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Burmilla

The result of crossbreeding a Burmese and a Persian Chinchilla cats. It is an affectionate and friendly cat that likes people.

Energy level
Level of affection
Level of friendliness
Intelligence
Health
Independence
Popularity
Care
Weight
Weight:
female: 3—4 kg
male: 4—5 kg
Height
Height:
female: 29—32 cm
male: 31—35 cm
Hair
Hair:
smooth
Care
Care:
requires little time
Lives
Lives:
inside
outside
Gives birth to
Gives birth to:
2—4 kitten
Origin
Origin:
United Kingdom
in 1981
Life span
Life span:
12—16 years

Personality

Burmilla cats have a calm temperament. They are sociable and loyal, but less demanding than Burmese cats. These pets get very attached to people, but also know how to keep distance. Burmilla cats can feel the mood of a person very well, and they know when it is better not to disturb their owner. Meanwhile, it is better not to leave your cat alone. They like communicating and sharing their worries and feelings. The Burmilla cat will feel bored and lonely without a contact with people. This breed is not for busy people. After all, for Burmillas, the main thing is a person, not a familiar place. Therefore, they can hardly tolerate a change of owner.

Burmilla cats are friendly and playful pets. They play with kids with much pleasure. These pets will never bite or scratch, even if they were hurt. They easily get in touch with other animals, too. However, Burmilla cats inherited jealousy from their Burmese relatives. That is why, if the pet feels that it is not paid enough attention, it will start revenging.

Appearance

Burmilla cats are of medium size. These pets have well-developed muscles which make them look heavier than they really are.
Color
Color
Hair
Hair
Head
Head
Eyes
Eyes
Ears
Ears
Neck
Neck
Paws
Paws
Paws
Tail
Can be short and semi-long. It feels silky when touched. The undercoat is thick. Pet`s fur looks shiny. Burmilla cats that have long hair are registered as «Tiffany». 
The most common are: silver-shaded, silver-white, tiger, creamy, black, tortoiseshell. The less common coat color is golden. The smoky pattern is very popular. It is when hairs are colored on tips. Sometimes the color is seen on 3/4 of hairs, then it is called shaded. When color can bee seen only on 1/8 of hair, it is called shell.
Of medium size, triangular in shape.
Big, wide-set. Standards of the breed pay more attention to their form, not their color. They have to lean towards the nose and be rounded at the bottom edge, looking like a half moon. 
Of medium size, wide at the base, become rounded at tips. They are located on sides of the head, slightly leaning forward. 
Short, of medium thickness.
Slim, of medium size.
Of medium length, not too thick and not too thin.

Basic Care

Burmilla cats do not need much time to be groomed. Shorthair pets should be brushed once a week, longhair ones — two times a week, with a soft bristle brush. During the moulting time — in spring and fall — cat`s hair needs to be brushed every day. Then your cat should be petted with wet hands so that left hairs are taken away. 

Burmilla cats do not need to be given a bath very often. These pets are neat. It is enough to wash them once in three months or when cats get dirty with something that cannot be licked off. Teeth of these pets should be brushed once a week, so that periodontal disease does not develop. Big eyes of Burmilla cats need much attention. Mucus might get collected in them, making cat`s eyes tear a lot. They need to be carefully wiped with cotton pads, soaked in tea. Burmilla cats do not like when their ears are cleaned, but it has to be done once in two weeks, with a wet soft fabric. Cotton pads might damage the inner part of ear.

The diet of Burmilla cats does not differ from the one of other cat breeds. They need to be fed with either high quality dry food or natural food. Such natural products can be given: boiled, not greasy meat — chicken and beef; grains — buckwheat, rice, oatmeal; stewed vegetables — squash, cabbage, carrot, broccoli; fat free dairy products — cottage cheese, kefir, sour cream. Egg yolk can be given once a week. Salt, sugar and seasonings should be excluded from the diet. Natural food can be changed by dry feed, but not in one portion.

Burmilla cats can live either in a flat and in a private house. They like walking outside and can be walked on leash once a week. It is better to buy a claw-point so that your cat does not damage furniture and wallpapers.

Health and Illnesses

Burmilla cats can live up to 16 years if treated well. Their health is strong. The only disorder they inherited from Persian cats is polycystic kidney disease. Because of it, cysts get formed in kidneys of pets and might lead to their failure. That is why it is very important to watch your cat`s diet and take it to a vet in time.

History of the Breed

The first Burmilla cat was born in 1981 in Great Britain. An English cat owner Baroness Miranda von Kirchberg was breeding Burmese cats, until her husband gave her a Chinchilla Persian Cat. Miranda called him Jimary. Before Jimary was castrated, he had mated with a Burmese cat. The newly born kittens looked unusual. That is how an idea for developing a new breed appeared. Miranda took 4 kittens that became representatives of the breed. Together with her friend Teresa Clark, ladies stated developing the breed. They decided to call new cats «burmilla» as a shortened form of «burmese» and «chinchilla». 

After three years of their hard work, the GCCF accepted the breed and created its standard. In 1984, Miranda and Teresa established a club for breeding Burmilla cats. In 1994, the breed was accepted by the FIFe. That is when Burmilla cats started being recognized worldwide. In 1996, the breed was recognized by the WCF, in 2008 — by the TICA and in 2014 — by the CFA.