WHO’STHATCAT? BY ERIKA SOROCCO
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Females are generally smaller and
daintier than the males; however, both
sexes share a commonality: hind legs
that are longer than their forelegs.
9they’re rare and they’re spectacular! Although the first Burmilla
litter came into this world on Sept.
11, 1981, the breed is still quite rare
throughout the U.S. and only became
recognized by the Cat Fanciers’
Association in February 2011.
Writer and blogger Erika Sorocco has
written about small mammals and
cats for 10 years, with contributions
appearing in CAT FANCY, Rabbits
USA, Critters USA, and Ferrets
USA. A former freelance music writer for The
Californian newspaper, Erika currently fuses her
love for felines and fashion together in the blog
Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans ( www.cateyesandskinny
jeans.com), where she waxes poetic about her
favorite makeup look (cat eyes, of course) and
love for cozy knit sweaters (which she unwillingly
shares with her cats Minky and Gypsy). Follow
Erika on Twitter at @cateyesskinnies.
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burmilla is a
4/love that coat!
The main attraction of the Burmilla is
that stunning silver-meets-white coat.
Whether semi-long-hair or short-hair,
the Burmilla’s coat is soft and silky to
the touch, and tipped or shaded with
a contrasting color.
gymnasts in cats’
Burmillas love to climb and jump and
are highly athletic. This trait, paired
with their muscular, lithe, lean forms
and long, slender legs, creates the
notion of being furry acrobats —
high-flying ones at that!
you’ve got a friend
Friendly, affectionate, devoted — the
Burmilla provides constant compan-
ionship, and takes up residence in a
We are fam-i-ly
Burmillas thrive in family environ-
ments, and love children, cat-friendly
dogs, and other animals.
1/that name …
Like the “ship names” popularized in
celebrity culture — think “Brangelina”
and “Kimye” — the Burmilla earned its
name in the simplest way imaginable:
combining its origins — the Burmese cat
(Burm) and the Chinchilla Persian (illa).
is that cat Wearing
Burmillas all share a very distinctive fea-
ture: a dark outline around their expres-
sive eyes. It’s a result of their lineage —
not a covert raid of your makeup bag.
3Bundles of energy Burmillas are energetic, and
remain playful and fun-loving through
adulthood. That said, the Burmilla has
klutzy tendencies, so put away the