The Burmese is a very outgoing cat who loves to be around people. When they are not climbing to the highest spot in the room, they can be found snuggling in any lap (even strangers). They love to play and have even been known to learn how to fetch a favorite toy. Burmese thrive on attention and will follow you around when you are home. They do not enjoy being left alone for long periods and it is recommended, by most breeders, that you adopt them in pairs. Their voice can be described as raspy, rumbling and soft, however they are typically only vocal when they want your attention (or food). There are four colors of the American Burmese. The original, which is a rich brown, is called sable; a warm honey-beige called champagne; a medium grey called blue; and a pale dove-grey called platinum. The Burmese eyes are always gold regardless of the cat's color. In recent years some new colors of Burmese have been introduced. These colors include red, cream, and tortie varieties. In most of the world these are still considered Burmese but in CFA they are grouped under a different breed called European Burmese. These cats have the same wonderful personality of the original four colors. (used with permission from the Evita Burmese website)
I got my first Burmese in 1998. I was looking for a" LOVE KITTY." I bought a book on cats and looked up breed characteristics. Then I attended several cat shows and talked to different breeders. The decision was made. It would be a Burmese for me please. At one show I met Brian Tripp of Evita Burmese and Sandi Pergande of Starburm Burmese. Unfortunately neither of them had kittens available at the time, but I got a business card. At another show I met Alice Hidaka of Nakodo Burmese and she had kittens at home. She said she'd pick one out for me and send me some photos. I looked at those photos every day for 6 weeks, until I could pickup my kitten. I named him Waylon. We loved Waylon so much, several months later we purchased a female from Alice that we named KC (for Kansas City where the breeder was from). As Waylon and KC got older, I started searching for replacements and found there were not a lot of Burmese breeders in the Midwest. Finally I came across Brian Tripp's and Sandi Pergande's websites. I ended up purchasing cats from both of these breeders. Their names sounded so familiar so I looked to see if I still had the business card that I got at my first cat show in 1998 to see if these were the same people. Yes, they were! What are the chances of that happening? Over the years I have raised and shown Arabian horses, Miniature horses, Yorkshire Terriers and, Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats. Needless to say, my pets have gotten smaller, as I have gotten older. The Burmese cat's small size and friendly personality made them the perfect choice for me. I can't imagine my life without a Burmese in it. I enjoy breeding and showing my cats. I decided that I wanted to raise Burmese cats so more people could experience the love of a Burmese.