Burmese cats have a high level of intelligence, are owner-oriented and very clean. They love children and are patient with them. Owners of animals also note their ability to learn early.
it's important to teach a Burmese. This is not a pet that will sit quietly on the window or sleep on the couch. This cat will just climb on your head, in the most literal sense, so the owner will pay attention to it. This breed cannot be called calm.
These cats are considered very mobile and active. If she has stopped for a while, it's only so she can look at something interesting.
The playfulness of the pet is not lost throughout life. Burmese are ready to frolic both in childhood and in adulthood.
With their close relationship to humans, Burmese are more likely to resemble dogs than independent cats. These cats are not ready to live on their own, they want to be near the owner and take part in all activities. If the owner returns from work tired, the cat will always find a way to calm and amuse him.
If desired, Burmese can be taught to some dog tricks, as they have good a memory and quick wits.
Burmese cat is very smart and quick-witted. She gravitates to the owner and cannot imagine her life without him. In character, she is somewhat reminiscent of a dog - she is also devoted to her owner and walks behind him “on the heels”.
This animal is more suitable for large families with children. Since the Burmese cat is always active and wants to play (both in childhood and in old age), it will be most interesting for her to live in the same house with kids.
The pet is very smart and has a good memory, so a Burmese can be taught to many tricks.
You will not be bored with a Burmese cat, but it is very important to understand that this pet should not be left alone for a long time. Otherwise, the cat will get bored and start to worry. This is causes the loss of appetite and other health problems.
The Burmese, as we know it today, was developed in America from a single cat: Wong Mau. In 1930 a sailor brought Wong Mau from the Orient and gave her to Dr. Joseph G. Thompson of San Francisco. She was described as "a rather small cat, fine-boned, but with a more compact body than that of a Siamese, with a shorter tail, a rounded, short-muzzled head, with greater width between rounded eyes." She was walnut-brown in color, with darker brown points. Many breeders considered her a dark Siamese but Dr Thomson thought she was distinctly different. He established a program to isolate and reproduce her distinguishing traits. In 1932 Wong Mau was bred to Tai Mau, a Seal Point Siamese, and had kittens of two colors: some like Siamese kittens and others brown kittens with darker points like Wong Mau. Bred to her son, Yen Yen Mau, Wong Mau's kittens contained 3 colors: some like Siamese kittens, brown kittens like Wong Mau, and some dark brown kittens. The dark brown offspring founded the Burmese breed. It is now accepted that Wong Mau was actually a Siamese x Burmese hybrid.
On Mar 29 1955, the first blue Burmese kitten, Sealcoat Blue Surprise, was born in England. Cats other than sable had appeared earlier, but most Burmese breeders chose to breed only the sable cats. It is now believed that Wong Mau also carried the genes for dilution and chocolate that resulted in the appearance of chocolate, blue and lilac kittens. The red factor was added later in Europe.
This breed has practically no undercoat, but this does not save owners from caring for the animal.
A Burmese cat needs to be combed out every week using a rubber brush. After combing, the animal’s hair is rubbed with suede or silk so the hairline of the pet will become more smooth and shiny. All photographs of Burmese cats are always special - in them the hair of animals seems very smooth and silky. This is all because it is pre-rubbed with tissues.
Burmese often have dental problems. Therefore, it is better to pre-purchase a special brush and toothpaste for cats and periodically brush their teeth. In any case, it is advisable to check the teeth with a veterinarian once a year.
It is better to feed the animal solid and high-quality food. Dry food is the best prevention against tartar and plaque formation.
There are some diseases characteristic of this breed. These include: diabetes and hypokalemia (Achilles heel of Burmese).
All Burmese cats have a predisposition to diabetes. It is important to monitor the quality of food and the lack of sweets and flour in the diet.
It is worth noting that the Burmese are not afraid of harsh sounds, other animals or strangers, so make sure that the cat does not run away from home for an independent walk and do not leave the window wide open.
In the 30s of the 20th century, Burmese cats enjoyed universal love and recognition, but the number of individuals remained very limited. For wider distribution of the breed, it was decided to cross the Burmese with Siamese and other cats, the color of which was a bit like Wong Mau.
The ranks of Burmese breeders have thinned considerably, and employees of American nurseries entered the arena. Thanks to their efforts and organized work to revive the breed, in 1957 the registration of Burmese cats was renewed: the number of purebred individuals increased several times. A year later, UBCF set about developing a recognized breed standard. The result was achieved in 1959 and has not been changed since. As for color, the first CFA registered brown, later nicknamed sable because of its resemblance to the fur of this animal. Many years of crossbreeding resulted in the appearance of other coat colors: platinum, blue, golden (champagne).
Burmese cats did not limit themselves to conquering the United States and continued to pace the world with soft pads. In 1949, three representatives of this breed appeared on the lands of Great Britain and aroused universal love and recognition. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, England created clubs and associations of Burmese cat lovers every now and then. To increase their numbers, breeders crossed animals with the Siamese breed, which by that time had acquired familiar features. For this reason, the appearance of English and American burmese appeared to have noticeable differences. Thus arose the second breed standard - European. He is not recognized by the CFA, and neither is the American by the GCCF. Mating cats belonging to different standards is prohibited.
Colors of American Burmese: coffee with milk, sable, platinum, blue.
Colors of the European Burmese: all shades of chocolate, red, blue, brown, lilac, tortoiseshell.