How to Groom A Burmilla Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Burmilla cats are a cross between Burmese and Chinchilla Persian cats, resulting in a unique and striking appearance. They have a short, plush coat that comes in a variety of colors, including silver, black, blue, and chocolate.

Burmilla cats are known for their affectionate and playful personalities, making them great companions for families and individuals alike. They are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks and respond to commands. As with any cat breed, regular grooming is important to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Burmilla Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Semi-Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Burmilla has a short, plush coat that is soft to the touch and shimmers in the light. Its coat is dense and silky, with a subtle silver undercoat.

Burmilla Cat

Essential Grooming Tools for Burmilla Cats

grooming tools

To groom your Burmilla Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerEar cleaning solutions effectively eliminate unpleasant odors in your cat’s ears by removing wax, debris, and bacteria, thus maintaining cleanliness and promoting overall ear health.
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushRegular toothbrushing keeps your cat’s mouth clean and reduces the buildup of odor-causing bacteria, resulting in fresher breath
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Equipped with our grooming tools, we’re ready to start grooming our cats!

Grooming Burmilla Cats: Step-by-Step Guide

Brushing Your Cat

Burmilla Cat

  • Brush your Burmilla once a week
  • Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.
  • Increase the frequency of brushing during shedding seasons (typically spring and fall).
  • Provide your cat with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplements to promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Burmilla Cat

Burmilla cats have a short, dense coat that doesn’t require frequent bathing. However, if your Burmilla gets dirty while playing outdoors or something, you can give them a bath.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose hair and tangles.
  2. Then, fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Wet your Burmilla’s coat thoroughly and lather up the shampoo, being careful to avoid their eyes and ears.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your cat in a towel to dry them off.

Burmillas are generally easy-going cats, but if your cat is particularly anxious or resistant to bathing, you may want to consider taking them to a professional groomer.

How Often Should I Bathe My Burmilla Cat?

You should bathe your Burmilla cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain its coat’s health and cleanliness.

How to Trim the Nails of a Burmilla Cat

A cat getting its nails trimmed by its owner

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Burmilla, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat gently but firmly, and extend one paw at a time.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of each nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Reward your Burmilla with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping

Trim your Burmilla’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Ear Cleaning

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Burmilla securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the dropper too far into the ear.
  • Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  • Let your Burmilla shake its head to help loosen any debris or wax.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any visible debris or excess solution from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your Burmilla pulling away or vocalizing. If you notice anything unusual, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  • Reward your Burmilla with a treat or some extra cuddles for being a good sport during the ear cleaning process.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Burmilla Cat

  1. Start by getting your Burmilla cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your Burmilla’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth. Gradually increase the brushing time as your cat becomes more comfortable with the process.
  6. Reward your Burmilla with a treat or praise after each brushing session to reinforce positive behavior.

Recommended Frequency:

Brush your Burmilla’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene. Regular brushing can help prevent dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

We’re pretty much done with the grooming process. However, we still need to talk about some potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

  • Watch out for signs of flea infestation such as excessive scratching, redness, and small black dots on the skin.
  • To prevent fleas and ticks, regularly groom your cat with a flea comb and use a flea preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Burmilla cats have a dense, plush coats that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles and mats, and consider a professional grooming session every few months to keep their coat in top condition.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Burmilla cats are prone to developing skin allergies, which can cause itching, redness, and hair loss. To address this issue, it’s important to identify the allergen and eliminate it from the cat’s environment. This may involve changing their diet, using hypoallergenic grooming products, or avoiding certain materials in their bedding or toys.

How Often Should I Brush My Burmilla Cat?

You should brush your Burmilla cat at least once a week to keep their short, dense coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, you may want to increase the frequency to twice a week to prevent hairballs and matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Burmilla Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Burmilla cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip away natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.

Are Burmilla Cats Friendly?

Burmilla cats are some of the most friendly cats you’ll probably meet.