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Burmilla Cat

This medium-build short haired cat is sturdy and well-muscled, with males being quite robust, and females more elegant and daintier. Their head is gently rounded with a moderate wedge-shaped face and wide set ears. Eyes are large, slightly almond shaped and expressive and may be any shade from gold to green. Their coat is dense and short with a pale undercoat and distinctive dark tipping to the ends of the hairs giving the cat a silvery look which is enhanced by dark rims around the eyes and a distinct M marking on the forehead. There are a number of accepted patterns and colours within the breed. 

10 - 15 years
3 - 5.8kg
Coat is dense and short with a pale undercoat and distinctive dark tipping to the ends of the hairs.
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • A bit of both indoor and outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

The Burmilla breed can suffer from: 
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem. 
- Burmese head defect which is a condition where the face and skull do not form correctly.
Testing available:
- DNA testing for polycystic kidney disease and Burmese head defect which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by these conditions


The Burmilla is sociable, playful and affectionate, gets along well with other household pets and with children who behave appropriately around cats, and retain many kitten-like characteristics into adulthood. Despite this friendly nature, they are also a fairly independent and irreverent cat, capable of spending time alone and are not overly or loudly demanding.

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History and Origins

Outdoors or Indoors

Enrichment and Specific Needs

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Burmilla Cats

Suitability for Family Life