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Most Burmese cats in the United States are descendants of one female cat named “Wong Mau,” who was brought from Burma to San Francisco in 1930. Famous for their yellow-gold eye color and satiny coats, Burmese cats are affectionate and form strong bonds with their owners. They retain their playful kitten habits throughout their lives and can often be found playing a game of fetch or lying in wait around a corner, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting owner.
Burmese cats enjoy longevity and tend to live longer than most breeds. They are “people” cats, and enjoy being lap cats as much as they do playing with the children of the house. Their sleek hair coat requires little maintenance.
Although long lived, Burmese are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Burmese are prone to include heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; metabolic diseases such as diabetes; eye problems such as cherry eye, ocular dermoids and glaucoma; and skin conditions such as nasal dermoids.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Burmese has the misfortune of inheriting his dad’s bad heart or his mom’s poor eyes, you’re covered.