Cat Breeds

Burmilla cat

Burmilla cat, also called Asian shaded cat – silvery shaded big-eyed cat full of grace.

Nature

Burmilla cat is intelligent, sociable, he inherited most of his strong character traits from his Burmese ancestor. Not much of a Persian in it. He is temperamental, able to express his opinion and put his own mind. He loves playing and climbing, also in old age. He learns quickly. He can open the door himself and is perfect as a member of a large family and as a companion to a lonely person. He gets along well with children and other animals. He doesn’t like to be alone at home for too long, he can then express his frustration and boredom out loud.

Burmilla cat. Advantages and disadvantages

Disadvantages
  • he doesn’t like loneliness
  • may be loud
  • has a strong character, can be stubborn and independent
  • likes life “in the highest” – a high scratching post recommended
  • good if it had the possibility of controlled exit to the garden or to a secured balcony
  • tends to escape and wander around – that’s why it’s best to teach an outgoing burmilla to walk on a leash
  • strongly molts
  • not suitable for allergy sufferers
Advantages
  • very sociable and contact, cheerful and cheerful, likes to be in the spotlight
  • great cat for an elderly person and families with children
  • intelligent, learns quickly
  • he loves playing, even at an older age, he is a type of eternal kitten
  • easily accepts other cats and dogs
  • he will also get used to not leaving the house

Burmilla cat. Health

The breed is rather healthy and resistant. As a cat of oriental origin, it may not tolerate lactose – it is better to avoid giving him milk.

Care

It is not demanding. It’s enough to comb the fur every two to three days. Due to the thick coat, it molts quite strongly, it is not recommended for allergy sufferers.

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Burmilla cat. History

Burmilla is a breed of cats from the Asian Group. It is also called the Asian Shaded cat. Hair ends of cats of this breed, about 1/8 of the length of the hair, have a darker color, causing the illusion of a halo around the figure. Burmilla is an English breed founded in 1981 from the crossing of a Burmese female with a Persian chinchilla tomcat. Burmilla was really a coincidence. In 1981, Miranda Bickford-Smith, a Burmese cat breeder, bought a Persian chinchilla tomcat named Jemari Sanquist as a gift for her husband. The cat was before castration. Before the surgery, he managed to cover one of the Burmese cats – lilac Bambino Lilac Fabergé. As a result, four kittens of extraordinary beauty were born, with black shaded silver fur.

Burmilla cat

The breed was initially approved in 1984, finally entered on the official list of recognized FIFe breeds in 1990.

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Burmilla cat – Asian shaded cat – Silvery Asian cat – Shorthair and Somali cats – III cat. FIFe
EMS code: BML
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Character: friendly, intelligent, outgoing
  • Size: medium size
  • Weight: 4-7 kg
  • General appearance: well-proportioned, well-muscled
  • Head: round, slightly flattened
  • Ears: Medium size, slightly rounded at the ends
  • Eyes: large, expressive, almond-shaped, set wide apart, slightly oblique; the desired color is a deep, intensely green color, slightly yellowish in young cats up to the age of two; some organizations allow blue eyes. The exception may be the eyes of cats with red, cream and tortie color, in which eyes in amber shade are allowed. In black Burmilla, the eye contour is black, for other colors the eye contour may be brown or may not be present
  • Nose: Set wide apart with clearly rounded tips; similarly to Persians, they have a stop, a concavity at the base of the nose
  • Body: hindlegs slightly longer than forelegs, slender
  • Tail: rounded at the end, and at the same time straight, long or medium-long
  • Robe:it can be short and close to the body, similar to the Burmese cat, it can also be half-long, also called Tiffanies; the semi-long hair is due to the recessive gene of Persian cats – when two recessive genes meet, the offspring will have half-long hair tightly adhering to the body and a large and fluffy tail; the most common standard coat length is short hair. Short-haired Burmilla cats have fur similar to the Burmese cat’s coat, but theirs is softer and silky. Short hair makes the coat adhere well to the cat’s body. The situation with the inheritance of short hair is different. Here the gene is dominant and one is enough for the offspring to inherit this hair length. In turn, after the crossing of a short-haired cat with a long-haired one about whether the litter even partially inherits one parent’s long hair depends on whether the recessive longhair gene is worn by a short-haired parent. The third variant of the structure and length of the fur is the recently appeared plush coat. The form of inheritance of this type of hair is not entirely clear and studied. Nevertheless, such cats appear at shows, but are assessed individually, separately from short-haired. “Plush” Burmilla cats have fur much denser than the rest of the cats of this breed. In addition, it does not adhere closely to the body Nevertheless, such cats appear at shows, but are assessed individually, separately from short-haired. “Plush” burmilla cats have fur much denser than the rest of the cats of this breed. In addition, it does not adhere closely to the body Nevertheless, such cats appear at shows, but are assessed individually, separately from short-haired. “Plush” burmilla cats have fur much denser than the rest of the cats of this breed. In addition, it does not adhere closely to the body
  • Ointment: black, blue, brown, chocolate and lilac; red and tortie also appear, but these are not the colors rated at most exhibitions. The undercoat can come in two shades – silver or gold. This color is determined by genes transmitted from the Persian parent. There are 3 groups of fur shading: tipped, where at least ¾ of the hair is undercoat (gold or silver), and only the tip of the hair is colored. If the undercoat is silver, the cat looks white. Shaded cats, i.e. representatives of the second form, have 1/4 to 1/2 of their color on the hair, while cats of the third group, i.e. smoky, have their hair covered almost entirely, only with a slight touch of color undercoat at the base. Burmillas have a red to pink nose skin. For paw pads, the colors are appropriate for the coat: black cats will have black pillows, brown cats brown; chocolate presents a color combination of the previous ones, i.e. brown-black, while lilac and blue burmillas – pink paws. The color distribution on the fur is even. Only along the spine and at the end of the tail is the strongest color intensity. 
  • Activity: active, likes fun. 
  • Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: rather resistant. 
  • Lifespan: 14-18 years. 
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