Burmese are the perfect cat for winning over those who say they do not like cats. With their huge expressive eyes, friendly personalities, and dog-like tendencies, it is a sure-fire way to win them over and change their minds.
It is not hard not to instantly fall in love with Burmese. This cat breed is incredibly social to humans and will swiftly learn to play interactive games like tag or fetch with their human companion. They are highly intelligent and playful little kitty. They also make outstanding ambassadors for any self-professed "non-cat people" due to their loving, almost dog-like characters and their huge, expressive eyes; even the "non-cat people" won't be able to resist their charm.
The Burmese, a sweet and delightful feline companion, is an active, people-oriented cat that loves curling up on any available lap in the house. They are playful, and their playful nature shows when they join games played with their family members. Burmese tolerates playing dressed up in doll's clothes and being carried around like a living doll. They are very welcoming, and they thrive on the company of others. Because of this, Burmese tends to become lonely if left alone by themselves for long periods of time. They have a sweet and soft voice and enjoy "chatting" with their human companion about the events of their day.
Because of their intelligence, Burmese thrive with families who are keen to teach them tricks and commands, play games and provide plenty of interactive toys. They thrive best with families who can give them plenty of love and attention. They get along well with children and other pets. They are very people-oriented and easygoing cats. The Burmese will excitedly join in games and play the role of a living doll.
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Low 2/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Activity Level: Medium 6/10
- Playfulness: High 10/10
- Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
- Friendliness to children: High 10/10
- Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
- Vocality: High 10/10
- Intelligence: High 10/10
- Independence: Low 2/10
Wong Mau from Burma made its way in 1930 to the United States, together with Dr Joseph C. Thompson. This cat was deep brown, and several fanciers thought she might be just a very dark Siamese cat. However, Dr Joseph Thompson did not have this assessment. So, he and other like-minded cat breeders decided to breed Wong Mau to identify just what cat breed she was. Wong Mau was the foundation of the Burmese cat breed.
Wong Mau's kittens looked to demonstrate Dr Thompson's theory. When she was bred to a Siamese cat, the resulting litter appeared to be Burmese/Siamese hybrids and pure Siamese cats. When the cats that looked like Burmese/Siamese hybrids were bred to each other, they produced the deep, dark Burmese litter. The darker coloured Burmese cats then bred true, showing that Wong Mau was indeed a hybrid of the Siamese cats and a dark-coloured unknown cat.
Unfortunately, in 1947, due to this cat breed becoming so popular, hybrids started appearing in the show hall instead of pure Burmese cats. One of the violations of the Cat Fanciers' Association's show rules was showing hybrids. For that violation, recognition of the Burmese cat was withdrawn. Until 1953, this recognition was not restored. The Burmese Cat Society of America guaranteed the registries that it would not happen again.
The first blue Burmese kitten, registered as Sealcoat Blue Surprise, was born in England on Mar 29, 1955. Cats other than sable had come earlier, but most Burmese breeders selected to breed only the sable. Nowadays, it is believed that Wong Mau also carried the genes for dilution and chocolate that bring about the appearance of blue, chocolate, and lilac kittens. In Europe, the red factor was added later. The Burmese were one of the original breeds The International Cat Association recognized in June 1979.
Burmese are medium-sized cat, but when you held them up, they feel considerably heftier than they appear. They are slightly compact, very muscular with heavy boning. Burmese is a cat breed that is round all over. Their head, tips of their ears, expressive eyes, chin, and even their feet are rounded. This cat breed is compact both in appearance and in feel and has excellent strength.
The coat of the Burmese is short and glossy. It has darker shading on the points that may be seen in kittens, but this shading disappears as they grow older, which produces richness in any of the recognized colours.
Burmese come in an array of solid and tortoiseshell colours such as a warm blue, rich and dark sable brown, a lovely lilac, warm deep cream, honey beige chocolate, blue, and red. All come with hypnotic gold eyes glowing with their affection for you. The points will be darker in young cats, but the body colour becomes deeper and richer as they mature.
While the recognized colours for Burmese have increased in the past few years, the considerable majority of Burmese cats are still the traditional deep brown or sable.
The Burmese are active and friendly. They have the charm and willpower of their Siamese ancestors and equally loves conversation like them. But their voice is soft and adorable, contradicting their tendency to run the household with an iron paw covered in furry fur. They are brilliant and look for human companionship. That's why they are not best suited to a home where they will be left alone most of the time. If there will be no one around to amuse this cat breed, make sure they have another pet's company. They get along great with other cats and dogs, but of course, another Burmese will be their best friend.
The Burmese are about as inquisitive they can be. Expect them to explore your home from room to room and know all of its corners and crannies. They are playful and remains so until they grow old. Tease their bright mind with many interactive toys, and teach them tricks that will let them show off for an audience.
A Burmese is an excellent choice for those who don't object to complete loss of privacy. This cat breed will need to be involved in everything that you do. They will sleep on the bed and may even snuggle under the sheets with you. When you are resting and sitting down, they will be in your lap or right beside you, waiting keenly to be petted.
A female Burmese, on the other hand, is the sole description of queenliness. They like attention and to be in charge. Males Burmese are more peaceful, satisfied to fill a lap. Whichever you select, you may soon find yourself longing for another.
Burmese kittens can be pretty strong-willed. They are playful and courageous, attempting activities beyond their means and landing on their tough little rear ends. A Burmese kitten will stay playful well into adulthood. As they mature, their exceptional intelligence will expose itself as their personalities reveal. They will soon grow into poised and delightful little feline who will rule your house and your heart.
These affectionate cats are very social, loving and get intensely devoted to their human companion. When a Burmese is properly socialized and trained during their kittenhood, they will grow up to be a well-mannered and well-rounded cat.
Challenge their bright minds and keep them attentive by teaching them commands, games and tricks. Give them many puzzle toys and reward them with treats or kibbles when they learn how to manipulate them. Burmese are brilliant and adore the love and attention that comes with being clicker-trained and taught tricks.
Burmese' satin-like coats need little maintenance. Grooming them weekly with a rubber brush to eliminate loose hairs will polish their coat to a high gloss. The oils from your hand when you pet or stroke the coat help keep its balance. Also, a quick wipe over with a chamois will give that nice sheen to it. A bath is hardly needed unless they are muddy or dirty.
Cats must get used to combs and brushes from an early age to avoid matted fur. There is a wide variety of combs and brushes available on the market, depending on what works for you and your cat. You can start with a very soft brush that does not pull at fine kitten fur or damage their skin. Each time you have finished brushing, give a small treat. If regular coat care does not cause any issues or problems for you or your cat, you can try more effective combs and brushes when they reach adult age.
Daily dental hygiene is still best, but weekly brushing is considered okay. Brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Trim their nails twice a month or when needed. For their eyes, wipe their corners with a soft, damp cloth to eliminate any eye discharge. Make sure to use a separate part of the damp cloth for each eye to avoid the risk of spreading any eye infection.
Check the ears weekly. If their ears look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a vet-approved ear cleaner. If the ear has a foul odour, it is best to contact your vet for treatment.
Their litter boxes should always be clean as they are precise about bathroom hygiene. If it is left unclean, they tend to use other places in the house.
Burmese are generally a healthy cat breed. Their life expectancy is between nine to seventeen years with proper care, exercise and a high-quality diet. However, there are health conditions that a Burmese cats are prone to, such as:
- Hypokalemic Polymyopathy – is a health condition where low potassium levels in the blood cause muscle weakness. Signs may include a stiff gait, reluctance to walk, general weakness, and head tremors.
- Orofacial pain syndrome – is characterized as exaggerated licking and chewing motions and pawing at their mouth.
- Diabetes mellitus – is an endocrine condition caused by a defect in their insulin secretion or insulin action that leads to high sugar levels in their blood.
- Lipemia of the aqueous humor – it is a transient milky appearance of their eye during kittenhood.
- Corneal dermoid - is the presence of skin and hair on the surface of their eye cornea, which can be corrected surgically.
- Elbow osteoarthritis is an early onset of arthritis in their elbow, limiting the cat's mobility.
- Dilated cardiomyopathy – is a health condition where the heart is enlarged.
The friendly and easygoing Burmese enjoys playing. That's why they are an excellent choice for families with children. However, always supervise younger kids to avoid accidents and won't hurt the cat by pulling their fur or twisting their tail.
Burmese are delighted and contented to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. But as always, it is best to introduce pets gradually and in controlled environments to ensure that they learn to get along well together.