Breed Name: Burmese Cat Scientific Name: Felis catus Other Names: Dog cat Origin: Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and the UK Lifespan: 16-18 years (Burmese is also known as longest living Cat in the world) Height: 10 and 12 inches (25 – 30 cm) Weight:
Male - 8-10 pounds, with some larger at 12 pounds
Female - tend to be a bit smaller, tipping the scale at an average of 6 to 8 pounds. Ladies may weigh up to 12 pounds
The Burmese cat is a breed of domestic cat, originating in Thailand, believed to have its roots near the present Thai-Burma border and developed in the United States and Britain
The American Burmese has a rounded, short-muzzled head, and the European Burmese has a more wedge shaped head
Burmese cats are quite unique from some of the other cat breeds, as they are extremely affectionate to their owners and love positive attention. This is a furry companion that love to curl up in a warm lap and be petted, making them an ideal pet for families and singles alike
Burmese are very friendly & can have a tendency to wander... so best to keep them as an indoor cat, or have a cat run
Burmese cats have a pleasant-sounding meow that's not as loud as the Siamese's
Burmese cats do not like to be left alone. As a matter of fact, it is highly recommended for you to get two Burmese cats instead of one, especially if you work or just expect the cat to be left alone at all times
Burmese kittens reach their full adult color when they are approximately one year old
The Burmese is a cat that is round all over. The head is round, the tips of the ears are round, the eyes, chin and even the feet are 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
Younger Burmese are active, curious cats, and adapt easily to changes. However as they get older, some Burmese can become a bit too placid, preferring to watch rather to get involved in activities
Temperature Tolerance Cats can overheat in hot weather.
Good Luck Omen about Cats Those little cat figurines with the raised paws are meant to draw good luck, wealth and prosperity to their owners. Often they are white, but Lucky Cats also come in black. A black Lucky Cat not only brings luck but also frightens away demons, evil energy, and stalkers
Bad Omen about Cats Most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck, particularly if one walks across the path in front of a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune and death
Color Vision — It's a common misconception that cats can't see any colors, only shades of gray. Humans are known as trichromats, meaning they have three kinds of cones that allow them to see red, green, and blue. A cat's vision is similar to a human who is color blind
Due to their reduced night vision, these cats are more likely to get into accidents at night, especially if you live in a high-traffic area. Consider keeping your Burmese cat in after dark for its own safety
Breed History of Burmese Cat
As the name suggests, the Burmese cat originates from Burma from a single female cat named Wong Mau. She was brought back from Burma by a sailor in around 1930. Wong Mau was dark brown in colour and produced the first litter of solid brown Burmese kittens. These kittens are the foundation of the Burmese breed as we know it today.
Burmese cats arrived in the UK in 1949 and were first shown in the country at a show in London in 1952. This breed of cat is now popular throughout the world for its out-going personality and stunning looks
Gender Identification – Burmese Cats
Determination of sex seems to be an easy thing. Anus and genital opening in male kittens are farther apart than in female kittens
In females, the genital opening is immediately below the anus. In males, it's a notable distance away
Temperament of Burmese
Sometimes labelled ‘velcro cats’, the Burmese breed has a tendency to trail its owners from room to room
The Thai definition for Burmese means fortunate, beautiful, and splendid appearance, this definition certainly rings true for this outstanding breed.
With their happy disposition and lovable affectionate nature, the Burmese will retain its tomboy playfulness and curiosity throughout its entire life.
This truly magnificent breed is the perfect playmate and pet for the entire family and ideal for children
Coat Colors of Burmese Cat
The colour of a Burmese is determined by the colour of the coat, the nose leather and paw pads. Brown is the original colour but there are now many other beautiful varieties
Burmese come basically in four main colours, Dark Brown (or sable), Blue, Lilac and Chocolate brown (or champagne)
Additionally, There are 10 recognised Burmese colours in Australia. 6 possible Male colours and 10 possible female colours including Sable, Champagne, Blue, Platinum, Lilac, Fawn, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Tortoiseshell
Hybrids of Burmese Cats
Burmese-Siamese mix, also known as a Tonkinese. These combine the loving nature of the Burmese with the Siamese’s mischievous curiosity to produce a lively, intelligent and affectionate companion.
Another common mix is the Burmilla, which is a hybrid of the Burmese and Chincilla Persian
Eye Color of Burmese Cat Burmese have yellow eyes with any shade from chartreuse to amber being acceptable, with golden yellow being the most desirable eye colour Grooming Requirements of Burmese Cat
Burmese Cats are easy to groom and do not shed much.
A weekly brush with a rubber comb is all that is required.
To keep your Burmese looking as silky as possible, finish the grooming with a quick polish from a chamois leather.
Burmese will need their claws clipping and their teeth checking regularly
Reproduction Facts - Burmese Cats
The mating process can take several days. A female Burmese’s heat cycle begins at maturity and doesn’t stop until she’s bred. They are polyestrous, therefore they come into heat several times a year. Indoor cats, affected by artificial lighting, go through heat cycles throughout the year
The male is placed in the same room as the female Burmese, and they are allowed to become familiar. If the queen has progressed from proestrus to estrus, she will let the male touch her. The mating itself barely takes half a minute
You must be sure to provide some route of escape for the male cat after mating, since the female is likely to react aggressively
The Burmese female can be mated up to three times in a day, for the first three days of estrus
It’s common for a litter to have multiple fathers, and some breeders prefer to have more than one stud breeding the female to ensure fertility
Cats are reflex ovulators, which means that they only ovulate once they’re bred. If your female Burmese fails to become pregnant then she will start a new heat cycle after about a week. If she miscarries, her body will rest for about two months before resuming the estrus cycle again
Gestation Period is 63 to 70 days
One week before the due date, it’s best to isolate your pregnant cat from the rest of the animals and give her a safe, clean, and comfortable place to give birth to her litter
Once the kittens are born, you should put betadine solution or gel on the severed umbilical chord until it dries and falls off a day later
The kittens should be kept in their mother’s care with very little human interference for the first few months of their lives
Ideally, the female cat should not be bred more than twice a year, while the stud should be given a few weeks’ rest in between mating. If the litter is particularly big, her reproductive rest may be kept even longer
Burmeses are born white (unless they are minks) by the time they are 10 days old their points and patterns and Colors make an appearance
Daily Feed Requirements of Burmese Cat
Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat
Many people think that cats need milk. But they don't. NO you cannot cats are lactose intolerant and it will give kitty an upset stomach and the runs. Cats only need water to drink. If you wanna give them milk, buy lactose free milk only
Feeding Times From age six months to maturity, feed two times a day." Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate
It is recommend that diet plan of Persian cat should include roughly 80% wet or moist food and 20% dry food
Alternatively you can try “Premium Daily Diet for Cats” made through the ‘Secret Recipe’ of Nadia Pets Cross. It also contains essential dietary requirements, minerals, vitamins, preventive medicines and a branded breeding formula to enhance fertility in your Cat.
What Foods Are Poisonous To Cats?
Make sure that the Persian cats Should not eat following or could make them sick:
Alcohol- even a very small amount can make a cat very sick.
Dairy products- Adult cats are lactose intolerant which means that they cannot digest lactose which is present in milk and dairy products.
Raw meat & fish
Grapes & raisins
Onions & garlic
Another common household item that can be toxic to cats and dogs is Antifreeze. Even small amounts can be lethal and the symptoms such as; Vomiting, dizzy or drunken appearance
Burmese Cat Diseases, Diagnostic, and Treatment Burmese Cats are generally a healthy breed of cat but, as with all pedigree cats, there are a couple of health issues to watch out for.
Feline hyperaesthesia syndrome, where the cat becomes very sensitive to being touched and may start to self harm, by biting itself or over grooming.
Hypokalemia (low blood potassium) which can lead to muscle weakness.
Diabetes occurs within the Burmese gene pool more commonly than it does within most other breeds.
They can also be more prone to stones in their urinary tracts that other breeds so always be careful to buy your kitten from a responsible breeder
Lipemia of the aqueous humor, a transient milky appearance of the eye during kittenhood, which usually resolves on its own.
Corneal dermoid, the presence of skin and hair on the surface of the cornea, which can be successfully corrected surgically.
Orofacial pain syndrome, indicated by exaggerated licking and chewing motions and pawing at the mouth. Some cats must wear an Elizabethan collar and have their paws bandaged so they don’t hurt themselves. Some cases resolve on their own, then recur. The cause and the mode of inheritance are unknown. Pain medications and anti-seizure drugs can help, as can consultation with a veterinary dentist to rule out dental disease.
Congenital peripheral vestibular disease, causing head tilting, poor balance, rapid eye movements and uncoordinated walking in kittens. Some kittens with the condition may also be deaf.
Burmese head defect, a craniofacial abnormality.
Flat-chested kitten syndrome, a deformity that can range from mild to severe. Kittens who survive to adulthood usually show no signs once they reach maturity.
Kinked tail, usually as a result of a deformity of the tailbone. It causes no pain or discomfort.
Elbow osteoarthritis, an early onset of arthritis in the elbow, limiting the cat’s activity or mobility.
Endocardial fibroelastosis, a heart condition in which the left ventricle of the heart thickens, stretching the heart muscle. Signs usually develop when a kitten is 3 weeks to 4 months old, good reason to wait until 4 months to bring a kitten home.
Dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart.
Vaccination Schedule - Cat
Kittens are vaccinated once every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age or older. However, to avoid over-vaccination, most veterinarians will recommend starting the vaccine at 8 weeks of age, followed by boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. Rabies is the other core kitten vaccination
Recommended vaccine for kitten commonly called the “distemper” shot , this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”). Rabies