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The Burmilla Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-13 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-13 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight Mouser. From 6-13 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Moderately active. Needs decent exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

10-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Twice a week. Moderate shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!
The Burmilla Cat was created accidentally as a cross between Chinchilla Persian and a Burmese Cat. This is a medium-size breed with a muscular, but elegant body. It comes in two lengths – short and medium-long. The key features of this breed are its sparkling silver coat and “makeup” lining the eyes, mouth and nose. The Burmilla has large luminous green eyes that can be tinged with gold. The Burmilla is a loyal, affectionate, social and easy-going breed. These traits make it suitable for people of all age groups. It’s a chatty breed that retains its playful nature into the adulthood. However, this cat also likes to cuddle and will find its way into an empty lap.

Breed History

The Burmilla Cat originated in the United Kingdom as the result of accidental mating. The parents of the breed are a Chinchilla Persian male, Jemari Sanquist, and a Burmese, Bambino Lilac Faberge. Both cats were in possession of Baroness Miranda Von Kirchberg. The story says that one evening the cleaner accidentally left the Faberge’s door open. Thus, giving the female a chance to escape and mate with Sanquist. This elusive affair was discovered on 11th September 1981, when Faberge produced her first litter. The litter contained four female kittens with uniquely colored sparkling coats. The Baroness realized the beauty and potential of these kittens and decided to keep them. She named them Galadia, Gemma, Gabriella and Gisella. The Baroness started a breeding program using these four kittens as breeding stock. She back-crossed them to Burmese, and the breed’s characteristics remained. To promote the new breed, the Baroness formed The Burmilla Cat Association. Besides the Baroness, a breeder Therese Clarke was also essential for the breed’s recognition. She adopted Gemma from the original litter and formed a Burmilla Cat Club in 1984. She played a huge role in getting the breed accepted by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. The breed’s name was derived from both Burmese and Chinchilla, creating Burmilla. This breed is recognized by Britain’s Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and Europe’s Federation Internationale Feline. In 2011, the golden-shaded Burmilla Cats were also accepted by FIFe.

Size Standards

The Burmilla is a medium-size cat with an athletic and muscular but graceful body. The rounded top of the head is balanced with blunt wedge muzzle and firm chin. The eyes are large and luminous in varying shades of green. The eyes are outlined in black and look like they are painted with eyeliner. The male Burmilla Cats are slightly larger and weigh from 7-13 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 6-11 pounds. They need high-quality food to fuel their athletic body. So, consider feeding your cat with cat food like the Wellness Core to keep her in perfect shape. This breed has the ability to self-regulate the amount of food it needs. Hence, it is at lower risk of developing obesity.

Burmilla Cat Personality Traits

The Burmilla Cat inherited the attention-seeking nature of Burmese Cats and easy-going temperament of Persian Chinchilla. Combined, these traits create a great family-oriented cat. It is a friendly, loyal, affectionate and playful breed. This cat retains its playful nature well into the adulthood. Thus, you will need a lot of toys like these.
However, the Burmilla isn’t an overly energetic breed and will become animated when you are in the mood to play. This is a social breed that likes being with its owner. Hence, this cat shouldn’t be left alone for longer periods of time. When meeting new people, the Burmilla might be shy at first, but will eventually warm up to guests. This is an affectionate breed that likes to be cuddled and will gladly jump in an empty lap. It would be nice to get your cat a scratch post. This way she will be occupied and away from your valuables. Overall, this is a funny and social breed that will thrive in a loving home.

Adaptability

The Burmilla is a highly adaptable breed. These cats adjust according to their owner’s needs. For people with less active lifestyles, a Burmilla will be a perfect lap cat. On the other hand, if you prefer playing, the Burmilla will quickly become your playmate. This is a moderately active breed that at times seems only interested in napping in the owner’s lap. Thus, you will have to stimulate your cat to be active from time to time. Get a toy like the SmartyKat Feather Whirl to keep your Burmilla Cat occupied when you aren’t around. When you are able to interact with your cat use, feather wands and catnip mice to get her moving.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Burmilla is considered to be a generally healthy breed. However, like any other cat, it can be affected by some health problems. This doesn’t mean that your cat is going to develop them. Still, it is always better to familiarize yourself with potential issues. The following health problems can affect the Burmilla Cat:
  • Allergies: Cats, like people, can develop allergies. They can be environmental or food related. Symptoms can include itchy skin, ear infection, diarrhea or vomiting amongst others. Cat with food allergy needs to be fed proper diet cat food. You should also keep your home clean. Thus, minimizing the effect environmental allergens have on your cat.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease: This is an inherited condition that causes cysts to form in the kidneys. These cysts are small at birth, but as the cat grows, they grow too. As the cysts get larger they can disrupt kidney function resulting in kidney failure. There is no specific treatment for this condition. Therapy used revolves around treating symptoms of kidney failure. Test for this condition is available, so it is wise to get your Burmilla Cat tested.

Lifespan

The Burmilla Cat has an average lifespan of 10-15 years. However, with proper care, this breed can live up to 20 years. To keep your cat healthy take her to regular vet check-ups and don’t miss scheduled vaccination. This cat is best kept indoors-only. However, if you feel that your cat needs a breath of fresh air, consider getting a cat teepee.

Grooming Needs

The Burmilla Cat comes in two coat lengths – short and medium-long. The coat of a short-hair Burmilla Cat is dense and soft with a silky texture. Use a silicone grooming brush to brush your cat twice a week. This way you will prevent matting and keep the coat in pristine condition. The long-haired Burmilla has a medium-length coat that drops to the underside and a full plumed tail. The undercoat is minimal, but the coat can be easily matted. Use a slicker brush like this one and groom your cat two to three times a week. This way you will remove loose hair and distribute skin oils through the coat.

Burmilla Cat Coat Colors

This breed has a magnificent sparkly coat. The coat comes in a variety of colors. The accepted colors include Black, Blue, Brown, Chocolate and Lilac. It also comes in Red, Cream and Tortoiseshell although these colors aren’t recognized worldwide. The coat can come in patterns which relate to the depth of shading on the coat. The accepted patterns include Shaded and Tipped. However, the Burmilla Cat can also have a Smoke pattern. In some registries, this pattern isn’t allowed for showing.
  • Tipped pattern: Tipped Burmilla Cats have a light dusting of the color that tips 1/8 of every hair giving the cat a sparkly appearance.
  • Shaded pattern: Shaded Burmilla Cats have a 1/3 of each hair shaded. This pattern makes a cat’s exterior coat look darker than the one of tipped Burmilla.
  • Smoke pattern: The Burmilla Cats with smoke pattern can be registered for breeding. But these cats can’t compete in shows. The smoke pattern causes a cat to have almost the whole coat colored except a faint pale base on each hair.

Compatibility with Children and Other Pets

The laid back and affectionate Burmilla Cat is a great choice for homes with children. Always curious and friendly, it will engage every child in a fun game. Let your kid throw Sparkle Balls and see if the cat can catch them. Teach your child how to pet a cat, and this cat will treat him with purrs of delight. This is a social breed that likes company and gets along well with other cats and dogs. This breed stays an eternal child and enjoys playing even as an adult. Invest in toys to get your cat moving. Try to spend at least 10 minutes every day playing with your cat. This way, you will not only keep her entertained and happy but also in good shape.