Cats Portrait Malaysian short haired cat

Published on July 13th, 2015 | by Debbie Martin


Know your furry friends – Asian Cats

What is an Asian Cat?

The Asian Cat (also known as the Malayan cat) is similar to the Burmese cat in many ways. However, the Asian cat has a wider range of colours and patterns than the Burmese. This is a compact medium sized cat with a broad and muscular body and slender legs. It has a straight tail that is of medium length and a full, rounded face. Its eyes are generally round and wide-set and they are almost always yellow. The coat is solid and glossy with the texture of satin. They can be found in a multitude of different colours, including black, brown, blue, chocolate and lilac.

There are four different types of Asian Cats – the Asian Self, the Asian Smoke, the Burmilla (a shaded Asian) and the Asian Tabby. You might consider an Asian Semi-Longhair Cat, which is a gorgeous breed with a medium length coat and big, beautiful eyes.

These beautiful cats all have elegance, grace, sleek and shiny coats, hypnotic eyes and a fascinating intelligence. They make wonderful companions because of how friendly and sociable they are. These cats would be perfect for a family with children, or anyone who wants a sweet and cuddly companion with a bright and vibrant personality.

History of the Breed

This breed of cat originated in Britain in 1981, starting with a litter of kittens that were bred by Baroness Miranda von Kirchberg. By 1989 this breed was established enough to start the Burmilla Association. The breed started to grow and it was obvious that there were many different patterns, so the name “Asian” was adopted to cover the entire group.

There are more than 600 different patterns and colours within the Asian breed. The Asian Cat Association now exists to care for and nurture the breed in the way that the Baroness would have wanted. This is one of the most popular breeds in the UK, thanks to its friendly personality, easy to maintain coat and sweet temperament.


These cats are similar in temperament to Burmese cats – loving and affectionate. They are also adventurous and curious and they will spend a lot of time exploring their surroundings. They are very vocal cats and will communicate with their owners with loud meows. If you choose this type of cat you will need to pay a lot of attention to it. Asian Cats need to be stroked, hugged and held often and they love to play.

They are great for a family because they are so sociable and good around people while also being playful and energetic – in all stages of their life. They are usually not shy around strangers and love to meet new people.

The Asian is not a great choice for a city cat, as they are disturbed by the loud noises such as traffic. They would be much happier in the country or in a peaceful suburb. They love to explore, so they should have a lot of room to run around and play – as well as plenty of scratching posts where they can wear down their claws.

Common Health Issues

In general, Asian Cats are healthy, hardy and long lived and they have very few health issues. However, they are not invincible and like any other cat they will have a health issue at some point in their lives. They are prone to snoring because of their facial structure, so keep an eye on their breathing to make sure that they are not suffering from any breathing problems.

Some of the health problems that have been known to show up in this breed of cat are eye problems, Tapeworms and Fleas.

One condition that has been reported is blistering of the skin, but this is very rare. It might occur from birth to six weeks. Make sure that your Asian Cat recieves regular check-ups at the vet so that you can spot any serious health problems before they develop into anything serious. Your vet can give you specific healthcare advice that is suited to your pet.


As Asian cats are shorthaired it makes grooming them quite easy. They only need to be brushed once per week. You can keep your cat’s coat looking shiny and neat by brushing it and then rubbing it with a flannel cloth or chamois. This breed does not shed a lot, so you don’t have to worry about cat hairs all over your furniture. They will clean themselves numerous times throughout the day as most cats will do.

More Tips for Owning an Asian Cat

Here are some important tips to know if you are considering adopting an Asian cat:

  • Look for a cat with blue or green eyes that are solid coloured, with no white spots or streaks.
  • Also, the tail of the cat should not be very kinky or crooked.
  • Make sure that you choose your kitten from a reputable breeder and wait until the cat is at least 16 weeks of age – after they have been well socialised and has had its inoculations.
  • Buy a cat carrier for travelling with your Asian Cat. They don’t mind travelling in a carrier and most actually quite enjoy the experience.
  • Make sure that your cat has been spayed or neutered and that he or she has had a full health check-up and all the vaccinations before you bring them home.
  • When you adopt your cat, set up a small and quiet area for them in your home away from most of the activity where they can settle in and get used to the new surroundings. You can set up a litter box, food bowl, water and toys. Soon enough they will feel at home and will be exploring your home.

Keep these tips in mind and you will find the perfect Asian Cat for you so that you can enjoy their sweet and loving companionship.


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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.

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