All about your Burmese Cat

Intelligent, lively and friendly, Burmese cats love human company and make fantastic family pets. Discover this curious and mischievous breed, and get tips on a range of topics from exercise, grooming and behaviour, to what you can do to keep your cat healthy and happy.

    Breed information & advice

    The Burmese has a playful and inquisitive personality and will want to be involved in everything you do. They're outgoing and sociable so will get on well with other pets, and they're even a little unconventional at times – their favourite game is fetch. Here's more you should know:

    • The Burmese actively seeks out attention, so they'll be happiest in a home where they'll have company most of the day
    • They love to play and do tricks, and can be taught to wave, sit and roll over
    • They'll typically weigh between 3kg and 7kg, when fully grown
    • A healthy Burmese cat will usually live for 16 to 18 years

    Typical size of a Burmese: Medium

        Recommended exercise & nutrition

        The Burmese is happiest in a home where they have plenty of toys, people or other animals to play with throughout the day. This breed also has a mischievous side and is keen to play with any item they come across, so it’s a good idea to dedicate a portion of time each day to keep your cat entertained.

        Some owners opt to keep their cats indoors to prevent accidents, infection or theft, provided they have lots of space to explore.

        Feed your Burmese high-quality cat food and remember to bear in mind their age and size, and always read the instructions on the packet. Try to provide a bit of variety in their meals so that they don’t become a fussy eater and take care not to overfeed them, as it could lead to health problems later on.

          Play and attention

          A spirited cat who loves to play and be the centre of attention, the Burmese also enjoys climbing and jumping, so try to provide perches and cat trees around your home for them to explore.

              Common health problems & illnesses

              Your Burmese will need all of the usual vaccinations and check-ups to help protect them against common ailments. There are some conditions that this breed is more prone to though, and you may want to familiarise yourself with the symptoms, so you know what to look out for.

                Lymphoma (cancer affecting white blood cells) is a condition that can affect all cats, and the Burmese is no exception. The gastrointestinal variety is the most common, affecting the stomach and digestive tract. Symptoms include a lack of appetite, vomiting, and sometimes a visible growth around the stomach. If you notice anything out of the ordinary in your cat, speak to your vet who will be able to diagnose the cause and discuss treatment options that may include chemotherapy.

                  Burmese may experience diabetes, but can be more prone to the condition if they’re older, male or overweight. Diabetes occurs when the body has a problem taking in glucose, causing unusually high levels of glucose in the blood. Symptoms can include excessive thirst, weight loss and a dull, matted coat. You can help protect your cat by not overfeeding them, and the condition can be managed with medication and by reviewing their diet with your vet.

                    Cat name popularity

                    If you’re struggling to think of a name for your new Burmese, take a look at the most popular ones at Tesco Bank Pet Insurance for inspiration.

                      1 Coco
                      2 Jasmine
                      3 Hebe
                      4 Willow
                      5 Misty

                      Average treatment costs

                      Wondering whether pet insurance for your Burmese is worth it? We’ve put together the top five conditions claimed for by Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customers in 2021. To give you an idea of how much vet bills can vary, we’ve shown both the average cost and the top 10% most expensive costs for each condition.

                        Top five conditions and average costs

                        Top five conditions and average costs


                        Average cost

                        10% most expensive




                              Urinary condition



                                    Kidney/renal disease



                                          Weight loss



                                                Skin condition



                                                      Tesco Bank Pet Insurance claims data from paid treatments including excesses from 01/01/21 to 31/12/21.

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                                                      Grooming advice

                                                      A Burmese cat is relatively low maintenance from a grooming perspective, and they'll only require a weekly brush to remove dander and dead hair.

                                                      Their short, satin coat will rarely need washing, but it’s important to regularly check their eyes and ears are kept clean. Carefully wiping the corners of their eyes with a damp cloth or cotton ball will help prevent the build-up of dirt, and doing the same with their ears can help reduce the risk of ear infections. Brush their teeth regularly too – weekly, if not daily – to help prevent dental problems and keep their breath fresh. Try to start your care routine when they're just a kitten to help them get used to it.

                                                        Fun & interesting facts

                                                        • In South East Asia his early ancestors were treated as sacred, and kept in temples and monasteries with their own human servants.
                                                        • The breed was introduced to Burma in the 18th century, following the invasion of Thailand by the Burmese army.
                                                        • The Burmese is almost dog-like in their behaviour, and can be taught to fetch items just like a retriever.
                                                        • They love interacting with humans and will be quite vocal when they want some fuss.
                                                        • Do not be fooled by their sleekness and grace as they're surprisingly heavy, muscular and has been called ‘a brick wrapped in silk’.

                                                        Important information

                                                        The content on this page aims to offer an informative introduction to pet breeds, but does not constitute expert veterinary advice. If your dog or cat falls ill or has an injury, contact your vet immediately. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance has a partnership with vetfone™ which means that as a customer, you can benefit from their advice as part of your policy.

                                                        Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Ltd. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

                                                        All facts and figures were correct at date of publication and were compiled using a range of sources.

                                                          Vetfone™ is a 24/7 unlimited, free telephone or video call service that provides expert advice from vets or vet nurses qualified with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). If your pet has a medical emergency, or you need advice on health, grooming, feeding or behaviour Vetfone™ is there to help.

                                                          As a Tesco Bank Pet Insurance customer, you can access friendly, expert advice from qualified Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a standard benefit with your policy, and the service is provided at no additional cost. A quick telephone call or video call could answer any questions you have about your pet, give you peace of mind and could even save you a trip to the vet.

                                                          Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Ltd. The vetfone™ service is provided by VetsDirect Ltd.

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