Origin: United KingdomBurmilla Cat Breed

Type: Mixed (Cross breed)

Size: Medium

Coat Length: Short/Long

Body Type: Moderate

Appearance: The Burmilla is a medium­-sized cat with a weight of 3 to 6 kg. Its body is muscular, but elegant. The coat is shiny and silver, a pigmentation which stands against the distinctive black or dark grey lining around the nose, lips and eyes. Other coat colours include black, blue, brown, chocolate or lilac. The coat is soft and silky and may be semi­-long hair or short (a short-haired coat is more common). The tail is large and fluffy.

Grooming Requirement: Once a week

Activity Level: High

Affection: Very affectionate

Time Alone: 4 to 8 hours

Attention: Needs a lot of attention

Talkativeness: Vocal

Temperament: The Burmilla is a very independent and adaptable cat, curious and friendly, it retains a playful nature even as an adult pet. It is also very social and can easily become a lap-cat. Burmillas suit indoor living, they don’t require open space, but you’ll need to provide your Burmilla with a scratching post, pot of grass and toys, in order to keep it healthy and happy.

Interesting Facts: The Burnilla breed was created accidentally in 1981. A Chinchilla Persian cat and a Burmese ­ both waiting for a partner of their breed, were left together and nature took its course. The result was a litter of adorable kittens, so irresistible that they laid the foundation of a totally new breed.

Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: Burmillas are recommended for families. They are suitable for houses, flats and apartments ­ – the perfect indoor pet. They get along well with other animals ­ dogs, cats, birds, and they’re good with children. Supervise them with little ones. They can also be excellent companions for the elderly.

Common Health Problems: Burmillas are generally healthy cats but need a balanced diet of raw meat, canned food and dry food. They can develop lactose intolerance and can also suffer from allergies. Other possible problems include polycystic kidney disease (PKD), including kidney failure; excessive drinking and urination, reduced appetite, weight loss and depression are symptoms of this condition.

Lifespan: 15 years or more.