11 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Burmese Cat

Burmese cats have a unique origin story Although the Burmese may seem to have originated in Asia, it was actually developed in America. An American sailor brought back a small souvenir from Burma in the early 20th century: a wide-eyed, walnut brown cat named Wong Mau.

They’re heavyweight champions These cats are very heavy when it comes to their weight. Although they may appear small and sleek, Burmese cats are quite large. Their compact, muscular build makes them more heavy than they seem. They are often described as "bricks wrapped with silk" because of this trait.

They’re the extroverts of the cat world Burmese lovers will tell you that they have charming personalities. When they are happy to be with their owners, these social butterflies can really turn up the charm.

Burmese cats are extremely trusting PetMD - This is a safety concern for Burmese cats. Do not allow them outside. Burmese cats can be extremely trusting and have limited survival instincts. This makes them easy prey for predators.

They’re a vocal breed Although they aren't as talkative as their Siamese ancestors the Burmese have an inborn tendency to be heard. They don't hesitate to voice their concerns. They will use raspy, whistling to alert you when they need your attention.

There’s an American version and a British version Although they are related in ancestry, there are very few key differences between American and British Burmese cats. American Burmese are more stocky than their sleek European counterparts. American Burmese also have a wider head, a shorter muzzle and rounder eyes. British counterparts have a wedge-shaped head and long muzzle with slightly slanted pupils.

Burmese cats come in four different colors Burmese owners love the fact that their breed requires very little grooming. Burmese owners appreciate the fact that their silky, short coat sheds very little and needs to be brushed only occasionally.

Burmese cats love to play! They have a funny side. These cats are also intelligent and can play fetch and enjoy interactive toys and puzzle feeders .

Controversy surrounded this breed Mental Floss says that there was a surge in Burmese adoptions during the 1930s and 1940s, leaving American breeders puzzled about how to meet this demand. They crossed them with Siamese cats. The CFA ended this diluted crossbreeding in 1947 by suspending cat registration. The CFA then declared that cats from Burmese purebred Burmese were to be considered "true Burmese".

They’ve created other popular breeds Other cat breeds have been developed by the Burmese, such as the Bombay or the Burmilla.

Burmese cats are prone to certain health conditions Burmese cats are generally healthy but have a greater risk of the following: – Lipemia from the aqueous humor -this causes a milky look to the eyes – Head or facial defects--unfortunately, these are usually fatal – Diabetes -canbe treated with insulin injections, and a controlled diet – Elbow osteoarthritis--arthritis in the elbow that limits mobility