How to care for a Burmese Cat has become a popular subject in the UK as well as overseas in recent times. The Burmese is a much larger breed than its British counterpart and has a different way of dealing with its master (the cat). In some ways, it is like an emotionally attached but loyal child. This may make you feel at ease about taking on this challenging task of how to care for a Burmese Cat. Once you have a little more under your belt however, it can be very different, even more demanding.
First things first, it is important to establish whether you want to own a pet or simply a visitor. This may seem obvious, but it is usually the owners of the show animals that are the most frequently asked questions. If you do decide to keep a cat you must remember that they require a good home of their own, a secure fenced area, and also regular access to the outdoors. This will also include playing time for the younger cats – Burmese cats love to play!
Before you arrive to take the cat home, ensure you have prepared a special feeding schedule for the cat. It should always be fed at least one hour before you arrive, but you need to be strict and ensure it has its daily food before you leave. It should not be fed more than once a day, but it can have its meal after dinner as well. This means that you will need to check the bowl every half hour or so to ensure that the cat has had a snack. Some will also allow you to feed the cat when it stays out of its catteries for the night, though most will feed it at its usual feeding time.
A typical meal for the Burmese cat will contain a single grain of rice. You may also offer fresh vegetables, but avoid high-fat or high-calorie foods. This is because the cat may refuse to eat the food or try to eat the pellets or other dishes which you have prepared. Do not try to feed it with table scraps, because they will not be able to tell whether it is food or part of a meal. They have a very sensitive stomach and can quickly develop a reaction to any new ingredient. Some people recommend canned food for Burmese cats, but remember that it is quite dry and they may not be able to fully chew it.
How to care for a Burmese cat can sometimes prove difficult because the cat has such a strong personality. You could try to shoo it out of the room if it begins to get on your nerves or scratch the furniture. You can gently massage its head in a downward motion. If it is used to visitors, you can wave and say hello, and even ring its bell if it is nervous or anxious about meeting people.
The color of the food is also important. It should not be dark brown or anything that would be difficult to spot on the cat. Some recommend giving it wheat flour or chicken meat. But as long as you do not give too much, the Burmese will not have any problem.
How to care for a Burmese cat will depend on how well you know the cat. If it has spent most of its life living in the wild, you need to make sure that it gets enough nutrients. It should eat a primarily raw diet, but you can give it dry food occasionally. If you think it might have some allergies, you can try to give it hypoallergenic canned food. Avoid giving the cat any table scraps and dry food.
The third thing on how to care for a Burmese cat is grooming. If you are going to spend a lot of time with the cat, it is better if you get a professional groomer who will know how to take care of it properly. Get the cat’s nails clipped regularly. Do this early in the grooming session so that it does not hurt the cat. Also, keep the nails short so that your cat will not be able to grow its nails any longer.