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Burmese

burmese

A Playful Cat

Dependent, Extroverted, Loyal

Burmese are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Burmese, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Burmese and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-sized, compact, muscular Coat:Fine, glossy, short, satin-like texture

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: A Burmese needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she will not drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Burmese usually have good teeth, but you’ll need to brush them at least twice a week to keep them strong and healthy!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

A Burmese will soon have you wrapped around her silky paw.

Positive Traits:

  • May meow to communicate with you!

  • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Does most of her own grooming

  • Friendly with strangers

Negative Traits: 

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much



Whether you are considering adding a new Burmese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Burmese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Burmese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Burmese could encounter:

Endocardial Fibroelastosis

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

Glaucoma

Eyelid Agenesis

Corneal Sequestration

Renal Failure

Diabetes Mellitus

Urolithiasis

Patellar Luxation

Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome

Psychogenic Alopecia

Demodicosis

The Burmese breed traces its roots to a walnut-brown female cat named Wong Mau from Burma who was brought to San Francisco in the 1930’s. Wong Mau was bred with Siamese males to produce the Burmese look. Burmese cats carry surprising weight for their size. Described as “bricks wrapped in silk,” their muscular bodies are hidden under a short and close-lying hair coat with a very silky texture.

Burmese crave attention and activity and will take an active role in running the household. The Burmese is also a cuddly lap cat. An extremely curious breed, the Burmese are fearless and eager to investigate new situations.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Burmese shows signs of the following:

  • Lethargy, collapse, labored or open-mouth breathing, poor appetite, distended abdomen from fluid build-up

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset weakness; paralysis of the hind legs (from blood clots that can lodge in the aorta)

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

  • Episodes of agitation with rippling skin, crying, chewing at the skin

  • Areas of shortened hair or baldness; licking when stressed, anxious, or bored

  • Care

    Routine Care: A Burmese needs daily play sessions that stimulate her natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep her mind and body active or she may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she will not drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Burmese usually have good teeth, but you’ll need to brush them at least twice a week to keep them strong and healthy!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    A Burmese will soon have you wrapped around her silky paw.

    Positive Traits:

    • May meow to communicate with you!

    • May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Does most of her own grooming

    • Friendly with strangers

    Negative Traits: 

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Burmese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Burmese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Burmese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Burmese could encounter:

    Endocardial Fibroelastosis

    Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

    Glaucoma

    Eyelid Agenesis

    Corneal Sequestration

    Renal Failure

    Diabetes Mellitus

    Urolithiasis

    Patellar Luxation

    Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome

    Psychogenic Alopecia

    Demodicosis

  • History

    The Burmese breed traces its roots to a walnut-brown female cat named Wong Mau from Burma who was brought to San Francisco in the 1930’s. Wong Mau was bred with Siamese males to produce the Burmese look. Burmese cats carry surprising weight for their size. Described as “bricks wrapped in silk,” their muscular bodies are hidden under a short and close-lying hair coat with a very silky texture.

    Burmese crave attention and activity and will take an active role in running the household. The Burmese is also a cuddly lap cat. An extremely curious breed, the Burmese are fearless and eager to investigate new situations.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Burmese shows signs of the following:

    • Lethargy, collapse, labored or open-mouth breathing, poor appetite, distended abdomen from fluid build-up

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset weakness; paralysis of the hind legs (from blood clots that can lodge in the aorta)

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Bunny hopping, reluctance to jump when playing

    • Episodes of agitation with rippling skin, crying, chewing at the skin

    • Areas of shortened hair or baldness; licking when stressed, anxious, or bored

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