Burmese Cat Sanctuary
Burmese Cat Sanctuary
Before Burmese cats arrived at Inle Heritage in 2008, there were no Burmese cats left in the country. Inle Heritage reintroduced Burmese cats with the support of China Exploration & Research Society (CERS), a Yunnan-based NGO focusing on environmental and cultural conservation.
Our Burmese cats are brown, blue, lilac and champagne in color. Though the brown ones are considered the most valuable, we love all of our soft, furry and friendly felines
Burmese royal families use to keep Burmese cats as pets. During the 19th and 20th century, more people migrated to Myanmar and new cat breeds diluted the Burmese cats. Soon, only hybrids existed.
Burmese cats also migrated to the United States and England. Most modern Burmese cats are descendents of Wong Mau, a brown female cat who was brought to America by a sailor in 1930.
CERS founder Wong How Man wanted to bring the cats back. So, he and the Inle Heritage team received Burmese cats from London and Sydney, which they brought to Hong Kong to breed before sending them to Myanmar on 31 July 2008.
Today, there are over 30 cats at our sanctuary.
Our cats have a regimented schedule of eating, sleeping and playing. They also receive regular vaccinations and checkups, along with lots of love and care.
The Burmese cats are fed three times a day, rest for 30 minutes between tour visits and sleep throughout the night. For meals, they eat fish, steamed rice and meat in the morning and evening.
Once a month, a veterinarian comes from Taunggyi for a medical checkup. If there is a specific case, Conservation Manager Chaw Su brings the sick cat herself to Taunggyi. They also receive annual rabies shots and 4-in-1 booster shots. Three times a year, the cats are dewormed.
The cats are always self-grooming, but we brush their hair every 10 days to maintain their healthy sheen. During the hot season, they take baths in vinegar diluted with warm water to relieve any skin problems and aid digestion.
We have outdoor and indoor spaces for the cats to play. There are cat-sized houses where they can lounge and play hide-and-seek with each other.
We reintroduced Burmese cats back to the country in an effort to preserve the pedigree of pure-breds.
In our breeding programme, we are responsible for spaying and neutering the cats to promote healthier, longer lives. Only our spayed and neutered cats are available for adoption, so we don't dilute the breed with hybrid cats. Kittens are born between 64-67 days after a cat gets pregnant. Many cats can become pregnant immediately after, moving in and out of "heat cycle" for a while—but we discourage this and only breed every other year, and only after they are two years old.
We breed the cats in April, May and June, which are the best times to breed. They are placed in one room for two weeks to mate. If it doesn't work, we choose a different couple. When the cats turn one year old, they are de-sexed.
Our goal is to preserve the pedigree and de-sexing gives them a longer, healthier life. Our cat sanctuary can only house a maximum of 40 cats so we don't breed too much. We want them to have enough space to live, sleep and play.
Our breeding programme will continue for years to come, in order to have a long-term impact on the Burmese cat population.
We do not breed to make money or overpopulate. Our goal is to preserve our pure-breed Burmese cats.
When selecting the cats for breeding, we ask the vet to choose the cats that have good health and ability to care for their babies.
Chaw Su also spends most of her days with the cats, so she can identify them easily. A month before breeding season, the cats get special medical checkups to prepare. Once the cats are pregnant, they do not get vaccinated.
We breed, raise and vaccinate the kitties to make sure they are happy and healthy. If you can ensure the same, you may be eligible to adopt—but unfortunately, we can only give away three cats per year!Learn more
Chaw Su, our Conservation Project Manager, has cared for the cats since they came to Inle Heritage 10 years ago. She finds joy in nursing and naming the kittens whenever a new litter is born. Ask her anything about the cats—if she doesn't already know, she'll be excited to help you find the information.
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