In this guide
- Burmese Quick Guide
- Burmese Video
- About the Breed
- Breed Size & Personality
- Breed Health & Care
- Common Burmese Questions
About The Burmese Breed
Burmese cats were thought to have been kept by priests that lived in temples and palaces. The first ever Burmese cat was called Wong Mau and she belonged to a Doctor called Joseph Thompson. Burmese have their ancestry in Siamese and the Burmese “copper cat”. Dr Joseph Thompson along with Virginia Cobb, Billie Gerst and Clyde Keeler (a geneticist) bred these and discovered the Burmese gene. This discovery was featured in the Journal of Heredity in 1943.
Burmese cats usually weigh-in at between 4 and 6kg.
The Burmese is similar to his Siamese cousin in that he is an intelligent, energetic and vocal cat (although vocally is much softer than a Siamese). Burmese cats will seek out attention and affection from humans so it is important that if you are considering a Burmese you have time for one.
Quite possibly one of the most curious cat breeds and therefore will be anywhere and everywhere, understanding every corner of his environment. A Burmese’s best friend is another Burmese so consider this when getting one.
Burmese cats are generally heathy however as with all pure breeds there are some conditions to be aware of.
- Lipemia of the aqueous humor
- Corneal dermoid
- Orofacial pain syndrome
- Congenital peripheral vestibular disease
- Burmese head defect
- Hypokalemic polymyopathy
- Flat-chested kitten syndrome
- Kinked tail
- Elbow osteoarthritis
- Endocardial fibroelastosis
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Diabetes mellitus
Caring for a Burmese
Baths are usually not necessary however it is important to make sure your Burmese is groomed weekly. The usual checks are necessary such as teeth, eyes and ears. It is also important to ensure that the litter tray is clean.
With Kids & Animals
5 Common Burmese Questions
We’ve collated answers to some of the most common Burmese questions.
Where do Burmese cats from from?
The Burmese originates from either Thailand or Myanmar (Burma).
What colour are Burmese cats?
Burmeses come in multiple colours including brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream and brown, blue, chocolate and lilac tortie.
How long do they live for?
Expected life span is 16-18 years.
Are Burmese cats hypoallergenic?