Burmilla fact sheet

Burmilla fact sheet

Portrait of silvery beauty and grateful indoor cat

The English Burmilla is a people-loving animal that enjoys the company of its owner to the fullest and cannot resist a stroke. In this country, the silver shorthair cat is still quite unknown. That is why we have put together the most important information about the Burmilla for you below.

History and origin of the Burmilla

The history of the origin of the Burmilla in chronological overview:

  1. The Burmilla is a random breed mix that resulted from an unplanned crossbreeding of the Chinchilla Persian and the Burmese (Burma + Chinchilla = Burmilla).
  2. After the original random breeding, which began in 1981 in the capital of England, mating continued under professionalized conditions.
  3. The first Burmilla arrived in Germany in 1984 and spread all over the world a little later.
  4. The Burmilla is now recognized as a pedigree cat by the FiFe (Fédération Internationale Féline).

essence and character

The Burmilla is people-oriented and loyal. Their sociability is not limited to just interacting with their owner, but includes all family members, regardless of age or species. Against this background, keeping multiple cats is highly recommended, since the Burmilla’s need for attention then redistributes itself more harmoniously from humans to their playmates. Nevertheless, the Burmilla does not want to do without her owner. So if you keep this cat, you should be at home a lot. Although the Burmilla is very affectionate and always enthusiastic about being stroked, it sometimes wants to play exuberantly. If she feels like it, she expressly asks her human to do so. Because the Burmilla is very clever, you can combine the physical activities with small learning units (example: clicker training). So the cat is in a physical and cognitive balance.

Appearance of the Burmilla

The Burmilla male is a medium-sized cat weighing up to 6.5 kg, the females weigh almost two kilos less and appear correspondingly small. Burmillas are sporty and muscular , but at the same time appear delicate and elegant. The ears are rounded and ensure that the Burmilla’s points of view flow into one another. Overall, the head appears strong, spherical-round. The almond-shaped eyes are large and green with a black rim that contrasts starkly with the pastel complexion.

The fur of the Burmilla is in colors

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • lilac
  • beige
  • cinnamon colored
  • Red
  • cream


However, the basic color is always a silvery white. The FiFe lists the Burmilla as a short-haired cat, but specimens with other coat lengths are also known.

attitude and care

The Burmilla is a social animal that does not handle loneliness well. You should therefore integrate them into your everyday life as much as possible. How exactly your processes are timed and how many people of what age play a role is irrelevant to the cat, the main thing is that it has a permanent place within its social reference group. No breed-specific diseases are known to be associated with the Burmilla. Most cats are strong, long-lived, and healthy.

However, the likelihood of these health problems occurring is slightly increased:

  • Allergies, for example to certain foods, fragrances or pollen
  • Kidney damage, such as PKD (polycystic kidney disease)
  • diabetes mellitus

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

The Burmilla is a cat that is comfortable to keep indoors as it doesn’t take up much space. However, even with a calm animal, such as the Burmilla cat, there should be the opportunity for species-appropriate activity. So the cat needs an elevated lying and viewing position, a place to sharpen its claws, and some furniture to climb and play with. If you have the opportunity, you can allow the cat access to an outdoor area. However, the Burmilla is not a real outdoor cat. Not least because, as a pedigree cat, they are subject to an increased risk of theft and can be caught by criminal gangs.

How much occupation does the Burmilla need?

The Burmilla is a laid back cat and is generally very laid back. Nevertheless, there are phases in which she wants to move cat-friendly. For this purpose, a scratching post or a similar climbing element should be available. You should also use your cat’s active times to romp around with her, because playing together increases the quality of social bonding. If you keep several cats, they can partly do this part for you, but you still have the responsibility for extensive cuddling.

grooming and feeding

The Burmilla has a low-maintenance coat that only needs brushing when necessary. However, many Burmillas are happy to accept the grooming and enjoy the attention of their human and the togetherness that arises in connection with the grooming routine. Therefore, you can comb your cat’s fur every day, even if there is no objective reason to do so. The Burmillas (usually) have no special food intolerance and no tendency to allergies. So you can feed your cat with ordinary cat food. It should consist of a high proportion of meat and take into account special requirements, such as old age.

Food affects the cat’s coat texture. The Burmilla actually has a healthy looking, glossy coat that loses its shine and becomes brittle with an unbalanced diet. Vitamins and minerals must therefore always be available in sufficient quantities. You should also avoid feeding them carbohydrates, as the Burmilla is prone to diabetes and can get fat if they eat too much energy because they don’t compensate for the excess energy with exercise.

Acquisition of a Burmilla

The Burmilla is a rare pedigree that can only be purchased from selected breeders. Depending on the superordinate umbrella organization (example: Fédération Internationale Féline), the breed standards can be different, which is why the cats from different breeders differ slightly in appearance and nature. By asking about the breeding goals, you can find out in advance whether the breeder in question is a suitable seller for you. You can recognize a reputable breeder by the fact that he has official documents. Among other things, he can prove the lineage of the cats and prove that the breeding animals belong to him. It should also be possible to get a personal impression of the kennel. Ask yourself: How are the cats kept and do they appear well cared for?

Trustworthy breeders are characterized by the fact that medical tests and check-ups are part of their standard. In this way, the transmission of hereditary diseases should be reduced or prevented. A reliable breeder will answer your questions and remain an important contact person even after the purchase.

Interesting and worth knowing

Finally, we have put together some interesting information for you.

Fun facts about the Burmilla – the top three:

  1. The Burmilla is one of the youngest recognized pedigree cats ever.
  2. The Burmilla’s coat is divided into two colored sections.
  3. The mating of the Burmilla origin parents was not planned and happened shortly before the already scheduled castration.

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