Burmese Cat Description
The Burmese cat is a sturdy fellow for his size. This small to medium-sized cat should have an ideal weight of 8 – 12 lbs. (3.63 – 5.44 kg), but the first time you pick one up, you’ll be surprised by his muscular heft. That is until your complete attention is taken over by the silky texture of the breed’s short, tight coat.
A Burmese cat needs almost no grooming beyond daily petting, a “chore” your new little friend will adore. When a Burmese looks up at you with its lovely, expressive eyes, it’s almost impossible not to pet it.
The breed has near irresistible appeal, even to the point of being notorious for converting “non-cat people” into absolute devotees. Initially, however, the Burmese cat had to win its place in the cat world and stake a claim to its breed status apart from the Siamese.
History of the Burmese Cat
There are early records of cats resembling the Burmese cat breed from Thailand before the Burmese invaded the country in the 18th century. It is believed that soldiers took temple cats with them when they returned to Burma, resulting in the isolated appearance of hybrid Siamese cats with brown colorations and rounder builds.
Typically, however, the striking Siamese with its blue eyes, pointed markings, and vocal, personable manner overshadowed the smaller, quieter Burmese. At the first cat show, organized by Harrison Weir at the Crystal Palace in London in 1871, two hybrid Siamese cats were present whose conformation was similar in build to the Burmese as we know it today.
In the 19th century, breeders worked to develop a variation of the Siamese referred to as the “Chocolate,” but without widespread results. The cats, which had yellow eyes, con- tinued to languish in the shadow of the more flamboyant Siamese, so that the breeding program for the chocolate coloration slowly died out.
In 1930, however, Dr. Joseph Cheesman Thompson, a retired naval officer, imported a brown female named Wong Mau into San Francisco directly from Burma. Although re- garded by many in the cat fancy as a hybrid Siamese, her build was sufficiently different to convince Thompson that she was representative of a completely different breed.
Since there was no similar male with which to create a breeding program, Wong Mau was mated with a sealpoint Siamese, Tai Mau, and then bred again to one of her own kittens, Yen Yen Mau.
This pairing produced a litter of dark brown kittens that formed the foundation for the modern Burmese. Similar efforts with Burmese-type cats also led to the creation of other breeds including the Tonkinese, Bombay, and Burmilla. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) granted recognition to the Burmese cat breed in 1936 only to suspend it a decade later when too much Siamese blood was brought back into the line.
In 1954, the CFA lifted the suspension thanks to efforts of dedicated breeders to refine the Burmese and minimize the Siamese influence. In 1958, the United Burmese Cat Fanciers (UBCF) developed the U.S. breed standard, which remains virtually unchanged today.
Concurrent with this evolution, breeders in the United Kingdom became interested in reviving their own breeding program so that, by 1952 after three generations of true Burmese kittens had been produced, the United Kingdom’s Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) formally recognized the breed.
Beginning in the 1960s, the gene pool in Britain was expanded with imports allowing for the British breed standard to become fully formed and accepted throughout the Common wealth. The American and British versions of the Burmese cat breed remain genetically distinct. The British or “Traditional” Burmese was declassed as a CFA recognized breed in the United States in the 1980s. In the same period, the GCCF banned the registration of imported American Burmese cats.
Although modern catteries no longer regard the two standards as representative of dis- tinct breeds, many do still prefer the British cats, which are often referred to as the Euro- pean Burmese. At the same time, however, the International Cat Association has begun to use the American breed standard at European shows.
I personally find this distinction increasingly vague at best and feel it is primarily brought up because the language is still attached to the individual standards. In almost all cases, you will be adopting a pet-quality Burmese and it makes absolutely no differ- ence whatsoever whether the cat in question is “European” or “American.”
While this terminology still has some bearing in the show world, it is completely irrelevant to the person who simply wants to welcome a Burmese cat into their life as a companion. I will describe both “types” in the following section on physical characteristics simply because you will encounter this distinction if you do further research, especially online.
When the American and British breed standard for the Burmese are compared, the principal differences are in the shape of the head and body.
The traditional “ideal” as typified by the British standard, is for a cat with a longer, more slender body and a wedge-shaped head.
- The ears are large and pointed sitting over slightly almond-shaped eyes. The muzzle is equally elongated and tapering.
- Long legs, oval paws, and a moderate tapering tail complete the picture.
The American standard, sometimes referred to as the “contemporary” Burmese is a stockier cat than his British brothers:
- with round eyes, a shorter
- somewhat flattened muzzle
- a wider head with broad-based ears.
Both the legs and tail are proportionate to the body and the paws are more rounded. Both conformations, however, are classed as a small to medium sized cat with a muscular, substantial build.
A Burmese cat should always feel much heavier than he appears to be. Sometimes the cats are compared to a “brick wrapped in silk.”
The average lifespan for the breed is 12 – 16 years, although a well-cared for individual can easily approach 20 years of age.
Coat and Color
Regardless of the standard consulted, the coat should be short and fine with a satiny, glossy finish.
- The color should be solid and uniform with only gradual shading to a lighter tone on the underside. There will be faint color point markings on the face and ears, but there should be no spotting or barring.
- Depending on the coat color, a Burmese cat will have gold or green eyes. The original color for the breed is a very rich dark brown identified as such in the UK, but called “sable” in the United States.
- There are four colors recognized in the U.S. sable (dark brown), champagne (warm beige), platinum (pale gray with fawn under- tones), and blue (medium gray with fawn undertones).
- There are ten colors recognized in the UK and Europe: brown, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, brown tortoise, blue tortoise, chocolate tortoise and lilac tortoise.
Breeding programs in other parts of the world have resulted in more exotic colorations, like caramel and apricot in New Zealand. I’ve chosen to list the US and UK accepted colors only for purposes of this discussion.
The Personality of the Burmese
Burmese cats have a well-balanced sense of affection for their humans.
- They are loving cats, and like to be with their people, but they manage to pull off this presence without being demanding.
- Playful and intelligent, they are spirited and fearless as kittens.
- This light-hearted and even daring demeanor lasts well into adulthood. Almost all Burmese cats are more than willing to play fetch with just about any toy you’ll throw for them, or for that matter, just a wadded up piece of paper.
- As a Burmese matures, however, he becomes both confident and charming, making his wishes known in a soft tone of voice that tempers his more or less executive level approach to running your life. It’s not so much that a Burmese slows down as he grows up he just learns to express himself with great diplomacy.
- Like many companionable and interactive breeds, the Burmese is sometimes described as being “dog like,” which is really a reference to the breed’s habit of following you from room to room. When you sit down, you’ll likely have a cat in your lap looking for some nice petting and snuggle time.
- The Burmese is a fine companion for an evening in front of the TV or some time with a book. At bedtime, move over, you will have a bunkmate.
He’s also a conversational fellow, weighing in on your decisions and choices and generally attempting to steer you in the right direction. Thankfully, however, the Burmese, unlike his cousin the Siamese, offers his opinion in a gentle and melodic tone. Make no mistake, however. When a Burmese has something to say, he will be heard.
Burmese Cat Sociality
1.Male or Female Burmese cat
The “male or female” question is fairly standard, but with most breeds, in my experience it just doesn’t make that much difference.
With the Burmese, however, females are more commanding in their desire to run the households and in their need to occupy center stage in family activities. Males on the other hand are more prone to be laid back lap cats.
In general, however, I tend to take cats on an individual basis and to consider the factor of environment in the development of temperament. Even with the well-documented gender-based traits associated with the Burmese cat, never discount the importance of individuality. All cats are “people” in their own right.
I’ve always had male cats irrespective of breed because they are typically larger and I like big cats. I do agree with the statement that most neutered males turn into lovable lugs as soon as the excess testosterone is out of their system, so you’re safe to double that observation with a Burmese.
Some people shy away from owning male cats due to the potential for urine spraying, but I don’t see this as a problem. I have never had a tom that sprayed in the house. The behavior is extremely rare with neutered males and has been, in my opinion, blown out of proportion.
2.More Than One?
The question of more than one is a double-edged sword with the Burmese.
Most owners say that the cats are so wonderful to have around that the breed is rather addictive. It’s not at all unusual for first-time owners to get one Burmese and wind up with another in short order.
This is actually a good thing because like many Oriental breeds, the Burmese has issues with separation anxiety. They are definitely people oriented cats and do best when they are not left alone for long periods of time.
He lived with a domestic shorthair and the two were inseparable (more on this in a minute), but he also presided over a business, displaying no displeasure at all with strangers coming in and out of his domain daily.
I am personally a big advocate of adopting littermates. Obviously with a pedigreed breed like the Burmese, this can be expensive, but the long-term benefits are considerable. The special bond that siblings enjoy seems to keep the animals more kittenish and playful as they age.
I’ve lived with two Russian Blue males, brothers, for a number of years and they wrestle just as vigorously at ten years of age as they did when they were gawky adolescents. They’re wonderful company for one another when I’m away, and definitely double trouble when it comes to thinking up creative things to get into.
The Burmese needs company. If you aren’t home a great deal and do not or cannot have other pets or keep more than one cat, you may want to reconsider your choice of breed. I am an absolute fan of the Burmese, but it’s not fair to adopt a breed known for separation anxiety without a plan to manage the cat’s need for sociability.
3.With Other Pets
I hate to use a word like “snobby” in relation to a cat, but the Burmese is not the diplomat of the feline world when it comes to interacting with his own kind. If two are raised together, they are typically best buddies, but the breed is not known for tolerating other kinds of cats.
Burmese lived happily with a domestic shorthair downstairs but was such a terror with the two other cats in the household that they could only live on the second floor. Any time he came into contact with them, although he was by far the smaller animal, a catfight ensued.
Why did he love the one cat and hate the other two?
- You could ask him or any other Burmese that sort of question, but don’t expect an answer. Such preferences boil down to “Burmese logic.” It will make no sense to you and is completely unpredictable.
- The Burmese tends to be tolerant of dogs, if they are well behaved, but they likely won’t be hanging out together. As for other kinds of “critters?”
- Well, my standard answer is that to the mind of a cat, a hamster is just a rat in cuter clothes, and companion birds (or fish) are packaged meals. Good cages with sound catches and tank lids make for good neighbors in multi-species households.
- Thanks to its companionable and interactive nature, the Burmese does well with children, but again with the stipulation that good behavior on the part of the “little humans” is required.
- Make sure that your children know how to respect and be kind to all animals, and you should have highly successful interactions with this breed.
Pros And Cons for the Burmese
1.Pros for the Burmese
- Requires little grooming.
- Affectionate and likes lots of attention.
- Intelligent and playful.
- A healthy breed.
- Conversational and interactive.
2.Cons for the Burmese
- Can suffer from separation anxiety.
- Potentially destructive if lonely and depressed.
- Can be vigorous scratchers.
- Territorial with other kinds of cats.
- Tolerant of well-behaved dogs only.
- Excels at climbing and can be a daredevil.
Daily Care For Burmese Cat
The basics of cat care are fairly standard for most breeds, with obvious differences for short and long-haired cats, or even for those, like the Sphinx, that have virtually no hair at all.
A great deal of successful feline husbandry involves understanding life from the perspective of your cat. In the case of the Burmese, you’re about to meet a CEO on four paws. With an “administrative” frame of mind as organized as that of the Siamese, a Burmese will run your life with a quieter voice, but an equal amount of determination. This is a people cat, with a real need for quality time with its human.
But even before you encounter and become enchanted with the unique personality of your Burmese, there are some standard precautions that apply to bringing any kitten into the household. All kittens think they’re Bengal tigers and they can get into Bengal tiger-sized trouble fast! With a Burmese, this is even more the case since they approach life with no concept of limits.
No matter how small they are, a Burmese baby thinks he’s absolutely invincible, and he has the daring heart to try pretty much anything — with no thought to whether or not the situation is beyond his abilities.
(A) Dietary and Nutritional Information
- Your emphasis in selecting foods for your cat should always be on quality. Based on the advice you initially receive from your breeder, and then from your veterinarian, buy the best food you can afford.
- The following information and guidelines will help you to further refine the choices you make to optimize your cat’s nutritional intake.
(B) Dry or Wet?
- This is the initial question most pet owners’ face. The tendency is all too often to go with dry due to the convenience both in serving the food, and in the belief that using dry food will make litter box maintenance easier.
- This is a mistake. Cats are carnivores. Wet food provides them with a vital source of hydration, and cats that are fed canned food are less prone to gain weight than those that receive dry food only.
- The best choice for your Burmese is to feed a healthy mixture of wet and dry food that provides not only the correct mixture of nutrients, but also the tastes and textures your pet will enjoy.
(C) A Note on Weight
Before we discuss actually choosing foods, let me give you a quick tip on how to judge the shape of your cat’s figure.
- If you stand over your cat and look down at his body while he is also standing, you should be able to see a slight indentation just behind the rib cage.
- This is an excellent sign that your cat’s weight is being maintained at a healthy level. If you can’t see any “hips,” Fluffy is probably getting a little too heavy.
- Don’t ever let your cats get started on human food. Many of the things we eat simply aren’t good for our feline friends (more on that in just a minute), but giving a cat human food is an invitation to health problems.
- Once a cat starts to become overweight, it’s just a small step to conditions like dia- betes, heart problems and joint diseases. Cats are skilled beggars. Use your will power! Don’t fall down that slippery slope.
(D) Dangerous Human Foods
There are many things that we eat every day that a cat should never touch due to their
toxicity in the feline system. These items include, but are not limited to:
- alcoholic beverages
- grapes / raisins
- yeast dough
- caffeine in any form
The toxic elements present in chocolate are substances called methylxanthines, which
are found in cacao seeds. A similar extract is used in soda beverages, which a cat
should never be allowed to consume.
Cats that have been exposed to chocolate or to sodas can exhibit symptoms that are
severe to the point of being life threatening. These may include:
- excessive thirst
- irregular heartbeat
Sodas also contain sweeteners that include xylitol, which can cause liver failure in cats. Err on the safe side, and keep your pet away from all sweet items. Salty foods are equally dangerous as they can cause rapid dehydration, creating a seri- ous health risk.
(E) Cats and Milk
- Although milk is not necessarily toxic to cats, it’s also not the be all and end all of the feline diet as many people believe. A large percentage of cats are as lactose intolerant as their human keepers.
- Felines do not produce sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase. This means they do not efficiently digest cow’s milk and are subject to gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea if they are given too much dairy content in their diets.
- Adult cats do not require milk and they actually don’t get a lot of nutritional value from consuming it. All mammals produce milk that is correct for their own young, and, to state the obvious, cats aren’t cows.
- You can certainly offer your cat milk or cream occasionally as a treat, but if there is any sign of stomach upset or discomfort, discontinue the practice.
(F) Food and Water Bowls
- For the most part you will be able to use plain bowls for both food and water, but you do need to be aware of a potential sensitivity called “whisker stress”.
- Some cats do not like the feeling of their whiskers dragging against the side of a bowl. You can tell that this is happening if your pet routinely picks up food and drops it on the floor to eat it.
- Try switching to a receptacle that is more like a tray to cut down on the irritating sensation for your pet. There are products made specifically for cats for this purpose.
- Normal food and water bowls will each cost $5 – $10 / £3.25 – £6.50. Try to use either stainless steel or crockery as plastic has a tendency to cause a breaking out on cat’s chins that is commonly referred to as feline acne.
- If you do opt for a bowl designed to reduce whisker stress, you will spend about $25 / £16.25. These trays typically come with legs or a stand to make them more stable and are thus slightly more expensive.
- Be sure that your cat has a constant supply of clean drinking water. Some cats far prefer to drink running water, and I am a big fan of feline water fountains. These units sell for $30 / £19.50.
(G) The Raw Diet Considered
Many pet owners over the past few years have been attracted to the idea of giving their pets, both dogs and cats, the “raw” diet. The idea is to provide the animals with the kind of nutritional intake they would receive if they were hunting on their own.
Please understand that I mention this here not to advocate the diet or to instruct you in the proper administration of this dietary program. If you are interested in “feeding raw,” you must research this topic thoroughly and discuss it with your veterinarian. Be prepared to hear serious reservations.
The majority of veterinarians and many cat experts do not believe that the raw concept is a good one since it includes bones. Even ground, bone shards can severely lacerate a cat’s throat and intestines.
This, and the risk of salmonella poisoning, makes raw feeding for cats a questionable proposition. Certainly there is much more to this process than simply putting raw meat in your cat’s bowl.
If you are interested in raw feeding, you have to learn how to do it, and you have to have the correct equipment. Strict standards of sanitation must be met, and only raw beef and chicken can be used. All uneaten food, even if it has been refrigerated, must be discarded after 2-3 days and none of the food can ever be microwaved.
Just because your cat is a carnivore by nature, do not feel that a raw diet is necessary and do not proceed with such a feeding program without expert advice and adequate re- search.
2.The litter box
- In the beginning use the type of box to which the kitten has become accustomed at the breeder’s. Also use the same kind of litter.
- Any time you decide to try a different box or litter type, always leave the original arrangement in place until you know your cat will use the new option.
- If your cat does go outside the box, you must clean the area with special enzymatic cleaners like those produced by Nature’s Miracle $5 – $10 / £3.25 – £6.50.
- Cats interpret the world as a complex mix of smells. Any time your cat has urinated or defecated on a spot, and can still detect the scents he has left there, he may well con- sider that place acceptable to do his “business”.
3.The Burmese at Play
In most breed profiles, you’ll see the Burmese cat listed as playful, energetic and acrobatic. These cats are terrific climbers and jumpers, abilities which, when paired with their native feline curiosity, make them great fun to have around the house.
In my experience Burmese cats especially enjoy the more elaborate dangling toys because their human is on the other end of the string. I can certainly attest to just how much you can spend on cat toys, just remember that some are “supervision only.”
Anything that has feathers, string, a squeaker, or a bell should be some- thing your cat has access to only when you’re around. These things can be choking hazards, so exercise appropriate caution.
At the same time, however, a Burmese cat can be just as happy with a wadded up piece of paper on a hardwood floor. The real trick in picking toys for any breed is to watch and get to know your specific cat and to buy things that cater to his interests and natural inclinations.
The tight, sleek coat of the Burmese cat requires almost no grooming beyond nice daily pet- ting. In some seasons of the year, your cat will obviously shed more, for instance in the spring as the weather is getting warmer. It’s never a bad idea to use a shedding comb on a cat to remove loose hair.
These combs have a combination of long and short wire teeth in alternating rows and work extremely well. The comb retails for $10 / £6.50 or less.
(A) Claw Clipping
Claw clipping generally can be done safely at home, and is always the first step in a pro- fessional grooming session. To complete this chore safely:
- Place your Burmese cat on your lap.
- Pick up one front paw.
- Apply gentle pressure with your thumb behind the toes.
- With the claws extended, examine the nail.
- The claw is translucent.
- The vascular “quick” is pink.
- Snip off only the clear tips.
- Do not forget the dewclaw on the side of the foot.
Be extremely careful not to nip the “quick” as this will not only cause your pet pain, but result in profuse bleeding. This area is the hardest to reach on most cats, but I’ve found Burmese to be fairly compliant with claw clipping.
Try not to hold your cat down. “Less restraint” is better because no cat likes to feel trapped. With practice, you can safely and quickly trim your pet’s nails before the cat even realizes what is happening.
Buy clippers specifically designed for pets. Those with plier grips are easy to use and offer superior control. They are priced at approximately $10 / £6.50.
If you are in any way nervous about doing this, it would be a wise precaution to ask your vet to show you how to trim your cats nails on the first occasion so that you have complete confidence when doing it.
(B) Testing your cat’s tolerance
- For many people the idea of giving a cat a bath sounds like a recipe for disaster. Frankly, it can be, but thankfully it is extremely rare for a Burmese cat to ever need to be bathed.
- Of course, accidents do happen and clearly show cats will need to be accustomed to a complete grooming regimen. With any cat you are attempting to bathe, you may want to try the “tail test.” This is the process of letting your cat’s tail drag in the bath water to see if the cat will go ballistic.
- The same method of tolerance testing will work with the blow dryer. Turn the unit on once and you’ll know in about 2 seconds how your Burmese cat is going to feel about the “monster.”
- If you are bathing your cat at home on your own, a blow dryer isn’t an absolute necessity. You can towel dry the cat, so long as you don’t scrub at the fur, which can cause tangling even in a shorthaired breed like the Burmese.
- Dry in the condition the fur lies. Hold the cat wrapped in a towel to prevent it from getting cold. As the fur dries, you can use a comb to further mitigate the chance of snarls forming.
(C) The Actual Bath
- If your Burmese cat is agreeable and you go ahead with the bath, assemble all of your supplies and have them close by. The last thing you want to do is turn loose of a wet cat! Keep the bath water lukewarm, but no hotter.
- Don’t let water get in your pet’s ears, eyes, or nose. Although not all cats will stand for it, soft cotton balls tucked just inside the ear are a good precaution.
- Do not ever pour water over the cat’s face. Instead, clean this area with a warm washcloth. Do not use soap around your pet’s eyes.
(D) Using Shampoo
- Always use a hypoallergenic, natural shampoo on your cat. These products sell in a price range of $10 – $15 / £6.50 – £9.75 for 16 ounces / 454 grams. Be very gentle when applying the shampoo.
- Don’t scrub, as this action will cause tangling. Rinse repeatedly so as to leave no residue in the coat. When the shampoo is out of the coat, drain the sink or tub.
- Run your hands through the cat’s fur in a straight, downward motion to get as much excess water out of the fur as possible.
- Wrap your pet in a soft, dry towel and use the same kind of even strokes to continue drying the hair. Again, avoid any “scrubbing” action.
(E) Caring for the Ears
- Ear care really should be left to a professional groomer or to your veterinarian. If you see black, tarry debris on the ear or just inside the ear, you can softly clean the area with a cotton ball dipped in warm water.
- Do not ever insert a cotton swab in the ear canal.
- Excessive thick, tarry debris and a yeasty smell indicates the presence of ear mites, necessitating a visit to the veterinarian.
Burmese Health care
Ongoing preventive health care is the greatest medical service you can provide for your Burmese cat. Think of yourself as your cat’s primary health “insurance.” The longer you live with your cat, the more you will know what is “normal” for your Burmese.
One of the best pieces of advice cat owners can take to heart is this: if you think something is wrong with your pet, then something probably is. Never hesitate to take a companion animal to the vet for fear of being perceived as an over-protective “parent”.
Cats hide sickness and pain for as long as they possibly can. This behavior is part of their survival instinct. As small carnivores, they have an innate awareness of their place in the food chain.
In the wild, the appearance of weakness increases the chance of potential predation from larger animals. Even the safest house cat cannot overcome the power of that instinct.
1.The Basics of Preventive Health Care
While interacting with your cat on a daily basis, be aware of all the following signs of potential illness and follow up with a vet should any of the symptoms or behavioral changes appear in your Burmese cat.
(A) Changes in weight.
This can mean either a gain or a loss. Cats with a healthy weight have a pad of fat over the ribs, but the bones can still be felt through this layer. Looking down at the cat, you should be able to see an indentation behind the rib cage where the “hips” start.
(B) Physical changes in gait
- Including a reluctance to perform certain motions like running or jumping.
- Essentially when a cat displays these kinds of “favoring” behaviors, there is a strong chance the ani- mal is experiencing joint or muscle pain, or that a growth is inhibiting normal movement.
(C) Differences in the level of moisture on the nose.
- This can extend to either a dry nose or an actual runny nose indicating the presence of a cold or an infection.
- A cat’s nose under normal circumstances should be clean and dry, but not cracked.
- There should be no discharge from the nostrils, either clear or discolored.
(D) Presence of discharge from the eyes.
- All cats occasionally get an accumulation of “matter” in the eyes, but you should consult your vet if it is excessive and/or persistent.
- Always make sure the pupils of the eyes are equal and centered and that the whites are not discolored and have only minimal visible blood vessels.
(E) Ear sensitivity and visible debris.
- All cats have a tendency to develop ear infections and to occasionally have problems with ear mites and similar irritating parasites.
- A foul odor emanating from the ear is always a key warning sign.
- The inner surface of the ear should be clean and smooth in appearance with no visible redness.
- If the area is inflamed, hot to the touch, and/or black debris is present, the cat’s ears should be examined by the vet.
(F) Pale gums and yellow discoloration on the teeth.
- A cat’s gums should be pink, and the teeth should be clean and white.
- Any dark or yellow build-up on the teeth is an indication that plaque is present.
- Regular dental exams are also critical in detecting any lesions that might indicate the presence of an oral cancer. If found early, such growths can be managed with some success.
- Dental care is an extremely important aspect of feline husbandry, with many cat owners actually brushing their cat’s teeth using feline toothpaste and brushes available at the veterinary clinic.
- Never use human products for this purpose on a cat. While such a regimen may sound absolutely impossible, if started early in a cat’s life, the animals are often quite amiable about the whole business.
- Since it’s much more a matter of just getting the paste in the cat’s mouth, some owners use their index finger as a “brush”. A dental care kit from a vet typically costs about $7 – $10 / £4.55 – £6.50. It’s never too late to start looking after your cat’s teeth, and it’s certainly worth a try to see how your cat will respond to the process.
- Don’t worry. You won’t lose a finger. If your cat doesn’t want any part of dental care, he’ll let you know fast enough!
(G) What else to look out for.
There are other factors to consider in monitoring your cat’s health on a daily basis.
- Have any growths, masses, or bumps evaluated.
- Watch your cat’s respiration. It should be from the chest, not the abdomen.
- If the cat goes outside the litter box, immediately have your pet evaluated for kidney and/ or bladder infections.
2.Routine Elements of Health Care
No element of routine health care for your cat is more important than forging a positive relationship with a qualified veterinarian.
While it is true that any “small animal” vet can treat your Burmese cat, I am an advocate of feline- specific practices when they are available.
Offices that are “cats only” tend to be much quieter and have fewer disturbing and threatening scents, which is soothing for patients with a nervous disposition. The Burmese cat is not typically a skittish or nervous cat, but no pet likes to go to the doctor — any more than we do!
Any time you are considering using a veterinarian, it’s a good idea to make an appointment just to interview the doctor. Explain why you are coming in and that you are perfectly willing to pay the usual fee.
Prepare any questions you have in advance. Be on time. Get the information you need, ask for a brief tour of the clinic, and do not overstay your welcome. Vets are busy medical professionals.
You want to get a sense of the vet’s personality and the demeanor of the staff as well as the environment and condition of the clinic itself. Only if you are satisfied with what you see and hear should you make a second appointment to take your cat in.
Even at this point in time, however, don’t consider the relationship a “done deal”. Observe how the vet and the staff interact with your cat, and how your pet reacts to them. This is not just a matter of you getting along with the vet, but of your cat being as comfortable as possible under the circumstances.
3.Spaying and Neutering
- When you adopt a pet quality Burmese cat from a breeder you will be required to agree to have your pet spayed or neutered before six months of age.
- If you do not already have a veterinarian, this will be your first opportunity to get your pet established with a health care professional, so you will want to make careful decision in regard to these procedures.
- Prices for spaying and neutering vary by clinic, and there are low cost options available for as little as $50 / £32.50, but this may not be the time to think about economy. Take the time to find a vet with whom you plan to work over the course of your cat’s life.
- It is a tremendous benefit to your cat’s long-term well-being for all of its records to be in one place, and for one health care professional to have followed the cat’s development through life. If you need a recommendation for a qualified vet, ask your breeder.
The recommended course of inoculations includes the following vaccines:
- Distemper Combo
- Feline Leukemia
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