Burmilla cat health: the most common diseases of this breed

What are the most common diseases in Burmilla breed cats? Let’s find out everything you need to know about the health of these cats.

We all want the life of our four-legged friend to be long and serene. For this, it is extremely important to take care of its health. Let’s see what are the most common diseases in Burmilla, trying to understand how to detect them promptly and what to do to help our cat get back on track.

The most common diseases in Burmilla

Cats of this breed tend to enjoy excellent health: robust and vigorous, their average life span is between 12 and 15 years. However, there are some more common diseases, which tend to manifest themselves in Burmilla cats.

For this reason, it is essential that our four-legged friend receives all the necessary care and is subjected to periodic checks by the veterinarian. In this way, we will be sure to guarantee them an excellent quality of life. Among the pathologies that most frequently affect cats of this breed are:

  • Obesity
  • Kidney stones
  • Polycystic kidney disease


The Burmilla are specimens with very recent origins. In fact, around the eighties, cat breeders favored the mating between cats belonging to two different breeds: Burmese and Persian Chinchillà.

Unfortunately, both parents of the Burmilla have a tendency to gain weight: for this, among the most common diseases that affect these cats, there is obesity. It is associated with numerous risks to the health of the cat:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Arthritis
  • Skin disorders
  • Hepatic lipodosis
  • Heart disease

Burmilla are extremely greedy specimens, whose hunger seems to have no limits. So, it is essential to take very careful care of the feeding of this breed, asking for advice from the veterinarian.

The professional, in fact, will be able to draw up a personalized food plan on the lifestyle and health of our beloved cat. Generally, the best advice is to use fresh and low-fat foods, as well as make sure that the cat’s routine is stimulating and favors physical activity.

Kidney diseases

Among the most common pathologies in Burmilla breed cats are kidney diseases, including:

  • Kidney stones in the cat, also known as uroliths, which are accumulations of minerals that clog the urinary tract of the animal, causing inflammation and pain when urinating. The main symptoms of this disease are blood in the urine, lack of appetite, nervousness and agitation, frequent and incomplete urination. Treatment of kidney stones may consist of a change of diet or surgery for the removal of uroliths.
  • Polycystic kidney in cats, it is one of the most common hereditary diseases in Burmilla breed cats. This pathology can affect one or both kidneys, causing the formation of cysts that over time increase in volume, impairing kidney function. The symptoms of polycystic kidney are very similar to those of renal failure: bad breath, weight loss, lack of appetite. Unfortunately, to date there is no definitive cure for this disease.

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