Saturday, June 9, 2012

What’s new Pussy Cat?

Lunch was a cafe with a difference. The Inthar Heritage House has been built in the traditional style of the local Inthar people. It was built from re-claimed materials from another demolished house and used traditional crafts people in the construction. The resulting house is gorgeous.

Inthar Heritage House


There is also a specially commissioned altar, which the owner said was they most expensive piece of furniture they had ever purchased - but it is stunning

But there is one very special aspect of this house – it is a Burmese cat sanctuary. The Burmese cat breed became extinct in it’s own country, and the only pure strains of the breed were in Australia and the UK.

With 7 cats from these countries a breeding program was established on Lake Inle at the Inle Princess resort. The program has started to be successful and they are trying to re-establish the breed.
One of the outposts of the program is the Inthar Heritage House.

Currently they have 32 Burmese cats.

We walked in and were shown the large purpose built cat areas. 1st up is an enclosed night area where the cats spend the night. This opens onto the day area...
day cats

The area is enclosed but open air and scrupulously clean, and there are sleeping mats, scratching posts and it looks like kitty heaven. That is until you see the outdoor area. A small bridge leads to a water moated ‘island’ where the cats can play outside while the moat stops them from straying.

cat island

On the island are cat houses with blankets where the cats can lie down in comfort away from the blazing sun.  The cats were in lovely condition, they were friendly happy and healthy. This is indeed cat heaven. Andrew looked like he was in heaven too.

outdoor cat

Upstairs we have a superb lunch of local food, finished off with French chocolate cake.

Lunch Cat Cafe


This place was probably the highlight of Andrew’s time on Inle Lake :-)

Andrew Cat

1 comment:

  1. Loving your posts from Burma. This was such an intriguing place....amazing you got to experience it :-) Meg

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