Origin of the cat breed: Burma

Cats Coat: Short, fine, glossy coat which lies close to the body

Color of cat: Solid sable brown

The Burmese is a medium sized cat with a solid short body. Its head is rounded with the muzzle broad and short. The eyes have a rounded, oriental appearance. The eyes are complimented by small ears and short sturdy legs. A little Brown Cat known as Wong Mau was brought into the United States in the 1930’s by Dr. Joe Thompson. The Burmese started with this cat. A playful breed, the Burmese can perform a variety of stunts often preceeded by a dance called the Burmese shuffle. They tend to be bossy cats.


Cardiovascular conditions

Dilated cardiomyopathy

• Less common than in the past

• Genetic factors may influence susceptibility to disease

• Males predisposed

Endocardial fibroelastosis

• Age of onset: < 6 months

• Thought to be inherited in this breed

Dermatological conditions

Generalised demodicosis

• Rare in cats

• Usually less severe in cats than in dogs

Congenital hypotrichosis

• Familial

Feline acromelanism

• Temperature-dependent enzyme involved in pathogenesis

Psychogenic alopecia

• Thought to be a result of anxiety

Musculoskeletal conditions

Hypokalaemic polymyopathy

• Possibly inherited

• Signs occur from 4-12 months of age

Burmese head defect

• Inherited as autosomal recessive

• Cats with shorter faces may be carriers

Neurological conditions

Congenital vestibular disease

• Signs seen <3 months

Congenital deafness

• Signs seen from birth

Hyperaesthesia syndrome

• Breed predisposition


• Autosomal recessive inheritance

• Lethal malformation with a reported high rate of carriers in this breed

Ocular conditions

Corneal and lateral limbal dermoid

• Rare condition; reported in this breed

Prolapse of the gland of the nictitating membrane

• Reported in this breed

Eversion of the cartilage of the nictitating membrane

• Reported in this breed

Corneal sequestration

• Breed predisposition

Physiological conditions

Blood group

• In the USA, 100% reported were group A

Renal and urinary conditions

Calcium oxalate urolithiasis

• Higher incidence reported in this breed

Respiratory conditions

Agenesis of the nares

• Congenital

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