10 Reasons to Reconsider Buying a Burmese Cat


There are so many cat breeds around that it might actually be impossible for you to choose between the many options. They’re all adorable, gorgeous and absolutely beautiful, and they all have something unique to offer your family. Many people know very little about cats and assume that the biggest difference is the size and the length of a cat’s coat that differentiates them, but it’s not. It’s actually so much more than that, and we have a long list of reasons you should look into specific cat breeds before you decide you want to make a purchase. For example, did you know that you could get a cat that’s a lap cat versus one that loves to spend more time being active? Did you know some are loud and some are quiet? They are all vastly different, and that’s why anyone considering a Burmese cat should know what to expect, what it’s like and what kind of cat they’re going to care for during the course of the next decade and then some. The Burmese is a gorgeous cat with a great temperament, but there are a few things you must consider before you make the decision to bring home a cat from this breed. It’s beautiful and makes a great pet, but it might not be the right breed for your family’s wants and needs. We aren’t saying that the Burmese isn’t great, but there are a few reasons you might want to reconsider if you are looking for a specific type of pet.

Your Family is Not On Board

The biggest reason you should reconsider a Burmese cat is that your entire family is not on board. A cat is not an individual thing. It needs love and affection from everyone in the house. If the entire family is not on board with this kind of animal, it’s not going to be a very good idea to get one for your house. You should make sure all are on board before you bring any pet home.

You Can’t Find One

These are not always easy cats to find. They’re very particular so they’re not always easily adoptable because they go quickly. Additionally, you’ll have to find a breeder and they’re very expensive animals. When you can’t find a reputable breeder in your area, you have more issues than you care to deal with and that can be a problem.

They Like to Climb

They’re very big on jumping, and they like to find the highest point in a room and sit there. While this sounds adorable, you’re going to see that your kitchen is an issue. If you have no problem with a cat all over your counter and appliances, then you shouldn’t worry. But if you do, then you might want to reconsider.

They Have a Lot of Energy

These are not a breed that enjoys lounging around and being lazy. In fact, it’s more like a breed that wants to spend a great deal of time being very active and they want to be close to you when they are. This could be a problem in the middle of the night when the cat is playing and making noise and you want the household to sleep.

They Need a Lot of Attention

If you’re not into having a cat on your heels at all times, this is not the breed for you. It’s not an independent breed as some others are. In fact, it’s more of a breed that has to be around you at all times, and that is sometimes a bit of an issue for people who don’t want that kind of attention from a pet.

They are Loud

They’re not dogs; they don’t bark. But they do like to talk. And that means you’re going to hear this cat a lot. It’s not a loud sound in general, but it’s frequent. If you don’t like the sound of animals making noise all hours of the days, it’s not the breed for you. You might prefer to have a cat that is a bit quieter and a bit more independent.

They Suffer Cranial Deformities

While this is a healthy breed in general, one of the breed specific issues that this cat is prone to is something called a cranial deformity. What this means is that your cat has a bigger chance of developing this issue than other breeds. The best thing you can do is make sure your kitten’s breeder provides a written health guarantee.

They Suffer from Hypersensitive Touch

Again, like all cats, this is not a guarantee that your cat will suffer from this health issue. However, it is a breed specific issue. Your cat might develop this issue at some point in life. If it does, it will be very sensitive to touch and that could pose a number of other problems you are not capable or prepared to deal with. You should know this before you buy this kind of cat.

They Require Weekly Nail Trims

This is a cat that has very long nails that grow very quickly. What this means for you is that you’re going to have to keep them trimmed and on point, and this is something you have to do each week. If you begin doing this when you bring the cat home, it shouldn’t be much of an issue to trim its nails every week. But if you get one that’s a bit older and hasn’t gotten used to this yet, you’re going to see that it’s not always as simple as you might believe.

They do Well with Another Cat

While this cat can be kept alone, it doesn’t enjoy a life of solitude. If you work all day and are gone frequently, perhaps a cat is not right for you. However, if you are going to adopt or purchase a Burmese, keep in mind that two is better than one with this particular pet. With a friend to play with all day long, this cat won’t be so much of an issue as far as making messes and causing trouble.

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