Burmilla Cat Club
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Welcome to the Burmilla Cat Club’s new Website
This is the site if you’re looking for a kitten or just general information about the breed .
New site created 17.06.13
Site updated 05.08.15
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Use the key to go to Magical Mr Mistoffelees page
The Burmilla Cat Club was formed on 21st January 1984 by Thérèse and Charles Clarke and Barbara Gazzaniga. Thérèse and Charles had bred the first 2nd generation litter from Gemma and Jaycynth bred by Baroness Miranda Von Kirsbergh and the foundation of the Clarkes Kartush lines. Barbara had bought Kartush Amratea a chocolate shaded silver with the intention of breeding a new line of Burmillas with her as the foundation queen. It was then decided to form a club to shape the future breeding programme, and standard of points for the Burmilla and to promote and encourage breeders to take up this beautiful cat. To this end an official announcement was published in Cat world on 1st March 1984 by which time the club had attracted 22 ordinary members. Informal meetings were held during the year and at the 1st AGM held on 24th March 1985 the officers were elected..
Since those early days membership has increased with members from several countries in Scandinavia, Western Europe,and as far as Australia. The Club became affiliated to the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) on 1st January 1986, also becoming affiliated to the Cat Association on 3rd July 1986 (the Cat Association (CA) then went on to become the FIFe member for the UK).
In May of 1994 the club held the second of two show at which FIFe senior judges came to assess the breed over five generations in order to grant full breed status. Having passed this scrutiny the breed was recognised from 1st January 1995 as a full breed by the FIFe
The Club welcomes new members who breed, own pets or just love the breed, see the notice board for details
Sadly the Cat Association has folded! The Burmilla Cat Club is now freelance and open to members of all affiliations
who own or are interested in Burmillas, Burmese, Asians and associated silver breeds
Bynifer, now gone from our sight,
You have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Never forgotten, you will live
In our memory as a gift.
From kitten days to motherhood,
Each year you gave us so much joy,
Raised with love, surrounded by love.
GIC & GIP Kartush Bynifer
bred by Therese and Carles Clarke
Born November 10th 1997.
Died July 3rd 2015
Bynifer was first and foremost,Therese and Charles Clarke's breeding Queen and part of the programme to establish the Burmilla as a regonised breed and to this end she achieved the status of
FIFe Grand International Champion
When her breeding days were over,
as neuter she became a
FIFe Grand International Premier
In 2002 when she was five years old, Therese very generously gave her to us.
She took to the great outdoors with huge delight, being taught by her son Mistoffelees in a role reversal, to use the cat flap, to go through a hedge without getting caught up, and of course to to hunt.
Her world opened up ad she revelled in it.
She was both beautiful and intelligent, but above all it was her wonderful nature that endeared her to people. She was instantly a visitor's friend and made them feel special with her attentions - adults and children alike.
When Mistoffelees died and she became an 'only child' she changed and became more demanding of us. She let us know clearly what she wanted. Bedtime was strictly adhered to and at 10pm sharp she would get up and walk to her bed. If by chance a hot water bottle was forgotten or had cooled unacceptably, she would wrinkle her nose and howl until it was renewed.
Her greatest luxury was my hot hairbrush which she would demand, falling on her back and letting me run it all over her. Her eyes would close with the joy of it.
Lovely memories of a very special cat. We shall miss her for ever.
A tribute by Carol and James Bryant