1. What is the difference between a burma and a Burmese cat?

Huge! Burmilla has a completely different body structure, fur, different head structure and a completely different character than the Burmese cat.

2. Are burmillas only in silver colour and short coat?

No. Burmillas can be both gold and longhaired (otherwise known as tiffany - however, this breed is not officially recognized in Europe). This is because long hair and the golden recessive gene have been inherited by the burmillas of their breeding ancestors - the Persian chinchilla and Burmese cats. That is why short-haired silver burmillas’ litters are sometimes born with golden and long haired kittens. This is rare, but happens.

3. On the Internet you can find information about burmillas weighing from 4 to 7 kg - are they so big?

No. Burmilla is not Maine Coon !!! Burmila is a medium-sized, "normal" cat. Some may weigh up to 5-6 kilograms, but this is a rare case. Most burmillas weigh an average of 3-4.5 kg.

4. Why are the kittens are so expensive?

Burmilla is a very rare breed. If there is a burmilla cattery in your country, you're in luck! In most countries you will not see cats of this breed (for example, there are no breeds in Asia, South America, there are only 2 in Russia). In some countries there is only one breeder (for example in Spain (and only on the islands) or  1 in Italy, and in just a few countries there are enough breeders to be able to see the burmillas on almost every cat show! But that's just one of the reasons .

The price of the kittens is not only upbringing, socializing or preparing a kitten for a new home (food, vaccines, microchips, documents), but also showing parents at exhibitions (every cost of the cat show is from 60 euro per cat, travel costs, hotels, etc.), purchase cost of good breeding cat and its uprising, the cost of mating (quite often you must look for a cat in another country), and that's already between 500 and 600 euros ... only ...). I have not yet mentioned the costs of regular veterinary care, blood tests, genetic tests, routine inspections and the like ... Do you still think such a kitten is expensive? 😉

5. A male or a female cat??

Although many people are convinced that the males are more loving, they get along better with the dogs, they are often more sensitive, "soft", gentler and more tolerant. "Girls" are often "with character" 🙂 They know how to show their dissatisfaction, jealousy, or that they have been insulted on your part. Sounds like a description of people? Kittens after castration / sterilization will not show such differences! By the way, if the female cat is not sterilized, it may mark territory more than a male! And that's what only few people know;)

All responsible breeders sell kittens only after the early castration procedure - if the kitten is not intended for further breeding. This provides you and the cat with psychological comfort, that no large surgery is waiting for you to be done, and protects against marking the area, and additionally - it removes the differences in character between a male and a female cat.

6. What about the early castration procedure?

Responsible breeders care for the good of their kittens, so they sterilize / castrate kittens that are not intended for breeding. First of all, sterilization / castration is a serious procedure. A responsible breeder takes this task on himself, realizing that future owners may hesitate before surgery until problems begin. And the problems are really different.

Non-sterilized cats mark territory, and they can start doing it very early, even being about 5 months old. Continuous administration of pharmacological contraception (to block this) may cause uterine inflammation, which sometimes starts after the first heat. The consequences of such inflammation are very unpleasant if not noticed in time: from expensive treatment and sterilization to inefficiency of various organs. The desire to keep one litter can lead to the death of a cat and kittens if the necessary care or help is not provided at needed time.

Sometimes, the males simply start singing love songs and mark their territory with urine with a very unpleasant odour. If such cat begins such, it will probably not be discontinued even after castration.

Another, or perhaps the main reason for the early sterilization of kittens is the control of cats' homelessness. No breeder wants his small, well-groomed kitten to run across meadows, fields or city sidewalks, bump into backyard cats or "bring home a surprise" - unwanted pregnancy, which could be in the further course of reasoning, contribute to increasing the number of cats living is shelters, found injured on the streets etc.  The responsible breeder does not want to increase the population of stray cats. The responsible breeder wants improve the breed and be sure that his kittens have been brought to great homes for their entire lives.

7. Is it true that the burmillas are "antiallergenic"?

Although burmillas rarely cause allergies, however, each person is different, as is every cat. One can cause allergies and the other doesn’t. First of all, you must know the cause of allergy. In addition, allergies in susceptible individuals may be caused by parasites in the fur of the cat, such as fleas, lice or mites, which are often found in furs of free-living cats. Such allergies can be eliminated by removing parasites. Cats from catteries are free of parasites, however, there is always the question of the protein contained in the cat's saliva - which also sometimes causes allergies. This can be checked only by contact with the cat. It remains therefore to contact the breeder and plan the visit 🙂