Burmese cat is a breed of domestic cat originating from Burma or specifically near the border of Thai-Burma. The breed is called as Thongdaeng or Supphalak in Thailand brings the meaning of copper color cat.
Burmese cat was viewed as sacred and celebrated in temples and monasteries according to the legend in Burma, currently named as Myanmar. According to the history, Harrison Weir organized a cat show at the Crystal Palace. A pair of Siamese cats were on display that closely resembled modern American Burmese and also Tonkinese breed. The development of the breed is began in the late 19th century in Britain and brought a result of Chocolate Siamese. The breeders insisted in crossbreeding Burmese and Siamese in an attempt to make the Siamese build. However, the breed slowly gone in Britain.
Dr. Joseph Cheesman Thompson imported Wong Mau, a brown female cat into America in 1930. Wong Mau was bred with Tong Mau, a seal point Siamese and then bred with her son. Wong Mau gave birth to a litter of dark brown kittens that became the foundation of a new, distinctive strain of Burmese. Thus, this makes Wong Mau the ancestor for all the Modern Burmese cat today.
According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the breeding program demonstrated that these breed were a distinct breed and ultimately led the breeders to request championship recognition. A few years later, other colors seen in the Siamese breed were also seen in litters. Over time and with much controversy, these other colors were accepted by Cat Fanciers’ Association.
Meanwhile, in the UK, the breeder took interest again in the breed. The cats which composed the new British breeding program were of a variety of builds, including some imported from America ( the litter from Wong Mau.) By 1952, 3 true generations had been produced in Britain and the breed was recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF).
The Burmese is a medium-sized cat from 6 to 14 pounds. She is a stocky cat and somewhat compact with all those muscular with heavy boning within its furry body. The breed is a cat that is round all over. Is it fat? No! The head, the tips of the ears, the eyes, chin and the feet are all round.
The coat of the Burmese is short and glossy. Darker shading on the points may be seen in kittens, but this shading disappears with age, producing richness in any of the accepted colors. They need minimal grooming and do not really shed much. Grooming your cat with a rubber brush once a week should be enough to rid the coat of dead hairs and keep it looking lustrous.
- Weight: 3 to 7 kg
- Coat length: Short, glossy
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Sable, Champagne, Blue, Platinum, Lilac, Fawn,
- Pattern: Tortoiseshell
Burmese are very playful and energetic cats. They do best in active homes with families that are willing to play along! These cats are also highly trainable from litter train to fetch toys.
Their personality are never changed from kittenhood to adulthood. It always playtime for them. They are also the best companion to have by following their hooman around, cuddling with them while they are reading or watching TV, and they even sleeping in your beds at night. If that not affectionate enough, then this is, females are more likely to be in charge of the household, while males supervise from the comfort of a lap. Hence make sure to treat them like kings and queens.
These cats yearn for attention from humans and can become upset if separated for long periods of time. Burmese grow strong attachments to their owners, and while they may need a couple of weeks to adjust to their new home, these deep bonds develop relatively quickly.
- Lifespan: 16 to 18 years
- Active: High
- Intelligent: High
- Vocalize: Medium
Burmese are generally healthy, but they can develop an inherited disease called hypokalemia, which causes skeletal muscle weakness. Responsible breeders test all the breed for these diseases and may offer a health guarantee as part of the sale of their kittens. Some of the conditions they can be prone to include:
- Hypokalemia: Inherited muscular disease
- Cranial deformities
- Glaucoma: High pressure in the eye that can lead to blindness
- Feline hyperesthesia syndrome: An increased sensitivity to touch or painful stimuli
- Kidney stones: Caused by oxalate crystals in the urinary tract
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