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In the United States the history of the Burmese begins in the early 1930`s when Dr. Joseph Thompson , a psychiatrist of San Francisco arrived from Burma with an attractive walnut-brown female which he named Wong Mau. Thompson undertook a complex series of breedings with Siamese, and later imported two additional Burmese from Burma. 

Lighter colored kittens were produced on occasion (which are called “dilute” colors), and the four colors that are recognized in North America by CFA, CCA, TICA and by most Cat Associations World-wide are: the dark brown or sable, blue (dark gray), champagne (light beige-brown) and platinum (ivory) and their warm shading is almost imperceptibly to a lighter hue on the under parts. Their graceful bodies are very muscular, long yet rounded, with a voluminous head and their legs are short but solid.

INT CH. Laki's Fenton of Gizmo

The characteristics

The characteristics of the Burmese is the quality of their short, dense and satin-glossy coat which is shiny and fine in texture which is a marked feature, and this is one reason why they are nicknamed ''The sable cat''. Burmese cats also have a very radiant look. They have very expressive eyes, which are golden in color when they are adults. At birth they are blue-gray which change to green before going to the radiant gold, and as they get older changes again to a greenish-yellow color.

Athletic, brave and affectionate, and one of their biggest qualities is probably their kindness towards the family that adopts him. 

They mature into charming, resolute executives who move in and take over a household, running it efficiently with their big eyes and a velvet paw. They have extraordinary ingenuity, a true companion for children, they play with them, they will even tolerate the family dog, and if introduced at an early age as something pleasant, enjoy traveling in a car. They are very adaptable and love to be cuddled in your arms.

They love warm laps and caressing hands and enjoy cuddling up in bed either under the covers or on top of their favorite person., They are often called “little people wrapped in fur”. Some of their favorite chores are paperwork and reading (by sitting on top of the material), or going into cupboards (to demonstrate where things ought to be). Typically, Burmese are always with people. Both males and females, they request center stage and take an active role in ruling the household. They will gradually perform many dog like activities in play, from fetching small balls, to walking on a leash, shaking hands, giving kisses and rolling over for a tummy rub. Burmese are known to often convert the most anti-cat person into a Burmese enthusiast. (They did it to my husband).

At maturity, females weigh between 5 to 8 lbs (2.3 to 3.6 kg), and males from 8 to 12 lbs (3.6 to 5.4 kg). The average life of a Burmese is 15 years, however some live to be 20 years old.

Burmese should be allowed outside only under supervision, on a leach at the beginning, as they are entirely too trusting and have little, if any, survival instinct. (Most breeders recommend that Burmese should be kept inside).

Burmese breeders are said to be a rare breed and you should always purchase your kitten/cat from a reputable breeder. There are some real advantages in dealing directly with a responsible Burmese Breeder. You are getting a cat from the source. If you ever have a question, you can directly ask the person who was responsible for breeding, raising, feeding and caring for this kitten. You can see pictures of each parent, and if the breeders cattery is not closed, you may even be able to see the queen and sire (assuming the sire is in the cattery). A responsible breeder guarantees the health of the kitten or cat for a reasonable length of time (at least 3 to 6 months), and provide registration papers (only after the kitten has been altered). Pricing of Burmese usually depends on each individual kitten’s bloodlines and type. 

Burmese breeders must invest large amounts of money in order to obtain good bloodlines and must first of all be recognized and accepted by other breeders in different provinces and countries.
Caring breeders only allow pickup of new kittens between twelve and fourteen weeks of age, and many do not allow visitors before 9-11 weeks (this is to keep out infection in the cattery). 

Neutering and spaying your Burmese are essential elements for maintaining a healthy companion, and most importantly will extend the life expectancy of your cat. 

Finally, be it a male or female, there is no difference, however it is said that males are more affectionate, is it true or false, it is up to you to discover the truth!

Claire &Carole

Platinum burmese

champagne & platinum kittens

Traditional Burmese Cats
Claire & Carole Lamontagne
Austin, Quebec (near Magog Quebec)
Canada, J0B 1B0
Tel: (450) 297-3155


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