With a milk-chocolate coat and the sweet personality to match, the Burmese is a cat who loves to love. You’ll never be alone when you live with a Burmese, which is either good or bad depending on how much you value your privacy. The Burmese will help you read your paper, make dinner, do taxes, and wait faithfully for you while you shower. At the end of the day, you can expect this devoted kitty to curl up on the bed with you. They’re also eager conversationalists, and though their meow is a bit softer than their Siamese counterparts, they are no less chatty.
The History of the Burmese dates back thousands of years to the “copper cat” of Burma. There, these precocious little cats were kept and bred in temples and palaces. The modern Burmese is the result of a single cat named Wong Mau, who arrived in San Francisco in 1930. Wong Mau was bred to a seal –point Siamese, and the resulting kittens carried both the Siamese coloration, and Wong Mau’s rich brown with darker points. The dark kittens of the litter were then used to keep the breed going.
It should be noted that there became two breed standards for the Burmese, with efforts to keep both varieties genetically distinct. The Burmese described here-in is the American standard, but you can read about the European Burmese here.
Appearance / health:
The Burmese has been described as a “brick wrapped in silk” – they are surprisingly heavy given their medium frame. This is due in large part to their compact and muscular body. Both legs and tail are medium in length. They have a rounded head, a short nose, and medium-sized ears, rounded at the tip and tilted slightly forward. The Burmese’s large, round eyes give them an almost otherworldly gaze. The eye color generally corresponds to coat color, with the more traditional darker colors matched with vividly orange and gold eyes, with shades of green more frequently seen with lighter coats.
Their coat is short and fine, with a glossy, satiny finish. Coat color is more restrictive in the American (sometimes called “contemporary”) Burmese, with only four principal colors recognized: sable (a rich, dark brown), champagne (a warm honey beige), platinum (pale grey with fawn undertones), and blue. For the most part, the coat color should be solid, with a slight change of shade towards the underbelly. In some colors, such as champagne, slight darkening of the ears and face are permissible.
Behavior / temperament:
The Burmese is an extroverted, people-oriented, and sweet-natured cat. They are extremely devoted to their owners, and will want to be involved in everything that you do. Some might describe the Burmese as “clingy”, but if you’re looking for unconditional love and affection, this might be the breed for you. The Burmese will not be happy being left alone for long periods of time, and some Burmese enthusiasts recommend having two cats that can keep one another company in your absence. They make an exceptional family cat, not just tolerant but even enthusiastic about playing with younger family members.
They’re an intelligent, curious, and adventurous breed. They hang on to their kitten-like energy well into adulthood. They will enjoy any game they can play interactively with you, including fetch. Puzzle toys are toys that present an added challenge may appeal to the Burmese.
Like many oriental breeds, the Burmese is a highly vocal cat who is likely to keep talking to you even when you don’t talk back. Their voice is softer and sweeter than some of the other chatty breeds, but even so, you should be prepared for a cat that seems to enjoy hearing its own voice.
languid demeanour, purrsonality plus, ideal family pet, lovely sable color, glossy coats, playful nature
chronic renal failure, road sense, HOWLING, periodontal disease
retriever cat, loudest purr soothes, chocolate tortoiseshell variety, playful devils
Serabi the Screamy Burmese
I bought Serabi to be a playmate for my very active Ragdoll kitten. She settled into our family extremely well, but it was not long before she developed the nickname 'Screamy'.
The good - Burmese are beautiful cats to look at, with a sleek, glossy coat and an ability to remain "kitten-like" in appearance long after they have reached adulthood. They are also very loyal, playful and affectionate, often seeking out members of the family in search of attention. She seems to be most contented when either being entertained with a feather or some other toy, or when curled up on someone's lap.
The bad - she's now called 'Screamy' for good reason. Burmese are often described as "vocal" which is a fairly apt description - she loves nothing more than yowling as loudly as possible, sometimes in the middle of the night (not an endearing quality in a pet). The loud yowling is coupled with the fact she is somewhat of a "needy" creature, so if she wants more attention she will try to get it by screaming the house down. She also isn't wild about small children, although this may be because her only experience with them is when friends come to visit and bring their children (who generally respond by shrieking and trying to chase after the adorable kitty).
In summary - no aloof little miss, the Burmese are loving, affectionate and very playful. But hand in hand with these traits is the fact they are loud and attention seekers. I'd recommend them as a pet for someone who has the time to play with them and pet them, as well as someone who isn't bothered by pets who like to make noise!.
From wilkinsonbec Nov 9 2014 3:20PM
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 57 days ago
Annoying Burmese Cat
I had a girlfriend who bred Burmese cats and when I moved in with her the cat was pregnant, very whiney and demanding. I couldn't stand her meow at all times of the day and night and then when she had the babies it became even worse.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am definitely a cat person and prefer them to dogs but this cat just got on my nerves. They are a beautiful cat to look at but like Siamese cats their meow can be quite grating on the nerves. My girlfriend and I ended up splitting up, not because of the cat though..
From MickT68 Apr 5 2015 1:41AM