In the world of cats there is an affirmation that cannot be overlooked. And it is the fact that many breeds have characteristics in common. Soas they can even get confused with each other. This is the case of the Burmese cat, also known as the sacred of Burma. This feline is not well known, but it has characteristics that powerfully recall the Siamese cat and the Persian cat. Hence many times, seeing a specimen that looks like another race you are in the presence of a sacred cat of Burma actually.
The origin of this feline breed is found in the country that makes up part of its name, in Burma. Although there are several stories that are told about how they came to Europe. One such account tells that a cat born in this country came to the United States on a boat trip around 1920, and there it was handed over to a Siamese breeder by a sailor, who would introduce her to her program to get the characteristics of both races.
Another version of the account states that it was a priest at lao Tsun’s temple who presented General Gordon Russel with a couple of cats from Burma in gratitude for saving his life and for saving his temple. And then these animals would be moved to France around 1920.
Beyond the fidelity of the story, the truth is that Burma’s primaus sacred cats as such arrived in France in the early 20th century. Place where they were developed thanks to the interest of the French to preserve the genetic purity of the breed. The first mixtures of these cats were made with Persian cats and Himalayan cats, gradually becoming like the breed as we know it today.
Despite all that history, the Burmese cat would still take time to be recognized as a race of its own. Specifically until 1957, when the CFA made its official recognition. Later, in 1966 and 1967, she was also recognized in Britain and the United States respectively. Although they started participating in beauty pageants a couple of years earlier.
From then on, the popularity of the Burma cat grew, and began to expand through other countries. Today it can be said that this is one of the most numerous breeds that can be found as a companion animal. Although there is a high percentage of people who continue to confuse their race with Siamese with the Persian himself, to which he owes part of his history.
Features of the Sacred of Burma
The sacred cat of Burma has characteristics that do not stand out either for its size or for the length of its fur, characteristics that possess many other feline breeds. It does stand out for the fact that it is a strong and robust animal, with legs destined for exercise even though it is not one of the most active breeds. It can weigh between 3 and 6 kilograms, which is another indication that it is a medium-sized cat. Its head is rounded and in it attracts attention large and almond eyes, which always maintain a very intense and deep blue color.
Its fur is rather long, although it does not reach the length of other breeds. It is dense and silky to the touch, and has an inner layer and an outer layer. The shades of this cat are very special and unique among all breeds, and that is perhaps the most remarkable of the breed. On the back the color is golden, and on the legs, tail, ears and face the tonality is chocolate. However, the end of its legs is kept in a pure white color that takes on the shape of a glove and that stands out in the rest of the body. A feature that is repeated in all copies of this breed.
Behavior of the Sacred of Burma
The sacred of Burma is a very quiet and affectionate cat, who knows how to behave in any situation. The most basic education serves to make these animals balanced and playful adults. They get along very well with people of all ages as well as with other animals. But they also become dependent on people with ease. Which means they don’t carry well with the fact that they spend too many hours in solitude.
His intelligence is also something to keep in mind, because he is able to learn commands and tricks with few training sessions. In addition to being docile animals they are rarely aggressive or have adverse reactions. If you doubt, for your type of temperament and your balance, it is a perfect breed for families looking for a companion of caresses and games to attend to.
Main diseases of the sacred Burma cat
Generally speaking, this breed has hardly any health problems. But there are some diseases that may have a higher incidence in this than in other races. Glaucoma, feline hypersessia syndrome, or calcium oxalate stones are some of the common conditions of Burma’s sacred race. Hence it is always so important to visit the veterinarian preventively and keep the vaccines and deworming of the animal up to date.
Basic care of the Sacred of Burma
As for the care of the sacred of Burma, as we have already seen are really simple. It does not require maximum effort to have a good education and good character, although it is important to pay the necessary attention. Like trying to socialize it properly from puppy.
As for its hygiene and feeding, the most important thing is to brush it frequently to avoid a lot of dead hair on the body of the animal. That dead hair can end up in the cat’s digestive system as part of its own grooming, which is very dangerous by the formation of hairballs. Other than that, a bath every two months will be more than enough to keep your fur and your health in perfect condition. And of course never forget to offer you a quality diet, both dry and wet, so that you receive all the energy and vitality you need.
Things to know about the sacred burma cat
There is a legend about the origin of the physical characteristics of Burma cats. A legend that begins in Khmer, where the temple of Lao Tsun was raised to worship the goddess Tsun-Kyan-Kse, who was said to have sapphire eyes. In the temple resided the priest Mun-Ha with his cat Sinh, and together they venerated the goddess and spent long moments lying in front of her. Until the cruel fate wanted thieves to storm the temple and assassinate Mun-Ha. Then Sinh perched on the priest’s body and looked at the goddess, turning her body’s hair into a golden color, except for some details that acquired the brown color of the earth. In this process of change, his eyes turned sapphire blue, but the legs were immaculate, drawn in pure white symbolizing the purity of his master. These characteristics extended to the rest of the temple’s cats the next day. And Sinh died a few days later to bring Mun-Ha’s soul to Paradise.