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
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?
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
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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