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.
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
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:
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome
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