Cat Breeds

Burmese cat

The Burmese cat is an elegant and gentle family companion. Will be at home with children and other animals, endure loneliness badly.


The Burmese cat has a canine character and is very attached to the family. He likes carrying on his arms and hugging. This is a typical cat who likes to be in the spotlight – this is especially true for cats. Kittens prefer to observe their surroundings from a distance. He is very attached to a man. Boldly trying to win the friendship of his owners, he can also be obtrusive. This extremely sociable cat also looks for close contact during sleep and hugs tightly to other cats or humans.

Burmese cat

The Burmese cat has a great temperament, is lively and eager to play until late. Many cats of this breed love to retrieve and are happy to play with fishing rod toys. He is also extremely intelligent and curious – closed room doors or cupboards are not a major challenge for him. A bored Burmese man can become really ingenious and cause problems to his guardians.

Cats of this breed often demand attention by vocalizing loudly. Also welcoming in the door guardian often meow. They can also climb a man’s leg, asking for a hand and stroking.

Burmese cat

The gentle nature of the Burmese makes him ideal for families with older children, while he lacks loneliness. So it is not a good choice for people who are busy and staying a lot outside. He is very sociable, quickly makes friends with guests. He gets along with cats of other breeds as well as with dogs.

Burmese cat. Advantages and disadvantages

Burmese cat – what is it like? Learn its pros and cons!


  • congenital malformations may occur
  • males may be a bit distant
  • will not work as an outgoing cat
  • he shouldn’t be alone
  • requires a lot of attention every day


  • not requiring care
  • “knee” cat – affectionate, loves hugging and human company
  • very intelligent, learns quickly
  • active, loves fun until old age
  • suitable for a home with children, for the elderly and younger
  • accepts dogs and cats

Burmese cat. Health

Although the Burmese cat is a generally healthy breed, there may be birth defects such as jaw deformity, flat chest syndrome, fractured tail, glaucoma, diabetes, and hyperalgesia of the skin. Urinary struvites can occur relatively more often than in other breeds. Within the breed, there are also cases of pica, i.e. the tendency to eat inedible things and hypokalemic myopathy – pathological muscle weakness. They may also have problems during the recovery of permanent teeth, which often pass quite painfully.

When deciding on a cat of this breed, it is necessary to ask the breeder for testimonials for tests for hypokalemia and gangliosidosis GM2 (enzyme deficiency affecting the work of the nervous system).


Due to the high mobility of cats of this breed, Burmese people need high-energy food with a high content of animal protein and fat. It is worth avoiding too much carbohydrate in their diet due to the increased risk of diabetes. The tendency to kidney stones makes it better to avoid dry food – wet food or a well-balanced BARF diet can help protect your pet from this unpleasant condition.

Burmese cat


Burmese cat does not require special care. His fur does not have too much undercoat, thanks to which it does not fall out in large quantities even during the molting period. It is enough to brush a short coat once a week with a rubber brush – cats of this breed willingly undergo such treatments. It is also worth regularly checking the condition of the claws, eyes and ears.


According to legend, the Burmese cat was worshiped and bred in monasteries in Burma. Apparently, every monk got such a cat for upbringing. It was also believed that the soul of the deceased lived for some time in the body of burma before moving to a more perfect being. Thai writings from 14th and 15th century poetry mention three breeds of cats: SiameseKorat, and Burmese.

The first burms came to Great Britain at the turn of the century. They were sometimes called chocolate siam. However, due to crossbreeding with Siamese cats, the Burmese cat has completely disappeared.

Modern breed history began in 1930, when a dark brown female named Wong Mau was brought to the United States from Rangoon. Compared to the already known Siamese cats, she had a darker, more dense, shiny fur, a more round head, wider eyes and a shorter tail. Because there was no cat like her, she was crossed with siamese with dark brown markings. Then she was associated with her sons. All modern Burmese cats originate from Wong Mau.

In 1936, a Burmese cat was recognized in the US, but after 11 years the CFA (Cat Lovers Association) withdrew its decision; re-recognition took place in 1957. The breed arrived in Great Britain in 1947.

Compared to England, it is breeding on the European continent is still small in number, but the quality of the varieties has not suffered. Today, Burmese cat breeding is by far the most developed in Australia and New Zealand, where many new silvery varieties come from, as well as in the United States, where a new type of Burmese cat originated.

There are currently two breeding programs: British and American. American-type cats differ from English brothers with more rounded shapes and a less oriental appearance.


Burmese cat (Burmese, Burma, Burmese) – short-haired and Somali cats – III cat. FIFe

EMS code: BUR

  • Origin: Burma, Thailand
  • Character: loyal, almost canine, friendly, intelligent, outgoing
  • Size: medium size
  • Weight: 4-6 kg
  • General appearance: proportionate, muscular, stocky, well built.
  • Head: wedge-shaped, but without sharp contours, slightly convex and broad forehead; wide jaw and strong chin.
  • Ears: Medium size, slightly rounded at the ends.
  • Eyes: the upper eyelid forms a curved oriental line, while the lower eyelid line is rounded, giving the face characteristic of Burmese cats, dominated by large, impressive eyes from golden yellow to amber.
  • Nose: At the base a clear depression (“stop”), but otherwise it is straight.
  • Torso: strong, muscular, medium length, strong chest, straight back, without raising its back, elegant limbs with oval paws.
  • Tail: medium length, cannot be too thick at the root and should be rounded.
  • Coat: short, delicate and close-fitting to the skin, almost without undercoat; has a delicate shine, which is also a testimony to health.
  • Color: dark brown, light brown, blue, lilac; a lighter color always occurs on the abdomen and chest, and slightly darker on the back. Signs on the facial part of the head, ears, limbs and tail are only slightly darker than the base color, but should be easily noticeable.
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: rather resistant.
  • Lifespan: 14-18 years

Interesting facts

The color of the Burmese cat’s fur depends on the ambient temperature. The coat darkens at lower temperatures and shines bright at higher temperatures. Kittens are born light-colored, darken over time. The final color of the Burmese cat’s fur is determined around the age of two.

Burmese cats are extremely caring mothers and tenderly look after their usually numerous offspring. Often males also take care of the young.

American Burmese cats differ from the above standard breed standard for European type cats. The hollow at the root of the nose (“stop”) is clearer, the nose itself is much shorter, and the face and chin are too prominent. Burmese cats from the United States, derived from crossbreeds with Persian cats or exotic shorthair cats, also have flaws in these breeds, such as undershot, shortened tear ducts, cleft palate and more frequent fetal death. European and overseas breeders in New Zealand are defending themselves against this direction of breeding development.

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