The Burmese cat is a simply magical creature, when their in the mood! They are great family pets because they are very tolerant of children and are not rough with their claws. On the other hand, if they want something then they will get it, even if it is 1 o'clock in the morning!
Firstly, as you may have guessed, the Burmese originated in Burma, when a single brown female was discovered, the breed was then developed in the west to create the cat we know today. The Burmese cat comes in a variety of colours, including solids like blue, red and brown, and pointed colours such as the lilac, chocolate, as well as the rarer varieties like the cream, chocolate tortoiseshell, brown and blue tortoiseshell. The coat itself is very dense, silky and glossy, and the colours are remarkably striking. The body of the cat is compact and muscular, they appear slight but are surprisingly substantial when picked up, averaging 4kg. There are eyes are usually a bright green, everyone comments.
The personality of this charming cat is similarly attractive. They are very people orientated, love attention, are very talkative and are extremely nosy. Whatever is being done around the house, they are the sort to have their noses in everything! Due to their curiosity, most owners keep them indoors as this sometimes leads to theft or other worse endings. However, they do love the outdoors and it seems a shame to coop them up inside. Ours particularly enjoys playing with the dog, climbing trees and generally getting as high as he can. In fact, if he is not let outside the house is destroyed. This brings me on to the negatives of owning a Burmese cat. Firstly, they are very needy and from my experience fussy, 'I want food now'...' but I don't want this flavour.' For this reason they are very demanding and need constant entertaining, but this does mean that they are most suited to family environments. They also love company, and having two from the same litter is the best way to go about this. Finally, expense, they are one of the more expensive breeds, however to evade this I suggest to rehome one as this is equally rewarding.
Overall, a great addition to any family.
If you are looking for a super intelligent, demanding, super affectionate, and amusing cat that will worship any human that graces it presence and give the kids a run for thier money then this is the breed for you. I have been breeding these wonderful animals for a few years now and they never fail to amase me. They will play fetch like a dog, work out any door ( including the fridge ), sleep on the door tops. At the same time they will want to be around someone all the time, whether asleep on your lap or somewhere nice and warm. They adore company whether its feline, human or canine, they crave attention and will make sure they get it. Many times you can see an amazed look on the face of a dog or moggie as a burmese jumps into bed with them and merrily starts bathing them. Loyalty however is not thier strong point they will go to whoever gives them the most attention/love. My advice is never let them be the only cat unless your prepared to be with them 24 x7. 2 Burmese together are very special. You will get so much joy from seeing them play and love each other. Failing that either another feline companion or a canine one will do. This is a breed of cats which are friendly to the hilt. They accept everything and everyone as long as its warm and wants to play !! On the subject of playing, Be prepared to loose any ornamants, wall paper etc. Also they will manage to find to strangest things from the strangest places.
A Burmese kitten is one of the most horrible little creatures ever to grace this earth. They drive you insane, they constantly shout, fight, and attempt to steal any food they see, then when they have driven you to distraction, they fall into a very deep sleep on your lap and you forget all the vile things they have done that day. When they grow up, the only change is that they sleep more often. Burmese cats are happiest sitting on your chest rubbing their wet nose all over your face. They are loyal to you until you have a vistor, and then they cling to that person all the time. Never shut a Burmese cat in a room, they will NEVER stop shouting and rattleing the door, the only silense comes when they decided to break something within the room in an attempt to make you open the door. If you only have one burmese they will want to be with you ALL the time. However if you have a couple of them, then they are happy to spend much of there day with each other, but they hate to be alone. There is no cat cuter or more affectionate than a Burmese, they drive you insane and can be as bad as babies at crying, but they are hard not to love. I have a Brown, Red and Choclate Burmese. All three are similar in some ways but very different in others. Other than the colour difference they are all different sizes, one of which is huge, however the others are quite small, which has promted me to feed them indervidualy, the fat one is quite a bully at feeding time. Only problem to having more than one male Burmese, even it neutred is that they like to make there territory a lot. Burmese are intelligent cats, and my three do not like my moggies very much. They spend much of their time bullying the three moggies. All in all, Burmese are lovable, playfull cats suitable to live in a house with small children as they very rarely will attack a human, unless you tread on its tale. However they can cost you a lot of money in furnit
ure repair and cleaning.
Cats certainly do come in many different shapes and sizes. And a less interesting world it would be if they didn't. I had a pure bred grey Burmese cat, and I don't think I have any other kind now. It was an accidental meeting between Tara (cat) and I. Her owner, a friend of a friend, could no longer look after her, due to family circumstances, and I agreed to look after her. It was a bit of a hate-at-first-sight. She was not a happy kitty in those early days. I worked all day and she sat in the lounge, alternately snarling and shrieking. Burmese cats can bawl their hearts out, well matching the their famously noisy Siamese cousins. And boy, did she scream.. At one point, someone asked me on the telephone if my baby was alright, to which, I had to explain it was actually the cat and not a baby screaming! Burmese cats are incredibly affectionate. They have a reputation for being one of the more intelligent breeds. I'm not sure if Tara was a prime example of intelligence, but she was certainly much more sociable than many other cats I have come across. She was a fussy little beast. She knew what she wanted and had a great little habit of jumping onto the whichever chair you were just about to sit on, but one of her more endearing qualities was that, almost dog-like, she would stare out of the window when I left the house and be waiting when I came in. I don't know how much was Tara personality and how much was Burmese personality, but the Burmese cats are known to be particularly good with children. They are incredibly affectionate as a breed, if a little noisy. They are small, heavy-boned, but delicate cats. Tara was a slim cat, but heavier to carry than many others of her size. People would often think she was a kitten still growing, even when she was 15! They demand more attention than moggies, because they like having people around or other cats. But they really are beaut
iful creatures, if a little expense, and would always be my first preference as a breed. They are short-haired and have much shorter faces than Siamese cats. There are silver grey and brown strains and they are incredibly beautiful, although I'm sure everyone says that about all the different breeds! If you want a cat that is affectionate, good with children and loyal to an almost dog-like extent, it is definitely a breed to consider, although they are quite expensive as pure bred, there is a Burmese Cat Sanctuary which re-houses unwanted Burmese cats, unfortunately, I can't remember the contact number, I'm sorry.
I am the proud owner of two Burmese cats....a brother and sister, who will be 14 (of our years)in December.Don't ask me how old they are in cat years..probably about 160 or something equally ridiculous..:) Both are lovely cats, but the male cat is especially friendly..in fact, he would go off with anyone who paid him any attention...loyal, he is not! The female, Mo, is a dear, but can be very standoffish, and has perfected the art of stalking away from someone with her very pert nose stuck in the air...in other words, all attention towards her must be strictly on her terms. With regards to hunting, neither of them has ever shown much interest, (I obviously feed them too much!)..which is surprising in the case of the female, as that sex is generally notorious for it. A friend of mine has a female Burmese, and she is presented with little "gifts" on an almost daily basis....yuk! The only bad point about my male cat, (not so much the female), is that he is so darned noisy and persistent with it...especially at about 4am, when he decides that he really would rather I let him out the front door instead of slumming it through the kitchen window, which I presume he considers beneath his dignity...and anyway its much more fun for him to hear me chuntering all sorts of cat torture under my breath. Having said all that, there is no way that I'd ever be without them, and if you want a tin foil ball retrieving, fun, talking cat character, then this is definitely a breed to consider.....
Many nice words have been used to describe my cat such as, very tame, cute, affectionate, lovely and more. Lots of strangers have asked me what breed Benny is when he comes up to greet a new passer by. He is very friendly to people that he dsn't even know. Just the other day he decided to sit himself all over my mate he had never met before and went straight to sleep. I have had my cat 8 years I think, I can't remember much before I got him anyway. He has always been my friend and will always be. My famaily got a cat bacause my mum has always wanted a pedigree cat and thats what he is (don't ask me). Pedigree cats cost money, ours was £60 but he is well worth it. My cat is a brown Burmeese called Ben (He has has had many names since). When young these cats are very teritorial and vicious and ours was slightly wild, he always got into fights with some wild cat up the road. Ben became far more tame after a few months living with us and now he is a middle aged lazy git. These cats are awfully small compared to moggys and others, very skinny. I would not trade in my cat with any other and I think this breed is a special one as they are so friendly, just come up and see Benny if you don't believe me.
If you are looking for a total pain in the a**e get a burmese cat. These animals are too clever for their own good, they know every trick in the book & never fail to use them to their own ends. Tilly our rouge burmese is still only the size of a kitten but boy can she cause trouble, if she dosn't get exactly what she wants when she wants it she will slink off & do something terrible! These cats are the most loyal felines I have ever come across they want to be in your face all the time literally, ignore them at your peril! I was warned that oriental cats were very vocal but have not found ours to be so at least not one of the wailing variety. Watch out when they learn to hunt, all my other cats present me with small birds, mice etc but Tilly no these creatures are to easy her count includes very large birds not sure of variety as corpse was too mangled, squirels & the worst a baby bunny, I will never forgive her that one, the cries of bunny killer are still to be heard throughout the house when we are annoyed with her which seems to be most days. On saying all that if you want an interesting cat that really does love you intensely get a burmese cat but you have been warned!