Burmese cats may often time look like your adorable crush, your weird neighbor, your talkative pal, your hypnotizing professor or that very playful buddy you always wanted. In whatever attitude or mood it appeals, you can expect it to be fun, sweet, intelligent, energetic, and a caring devoted pet you’ve always dreamed of.
The Burmese is a unique and wonderful breed of cat but it may not be the right choice for everyone. Before you decide whether or not it might be the right pet for you and your family, you need to learn and invest a significant amount of time in getting to know these animals.
In this chapter you will receive an introduction to the Burmese cat breed including some basic facts and information as well as the history of how it came about.
This information, in combination with the practical information about keeping Burmese cats in the next chapter, will help you decide if this is the perfect cat companion for you.
Facts about Burmese Cats
Aside from its interesting personality, Burmese cats were also admired by cat owners because of its unique physical characteristics and unique facial markings. Burmese cats come in a variety of colors and different patterns. The official colors of Burmese cats recognized by cat associations are Sable, Champagne, Blue, Platinum, Lilac, Fawn, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Tortoiseshell
Generally, the head of the Burmese is rounded in shape, as well as the tips of their ears, the eyes, chin and even their feet are round. It appeals as a stocky cat but it is very muscular and heavy boning. Its eye color typically depends on the breed of their original ancestry, and it usually comes in green, gold and yellow.
Its legs are proportionate to the body with slightly longer in the back than in the front, it is medium-length in size with round paws. These cats’ tails are tapered and medium in length that has no kinks or bumps.
Female Burmese cats weigh an average of 8 – 9 pounds while males can reach around 10 – 15 pounds. It is a relatively medium sized cat breed.
These cats are also unique because of their admirable attitude. Burmese cats, like any other cats, are generally carnivorous. Usually pet cats such as the Burmese can get its complete nutrients with variety of cat foods available in local pet stores and even online. The general guideline when feeding cats is that the cat food should have high and balanced levels of amino acids, vitamins, fiber, minerals and fats to maintain its health and keep it away from diseases.
In terms of its health, as mentioned earlier, Burmese’s doesn’t have any health issues and have a relatively long life expectancy. Although, these cats are generally healthy you still need to provide all its necessities so that you as the owner can keep them healthy and happy.
- Scientific Name: Felis catus
- Pedigree: medium- sized cats; head is rounded without flat planes; silky and soft skin, smooth and short coat with medium-length tail and rounded paws
- Breed Size: medium-sized
- Height: 10 – 18 inches
- Weight: average 8 to 12 pounds
- Physique: medium body type, muscled and proportionate
- Coat Length: short and smooth
- Skin Texture: soft and silky
- Color: Sable, Champagne, Blue, Platinum, Lilac, Fawn, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Tortoiseshell
- Pattern: Solid color, Tortoiseshell
- Tail: medium in length, tapered, straight, no kinks or bumps
- Temperament: active, highly intelligent, curious, fun, easy to adapt to its environment
- Strangers: people-friendly as long as there is proper introduction
- Children: loves to bond with children; family pet
- Other Pets: gets along with other cats and most other pets especially dogs
- Exercise Needs: playing and training
- Health Conditions: usually resistant to diseases and not vulnerable to health issues; generally healthy.
- Lifespan: average 9 to 15years