The Tiffanie, also known as the Longhaired Burmilla, is a cat with eye-catching good looks and a warm, extroverted personality. Their long, silken fur comes in a variety of colors, with patterns of tipping and shading that offer some truly stunning results. Bright, dramatic eyes and a sweet expression round out the look, but the Tiffanie is more than just a pretty face. Packaged within this flashy exterior is a cat of great affection, devotion, and kitten-like glee.
The breed happened by accident, the product of an illicit liaison between a dashing Chinchilla Persian and a runaway European Burmese. Taking advantage of her carelessly unlocked cage to pursue love and adventure, she soon found herself the mother of 4 lovely and unique kittens. So fetching were these offspring that the owner of the two star-crossed lovers blessed their union, and a formal breeding program was pursued. The result is the Burm(ese – chinch)illa: the Burmilla.
This first litter contained only shorthaired kittens, but subsequent generations began to produce litters that took after their longhaired grand-daddy. As certain breeders began to select more carefully for the longhaired variety, the name “Longhaired Burmilla” was largely replaced by the name Tiffanie.
In Australia, there is a breed known as the Australian Tiffanie of similar origins. However, the Australian Tiffanie is a Long Haired Burmilla that has been bred back to a Chinchilla Persian. The result is a slightly different breed, varying particularly in coat.
Appearance / lifespan:
The Tiffanie is a medium sized cat with a somewhat muscular build. Their legs are slender, with small paws. They have a rounded head, wide at the eyebrow level, and tapering to a short, blunt wedge. They have a petite nose, and medium to large ears that may be tufted. They have large eyes, generally in a shade of green, with a dark, mascara type outline. The tail is large and plumed, tapering to a rounded tip.
The Tiffanie has a longhaired coat, with soft and silky fur. The hair has a silver-white or golden base, with a contrasting color on the ends. These coat patterns are described as tipped (hair shaft has 1/8 to ¼ color over the base color) or shaded (hair shaft has ¼ to ½ color over the base color). Tiffanies with a shaded coat generally appear darker than cats with a tipped coat. A smoke pattern can also occur, but is not recognized in some breed registries.
Tipping and shading can come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, lilac, blue and blue. Red, cream, and tortoiseshell are also possible, but not recognized in some breed registries.
Behavior / temperament:
The Tiffanie is a quiet, gentle, and laid-back lapcat. The Tiffanie needs to feel like it is part of the family, and will be unhappy if left alone for long periods of time. They are affectionate, and can be demanding of attention, but they are loyal and sensitive to the mood of their owner. Some Tiffanies respond well to being talked to, and will respond in their own sweet, chirping voice. They are playful but gentle, and do well around children and other animals.
Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
From T Lee 392 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
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