I’m a big animal lover. I love cats, I love dogs – heck, I’d love a ferret if I had one! I don’t care about whether it’s a pedigree or it fits into a handbag, I’m not a pet snob. Except…

A couple of years ago I bought a Burmese kitten – not because I wanted a pedigree, but because my boyfriend at the time adored Burmese and it was a sneak tactic on my part into convincing him to let me get a cat. Manipulative? Oh yes. And it worked. And it was possibly one of the best things I have ever done in my whole, entire life!

I had heard that Burmese were particularly intelligent and unique, but being the owner of many cats over the years, I didn’t really expect a massive difference. Boy was I wrong on that count. I picked a seal coloured female and called her Ankara. It was love at first sight and she has been my constant sidekick ever since. (She is lying beside me as I write this with her head on my hip)

When I throw a toy, she fetches it like a dog. When I pat my chest, she jumps up into my arms. When I sit down, she is instantly in my lap. If I ignore her, she will steal something of mine (for example, a necklace) to get my attention or will knock over things in a child-like tantrum. If ever I am sick in bed, she never leaves my side. She has more personality than most people I know, let alone cats!

Now, you could just say I lucked out with Ankara but it seems this is not the case. Over the years I have met quite a few Burmese owners and they have many a tale just like mine about their beloved felines. They just seem to be a breed like none other, and to be perfectly honest, I would never ever get another kind of cat now. I just love Burmese so much, 100% because of their fantastic personalities.

They also come in many very different colours, if you are particular about that sort of thing (the following sourced from Wikipedia):

  • Brown (UK), Sable (USA) or Seal (Aus/NZ)
  • Blue
  • Chocolate (UK) or Champagne (USA)
  • Lilac (UK) or Platinum (USA)
  • Red
  • Cream
  • Brown Tortoiseshell
  • Chocolate Tortoiseshell
  • Lilac Tortoiseshell
  • Blue Tortoiseshell

Varieties with more limited recognition

  • Cinnamon
  • Fawn
  • Cinnamon Tortie
  • Fawn Tortie
  • Caramel
  • Caramel Tortie
  • Apricot

Burmese cats are well known for their loving natures. They get along with dogs like you wouldn’t believe, the best part of their day is when you spend time with them and they are cheeky as hell. They are small cats, sleek and elegant with glossy coats. They have MASSIVE egos though – how DARE you not want to cuddle them?!

So, next time you are considering getting a cat, have a look at Burmese. They aren’t cheap (NZD$400-NZD$800 depending) but I swear it’s worth it. They are just so much fun, so caring and wonderful, you will never regret it. Believe me, I know! 😀

Chocolate Burmese Kitten

Platinum Edition American Burmese Kitten

My Seal Burmese Cat, Ankara