Burmese

The Burmese cats in America all come from one ancestor – a cat by the name of Wong Mau. In 1930, Wong Mau was brought over from the orient and for unknown reasons the cat was given to veterinarian Joseph G. Thompson of San Francisco. Breeders assumed that cats like her were just a dark Siamese but he disagreed and decided to isolate the traits and breed more cats like her. She was breed to a Seal Point Siamese named Tai Mau. She gave birth to two Siamese, two who resembled her and then two dark chocolate kittens. She was then breed to one of the dark chocolate offspring and the result was what is now known as the Burmese cat. It is now believed that Wong Mau was actually a Siamese and Burmese hybrid. If the Burmese is not dazzling you with its sparkling gold eyes, it will usually be talking to you with its sultry and soft voice. This robust cat features a compact yet muscular body style making it appear heavier than what it really is. Its wide set, round eyes and short, stubby nose is nestled in a jolly round face. This short-haired cat’s fur not only feels like silk to the touch but gives off a silky sheen especially after a good brushing. The Burmese has a coat of many colors and it comes in both solid and tortoise shell colors. Their point colors always compliment their body color such as a honey colored coat will have pinkish points or a golden coat will have warm orange points and the colors can range from dark sable to lilac with a rainbow of colors in between. As a kitten their point colors are very predominant but as they grow the points become mellow and the body color becomes richer making it a smooth transition for body color to points. These sweet balls of fur love nothing better than to be cuddling with their human friends. From the moment they get up until their next “cat nap” all their mind is set on is playing. If they cannot find a cat toy to swat around they will amuse themselves with a piece of paper or anything that moves. They enjoy human companionship so much that unlike the “typical” cat they thrive on being picked up and loved. This makes them the perfect pet for families with young children because they can never get enough hugs. If they are left alone for too long though without another pet to keep them company they will get into mischief.
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