Burmese – The Confident Cat

This guide was written by Joe Francis
Updated: February 24, 2018
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For cat owners that have a big, outgoing and social personality and would love a cat that matches that personality, the Burmese is the perfect fit. Even though it is deceptively cute with a calm impression, this is the extrovert and party animal of the cat kingdom. A Burmese is playful, very intelligent and with bursts of incredible energy. The most important aspect about them is their love for human company.

History of the Burmese Cat

The Burmese is named after its original home land which was Burma now Known as Myanmar. The exact origin of the breed is not known but, there is mention of a copper colored cat in an ancient Thai cat book which was written between 1350 – 1767 in the Ayudha period.

The entire population of the Burmese was from one cat that was known as Wong Mau – The small brown colored cat was brought to San Francisco America by Dr. Joseph Thompson in 1930 and went on to become the mother of the Burmese breed.

Even though Wong Mau is touted as the mother of the breed, the Burmese were present in England as early as the 1800s. However, they faced stiff competition from the more preferred blue-eyed Siamese and they died out. That is when Wong Mau came in to save the day and the entire breed.

Folklore has a very interesting story about Burmese cats back in Burma where they were kept as sacred animals in Monasteries and temples. They had everything going for them and even had servants.

Appearance of the Burmese

The appearance of the Burmese largely depends on which of them you are looking at. There are European Burmese and there are American Burmese. Even though the two share quite a number of similarities, they are slightly different. The American Burmese has a rounder face – Other than that, everything else on this breed is standard.

The Burmese is a medium sized cat with a strong muscle build and a very athletic which supports its playful nature and quick reflexes. It has an even, glossy and close coat that is almost polished quality. Despite the misleading appearance, they are quite heavy with males weighing as much as 6Kgs and females weighing up to 5Kgs.

They have large widely spaced and golden colored eyes which are a true beauty and their medium-size ears are set well apart. Despite the strong frame, they have slender legs and neat oval paws to keep them mobile. The beauty extends to the various types of coat colors that they come in which include chocolate, blue, brown, red, cream, blue and brown tortie and Lilac among others.

The Burmese Personality

Straight out of the box, the Burmese is a confident, playful and very social cat. They are outgoing and very lively especially in their younger years. They also happen to be very intelligent and gentle and are less vocal compared to the Siamese.

Even though they playful, after they are fresh out of energy, they love taking a power nap on their owners lap and they will always follow you around the house like a dog taking every chance to get a pat or a stroke. They get along with everyone as well as other pets. If you are looking for an exceptional family pet that loves company, the Burmese fits the bill perfectly. However, they tend to be a little too curious at times.


They are among the few cat breeds that don’t require much attention and care. The only need to have their coat brushed at least once a week and you might also want to keep the cat indoors with access to a safe cat enclosure.

If you are looking to own a Burmese, you should know that they are prone to certain health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, periodontal disease, agenesis, dry eye among others. Some of these can be avoided with proper care. Other than that, you should be able to enjoy your new pet well into her teen years.

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