Burmese Cat

Burmese Appearance

Burmese are recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in four colors: sable, champagne, blue and platinum. The Burmese coat is often compared to mink or velvet. It is soft to the touch and has a luxurious sheen.

Burmese carry surprising weight for their size and have often been described as "bricks wrapped in silk." Their coats are very short, satin-like in texture, and generally require little grooming other than daily petting.

There is a range in Burmese head and body type; the more compact cats with the rounder heads are seen in the show ring. Typically, a full grown female will average between 5 and 8 pounds, while a male will usually be larger at 6 to 10 pounds.

Burmese have large, expressive eyes that are great pools of innocence and seductive appeal, irresistible in effect. These eyes are their most persuasive weapon in an arsenal of endearing traits that mask an awesome power to hypnotize their owners into life-time love affairs through which they effortlessly rule their families.

Burmese Personality

While Burmese are indeed beautiful creatures, it is the Burmese personality that usually attracts a first time owner. As kittens, Burmese are quite lively. They often seem clumsy when they attempt feats beyond their capabilities and land on their rears with solid little thumps. They will be playful well into adulthood.

As Burmese grow, their high intelligence emerges and their own individual personalities start to unfold. They mature into charming, resolute executives who move in and take over a household, running it efficiently with those big eyes and a velvet paw.

If encouraged, many Burmese converse with their humans, using soft, sweet voices (they are neither loud nor raucous). They are good with children, will tolerate the family dog, and if introduced to it at an early age as something pleasant, most will enjoy traveling in a car.

Burmese are extremely people-oriented; their personalities are almost dog-like in a tendency to shadow their owners and in a desire to give and receive affection. They love warm laps and caressing hands and enjoy cuddling up in bed either under the covers or on top of their favorite persons. They delight in helping to manage the house. Some of their favorite chores are assisting with paper work or reading (by sitting on top of the material), or going into cupboards (to demonstrate where things ought to be).

Typically, Burmese are always with people. The females tend to request center stage and take an active role in ruling the household. The males prefer to supervise from the lap position, are more laid back and less opinionated. If emotionally slighted by their owner's obtuseness, Burmese may sulk, but, fortunately, not for long. Burmese often convert the most anti-cat person into a Burmese enthusiast. Be forewarned! They can be addictive, and like potato chips, you may find you cannot have just one. Many people find the complete Burmese experience is to have one of each sex or perhaps two (or more) colors.

Burmese should never be let outdoors as they are entirely too trusting and have little, if any, survival instinct. Their idea of survival is to turn their soulful eyes on you to attend to all their needs. This does not work for catching food, fighting off enemies or avoiding cars.

Regardless of the sex or color of the Burmese you choose, what most owners find is that they are indeed the ones that are owned by their Burmese and they wouldn't have it any other way.

(Excerpts taken from NABB Burmese Breed Profile, with text by Judith Kollman and Patricia Swihart.)

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