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Basic Burmese Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 8 - 12 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Burmese

Burmese Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Burmese History

  • Breed began in 1930 in San Francisco when Dr. Joseph Thompson brought home a walnut-brown female cat he named Wong Mau from Burma and selectively bred her with Siamese males.
  • Breed quickly grew in popularity, but hybrid versions began showing up in cat shows. In response, the Cat Fanciers Association withdrew its recognition of the Burmese in 1947.
  • With pure Burmese lines re-established, the CFA granted championship status in 1957.

Burmese Behavior Concerns

  • Thoroughly enjoys games of fetch, acting like a feline Labrador retriever.
  • Maintains kitten-like energy well into adulthood.
  • Highly intelligent and opinionated and can be stubborn at times.
  • Welcomes the company of children, other cats and dogs.
  • Loves to learn tricks as well as occupy laps.
  • Consider getting two Burmese cats if you work long hours and are away from home because this breed does not like being left alone.
  • Provide toys, scratching posts and sturdy high perches to occupy this breed, especially when left home alone.
  • Can be overly trusting, so supervise this breed outdoors.
  • Enjoys engaging in conversation.

Look of Burmeses

  • Sports a short, satin-to-the-touch coat that comes in sable, champagne, blue, platinum, lilac, fawn, red, cream, chocolate, cinnamon and tortoiseshell patterns.
  • Conveys a look of innocence with its giant, expressive round eyes that are green or golden.
  • Round-shaped Body is medium build, muscular, stocky and sturdy.

Grooming Burmese Cats

  • Requires very little grooming - just stroking the coat daily with your hand will maintain its healthy shine.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Burmeses

  • Noted for being hearty eaters and prone to being overweight, so measure daily food portions.

Fun Facts of Burmeses

  • Not unusual for Burmese to sleep on their backs.
  • Seven cat breed registries accept this popular breed.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

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