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Burmese Cat Breeders
The Burmese is cat that has true personality and they have often been referred to as a brick wrapped in silk, due to their surprising weight yet beautiful coat. If you think you’d love these cats, here is what you need to know.
The Burmese is a cat that is chock full of personality and gorgeous to boot. They absolutely love human companionship and will do their best to help you run your household. You may be surprised to learn that the Burmese is actually very dog like in nature and this is where it gets its reputations as being one of the dogs of the cat world!
The Burmese breed of cat came about in the 1930s when a doctor from San Francisco acquired a walnut brown female cat from Burma which is called Wong Mau. This cat was selectively bred with Siamese cats in order to produce a distinct breed – the Burmese. The Burmese cat is named for Wong Mau’s origins of Burma.
The Burmese is a compact cat that is surprisingly weighty for its size as it has a muscled, athletic body. They have beautiful, large, expressive golden eyes and should have an attractive rounded head. The Burmese’s coat is very short and has the texture of satin or silk, and they come in colours such as chocolate, brown, lilac, blue, red, cream, brown tortie, blue tortie, chocolate tortie and lilac tortie. Unlike the Siamese, the Burmese have soft, sweet voices.
The Burmese is a highly intelligent and playful cat and will remain playful right into adulthood. They are also very charming and you’ll find that it won’t be long before they have taken over the household and have started running it themselves! They love to be the centre of attention and will cuddle up to their owners as well as “help” with the chores (usually getting in the way!).
Caring for Burmese
While the Burmese are a very healthy cat, they can be prone to diabetes so it is wise to feed them the best diet that you can afford. Your vet will be able to advise on what dry foods and wet or fresh foods are the best. You also need to make sure that your cat has fresh water available to them at all times.
If you are after a cat that is very low maintenance grooming wise, you’d be hard pressed to go past the Burmese. Their short, silky coats little more than a daily pat to keep it in good condition. You can brush the coat weekly if you prefer.
Generally speaking, the Burmese is a very healthy, robust cat but they can be prone to problems such as diabetes, respiratory infections and cardiomyopathy. A good breeder will test for these and try to minimise the risk of these occurring in your cat. The risk of your Burmese contracting diabetes can also be managed by feeding the correct diet.
The Burmese are best suited to inside living as they are so intelligent and curious that they may come to harm outside – not to mention that they might get nabbed off the street due to their beauty. They are a great cat for children and they will even tolerate the family dog. Because they are so people oriented, they do not like to be left on their own for long periods of time. The solution? Get a pair to keep each other company! The Burmese is the perfect cat if you are after companionship in everything that you do. However, if you don’t want a fully interactive pet like the Burmese is, you may benefit from a different breed.
The Burmese are intelligent cats that will take well to being trained. You can easily train them how to use a litter box and they will quickly pick up that scratching and clawing should only be done on a scratching post. For the litter box, they will already have been trained at the breeder and all you should need to do is reinforce the training by showing them where the litter box is and placing them in it after they have eaten or drunk. They will quickly get the idea. If you catch your Burmese scratching in the wrong places, simply tell them no firmly, and take them to their scratching post. Again, they’ll soon catch on.
The Burmese are so intelligent that you can even teach them how to do tricks such as playing fetch. If you do plan to try and teach your Burmese these tricks, be aware that you will need to be patient, give lots of praise and treats when they do what you want, and never ever punish them or get angry at them if they don’t seem to be picking it up. Cats cannot be trained in the same way as dogs after all. If your cat does develop undesirable behaviours however, this can be stopped by saying no in a kind but firm voice. For the word no to work, you will have to start when they are kittens and remain persistent.
Buying and Owning a Burmese
If you are bringing one of these characters home, you will need to have the essentials. These include food, food and water bowls, a collar, a comfortable bed (that they may never use as they prefer to sleep with you!), and plenty of toys and games to keep them occupied.
The breeder should go through the care requirements with you and let you know how often they need to be wormed and flea treated, and what products they have been using thus far or what products they recommend. You should also receive your cat’s vaccination records and the due date of their next vaccination. Most breeders will only let their cats leave once they are desexed but if yours is not, you should get this done as soon as possible. Your cat will also have been microchipped and you need to transfer this into your name, as well as ensure that your cat is registered with the local council.
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