Get to know the Burmese
All you need to know about the breed
The Burmese cat is instantly likeable, known for turning even the most reluctant of cat-lovers into feline ambassadors. The breed’s playful energy, sociability and affectionate “dog-like” personality have contributed to its wide-reaching popularity, particularly among families.
In appearance the Burmese is a medium sized, elegant cat with dainty legs and paws. It has a rounded chest and a compact, muscular body that gives it a surprising weight for its size (so much so that it has been called a brick wrapped in silk). Its short glossy coat, with an extremely silky, satin-like texture, is distinctive to the breed.
The expression of the Burmese is defined by its eyes which are a deep yellow or golden colour but, more importantly, are shaped in such a way to give it a sweet and rather mischievous expression. And they can be talkative, too: you’ll find them with a softer, rumbling voice than their Siamese relatives but just as comfortable making their wishes known.
One thing to remember: there are, in essence, two types of Burmese cat, the American and the European. According to the Cat Fancier’s Association of America, the American Burmese (considered “contemporary”) tends to be stockier with a rounder head and wider-set ears. Both standards make for excellent companions.
2 facts about Burmese
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Burmese
May be at risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
While the Burmese cat gets an overall stellar bill of health, some may have cranial deformities, glaucoma or feline hyperaesthesia syndrome, which results in an increased sensitivity to touch or painful stimuli. They may also be prone to calcium oxalate stones in the urinary tract. A reputable breeder will be able to provide you with a written health guarantee and your vet can monitor your Burmese’s health closely on regular check-ups.
All eyes on the Burmese
Not only does the Burmese cat live their best life with a full house and lots of time in your company, they also have a performative streak, playing games and leaping across the room to capture your attention. As a result, it is important to remember that being left alone at length (or being ignored) does not please the Burmese and may lead to loneliness or stress behaviours such as excessive self-grooming.
Caring for your Burmese
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Is it really considered grooming if only petting is involved? The Burmese cat’s short, satiny coat sheds very little and does not require regular combing or bathing. For light, seasonal shedding you can use a rubber curry brush to gently remove loose fur and enhance shine. The Burmese responds well to training and can be taught to play fetch or do tricks. Puzzle toys are essential to keeping their active minds stimulated. For its well-being, the relatively high-energy Burmese also requires generous amounts of exercise. The good news is that access to a cat-tree, high perches, and play sessions with you will satisfy the cat’s jumping and climbing needs in addition to maintaining its healthy weight.