The head of a Burmese cat is round, the tips of the ears are round, and the eyes, chin, and even the feet are round. This cat is solid both in looks and in feel and has great strength. The coat of the Burmese is short and glossy.
While the accepted colours for Burmese have increased in the past few years, the vast majority of Burmese are still the traditional deep brown (sable).
The Burmese is an extremely friendly and affectionate creature and needs attention from human beings to be happy when kept in a domestic environment. They are extremely playful and can be taught to fetch pieces of paper in much the same way as a dog with a stick and are good with children and so make wonderful family pets.
They are also very sensitive to their owner’s feelings.
If the owner is likely to be out all day it is often a good idea to have two Burmese, as they can become bored very quickly with no one to play with. They are very demanding and will follow you around the house crying for attention and if you stop will climb up your leg begging to be picked up and cuddled.
Burmese are very vocal cats and will often greet you when you return home or speak to you when they want something. The curiosity and friendliness of the Burmese can sometimes lead them to stray into visitor’s cars or delivery vans and they can disappear without warning.
For these reasons many Burmese are confined to the house, and they really do not mind this as they love warmth and comfort, and they will soon find plenty to do indoors especially if they have company.
Burmese cats are extremely loyal to their owners and due to their ability to retrieve are sometimes known as the ‘dog cat’.
They do not like to be left out of family life and will often insist on being part of whatever is going on. They are very intelligent and can work out problems such as opening doors and they are the complete escape artist.
They are very good with children, but if the children do become too rough the Burmese will simply turn around with a contemptuous glare and stalk off until the children settle down.
Burmese make excellent companions and seem to understand every word that is said and are very sensitive to their owner’s feelings and moods.
They do not object to the hub-bub of a noisy household and will usually join in.
Burmese cats do not require excessive grooming as they take care of this themselves but they will enjoy the attention that comes with brushing.