Renowned for their playful attitudes and inquisitive nature, the closely related Siamese and Burmese cats are a popular choice for pet owners worldwide. As part of our ongoing breed profile series, Pali Vet is proud to share important information for current and potential owners.
Personality: Burmese and Siamese cats are highly intelligent breeds. They are extremely affectionate and will seek out the companionship of people or other cats, developing strong social bonds. Both breeds are known for their persistent and expressive vocalization patterns, demanding a large amount of attention.
Exercise: Featuring a playful demeanor, these breeds are very energetic and will be active around your home. Many Burmese and Siamese cats are adopted in pairs, allowing them ample social time and a constant play partner. Cats may funnel excess energy into destructive outlets like scratching.
Nutrition: Nutrition requirements are standard, varying according to body weight.
Life Span: Siamese (12-16 years), Burmese (10-17 years)
Health Concerns: Because of extensive inbreeding, Burmese and Siamese cats are predisposed to certain disorders including neoplasms, Diabetes mellitus, progressive retinal atrophy, acute teething disorder and hypokalemia. These result in a higher mortality rate when compared to similar breeds.