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Catster HQ  |  Jan 1st 1970


Quick Facts

  • Weight: 8 – 10 pounds | male
    6 – 8 pounds | female
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Breeders describe the Burmese as “bricks wrapped in silk” due to its solid, muscular round-shaped body that features a silky, close-lying shorthaired coat.

Burmese comes in four colors, led by sable (a coffee brown color) and followed by champagne, blue and platinum. Eyes can be gold or yellow and are always conveying a look of innocence that belies their high intelligence.

Females weigh between 8 and 10 pounds and males average between 10 and 12 pounds.


  • Extremely intelligent and inquisitive
  • Likes to hide shiny objects
  • Very attached to their people
  • Playful and mischievous
  • Welcomes other pets

Ideal Human Companion

  • Active households
  • Households with older children
  • Singles
  • Households with other pets
  • Experienced cat owners

What They Are Like to Live With

Burmese carefully observe household activities and seem to posses a “monkey see, monkey do” attitude. That explains why they are masters at opening cabinets and stashing your favorite pair of earrings or car keys in their favorite hiding spots.

This breed definitely needs physical and mental stimulation or it will act mischievously out of boredom. Devote some time to teach your Burmese some trips and provide sturdy perches and cat trees and toys.

Be prepared to chat a bit as this breed likes to engage in conversation but it not overly vocal.

A Burmese can rival a dog in its ability to retrieve tossed objects and fondness for daily games of fetch.

Its coat is truly low maintenance. You can maintain its healthy shimmer by simply running your fingers through its coat daily. No comb or brush needed.

Things You Should Know

Don’t expect your Burmese to grow up to become blasé. This breed tends to maintain a kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood.

This breed can be overly trusting, so always supervise your Burmese when outdoors to protect against predators or other dangers in the environment.

This cat likes to hang out in high places, so provide sturdy perches and tuck your family heirlooms inside China cabinets.

Burmese History

This breed traces its roots to a walnut-brown female cat named Wong Mau from Burma who was brought to San Francisco in 1930 by Dr. Joseph Thompson. He selectively bred this cat with Siamese males to produce the Burmese look.

Controversy surrounded this breed in the late 1940s when cat breed judges discovered that hybrid versions were competing in cat shows. From 1947 to 1957, the Cat Fanciers Association withdrew its recognition of the Burmese until its bloodlines could be re-established.

Now ranked 16th in popularity among the CFA-recognized breeds, the Burmese has been competing for championship status since 1957.