Dr. Douglas Schar and Dr. Anatoly Vinokur
Our Cat Trip to Thailand
We just got back from a cat trip to Thailand. If you would like to see these cats in their original form in their original country, check out my article. I learned a lot on this trip and for the Burmese enthusiast, it may be of some interest.
When I started Indian Spring Cattery, it was my intention to breed Burmese cats. In my opinion, Burmese cats make the best pets in the entire world. But, I soon discovered the American Burmese breed was in trouble. The breed was created with two cats, Wong Mau and Tai Mau, imported from Asia in the 1930's. Virtually no cats had been imported from Thailand since and not surprising, the breed had become inbred. A rather sobering study by Dr.Leslie Lyons, renown cat researcher, revealed that American Burmese are the most inbred cat breed in the world. The prospects for the breed did not look good.
I decided to do something about it. My thought was this. The American Burmese breed was CREATED with a Siamese and a Tonkinese cat, imported from Thailand, 100 years ago. The only sensible thing to do was to import more cats from Thailand and add some genetic diversity to the American Burmese breed. And that is what I did. I have imported a spectrum of cats from Thailand and use them in my Burmese breeding program. And, as a result of importing all these cats, not only do I have healthy Burmese kittens, I also occasionally have Tonkinese(Dong Tang), SiameseWichienmaat), Bombay(Konja), Korat, and Suphalak kittens in the litters. Half of my breeding stock came from Thailand, and, as a result, I get more colors than the usual Burmese breeder. Over time, I suspect my cats will develop a more uniform look and color range. But, for now, the imported Thai cats, and their incredible genetic diversity results in truly rainbow litters.
Though I think my cats are beautiful, they do not look like the American Burmese you see at cat shows. They have long noses and super short hair and all kinds of eye colors. But, I do not aim to produce cats that will win at shows. I aim to produce the healthy pets that will bring joy and happiness to their owners for years and years. I breed for health and personality and…….. for health and personality. And honestly, trying to bring those two attributes out in my cats, keeps me plenty busy.
I feel that what sets these cats apart from the other breeds is their fantastic dog-like personality. All of the American Burmese cats in my breeding program, and those imported from Thailand, have that irresistible personality we associated with the Burmese breed. They are pushy, demanding, constant companions. If you are looking for a healthy cat, brimming with personality, you have come to the right cattery.
If you are looking for a healthy Burmese cat, I have those. My goal is to maintain the characteristic dog like Burmese personality and correct the health problems that have become associated with the breed.
I am Dr. Schar, owner of Indian Spring Cats, a specialist in natural medicine. I believe in working with nature and never against it. In my medical practice, I study foods and medicines that make people healthy. When I I expanded my studies to Burmese cats, I realized the starting point was improving the genetic health of the breed. They were inbred and inbred never means healthy. I am actively researching ways to improve the health of the breed, and that includes importing cats from Thailand and a whole lot of genetic research.
Please visit the big science project known as my farm by hitting the button above, to know more about my work with natural medicine, hit the link below.
There is no other breed of cat that consistently has the affectionate, people-oriented personality of the Burmese, Tonkinese, and Siamese.
Burmese cats are cats that act like dogs. Should you buy one, you will find yourself with the worlds best pet. Burmese cats provide ultra deluxe pet services! Ask anyone who has had one, they are mans other best friend.
Burmese cats are very affectionate and attentive creatures, highly interactive, and over flowing with love. They fetch and come to their name. They are the closest thing to a dog in the cat world but perhaps better. ..the dog minus the walk! No midnight stroll in the freezing winter with a plastic bag in hand required when you have a Burmese cat!
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Cool New Articles
In addition to studying and working with Thai cats, I like to stay up on what is happening with the Thai cat world. Nolan Betterly is doing some really great work in Thailand and here are two articles recently published about his work with Thai cats. Check them out!
I am really into the cats from Thailand, so much so, I opened "The Thai Cat Center". The center is all about studying this natural breed of cat, in its homeland and in the west. I work with breeders in Thailand, breeders in America, and cat scientists to increase our knowledge of these cats. If you want to know more about these incredible cats, visit my web site by clicking below.
I am also active with the group, TIMBA, or The International Maew Boran Association. What we think of as Burmese, Siamese, and Tonkinese cats are called Maew Boran in Thailand. TIMBA is working to preserve the national breed of Thailand and has a registration program for cats in Thailand. Its a great group doing great work. Visit there site at www.timba.org or click on the link below.
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