How to Groom A Burmese Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Burmese cats are known for their affectionate and playful personalities. They are medium-sized cats with a muscular build and short, shiny coat that comes in a variety of colors, including sable, champagne, blue, and platinum.

Burmese cats are highly social and thrive on human interaction, making them great companions for families and individuals alike. They are also intelligent and trainable, and can even learn to play fetch or walk on a leash.

Overall, Burmese cats are a wonderful choice for anyone looking for a loving and active feline friend.

Body Type: Semi-foreign or semi-cobby

Coat Type and Length: Short

Coat Texture: Burmese cats have short, sleek coats that are soft to the touch and require minimal grooming. Their coats come in a variety of colors, including sable, blue, champagne, and platinum.

Burmese cat

Essential Grooming Tools for Burmese Cats

grooming tools

Before we begin the grooming process, we need to have the following tools:

Grooming Tool Description
Slicker brush Gets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming gloves Gently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippers Trims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleaner Ear cleaning solutions effectively eliminate unpleasant odors in your cat’s ears by removing wax, debris, and bacteria, thus maintaining cleanliness and promoting overall ear health.
Cotton balls Effectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
Toothbrush Regular toothbrushing keeps your cat’s mouth clean and reduces the buildup of odor-causing bacteria, resulting in fresher breath
Toothpaste Cat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
Shampoo Cat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Now that we have our tools, we can begin the grooming process!

Grooming Your Burmese Cat: Step-by-Step Guide

Brushing Your Cat

Brushing a Burmese Cat

FrequencyBrush your Burmese once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your Burmese occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Burmese Cat

Burmese cats have short, dense coats that are easy to maintain. They don’t require frequent baths, but if your Burmese gets into something dirty or smelly, you may need to give them a bath.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose hair and tangles.
  2. Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a small amount of cat shampoo.
  3. Gently wet your Burmese and lather the shampoo into their coat, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your cat in a towel to dry.

Burmese cats are generally good about grooming themselves, so you shouldn’t need to bathe them too often.

How Often Should I Bathe My Burmese Cat?

You should bathe your Burmese cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain its coat’s health and cleanliness.

How to Trim the Nails of a Burmese Cat Burmese Cat Nail Trimming

  1. Start by getting your Burmese cat comfortable with having their paws handled. Gently touch and massage their paws regularly to get them used to the sensation.
  2. Use a pair of sharp, high-quality cat nail clippers to trim your Burmese cat’s nails. Avoid using human nail clippers or dull clippers, as they can crush the nail and cause pain.
  3. Hold your Burmese cat’s paw firmly but gently, and use the clippers to snip off the very tip of the nail. Be careful not to cut too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  4. If you accidentally cut the quick, apply a small amount of styptic powder or cornstarch to the nail to stop the bleeding.
  5. Repeat the process for each nail, taking breaks if your Burmese cat becomes restless or agitated.
  6. Aim to trim your Burmese cat’s nails every 2-3 weeks to keep them at a healthy length and prevent them from becoming too sharp or causing damage to furniture or skin.

Remember, trimming your Burmese cat’s nails is an important part of their grooming routine and can help keep them healthy and happy. With a little patience and practice, you can become a pro at nail trimming in no time!

Burmese Cat Ear Cleaning

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Burmese cat securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear-cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the dropper too far into the ear.
  • Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any excess solution and debris from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your Burmese cat has a lot of ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness, swelling, or foul odor, contact your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection or other health issues.

Burmese Cat Dental Hygiene

  1. Start by getting your Burmese cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your Burmese cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth. Gradually increase the brushing time as your cat becomes more comfortable with the process.
  6. Reward your Burmese cat with a treat or praise after each brushing session to reinforce positive behavior.

Recommended Frequency

Brush your Burmese cat’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene. Regular brushing can help prevent dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process, you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Watch out for signs of flea infestation such as excessive scratching, biting, and licking.
– To prevent fleas and ticks, regularly groom your cat with a flea comb and use a flea-preventative treatment recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Burmese cats have short, dense coats that rarely mat. However, if mats do occur, use a slicker brush to gently remove them. If the mats are too tight, use scissors to carefully cut them out.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Burmese cats are prone to developing skin allergies, which can cause itching, redness, and hair loss. To address this issue, it’s important to identify the allergen and eliminate it from the cat’s environment. Regular grooming and bathing can also help soothe the skin and reduce irritation.

How Often Should I Brush My Burmese Cat?

You should brush your Burmese cat at least once a week to keep its short, dense coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, you may need to brush them more frequently to prevent hairballs and matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Burmese Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Burmese cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, irritation, and even allergic reactions. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.