Burmese

A pet owner's guide to the Burmese cat

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Burmese cats are often split into two subgroups: the American Burmese and the British Burmese. The American variant tends to have a rounder skull and smaller nose, while the British subtype has more of a wedge shape to its skull and a longer nose. At one time, this breed was invariably brown, but Burmese cat breeders have since introduced a full range of coat colors through selective breeding.

History

It's believed that the pure, historic Burmese breed died out, and that the cats known by this name today are actually descended from a cross of the original purebred and a Siamese cat. These cats made their way to the Western world largely through soldiers returning home with feline mementos from the Second World War and the Korean War.

Appearance

Size: These cats are considered small-to-medium in size, but they're muscular and heavier than they might look. Healthy adults will have the same weight range as the hairless Sphynx cat – no more than 10 to 15 pounds.

Coat: Burmese cats have silky coats marked by short, fine hair. Glossy and soft, their fur lies close to their bodies and should lighten in tone approaching their bellies.

Eyes & Ears: Burmese kittens are born with bright, round golden or yellow eyes, though it's possible to obtain shades of blue by crossing this breed with a Siamese cat. Ears are rounded and are fairly large, considering the relatively small head size. This characteristic is more prominent in the round-headed American variant.

Tail: Burmese cat breeders prefer medium-length, narrow tails with a slight taper. The tip of the tail should be rounded.

Disposition

While they're just as vocal as their Siamese cousins, Burmese cats have a much less shrill meow. They are very attached to their human companions, display a high energy level and are one of the few cat breeds known to "fetch" objects the way dogs do. Though they're athletic and playful, they are also fierce fighters and will defend themselves vigorously against attacks from other animals.

Health and Care

Grooming: It's not normally necessary to do anything more than pet a Burmese cat to help keep it groomed. Like all cats, though, they love to be brushed. Consider picking up a firm-bristled brush when purchasing Burmese cat products from the pet store.

Activity Level: These cats make splendid companions for energetic individuals, as they love to play games and race around the house. Ideally, they should have plenty of outdoor space to play in as well.

Health Problems: Beyond the ailments that any aging cat can suffer from, including feline leukemia and feline distemper, Burmese cat breeders have noted that these animals are prone to cherry eye and corneal dermoids, a condition involving skin growth over the cornea. Corneal dermoids can be corrected with surgery.

Average Lifespan: These cats enjoy longer lives than the majority of pedigree breeds, reaching an average of 16 to 18 years of age.

Burmese Cat Rescue Resources

Animal control authorities in your area can direct you to cat adoption centers where you can rescue an abandoned, neglected, abused or unwanted Burmese cat.

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Posted by Ilisa on May 15,2013 at 04:20 AM
Hello I was wondering if the two people in Hawaii were ever able to find a Burmese cat or breeder within the state? I am very sad to have lost my dear burmese companion and feel a great emptiness in my home and heart. I have fallen deeply in love with this breed, and I hope to find a kitten to share my life with again. I am currently living in Japan and to keep things less complicated, I am trying to find a Burmese from an English speaking rabies free area.
Posted by INGRID on April 30,2012 at 05:01 PM
We are looking for two male burmese kittens in the State of Hawaii, preferably sable color and brothers.They will Not be used for breeding, We are very much cat lovers, especially Burmese. We have no other cats after our Koko, a sable male Burmese, passed away at home from a kidney failure. Please let us know . We can pick them up ourselves and guarantee a happy home. Hope to hear from you. Ingrid
Posted by Ilisa on May 15,2013 at 04:40 AM
Hello Ingrid, I am sorry to hear about Koko, and I hope you were able to find the little guys that you were looking for. I hope you receive this message and are able to let me know if you have been able to find them within the state of Hawaii. Wishing all the best for you and your family!
Posted by David Leese on December 12,2010 at 04:48 PM
Raymond, I am sorry to learn of your recent loss. My seal point Siamese recenly passed after an amazing 23 + years. I once owned a sable Burmese kitten and we connected immediatly. She followed me everywhere, including sitting on the dashboard of my car to take in the sights. Remarkable !!!! If you can help me locate a sable Burmese female kitten (preferably in Hawaii) I would appreciate your assistance. Dest to you, and Aloha - David
Posted by Ilisa on May 15,2013 at 04:32 AM
Hi David, I realize this post is very old, but I was wondering if you were able to find a companion in the state of Hawaii? I hope you and your loved ones are well, mahalo!
Posted by Dr. Bailey on November 25,2010 at 08:21 PM
We will be breeding in the Spring. We will be breeding the #1 Burmese kitten and cat in 2010 TICA to the current #1 Burmese.
Posted by Raymond on September 12,2010 at 09:28 PM
Hello everyone; my name is Raymond and back in Apr. i lost my precius Stellina my Burmese cat of 19 yrs. it wa so very sad to have lost such special companion! If there is any Burmese female to be abopted, could you plese let me know... wil help to mend my broken hearth. Thank you. Ps. i am in Richmond B.C.
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