The Beauty of Burmese Cats
Fun, playful and friendly, Burmese cats are said to be an excellent choice for those who claim to be “more of a dog person than a cat person”.
Sensitive to their owner’s feelings, Burmese cats have even been known to comfort them when they’re ill. If you’re not already sold on this breed, you soon will be after reading our round up of favourite Burmese cat facts.
A Brick Wrapped in Silk
Although they look sleek, elegant and slight, if you get the chance, then pick one up. You’ll be surprised at how heavy they are! They are lean, mean, densely packed muscle machines, enveloped in a beautifully sleek, glossy coat – often referred to as “a brick wrapped in silk”.
Catnapped from Thailand
The name belies the breed’s origins. When the Burmese army invaded Thailand in the 18th century, it is thought that a Thai temple cat was whisked off back to Burma. In the 20th century, retiring naval officer and practicing psychiatrist, Dr Joseph Thompson imported an ancestor of this cat from Burma to the US, so the breed was named after Burma even though they didn’t originate there. The original Thai name for this breed of cat means “beautiful, fortunate and of splendid appearance” – very fitting we think!
Is it a Dog? Is it a Parrot?
This breed is incredibly affectionate and loves to sit on your lap or rub up against your legs. They also wait by the door for you to get home, love to indulge in a game of fetch, get lonely without company and can even be trained to go out for a walk on a lead. This dog-like behaviour is probably the reason why Burmese cats win even the hearts of those who claim to prefer dogs.
Not content with mimicking just one other species, many Burmese cats love to jump up from the floor and sit on their owner’s shoulders, parrot-fashion. They seem to like being up high for some reason, and also enjoy jumping up onto the top of a door to surprise unwitting visitors!
These little critters are very active and playful, and Burmese owners will be familiar with the “mad half hour” – a period in the day where their little furry friend can be found tearing madly around the house; flitting up and down the stairs, running a slalom around chair and table legs and flipping somersaults. It’s normally at the time of day where you’d appreciate a period of calm – when you first get up, or when you’re off to bed.
Curiosity and the Cat
Cats are naturally nosey creatures, but this breed takes it to the extreme. If you are considering getting a Burmese cat, you will need to resign yourself to the loss of all privacy, as your new shadow will want to follow you everywhere, helping you with everything from reading a book to making the dinner. They also love to sneak under the duvet. This curious nature necessitates caution, however, as Burmese cats have been known to sneak into an open window of a van or car and find themselves transported far from home!
Their propensity for exploring, coupled with the fact that they have zero survival skills, prompts most owners to keep them as indoor cats. If you want to know more about this breed, we found some great facts on Burmese Cat Club and Cat Time.