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Burmese Cat Breed Information

Burmese Cat Breed Information


Burmese cat

Burmese cats are one of the many cat breeds that can trace their ancestry to Siamese cats. The original Burmese was Wong Mau, a female walnut-brown colored cat that was brought from Burma to San Francisco by Dr. Joseph Thompson in 1930. There was some controversy in which many breeders thought that Wong Mau should only be considered a subtype of the Siamese breed, but Dr. Thompson saw enough differences from other kitty breeds to create a new breed. He did so by breeding his female Burmese with Siamese males, producing the look Burmese kittens have today.

Burmese cats were recognized as a separate breed by the CFA (Cat Fancier’s Association) in 1936 but they temporarily suspended their recognition of the breed in 1947 due to overcrossing with Siamese cats. Despite this, the other main American registries continued to acknowledge Burmese kittens as one of the independent cat breeds. The suspension of recognition by the CFA was lifted in 1954. In England, the Burmese population grew between 1949 and 1956 as American Burmese were imported. In 1952, the breed was recognized by the GCCF (United Kingdom Governing Council of the Cat Fancy). Beginning in the 1950s, this was one of the kitty breeds that was imported from England to other countries of the world.

Some breeders will describe Burmese kittens as silk wrapped bricks because of their solid body and silky coat. Like most kitty breeds bred from Siamese, Burmese have a muscular body, in this case rounded. The breed has four recognized colors: sable, blue, platinum and champagne. The eyes of Burmese cats are yellow or gold and generally give an appearance of innocence. Because this is one of the cat breeds with a close-lying short coat, Burmese are low maintenance. All you have to do to keep their coat shining is run your fingers in its coat once a day without ever needing to use a brush or comb. This is one of the small to medium kitty breeds, with males generally weighing between 8 and 10 pounds and females between 6 and 8.

Like most other kitty breeds that come from Siamese cats, Burmese kittens are highly intelligent and in this case, they can become mischievous if they get bored. Therefore make sure to give your Burmese plenty of stimulation, both mentally and physically. These cats are not only good at learning tricks, but they are also one of the cat breeds that loves to climb high, so make sure to get them a cat tree or something similar. Although not as vocal as Siamese, Burmese cats still like to talk so be prepared for semi-frequent vocalizations.


Burmese cats are one of the kitty breeds that do not lose much energy as they age. They will remain very energetic with the playfulness associated with kittens into adulthood. One of their favorite games is fetch, which they can play daily. Be careful with your valuables as not only do Burmese kittens like to climb (so not even the top of a shelf is safe!) but they also enjoy hiding shiny objects. This breed makes up for their mischievousness by being very loving and attached to their humans. They are one of the cat breeds that does will with children or with other pets but be careful as they can sometimes be too trusting of new animals so if you let your Burmese outside, make sure to keep an eye on it.

Burmese Temperament

Burmese cats are:
  • Social.
  • Laid back.
  • Sweet.
  • Smart.
  • Not as vocal as Siamese cats.
  • Love company.
  • Don't like staying alone for long.
  • Playful.
  • And will love to sleep on your lap!

Where does the Burmese come from?

The Burmese cat originates from Burma having been imported into America in 1930 by Dr Joseph Thompson.


What type of Body does the Burmese have i.e. coat, patterns etc?

The Burmese cats body is:
  • Medium sized.
  • Strong.
  • Muscular.
  • Athletic body.
  • Silky soft.
  • Short hair.
  • Hair leys close to the body.
  • Golden yellow eyes.


What type of coat does an Burmese have?

The Burmese cat has a very close lying fur that is short and silky soft. Colours include:
  • Brown.
  • Chocolate.
  • Lilac.
  • Blue.
  • Red.
  • Cream.
  • Blue Tortie.
  • Brown Tortie.
  • Chocolate Tortie.
  • Lilac Tortie.

Food the Burmese eats 

The Burmese does not require a special diet. It is advised that you feed your cat a healthy diet to keep them fit and so they do not become over or under weight.


Is the Burmese an indoor or outdoor cat?

The Burmese makes a lovely indoor cat as long as they are paid attention they may seek. However they don't like to be left on their own for long periods of time and if this is the case, its advised that you get two cats so they can keep each other company.


Does the Burmese have health problem?

The Burmese has no special health problems but regular trips to you local vet are advised to ensure your cats health. For more Information about burmese cat breed, click here.

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