In today's video, we are going to talk about some interesting facts and myths about the Burmese Cat.
The Burmese cat is mediumsized, with a rounded head and an elegant yet wellmuscled body. The breed is not as large and sturdy as the British Shorthair cat breed nor as slender and dainty as Siamese cats. The eyes are large and lustrous and may be any shade of yellow, often seeming to change in variations in light quality. The tail is straight and ends in a rounded paintbrush tip. The fine, short glossy coat is a distinctive feature of the Burmese cat and lies close to the body. The Burmese cat comes in 10 colors but in all colors, the underparts will be lighter than the back and the shading will be gradual.
Here are some of the interesting facts about the Burmese Cat, which will give you some further insight into its characteristics and temperament.
1. Burmese Cat's History.
The ancestors of the Burmese are the Siamese and the “copper cat” of Burma. It’s thought that they were temple and palace cats bred and kept by priests. The matriarch of the modern Burmese was a small, darkbrown cat named Wong Mau. She belonged to Dr. Joseph Thompson, who either acquired her from a sailor or brought her back himself from his travels, depending on which story you believe.
Wong Mau was at first thought to be a Siamese with a chocolatecolored coat. Such Siamese wasn’t unheard of. “Chocolate Siamese” was described in the 18 80s. Their bodies were tan or brown, and they had sealbrown or nearly black points. The sealpoint Siamese, also known as royal Siamese, had lighter bodies that contrasted with their dark points and were preferred by breeders and the public. The chocolatecolored cats eventually disappeared in Britain, but they still existed in Thailand and Burma, where they were probably the offspring of natural matings between freeroaming Siamese and solidcolored Burmese cats. Wong Mau was one of them.
Dr. Thompson bred Wong Mau to a sealpoint Siamese named Tai Mau. His breeding program, in conjunction with breeders Virginia Cobb and Billie Gerst and geneticist Clyde Keeler, produced kittens with beige, brown, and pointed coats.
2. Burmese Cat's Personality.
The Burmese is energetic and friendly. He has the charm and determination of his Siamese ancestors, and enjoys conversation as much as that breed, but his voice is soft and sweet, belying his tendency to run the household with an iron paw sheathed in velvety fur. He is highly intelligent and seeks out human companionship, so he’s not best suited to a home where he will be left alone much of the day. If no humans will be around to engage his intellect, be sure he has the company of another pet. He gets along well with other cats and with dogs, but of course another Burmese will be his best pal.
A Burmese is a good choice if you don’t object to complete loss of privacy. This cat will want to be involved in everything you do, from reading the newspaper and working at the computer to preparing meals and watching television. He will, of course, sleep on the bed with you and may even snuggle under the covers. When you are sitting down, he will be in your lap or right next to you, waiting expectantly to be petted. You will be scolded if you ignore him. Guests will receive his full attention, and it is likely that he will win over even those who claim to dislike cats.
3. They’re the extroverts of the cat world.
If a lapcat is what you seek, the Burmese cat will be glad to oblige. They’ve got killer cuddling skills, and they prefer to be in the company of their owners.
Endlessly curious, the Burmese have a habit of getting into things. They like to investigate their owner’s activities from a high vantage point usually their owner’s shoulders. If you’re considering adding a Burmese cat to the family, be prepared for an energetic and engaging playmate whose greatest desire is to be involved in all household activity.
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