move.
They are an inquisitive cat and will likely investigate your whole house and know it inside out, finding things even you didn’t know existed. If he goes missing be sure to check in cupboards and behind cabinets.
The Burmese are able to learn to walk on a leash and even learn tricks such as roll over and wave. They love a game of fetch. Be wary this cat will rule your house with an iron paw.
More often than not Burmese cats prefer company, so they suit households with other pets or households where there is someone home quite often to give her the attention she needs. She gets along well with children and cat-friendly dogs.
Overall the Burmese make an excellent choice for a young family looking for a fun, gentle house cat.
Burmese Cat Life Span
The Burmese have an average life span of 10 – 16 years.
Burmese Cat Health
Burmese cats tend to be quite healthy cats, although, there are some diseases which have been associated with the breed. Not all are serious and some she will grow out off if she develops.
- Lipemia of the aqueous humor
- Corneal dermoid
- Congenital peripheral disease
- Burmese head defect
- Hypokalemic polymyopathy
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
It is best to leave Burmese kittens until around four months before bringing them home. Most defects can be tested for and the breeder should be able to tell you about any health issues in the family or the litter.
Don’t forget your cat insurance, for minimal monthly payments your feline friend will be protected for what could be expensive treatments or surgeries.
The Burmese cat has a short, soft and silky coat. She needs minimal grooming. Once weekly is enough to help keep her coat shiny and remove any dead skin cells or knotted fur.
During shedding season though it may be advisable to undergo a twice grooming to disburse skin oils and remove dead skin.
Remember to visit your vet for regular check-ups and regularly check your cats’ ears and eyes.
Adopting a Burmese Cat or Kitten
If you adopt a Burmese cat be sure to give her plenty of space and time to adjust to her new surroundings. Don’t overcrowd her and you will soon see her loving side emerge. Burmese breeders will be able to give you advice on how to welcome them into your home.
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If you buy a Burmese kitten then always ask about the parents and any diseases or illnesses in the litter and family genes.
Generally, Burmese cats or kittens for sale should come from loving homes who can provide you with advice on caring for your cat and any family history of illnesses.