Asian Cat: Slick, Athletic, and Magnetic

Image of an Asian Cat lying down in the street
Jeremy Vaughn
Written by Jeremy Vaughn

You will agree that picking the right kitty that matches your lifestyle and personality is as important as committing to a spouse. If sweet and friendly is what you are looking for in a cat, then the Asian cat fits the bill. Asian cats will get along with all members of your family. But what about the Asian cat’s other features? Why should you choose an Asian cat when there are plenty other affectionate cat breeds out there such as the ever-popular Ragdoll or Birman.

The Asian cat is intelligent, alert, and enjoys been touched. Unlike the long-haired Ragdoll and Birman, an Asian cat’s short coat means you can spend less time grooming them and more time playing with them. Asian cats are quite active, so their presence will definitely brighten the whole house. There will be sounds of laughter as your family members gather to watch your Asian cat’s energetic antics and stunts.

Asian Smoke cat lying down in the middle of the street

We will give you all the details you need to know about the Asian cat breed. We will cover the breed characteristics, history, grooming, health issues, care, feeding, varieties and much more. We also highlighted a general information section and provided a brief summary of the physical characteristics of this beautiful feline breed.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: High
  • Grooming: Low Maintenance
  • Health: Relatively Good
  • All-Around Friendliness: High
  • Exercise Needs: Relatively High
Cat Breed GroupShort-Haired, Crossbreed
SizeAverage, usually 10-12 inches in height
WeightMales: 11-15 pounds

Females: 8-12 pounds
Lifespan13-18 years

The Asian cat was created accidentally in 1981 when a lilac Burmese mated with a Chinchilla. The mating gave birth to a new cat breed called the Burmilla. It’s the generation after the Burmilla that became widely known as the Asian cats. The Asian cat has five varieties of coat color—Asian Smoke, Bombay, Asian Self, Tabby, and Burmilla

Even with the level of success and recognition that this cat breed has achieved, Asian cat breeders are still working to improve the DNA and genes of the breed to eliminate health challenges. In terms of appearance, the Asian cat is mostly short-haired with the tiffany variety being the only long-haired type. Both types have a shiny, satiny coat that is easy to groom. The Asian cat has an athletic, muscular, and lean body with a rounded face and chest. They usually have wide-set yellow eyes.

Close-up image of an asian cat walking on a wall

Standing at 10 to 12 inches tall, both females and males weigh between 8 and 15 pounds. They usually have a thin, straight tail, but if the cat is of the tiffany variety, the tail will be fluffy. Always eager to express themselves and not afraid of meeting strangers, the Asian cat will integrate themselves into your family seamlessly. Intelligent, active, alert and curious, this breed does not mind been indoors. They always want to be involved in your daily activities.

The Asian cat does not like being alone, and it is recommended that they are kept far removed from environments where there are constant loud noises. Asian cats make great companions that will keep you happy and engaged. They love to walk around—living life to the fullest while enjoying all the attention they can get.

Main Highlights

  • The Asian is very similar to the Burmese cat. They share the same origin, and you may sometimes find a Burmese cat in the litter of an Asian cat.
  • It is a fairly new breed; it has only existed for thirty-six years. New discoveries are being made every day to improve their DNA and health.
  • They are affectionate, lovable, and playful. They exude energy and curiosity.
  • This breed will fit into any family structure well because they are people-pleasers and make great homebodies. They can be very vocal and interactive; they won’t be left out in family gatherings.
  • The Asians don’t do well in a city setting as noisy environments with constant automobile honks and loud traffic make them jittery.
  • Asians are typically short-haired, but there are long haired Asian, and these are known as the Tiffanies. Despite the variety, Asians are always characterized by their satiny, fine-textured coats.
  • If you are single and you are at work for the better portion of the day, it is recommended that you get two Asian cats so they could keep each other company.
  • Asian cats become sexually mature at seven or eight months old.
  • Their eye color is commonly yellow. Green or blue eyes are actually a result of a flaw in the genes. Although, there is no harm or fear of eye problems; you can go for whichever based on personal preferences.

Breed History

Asian cats did not originate in Asia despite the name given to them. This breed started in England. The progenitors of Asian cats were a lilac Burmese queen and a Chinchilla male. Although it seemed like a mismatch back then, the mating actually created a whole new breed—the Burmilla.

Image of a gorgeous burmilla cat

The Burmilla later produced an amiable generation of four Asian kittens in 1981 in Britain. They were cared for by Baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg. The four kittens had well-defined facial and bone structure, short silvery coats with black tipping, and they had black tabby markings on their tails, limbs, and faces.

The Baroness and other early breeders knew that they had the opportunity to create a new breed of cats from these kittens, and thus the Asians came about. Asian cats sport varying patterns, hair length, and colors instead of the one solid color that characterizes the Burmese ancestry.


The Asian breed is a medium-sized cat with a lean, muscular, and compact body. Their active lifestyle keeps them trim—or maybe even too slender at times. Male Asian cats weigh between 11 to 15 pounds, and the females weigh between 8-12 pounds. Their height ranges between 10 and 12 inches for a full grown adult. The Asian has a rounded torso. Their body is well-proportioned with slender limbs, an athletic build, and a medium-length straight tail.

Personality and Character

The Asian cat loves and is loved by everyone. They are talkative and curious which go together because they have to explain all the discoveries they make while house-searching to you. The Asian cat is one to be found in cupboards and table drawers seeking treats or anything that catches his fancy.

Black asian cat lying in the leafs

The Asian cat is an attention seeker and will do anything to make you give him some—including making loud vocal noises. Although, he can also comfortably sit with you to watch TV.

These cats’ inquisitive and intelligent nature makes them a good outdoor cat—they are not afraid to explore but they know their boundaries—yet Asian cats will also be content as an indoor cat because they appreciate your company.

Health and Potential Problems

The Asian cats are generally healthy and not prone to common cat issues. They have the tendency to develop Hypocalcaemia when a cat inherits the recessive gene from both parents. On top of that, although not common, if an Asian cat as a kitten inherits a particular recessive gene, he may develop the flat-chest syndrome—a condition where the kitten is born with a compressed and flattened ribcage, which makes breathing difficult.

Image showing an asian Tabby Cat

Some outgrow this condition and are able to breathe normally as they grow into adulthood, but when it is severe, the condition may prove to be fatal. Also, the Asian has a round face with no flat planes, and as a result, they have the tendency to snore. They may also suffer renal problems.

These hereditary issues can be prevented with careful DNA testing and breeding. That’s why registered cat breeders with the Governing Cat Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) are only allowed to breed tested parents to ensure a healthy cat. With that said, the Asian cat is generally low maintenance. You will not need to spend a fortune on their health needs; they are usually sturdy and strong.

Care Features

As we have mentioned earlier in this article, Asian cats crave attention. If you can’t afford to be there for them most of the time, you should adopt other pets so they would be able to keep each other company. Be sure to buy a cat condo that will allow your cat to scratch, climb, exercise, and rest as much as he likes. With the natural need to keep his muscular figure, a multi-level cat tree would be ideal if he is kept as an indoor cat. This will enable him to fulfill all his daily exercise requirements when you can’t play with him.

Burmilla cat looking at the camera

They are quite easy to train because they are always eager to obey and make you happy. They also love playing with plants; it is advisable that you grow non-poisonous plants around your home to keep them from ingesting substances that can hurt them.

The Asian cat is also strong-willed, so it is important to establish a routine that will make living together structured and pleasant. You should establish scheduled feeding times so your cat won’t demand to be fed loudly at weird timings—such as in the dead of night.

Feeding Schedule

Dry kibble of any premium brand will be ideal for Asian cats, but any general cat food would do. Like most cats, there are many factors to consider that will determine how and when to feed your cat. Age, health needs, food brand, and their level of activity all play a role.

Close-up image of an Asian brown Cat

The Asian cat must be fed in a way that will maintain their physique. Most food brands will state the direction of feeding on the package based on their nutritional content. Generally, Asian cats weighing between 8 to 12 pounds should be given half a cup to three-quarters a cup of dry food per day—which translates to between 55-80 grams of food per day.

For your cat’s sweet tooth craving or reward opportunities, treats can be given during special times or as needed, but keep the treats to a minimum to avoid overfeeding. Wet food should also be given at reasonable intervals. Typically, you will want to feed your cat in the morning and the evening.

Coat, Color, and Grooming

One of the greatest assets of the Asian cats is their coat. Asian cats are blessed with a shiny, silky-looking, and fine-textured coat that does not mat. These shorthaired cats need to be brushed only once or twice a week. You can also use a flannel cloth, glove, or chamois to clean and maintain the shiny coat. Don’t forget brushing also helps increase the connection between you and your cat.

Tiffanies on the hand will need more than a weekly brush. Because of their long hair, this variety of the Asian cats will need to be brushed every two days using a rotating brush or one that can go through the hair properly. Although the Tiffany has quite the long hair, it does not tangle or mat easily. Their little to no shedding can be attributed to the coat texture that is fine and silky.

Bombay cat with a collar lying on the floor

For all varieties of the Asian cat, grooming is essential. Trim their nails, give them a bath when necessary, provide dental care that includes teeth brushing, and subject them to regular ear and eye checks as recommended by the vet. The Asian cat comes in an array of colors and patterns that are associated with each variety:

  • Asian Smoke. They have a silvery underbelly and a contrasting top coat.
  • Asian Self. They come in one solid color like their Burmese ancestors, and the colors can be blue, cinnamon, pale, fawn, chocolate, cream, lilac, or red.
  • Burmillas. They are usually either cream or silver in color—bearing a striking resemblance to the first Burmilla cat.
  • Asian Tabbies. This variety has some sort of patterns or stripes on their body which could be shaped like mackerels, spots, or tick-marks.
  • Tiffanies. The hair length is the major differential in a Tiffany. The hair is of medium length, and their tails are bushy and fluffy.

Children and Other Pets Compatibility

Unlike some breeds that are not comfortable around children, the Asian is playful and will not mind being the playmate of any child. They are social and intelligent. Therefore they understand that kids will be kids and not mind joining in with the fun. Children age six and above will especially enjoy your Asian cat’s company.

Gray Tabby Cat on Brown Floor

They are compatible with fellow cats. They might act hostile or fearful around dogs at first, but if introduced properly, an Asian cat would soon become best friends with a resident canine. That’s just how good-natured they are. Still, you shouldn’t test their patience, so be sure to keep your cat and your dog’s food bowls separate.

Wrap Up

In conclusion, the Asian cat breed is perfect for you if you are seeking an extroverted, participatory, healthy companion who will stay with you for a long time. You can determine whether this breed of cat is right for you or not by accessing your present needs as they relate to your lifestyle, environment, family, work schedule, and emotional needs.

To get the best for both you and your cat, ensure you get your cats from registered breeders who are bound by animal rights to breed Asian cats responsibly so the kittens will possess the best of genes. You can also adopt Asian cats from animal shelters.

burmilla cat breed lying down looking at the camera

It is important to note that the information we’ve provided for you is no more than a general profile of the cat breed. Each cat is an individual, and yours may exhibit entirely different characteristics from the ones we’ve listed above, but no doubt you’ll still fall in love with them.

Are you attracted to the attention-seeking and athletic nature of the Asian cats? Or perhaps you’d like a cat that’s a bit subtler in their bid for your attention? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

About the author
Jeremy Vaughn
Jeremy Vaughn

Jeremy Vaughn is a member of Canadian Professional Pet Stylists, who lives in Winnipeg. Creating new looks for cats and other pets is his passion. Jeremy shares his house with the wife and wonderful Siamese cat.