|Size:||Small to Medium|
|Lifespan:||Long (12 to 15+ years)|
If you've always wanted a dog--but need something a little more low maintenance--consider getting yourself a Burmese cat. Like canines, they take a true interest in their owners, and, if trained at an early age, can even be taught to fetch! But don't let their small size fool you. These heavy cats are often described as "bricks wrapped in silk," and are very energetic and playful, needing lots of love and attention. The Burmese can be traced back to a single cat named Wong Mau, who came to the United States from Burma in the 1930s.
Don't get a Burmese if you want an outdoor cat. This breed's instincts do'nt lend themselves to the outdoors, and it's probably best to keep yours as an indoor cat. While Burmese cats tend to be quite healthy, there are a few things worth keeping an eye out for, one of which is a tear gland condition called "cherry eye." While not necessarily painful, this red mass requires surgical removal. Your pet should also be monitored for gingivitis, cranial deformities, and respiratory problems. As always, check with your veterinarian with any questions you have about the health or care of your cat, and be sure to keep up with regular vaccinations.
For more information about Burmese cat ownership and care, check out BurmeseCat.org.