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The Extremely Adorable Burmese Is a Child’s Ideal Playmate

Burmese Kittens For Sale

With an expression that just melts your heart, the adorable Burmese cat is the quintessence of innocence. The ideal playmate, this incredibly patient cat will tolerate being dressed up in whatever embarrassing outfits your child concocts for it...the sillier, the better. This cat thrives on attention.

Burmese ancestry originates in the Siamese family, first referred to as “copper cats” of Burma, tracing back to one chocolate cat with darker brown points. Today, a broad range of colors have emerged, but only a few are officially recognized.

History
The Burmese is believed to have originated from the region now known as Myanmar. These cats were kept and bred by priests to roam the palaces and temples of the time. The breed's official matriarch, Wong Mau, belonged to a Dr. Joseph Thompson in the 1920s or 1930s. This cat appeared to be a Siamese with a chocolate-colored coat and nearly black points. Probably the natural result of matings between solid-colored Burmese cats and free-roaming pointed Siamese cats, Wong Mau would ultimately become the matriarch of two breeds: The Burmese, and the Tonkinese.

Since Thompson didn't have access to other cats that looked like Wong Mau, he used seal point Siamese cats to produce kittens that looked either like Burmese or Siamese kittens. The brown kittens without markings became the modern Burmese. Subsequent breeding also produced kittens that had lilac, chocolate, and red coloring.

Thompson’s efforts, along with those of geneticist Clyde Keeler and breeders Virginia Cobb and Billie Gerst, ultimately produced kittens with pointed, brown, and beige coats. Thompson’s 1943 article in the journal "Heredity" was the first published on feline genetics.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association began to register the Burmese in 1936 but stopped registering cats in 1947 because developers were still using Siamese in their breeding stock. The practice was stopped in 1953, and registrations continued thereafter. Today, the Burmese is a highly popular breed with predominant colors recognized by all major cat registries.

Appearance
Burmese definitions have changed over the years, from the “dainty” standard in 1953; to a new description in 1957, as “somewhat compact” with comparisons to a Domestic Short Hair and a Siamese. It was finally revised again in 1959 to simply "compact."

The Burmese is the epitome of a solid, muscular feline cloaked in robes of silk. Its lush, short, exquisite, satiny fur has traditionally been a dark solid brown known as "sable," but can now be seen in platinum, champagne, and blue (a shade of grey). Platinum cats have pale silver-gray fur with fawn undertones, and lavender-pink paw pads and nose. Champagne-colored Burmese are a warm honey-beige with light brown nose and paw pads. Blue Burmese kitties are medium gray with a slightly lighter color for the underbelly and gray nose and paw pads. Its large expressive eyes are gold or yellow, with medium-sized ears on a rounded head, that tilt slightly forward.

Burmese also come in other colors, including lilac, red, and tortoiseshell, although these colors are not permitted for registration by all organizations. In adulthood, their weight is roughly 8 to 13 pounds.

Temperament
It's no surprise that the Burmese is a beloved family pet indeed. Should you choose to get one of these little darlings (or two, since they'll make great company for each other as well as for you), you won't be sorry – unless you don't want a loving shadow who will beg for your non-stop attention. Burmese kitties are lovable, adorable lap-sitters who want only to be with you, to snuggle, to cuddle, to play – and to talk. Yes, that's right. Burmese kitties are consummate talkers, and will be happy to discuss whatever interests you.

Burmese cats are so accommodating, in fact, that they make excellent playmates for children. This little kitty won't mind in the least if your child wants to dress it up in clothing, push it around in a baby carriage, or any other "indignity" that another cat might find insulting. Not so the Burmese. Any attention is good attention, as long as it’s kind and loving.

Even so, your accommodating, entertaining, outgoing little pet of course wants everything just so, as is true of most cats. That said, this cat will be so loving that you won't mind in the least – and you'll most certainly be hypnotized by those golden, expressive eyes.

Finally, this little pet is very athletic and will jump just about everywhere. Give it plenty of attention and keep it indoors at all times. As with most cats, Burmese don't need to go outdoors and are happy with a litter box, food, water, plenty of attention, and maybe a few cat toys to keep it occupied when not in your lap or in the baby carriage.

Health
Generally healthy, Burmese cats live longer than most pedigreed cats, reaching 16 to 18 years of age on a regular basis. Some can be prone to cranial deformities particular to the Burmese, and can also suffer from something called feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which is an increased sensitivity to touch. Make sure your breeder gives you a written health guarantee.

In addition, as with most cats, Burmese can suffer from urinary tract infections caused by calcium oxalate stones. Feed your cat a high-quality diet to help prevent these problems. Elbow osteoarthritis, which is an early form of arthritis, and endocardial fibroelastosis, a heart condition in which the left ventricle thickens, are other possible issues. The heart condition usually does not have symptoms until the kitten reaches 3 to 4 months of age. If you adopt kittens who are that age or older, you should have no problems. Finally, diabetes can also sometimes occur in the Burmese.

Grooming Your little pet's coat is easy to care for with a simple weekly brushing and combing. Daily tooth brushing is highly recommended to prevent periodontal (gum) disease which can affect overall health. Check and clean ears weekly if necessary, and wipe eyes with a soft damp cloth to remove any discharge. Finally, make sure your pet's litter box is kept spotless, as this cat will be finicky about its immaculate condition and may be repelled by a less-than-optimal “bathroom” environment which can lead to undesirable habits.

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