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The Burmese Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average Body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 8-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

10-17 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average Body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 8-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

10-17 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average Body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 8-12 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

10-17 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.
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The Burmese Cat has a solid muscular body and is often described as a “brick wrapped in silk”. This breed can be small or medium in size. The body is compact with a rounded head, large intelligent eyes and medium-sized ears with rounded tips. The Burmese comes in different colors. The most famous being glossy rich brown with a silky texture. The Burmese is an energetic, friendly, talkative and curious breed. These cats form strong attachments to their owners and like shadowing their every move. The Burmese likes to be in charge and will soon enough run the entire household. This is a chatty, attention seeking breed and an ultimate lap cat that won’t leave your side.

Breed History

The ancestors of the Burmese Cat come from Burma (now known as Myanmar). The origins of these cats are still a mystery. These cats were originally known as “copper cats” thanks to their glossy dark brown coat. It is believed that they were created somewhere between 1350 and 1767. In 1930, Dr. Joseph Thompson got a small dark-brown cat named Wong Mau. Some sources state that he got a cat from a sailor. Others state that he brought the cat back with him from his travels in Burma. Although some people thought that Wong Mau was a Siamese with a chocolate-colored coat, Thompson had a different opinion. Thompson started a breeding program and enlisted the help of Virginia Cob, Billie Gerst and geneticist Dr. Clyde Keeler. He bred Wong Mau to a seal-point Siamese named Tai Mau. In 1932 they had a litter that consisted of two colors. Some kittens looked like Siamese, while others were brown with darker points, like Wong Mau. Later Wong Mau was bred to a son from this litter and that litter contained three colors. Some kittens look like Siamese, some looked like Wong Mau and there were also dark brown kittens. These dark brown kittens bred true and created the Burmese breed as we know it today. The fact that Wong Mau produced litters of three colors proved that she is indeed the cross between Siamese and Burmese. The Cat Fanciers Association started registering Burmese Cats in 1936. However, they stopped registrations in 1947 because some breeders still used Siamese cats in their breeding programs. In 1953 the registrations started once again. Nowadays Burmese is one of the most popular cat breeds worldwide.

Size Standards

The Burmese Cat can range from small to medium in size. This breed comes in two variations British (traditional) and American (contemporary). The British Burmese is a slender, long-bodied cat with a wedge-shaped head and long tapering muzzle. The American Burmese has a stockier body, broader head, and distinctively shorter flattened muzzle. The male Burmese Cats weigh from 10-12 pounds. Females are slightly smaller and weigh from 8-10 pounds. The Burmese Cats have a solid, well-muscled, and athletic body. They are nicknamed as a “brick wrapped in silk” since when picked up they give off the feel of substantial weight. This is a moderately active breed that needs exercise to stay in top shape. Use high protein grain free cat food and encourage plenty of exercise to prevent unwanted weight gain.

Burmese Cat Personality Traits

The Burmese Cat is a friendly, affectionate and vocal breed. Furthermore, they have a great personality that resemble dogs in a way they form attachments to their owners. The Burmese likes following its owner everywhere. So be prepared for lack of privacy. They are also chatty but have soft low-pitched voices that won’t annoy you.
The Burmese is a very intelligent breed that likes playing with toys like these. This is a curious breed that will have to check every nook and cranny in your home. The Burmese is also easy to train. So a walk on a cat harness will be an enjoyable experience for both you and your cat. The Burmese is an attention seeking breed that doesn’t like being left alone. They get along well with other pets so consider getting your cat company if you aren’t around a lot. As cats go, the Burmese is really clingy. It would like nothing more than to be in its owner’s lap all day long. They like to be petted and will remind you of that fact with meows and significant looks. Female Burmese are serious and like being in charge, while males have laid-back personalities. Once an adult, the Burmese will retain its kitten-like playfulness. Get a feather teaser and engage your kitty in a fun game.

Adaptability

The Burmese is a highly adaptable breed. This means that you won’t have any problems introducing your cat to new environments and situations. Thanks to its amazing personality the Burmese thrives in all conditions. This is a moderately active breed with a playful spirit. Get your Burmese Cat a Climbing Activity Center to encourage jumping. Invest in a lot of toys and spend time playing with your Burmese every day.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Burmese is a fairly healthy breed with a few health problems. Make sure that you take proper care of your cat and feed her with high-quality food like Hill’s Science Diet. Additionally, keep your cat vaccinated, dewormed and indoors to keep her safe from feline transmitted diseases. The following conditions can affect the Burmese Cats.
  • Diabetes Mellitus: It is a chronic disease seen in cats, that leads to high blood glucose concentration. This condition is manageable, and with proper treatment, a cat can live a normal life. British Burmese Cats are at higher risk of developing this disease.
  • Hypokalemia: It’s a disease that is characterized by low potassium levels. The signs of the disease are tiredness, reluctance to walk and head tremors. With the inclusion of potassium supplements a cat should live a normal life. This disease is also seen in British type and doesn’t affect American Burmese Cats.
  • Corneal Dermoid: This condition is characterized by the presence of skin or hair on the surface of the cornea. Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the case. Sometimes surgery is the only way to go.
  • Cranial Deformities: The Burmese head defect affects the development of the head and face. This mutation is caused by a recessive gene, which means that two copies are necessary for its occurrence. Tests for this mutation are available and help identify carriers. This condition is observed in American Burmese Cats.

Lifespan

The Burmese has a few health problems that rarely manifest within the breed. On average the Burmese have a lifespan of 10-17 years. To prolong your cat’s life expectancy take her to regular vet check-ups. Furthermore, buy or adopt a cat from a reputable breeder or source who can provide a health guaranty for his bloodlines.

Grooming Needs

The Burmese Cat has a short dense coat that lies close to the body. The coat has a silky texture and a glossy satin-like finish. This is a low maintenance breed. So you won’t have to do much to keep its coat in perfect condition. Use a good quality soft rubber brush to groom your Burmese once a week. This way you will remove any loose hair and distribute skin oils through the coat. Thus, giving it a glossy sheen, it is supposed to have. This is a low-shedding breed and you shouldn’t expect to find hair tufts around your home.

Burmese Cat Coat Colors

Besides amazing personality, the coat of Burmese Cat is its most notable trait. The coat should be uniformed across the body and gradually shading to lighter on underparts.The American standard recognizes four main colors, Blue, Champagne, Sable and Platinum. However, the British GCCF recognizes Burmese in Solid Brown, Chocolate, Blue, Lilac, Red and Cream. The British Burmese also can come in a tortoiseshell pattern.

Compatibility with Children and Other Pets

The attention seeking and playful Burmese Cat is a great choice for families with children. They like playing with kids who can match their energy levels. Equip your child with cat teaser wand and enjoy observing the fun. The intelligent and social Burmese gets along well with other pets. However, this breed likes to be in charge. As long as other pets don’t mind it, the Burmese will enlist them in her circle of friends. If you don’t spend a lot of time at home, it is wise to get your cat a companion. This way a Burmese won’t get bored and become unhappy. The Burmese is moderately active cat that loves to play. So, spend at least 15 minutes every day playing with your cat. And if you are short on time buy her toys like a cat tunnel to keep her entertained. The Burmese seeks attention and interaction. Therefore the best way to to do this is through play sessions.