So, you have decided that you would like to add a Burmese kitten to your family. Congratulations! You have chosen a wonderful and beautiful breed of cat, a cat that will provide you with years of companionship and love.
We recommend that you purchase your Burmese from a reputable breeder
Find breeders in our Breeders Directory , or contact NABB. If possible, visit the breeder's home and observe the kittens and cats in their home environment. While breeders differ in their methods, the environment should be clean, well-lighted and not crowded. The kittens should be active, playful and full of life. They should appear healthy, as should all the cats in the breeder's home. The eyes and nose should be free of foreign matter and there should be no repeated sneezing.
Select a kitten that appeals to your personality
Often, a kitten will pick you out -- not a bad way to begin a lifelong relationship! You can expect your Burmese to live a long life. Many Burmese live well into their teens. Prices for a pet-quality Burmese will vary based on geographic location; expect the prices to be higher in the vicinity of large cities, especially on the east-coast.
Adult Burmese make great pets too
Often, breeders will have adult cats available. These older, retired show/breeding cats can make wonderful companions and can be a welcome addition to a home where proper behavior and good manners are needed upon arrival.
Here are some other things to keep in mind:
• The breeder should guarantee the health of the kitten. Take your new kitten to your veterinarian for a check-up. If the veterinarian finds any health issue, contact the breeder immediately, and get the issue resolved. The breeder cannot, however, be responsible for health issues that arise months or years after the kitten leaves the breeder’s facility. Whenever a health issue arises, contact the breeder – the breeder will provide the best guidance for getting the issue resolved.
• The kitten should have had at least two vaccination shots, generally given at eight and 11 or 12 weeks. This series of vaccinations protect against distemper and upper-respiratory viruses. According to current veterinary guidelines, a third vaccination should be given around 16 weeks of age, and another booster at one year of age. In addition, the kitten will require a rabies vaccination at around 4 months of age. Breeders vary in their vaccination programs, so be sure to ask as well as consult your own veterinarian.
• The kitten should be guaranteed free of Feline Leukemia virus as well as any other contagious illnesses.
• The breeder should provide you with the kitten's pedigree (at least 3 generations), and the registration papers once the kitten has been altered. It is common practice for breeders to withhold registration papers until the new owner has spayed or neutered their new kitten. Today, some breeders are taking advantage of early spay-neuter practices and may already have altered their pet kittens.
• The breeder should provide you with a list of recommended foods for the kitten or cat.
• The breeder should be available for problem solving and questions during the adjustment period. As a new owner of a kitten, take advantage of the breeder’s knowledge – ask questions! Also, tell the breeder how the kitten is doing in its new home.
Enjoy your new kitten! Your Burmese will keep you entertained for hours at a time and will win your affection for years to come. A Burmese will undoubtedly bring joy and happiness to your life!
To find a Burmese breeder in your area, please visit our Breeder Directory.