Why Is Burmese Cat Behavior So Unusual

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Burmese cats are a very popular cat breed in the UK and abroad. One of the reasons for their popularity is their simple care and maintenance. A typical Burmese cat will be one of the most calm, laid back and loving cats you ever have the pleasure of owning. But as with all animals, you need to keep an eye on your cat’s behaviour to ensure it is well behaved.

An Overview

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The most obvious sign of a Burmese cat behaviour problems is how easily it picks up on bad odours. If you smell something particularly fishy in the house this could be a problem. It will try to hide this smell by sleeping on its back in a corner of the room. Because it is a very independent creature, it will also try to hide the food it has been eating from you. Again, it is a very smart feline and will often escape when you try to catch it.

Watch out for the number of visitors visiting your home. If more than one person is visiting at the same time, your cat will become confused and may see more than one visitor as a threat. This can lead to it opening the door to see who is there. It may even start to bark or meow unnecessarily. Some Burmese cats are simply born to be guard dogs and will try to attack anything that looks threatening.

Eating Habits

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You should also watch out for your cat’s eating habits. Like people, some cats are more skittish than others and will not eat too much food when it is in moderate quantities. Others will go off eating all day long. Your Burmese cat’s behaviour might be influenced by the amount of food it gets. This can be seen in terms of appetite, as some cats will eat the entire bowl of food at one feeding, while others will pick and eat bits here and there.

It’s all very well trying to hand feed your cat, but you may find it difficult if they refuse to eat from your hands. A great way around this problem is to offer small pieces of food regularly. By doing this your cat will be showing you that it is content, but it will also be showing you where the food has come from. If your cat refuses to eat, try feeding it slices of chicken or pieces of fish to help keep its appetite in check.

Behaviour Habits

Burmese cat’s behaviour can also be influenced by what it sees around them. If there are a lot of tall and strange looking trees or bushes close to your house, your cat could be viewing these as potential threats. To avoid this your cat should be indoors all day and take its views on a regular basis from inside the house. If your cat loves to roam, you should remove potential threat areas from its view. This will encourage it to stay indoors instead of going out again.

While our cats are social animals, they still feel the need to establish their own territory. They will do this not only by marking their areas with urine, but also with their own droppings. If you notice your cat has abandoned its droppings in a particular place, it is a clear sign that your cat is unhappy with you or the surroundings. Burmese cat’s behaviour can also be influenced by the number of visitors it has had in a day, as some cats will mark their outdoor areas with their urine if a large number of people have visited in a short space of time.


If you are not sure why your cat is behaving in such an unusual way, it is a good idea to talk to your vet. They will be able to identify the reason for your cat’s behaviour and help you deal with it. Many Burmese cats are quite shy, so having a good vet to help you is worth the effort. The good news is that most of their problems can be resolved easily with good quality food and plenty of exercise, which you should provide to your cat from an early age.

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