Sacred of Burma
The Burmese cat is one of the breeds that benefits from a well-known legend attributed to the novelist Marcelle Adam.
The Sacred of Burma - Although the earlier history of the Burmese is in the midst of a ton of folklore, its origin on European soil is that a couple of Burma cats were stolen from the temples of Burma and brought back to the yacht of an American in the 1920s. The first possible traces of the existence of the Burmese go back to France, in the city of Nice.
During World War II, the Burmese cat breed was significantly depleted and was almost threatened with extinction. The reestablishment of the breed came with successful litters produced in the 1950s. The Burmese were recognized in Britain in 1965 and then by the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) in 1966. Burmese Cats were used to found many other breeds, including the Ragdoll.
Fun fact, a much-loved tale shows how the blue eyes and golden coat of a Burmese cat were bestowed by a blue-eyed goddess who was touched by the loyalty and devotion of the Burmese to her priest. It was believed that the souls of deceased priests were also reborn in the Burmese Cat. This is why they are also known as the sacred cat of Burma
Appearance of the Burmese cat:
Size Considered a medium-sized cat, the average weight of an adult Birman cat ranges from 3 to 5 kg.
They are adored for their bright blue eyes and white coloring around each paw making the cat appear to be wearing socks or mittens! Other notable features include clear branding on the forehead.
Burmese wear a medium-long coat with silky hairs that thicken around the neck, forming a mane / ruff and ending in a plume tail.
The Burmese have many color variations. This includes Seal, Lilac, Chocolate, Red, Cream, Tabby, Tortie and Blue points.
You will find on this site examples of Burmese cats
To discover other cat breeds, we advise you to visit the website of the French Feline Federation, the site dedicated to the well-being of cats.
Grooming a Burmese cat:
Considering their medium-long coat, the Birman cat has minimal undercoat which means a low chance of tangling but it does happen sometimes. The hairball creation remains difficult to remove, so be sure to brush and comb them once a week, and increase the number of times during the period of heavy shedding. This increases your chances of getting rid of the hairs before they get on your clothes or on your sofas. Most importantly, you will decrease the creation of hairballs which are often the cause of vomiting. However, it is difficult to escape it, you just have to let it go.
Other practical elements:
Practice good dental hygiene by brushing your Burmese teeth with vet-approved toothpaste or special kibbles. Trim their nails every two to three weeks or so and keep their eyes clean with a damp cloth.