All About Burmilla Cats: What You Need To Know

If you want to know all about burmilla cats you’ve come to the right place! These adorable kitties have become a very popular breed since the 1980s when the breed was first created. If you’re thinking about buying or adopting a burmilla cat, keep reading as I tell you everything you need to know before making a decision.

Choosing the right breed of cat for your lifestyle is extremely important as most kitties live into their teens or twenties. Taking on a pet that isn’t suitable can cause future problems. Whether you’re a single career person, or a stay at home mum, take your time in choosing your furry companion.

In this post you’ll discover how the breed started, what burmilla cats look like, and coat colours, plus the temperament of a burmilla. We’ll also look at any health issues you need to be aware of, and how to find a good breeder.

How the burmilla breed was born

burmilla kitten

The first litter of burmilla kittens were born in 1981 as a result of accidental breeding! A female burmese and male silver chinchilla found themselves alone together. The owner of the cats hadn’t got round to having the chinchilla neutered. As a breeder of burmese she was waiting for a suitable male to mate with her female named Faberge. Instead, she got a litter of 4 pretty black kittens!

As she found them so adorable, the baroness owner decided to let 2 of the kittens reproduce, and a third to mate with the male chinchilla. As you can guess, the name burmilla was created from “burmese” and “chinchilla”

Since the early eighties a variety of coat colours have appeared as a result of cross breeding. The tiffanie is a long haired version of the burmilla and also a popular choice.

What does a burmilla cat look like?

shorthair burmilla cat

Burmilla cats have short or semi-long hair with a silver or golden, luxuriously thick undercoat. The coat is either 3/4 undercoat tipped with a contrasting colour, or shaded with up to 1/2 being contrasting colour with a small amount of undercoat showing. Semi-long hair varieties have a coat that lies close to the skin with a fluffy, plumed tail, and tufted ears. This gives them a stunning, exotic appearance.

One striking thing about burmilla cats is their chunky, muscular body, and large triangular shaped head. They’re considered an Asian breed, so the body type fits in with this. They also have strikingly beautiful large amber or green eyes, outlined in black. You may also notice an M shape on the forehead.

What about burmilla cat personality?

Burmillas have a typical oriental type personality which is playful and outgoing. They’re also chatty and talkative. If you get a burmilla cat expect to be followed everywhere! You’ll also be pleased to hear they have an easygoing nature, and very affectionate with their owners. Their wariness with strangers makes them less likely to get stolen if allowed outside.

As this breed is quite demanding they’re more suited to those who work from home. Being alone all day isn’t something a burmilla kitty likes. However, you could always get two to keep each other company while you’re out!!

If you have other pets already, you’ll find the gentle, easygoing temperament of a burmilla helps them get along together. They’re also good with children, so ideal if you’re a stay at home mum.

Are burmilla cats a healthy breed?

You may be asking what about burmilla cats health issues? Many pedigree cats seem prone to various illnesses or conditions. On the whole, this breed are very healthy though, but may possibly suffer from polycystic kidney disease. This is an inherited condition that can be managed successfully.

As a responsible cat parent you should keep vaccinations up to date and get your kitty examined annually for any potential health problems. It’s also a good idea to take out pet insurance. It could save you a fortune should the unexpected happen.

What you need to know about burmilla cats and grooming

Generally speaking, burmilla cats don’t require a lot of grooming. Short haired varieties are especially easy to maintain. However, they do shed a lot, particularly in the spring. A weekly grooming session should be enough in most cases. Read my post on how to groom your cat the right way for tips and tricks.

How to find a good breeder

burmilla kitten

If after researching the breed you decide a burmilla cat is perfect for you, start by searching in your local area. Look on Facebook or just type “burmilla breeder your area” into Google. Though still fairly rare in the United States, they are slowly gaining popularity. If you live in the UK you’ll have a far higher chance of finder a breeder as this is where they originated.

Always ask for certificates and vaccination documents before buying any pet from a breeder. There are many dodgy breeders around who are only interested in money with little, or no regard for the animal’s welfare.

If you’re not allowed to see where the kittens are kept, leave immediately. I’d even notify the RSPCA or other animal welfare organisations. Kittens should be kept with the mother until 8-12 weeks old and must be fully vaccinated before you can take them home. Never feel pressurised into making any decisions, and only buy a kitten if you’re 100% committed.

Is a burmilla cat the right breed for you?

Now you know all about burmilla cats you can start to make an informed decision as to whether this is the right breed for your lifestyle. You’ve discovered how burmilla cats originated, and what they look like. Plus, you now know a bit about the personality of this oriental breed. Of course, like people, all are individuals, with some more sociable than others. However, basic traits tend to show in all burmillas.

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Also, if you have any experiences of burmilla cats or have any questions, please leave your comments below.

Wishing you a purrfect day:)

12 thoughts on “All About Burmilla Cats: What You Need To Know”

  1. Thanks, Kathy, for sharing this article about Burmilla cats. I had no idea that the breed is just a few decades old. It’s an interesting story though. I like their personality and I would like to get one of these in the future. Thanks again, and I look forward to reading more interesting articles from you.

    • Thank you Ivan:) Yes, it surprised me to, as I’d heard of burmilla cats and thought they were a much older breed. I’m glad you enjoyed this post, and hope you do decide to get one of these friendly cats in the future:)

  2. Hi, this is a very good article. I have never heard about Burmilla cats before so I learned a lot. We have a gentle and playful Chihuahua, and consider if we can have a cat too. When I saw your pictures I fell in love with Burmilla. Such adorable cats. Thank you!

    • Thank you Janicke:) I’m glad you enjoyed my post on burmilla cats, and liked the pictures. I’m sure you’d be fine getting a cat with your Chihuahua. They’re gentle animals and usually get along with small dogs. Yours sounds like the perfect companion:)

  3. I’ve never heard of a Burmilla cat before. I do enjoy my furry cat friends. I do not have any pets as I currently do not spend enough time home to be with them and right now, the expense is out of the question. How long do they live? I didn’t see that in the article.

    I had a siamese cat that lived to be 17 1/2 years old and he was a talker. I love animals that do that!

    • Hi Sylvia, burmilla cats on average live between 15-17 years. I can understand your lack of time and money being a problem in keeping pets. I love siamese as well, and though never owned one, I’ve met people that do. I love their chatty, outgoing nature, though they can be a bit demanding:)

  4. Thanks for the informative article. I didn’t know about Burmilla cats. The history you gave was very detailed and appreciated. Helpful also. And your point about how cats live to be in their teens and even twenties was good. That is something to think about when getting a cat.

    My sister has always had cats and they have all lived to be in their twenties. She gave one to my other sister a lon time ago and it is still alive and in its twenties.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you John:) Yes, most cats have a lifespan into their late teens or early 20s. The longest living cat I had reached the ripe old age of 24! Glad the cat your sister has is still doing well in its twenties:)

    • Thank you Alex, as your sister loves cats I’m sure she’d be interested in this post about Burmilla cats:) Thanks for stopping by:)

  5. These are hands down our fav breed. We had two beautiful Burmillas that lived until 17 and 18 years old. Such wonderful and loving companions. Having two was perfect for us because they became best buddied and occupied themselves when we were busy. They are fun loving and very smart and loved playing with hair bands where we would flick the band and they would fetch it just like a dog. They were very talkative and you could have a conversation with them by meowing. Our boy used to announce it to the house every time he needed to poo. It was so funny! We are just about to buy 2 more after losing our beautiful 18 yo a few weeks ago. We truly cannot do life with out these cats in our house. Hands down best breed ever.

    • Hi Kellie, thank you for sharing your story:) Your Burmilla cats sounded great fun and it must have been heartbreaking losing them. I can so relate that as it never gets any easier. Isn’t it funny how some cats just love announcing their toilet habits lol! So happy you’re getting two more Burmilla cats and wish you every happiness with them:)


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