Burmese - Everything you need to know about the cat breed

Brief info about your cat’s breed Burmese

Weight: Males 5 - 6 kg, females 3 - 5 kg
Wither height: 25 - 30 cm
Energy level: Energetic
9 - 13 years
Social need:
Colours: The traditional coat colour is dark brown, but modern breeding has also resulted in several colors, for example blue, light purple, red, champagne, fawn and creme.
Health problems: Generally healthy but can suffer from the hereditary diseases Hypokalemia and Gandliosidosis as well as diabetes.

Personality of a Burmese

The cat breed Burmese is a friendly, playful and curious breed that is known for its social temperament. They do not like to be left alone, want to be involved in the activities of their cat parents and like to live together with other cats. Burmese cats are also very lively and have a great need to climb, jump and play. They therefore need space to be activated in the home.

Looks and fur care of a Burmese

The Burmese is a medium-sized and muscular cat with a short, glossy and mostly brown coat. However, this breed of cat usually feels heavier than it looks. Most things on a Burmese are round shapes - for example the head and the tips of the ears. It has no undercoat and the coat of this cat usually does not matte and is easy to care for. Occasional brushing is still needed to remove loose hair and promote a healthy, shiny coat.

Health problems in a Burmese

The Burmese are generally a healthy cat breed. Burmese cats in particular, however, have the hereditary and very serious disease Gandliosidosis, which affects the cat's nervous system and which manifests itself at an early age. The disease Hypokalemia can also occur in Burmese, which means a lack of potassium in the blood. Depending on the severity, the disease can range from harmless to fatal.

Oral Health

Did you know you need to brush your cat's teeth? Brushing your cat's teeth daily is the best thing you can do to prevent your cat from getting periodontitis, learn more about it here. The dental disease FORL is common among cats and often occurs in connection with periodontitis. Brushing the cat's teeth can be a challenge, but with treats and a lot of patience, the cat will eventually get used to it. Learn more about how to brush your cat's teeth in this course.


There are a lot of things that are toxic to cats that you may not have thought about before. An example of this is plants, learn more about which plants are poisonous to your cat here. Additional examples of what is poisonous to cats are chocolate and mouse and raw poison. It is important to store things that are dangerous to cats in a place that they cannot access.

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