An ancient breed developed within modern breeding programs, the Burmese is considered to be one of the most beautiful breeds originating in the Far East.
History of the Burmese
Originally from Burma, this breed was introduced in the United States in the 1930s. Dr. Joseph Thompson of San Francisco acquired a walnut brown female and bred her with Siamese to create the rounded head, large eyed cat now known as the Burmese. Colors recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association are sable, champagne, blue and platinum. The fur is like satin.
Kittens may seem clumsy as they attempt daredevil feats beyond their coordination but they will grow into their bodies and be graceful as adults. They are talkers if encouraged but are not loud or shrill like some breeds. Burmese enjoy the company of children and dogs, must be part of any gathering and remain active through adulthood. They are very social and should not be left alone for long periods of time. In your absence, another cat or dog will keep them from being lonely. They enjoy interactive games and learning new skills like playing fetch.
While Burmese cats look to be an average size, their weight will surprise you – especially when it lands in your lap with no warning. Burmese love to be with their people so expect help with chores, inquisitive company as you read the newspaper, or unplanned organizational assistance on the counter tops.
Special Care Issues
Burmese are, without question, indoor cats. They look to their people for survival skills and have few of their own. Grooming is easy—pet them a lot, clip nails as needed, and check teeth for possible gingivitis They are generally long lived and should celebrate birthdays into the late teen years.
Be warned – looking directly into the eyes of a Burmese is dangerous – you will find yourself deciding one Burmese is not enough!
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