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Burmilla Cat

A chance romance between a Burmese and a Chinchilla Persian gave the world the Burmilla cat.

When Sanquist the Chinchilla Persian and Fabergé the Burmese had a chance encounter due to an accidentally open door, the resulting kittens were so pretty that breeders repeated the cross and created the Burmilla. 

They have inherited the muscular physique of the Burmese and are overall a medium sized cat weighing up to 6kgs. The coat colours include brown, black and lilac are “misted” with a silver undercoat which makes the colour appear diluted.

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Origin

United Kingdom 

Size 

20 to 30cms, 3 to 6 kg 

Colours

Can come in all cat colours but may be shaded or diluted 

Life expectancy

10 to 15 years 

Coat

Short and medium coat varieties available  

Temperament 

Independent, affectionate, playful

Exercise requirements

High 

Best suited for 

Couples, families, elderly 

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality 

Burmilla cats are known for having a great mix of the best qualities of both the Burmese and the Persian. They are affectionate and friendly like the Burmese but a little easier going which comes from the Persian who are said to be very laid-back. This makes the Burmilla a popular choice for families. They are also known for being playful and moderately active so having plenty of toys and cat trees is essential to keep their mind and body healthy. Because they enjoy companionship, they can become lonely if left for long periods of time. They may therefore be better suited to a household where someone is home to keep them company, or perhaps adopting two could be a way to ensure they have suitable company if you are out a lot. They are well suited to apartment living. Keeping your Burmilla indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure helps keep them safe from roads, other cats, snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat. 

Grooming

Burmilla’s come in a short and medium coat varieties. For the short coat, minimal grooming is required, but it is still a good idea to them used to being gently brushed from an early age. Brushing helps to remove loose fur. A cat grooming glove is a great option for a short coated Burmilla. The medium coat variety needs more frequent brushing to help remove tangles from the coat. You may not notice your cat scratching like you would with a dog, but the cat flea "Ctenocephalides felis" is the most common flea found on both dogs and cats. So, make sure your kitty is on flea control all year around and tick control if you are in a tick area. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Burmilla, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. As Burmilla cats can have urinary tract issues, consider foods that are formulated for optimal urinary health. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity which can lead to serious illness like diabetes, which the Burmilla is susceptible to. Always ensure your Burmilla has a constant supply of fresh water available, and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common Health Concerns 

As noted previously, feeding premium diets that are formulated for optimal urinary health may be helpful in preventing one of the top five reasons that Burmilla’s visited the vet in 2020 – urinary tract disease. Diabetes and cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma also featured in the top reasons Burmilla’s went to the vet in 2020. 

According to PetSure data from 2020, the five most common reasons for a Burmilla cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) are as follows: 

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Cancer

$409

$3,174

2

Skin conditions, including itchy skin and dermatitis 

$143

$480

3

Gastrointestinal problems, including gastroenteritis

$253

$1,685

4

Urinary tract diseases, including uroliths (stones) and urinary tract infection

$1,535

$10,151

5

Diabetes 

$271

$1,046

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider. 

Most popular Burmilla names

According to PetSure data from 2017-2020, the most popular names for Burmilla cats were

Most popular names

  1. Alice 
  2. Coco
  3. Lola
  4. Lucy
  5. Luna
  6. Ollie
  7. Buddy
  8. Chanel
  9. Charlie
  10. Elsa

Most popular female names

  1. Lola
  2. Lucy
  3. Luna
  4. Chanel
  5. Coco
  6. Elsa
  7. Lacey
  8. Mabel
  9. Miss
  10. Nelly

Most popular male names

  1. Ollie
  2. Buddy
  3. Charlie
  4. Coco
  5. Felix
  6. Frankie
  7. Jackson
  8. Kimba
  9. Mila
  10. Oscar

Did you know?

Burmilla cats were recognised formally as a breed in 2011 and are fairly uncommon today. 

Where can I get a Burmilla cat? 

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may also be possible to find a Burmilla cat through a breed specific rescue. 

References

  1. Cat Fanciers Association, The Burmilla, Accessed on 22/02/2021
  2. Wikipedia, Burmilla, Accessed on 22/02/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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