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Moggy or Siamese/Burmese

post #1 of 17
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Hi,

I have kept rats for a number of years, and some of my rats were 'standard' top-ear, hooded rats, others were siamese, burmese and dumbo rats.

I think I would really like a siamese or burmese kitten, oh! or bengal - they are all soooo lovely. I also love tabbies and little black and white kitties too.

I have heard siamese and burmese can be a little more vocal, are there any other real differences I should be aware of?
post #2 of 17
I don't know a lot about Burmese but vocality is not something that jumps out, not in comparison to the Siamese at least. Burmese are often called "lap-fungus" because they adore their persons lap as soon as you sit down. They are very loving cats. I don't know anything else about energy level. Siamese are very intelligent high energy cats. Similar to the bengal, they will enjoy "getting into things" and making mischiof (why can I not spell, I can't for the life of me think of how to spell that word, my spelling is declining pretty horribly...).
post #3 of 17
I'd try to attend a local cat show and talk to the breeders/owners of the ones you are interested in. That way you can narrow down your final selection.

I remember wanting a lot of different breeds, and its hard to narrow it down. Each breed has its own personality (in general), amount of grooming requirements, etc.
post #4 of 17
I have a Burmese... and she is my little queen! She is indeed very vocal, and she follows me room to room like a little puppy dog. She's an emotional cat, and gets jealous very easily. Be forewarned... the meowing gets annoying if you don't fix whatever has gone terrible wrong in their little universes! It's a deep meow and sometimes hoarse... and more like a prolonged "Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah." She sounds pathetic!!


Godiva (see sig, I have more pics if you would like, just ask!) is a contemporary Burmese, and her face is flatter than the European or traditional cats. She is the type you see in the show rings, though... she had to have eyelid surgery (for "cherry eye") and she snorts due to her short muzzle. I love her anyway, though... she's so pretty. She hardly sheds and the only grooming she needs is a pet! She's a solid cat, too... they say like a brick wrapped in layers of silk, and it's true.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals View Post
I don't know a lot about Burmese but vocality is not something that jumps out, not in comparison to the Siamese at least. Burmese are often called "lap-fungus" because they adore their persons lap as soon as you sit down. They are very loving cats. I don't know anything else about energy level. Siamese are very intelligent high energy cats. Similar to the bengal, they will enjoy "getting into things" and making mischiof (why can I not spell, I can't for the life of me think of how to spell that word, my spelling is declining pretty horribly...).

Well, Godiva is very vocal if something is wrong, but my cat Ziggy does "talk" to me more often, though Godiva's voice is more urgent sounding and louder when she does talk. As for energy, she's very energetic (although I don't have much to compare her to). She is VERY athletic... she does flips mid-air like a gymnast, is lightning fast, but then when she wants to settle down, she does that like a pro, too. She is indeed a lap fungus, after a good play session, that is... she is the best of both worlds, but of course I'm biased, and all cats are different!
post #6 of 17
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Ah thanks for the info guys - your cats sure are pretty!

I remember being in Edinburgh last year and meeting the most beautiful burmese, with sparkling, almost purple eyes - I wanted to take her home with me! I may go to a cat show and get some advice (I used to frequent the rat shows alot for advice and ideas!)

post #7 of 17
Burmese don't have purple eyes - their eye color should be bright gold! Are you sure it was a burm? Sounds like it could have been siamese (they have deep blue (maybe borderline purple in right light) or a tonkinese which have aqua eye color. Tonks are the best of both worlds - siamese/burmese
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Burmese don't have purple eyes - their eye color should be bright gold! Are you sure it was a burm? Sounds like it could have been siamese (they have deep blue (maybe borderline purple in right light) or a tonkinese which have aqua eye color. Tonks are the best of both worlds - siamese/burmese
I looove tonks! I also think that combo is fabulous.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Burmese don't have purple eyes - their eye color should be bright gold! Are you sure it was a burm? Sounds like it could have been siamese (they have deep blue (maybe borderline purple in right light) or a tonkinese which have aqua eye color. Tonks are the best of both worlds - siamese/burmese
Opps! Maybe it wasn't then! Perhaps a siamese with dark points? (Or maybe I was drunk!)
post #10 of 17
Well a seal point siamese has the darkest points and the body tends to get darker as they get older. It was possible then for it to have been a seal point siamese. I've seen some blue eyes that were so blue they looked purple
post #11 of 17
I've also noticed that with the Seal Point Siamese, the vivid blue of their eyes stands out more. I have a Chocolate point modern Siamese, and her eyes are as blue has my Seal points, and yet, my seal points blue eyes, look much more vivid. I thinks it's because of the contrast of the really dark points and the blue eyes.
post #12 of 17
I have a Bengal and an 'knock-off' Tonkinese (accidental Burmese/Siamese). The bengal is a little troublemaker, always climbing, knocking stuff over, etc. and 'squeaks' and chirps when she talks. She also has a bit of a temper!! She also enjoys showering with me! My 'tonk' is a bit nuts; she is extremely vocal, muttering to herself even when no one is in the room! Her nickname is Brown, because when she squawks it sound like she is saying "BRROOOOWWWWWN"! And, of course, she is a little brown cat. She unfortunately also has some obsessive-complulsive issues. But she is a very sweet cat. Siamese and Burmese cats may be a bit too 'clingy' for some people, and Bengals may be a bit too active for others, but I love both!
post #13 of 17
What sort of things would an obsessive/compulsive cat do?
post #14 of 17
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What sort of things would an obsessive/compulsive cat do?
My OCD cat used to over groom and mutilate herself, now she just compulsively licks anyone that pets her and she shreds cardboard and paper.
post #15 of 17
My OCD cat's biggest fixation is clawing things--but not the usual kitty furniture destruction. All night she scratches at the walls--I will catch her, eyes glazed over, not even looking at what she's doing, wearing her claws down to nothing randomly clawing at walls. She also screams at imaginary things, overgrooms the other pets, hunts her own tail, etc. She most likely has feline hyperaesthesia.
post #16 of 17
I love all those cats. I have had siamese before they are great cats but for me a bit to clingy and vocal (That MEOW YIKES!!) They are aslo extremly posessive cats and want all the attention in the house 24/7

I prefer moggyies to be honest although i will have 1 bengal someday but not until i have a bigger house
post #17 of 17
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It is a few months until I get my cat, and I am swaying towards a bengal!
Although, to be honest - I am a sucker for a cute face, I will keep you all posted and as soon as I get the kitty cat, there is gonna be LOADS of pictures!
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