Burmese Cats - The Copper Cat
Burmese cats are sometimes referred to as copper cats, which we think is a pretty cool nickname. They are generally well-known for their playful and affectionate nature, and as we all know many cat breeds are just not very comfortable around people, that is not the case with the Burmese.
Burma (formerly Myanmar) is a large country in south eastern Asia which borders on Thailand and China, and also has close ties to India via the sea. The country has a long and turbulent history, and was colonized by the British not long ago. It is through British colonization and ties to the western world that Burmese cats found their way to homes around the globe. In fact the colonization of much of the world in the 19th century did much to disperse most of the cat breeds, without ties to the western world we would not enjoy these cats today.
Interestingly enough, all of the Burmese cats in the United States are supposed to have one common ancestor, that cat's name is Wong Mau, and he was brought into the U.S. sometime in the 1930's by a man named Joseph Thompson.
If you own one of these cats, perhaps you'll want to build a small makeshift altar to your little buddy's great ancestor, the illustrious Wong Mau. It's known that ancient Burmese people worshipped these cats and also worshipped their ancestors, who knows, this might make your cat feel right at home.
There are three separate breeds of Burmese-the Contemporary, the Traditional, and the European; they are all a little bit different. The European variety is slimmer, for example, and the Traditional look most like the original cat brought over from Burma (the illustrious and prolific Wong Mau). All of these cats are quite muscular and have a short coat, which makes perfect sense knowing that Burma is a tropical country where a long haired cat would not be advantageous.
Buying Burmese kittens in most areas of north America should be fairly simple as this is a pretty common breed, the only thing that we ask of you is that you check to see if the breeder is licensed and reputable because sometimes in the pet industry there is some shadiness going on.
Burmese cats are somewhat similar in looks to the Siamese cat, which should be of no great surprise when you realize that Thailand (the home of the Siamese cat) lies just to the east of Burma. In closing, these Burmese are very human like, and thus extremely popular cats all over the world.
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