If you ever wished you could find a Burmese in a fancier color palette, have we got the cat for you. The European Burmese (also sometimes called the Foreign Burmese) shares a common ancestor with the standard Burmese—Wong Mau. Because Wong Mau carried the gene for points, her kittens and their descendants were both pointed and solid in color.
European Burmese come in brighter colors than the contemporary Burmese, and have muzzles that are narrower and longer than their contemporary cousins. This is an intelligent, goofy, playful cat who will happily hang out with you in your office, shop, or home.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I talk when necessary
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of itBEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN BURMESE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
These are smart, loving, loyal cats. Your European Burmese wants to be a part of whatever you're doing. They retain their kittenish curiosity and playfulness well into adulthood. Yours might select a favorite member of the family, but she'll most likely get along well with all the members of your household, whether two—or four-legged.
WHAT IS EUROPEAN BURMESE BEHAVIOR LIKE?
European Burmese are lithe, muscular cats. They're also very cuddly, so don't be surprised to find yours instantly snuggling up with you the minute you hit the the couch or the bed. Their hoarse voices make them sound a bit like feline versions of Kathleen Turner. Though European Burmese aren't nearly as chatty as, say, a Siamese, they'll purr if they're annoyed or restless.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY EUROPEAN BURMESE ENTERTAINED?
European Burmese crave attention and human interaction, so play with her and invite your guests to do the same. Like any cat, she'll also enjoy a surface to safely scratch.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO EUROPEAN BURMESE LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
The European Burmese has a short, fine coat that looks glossy and feels satiny to the touch. While all Burmese cats come in lilac, blue, brown, and chocolate colors, European Burmese come in an additional four tortoiseshell variations (brown, chocolate, blue, and lilac), as well as cream and red. They have longer noses and slimmer builds than other Burmese. The European Burmese's short, rounded head is wedge-shaped; their eyes slant a bit at the outside edge.
Use a rubber brush to groom your European Burmese regularly.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO EUROPEAN BURMESE HAVE?
This is a generally healthy breed, but keep an eye on your European Burmese's teeth and gums. Some are prone to periodontal disease or tartar buildup.
It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms!
ARE EUROPEAN BURMESE GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
European Burmese aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
If you're worried about allergies, let's talk about sex: male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. (#FurryFeminism?) Short—or wiry-haired cats do tend to be easier keepers than their long-haired cousins. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander (found in urine, dead skin, and saliva), not pet hair, is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair floating through the air you breathe and landing on your clothes and furniture. (Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers.) Brushing can help cut back on airborne allergens. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY EUROPEAN BURMESE'S BEST DAY?
Like any true cat who walks by herself, the European Burmese will never tell. But including her in whatever you're doing will definitely make her day. Let her wander around your flower shop, drape her paws over your wrist while you type, or keep you company while you cook.
SHOULD I ADOPT A EUROPEAN BURMESE?
A European Burmese is a loyal, loving, devoted cat. She'll fit well in any number of different kinds of households. If you're looking for a constant kitty companion, the European Burmese will happily oblige.
Have you decided that a European Burmese is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.