Burmese cat

Burmese cat is one of the five most popular breeds of cats in the world. A lot of this contributes to the fact that the famous Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage admits love of burma in innumerable interviews and often poses in the photo with his pythomist.

Burmese cat photo

So what are they, Burmese cats, where did they come from and why do fans love them so much?

History of origin

In the encyclopedia, you will read that once the Burmese cat was sacred and lived exclusively on the territory of Thai temples.

However, such legends accompany almost every Asian breed.

Europeans saw these cats in 1871 for the first time at the Great London exhibition in the Crystal Palace. Then the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park was visited by 14 000 participants from all over the world, but the Burmese did not seem to make the proper impression on them.
So the felinologists consider the official birth year of the breed is 1930.

Burmese cat history

In 1930, Dr. Joseph Cheesman Thompson brought a cat, Wong Mau, to San Francisco. A brown beauty was crossed with a Siamese macho Tai My, and then again with his son. Offspring with dark chocolate wool became a new strain of Burma breed.

In 1955, a Burmese blue-colored cat made his debut in Great Britain, which caused such enthusiasm among the public that he was given materials in the popular press that christened the unique animal “Cat-Blue Miracle”.

American and European Burmese

Under the general name of Burma, there are two directions: American and European. Representatives of the Old World and the New World have the same temperament and grace of the panther, but the standards are a bit different, mainly because of colors.

Appearance and description of Burmese cat

What does an ideal Burmese cat look like? It has average dimensions (at the withers of 30 cm), good skeleton, developed musculature and a decent weight (a healthy cat up to 3.5 kg, and a cat from 5-6 kg.).

Burmese cat description

Head: Rounded from all directions, the muzzle is short and full, the distance between the eyes is large.

Ears: medium, widely spaced.

Eyes: large, roundish, with a bevel to the bridge of the nose. The color in the ruler is from amber to gold. Together with the growing of the animal, the color of the eyes may fade.

Body: the breast is developed, the body itself is compact.

Paws: graceful, long in proportion to the body. There are five fingers, on the front paws fingers, on the back – four fingers.

Tail: long, tapering.

The coat: no pattern, short, dyed through, no undercoat. Fur is lighter on the lower part of the torso.

Burmese cat colors
Colors by preference and American standard:

  • Sable (black)
  • Blue color
  • Platinum (purple)
  • Coffee with milk

Colors are according to European standard:

  • Shades of chocolate
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Turtle


Burmese cat character

Not to be unfounded, let’s evaluate the breed character on a 5-point scale.

Intelligence – 5 points
Orientation to the owner – 5 points
Cleanliness – 5 points
Love for children – 4 points

The owners of the breed note their quick learning ability and extraordinary friendliness. This is not the cat that sits silently on the window. Burmese kitten will sit on the hands, on the head, on the laptop keyboard – just to be closer to the owner.


Burmese cat health

As for health, then Burmese cat did not last to the five-point scale.

Health – 3 points.

Diabetes and hypokalemia are the Achilles heels of Burmese cats.

Veterinarians have recorded behind Burmese cats predisposition to diabetes mellitus.

Often a change of teeth causes a great concern in young cats, since the eruption of new ones is rather painful.

Another scourge of Burmese breed cats is a genetic disease of hypokalemia, that is, a low level of potassium in the blood. So that the kitten of Burma breeds suffer from hypokalemia, it is necessary that this gene has been passed to him by both parents. In order to protect yourself and the kitten, carefully check the pedigree of the kitten being purchased.

Not with standing the above, this cats of breed refer to long-livers. A healthy Burmese cat can celebrate with you and its 15th anniversary!

Care and maintenance

Undercoat among the representatives of this breed is practically nonexistent, but it does not save the owner from care. Buy a rubber brush or a laminator and comb your pet once every seven days.

Burmese cat care

After you walk around the luxurious skin with a rubber brush, grate the Burmese cat with a piece of silk or suede (can be fur). You will notice how the wool will sparkle and become even more silky. In the photo from the exhibitions you usually see burm after this procedure.

Special recommendations are not given for this breed by veterinarians. Burmese cats eat everything that any domestic cats eat. The approach to feeding a young representative of this breed does not differ from the basic standards of feeding a kitten.

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