Sukimah is a small cattery located at Garden Suburb, in Newcastle NSW, about 13 kms from the coastline .
We have been breeding Burmese cats since 2007, some ten years now, but have been proud owners of Burmese cats since 1983, and, from 1985, as registered members of the NSW Cat Fanciers Association Inc. and the Burmese Cat Society of Australasia Inc, we have shown our cats at various pedigreed cat shows, commencing in 1985, where they have done well.
The lure of breeding these wonderful animals proved too strong, and so since 2007, we have been very proud to have an association with Ms Bev Jones, a Burmese breeder, who has had many best in show and supreme exhibit awards for her beautiful Burmese and Bengal cats. Bev has mentored us, for which we are extremely grateful. We must also mention Mrs Erica Bell, burmese breeder, from Ricway Cattery with whom we have had an association over the years.
With the coming of Starkatz Miss Millie, a chocolate tortoiseshell in 2006, we commenced our breeding programme. Millie was joined shortly thereafter by Starkatz Madonna, a blue girl.
Our second litter from Millie had success at the Newcastle & Hunter Valley Cat Show in 2007, winning best litter in all three rings in Group 3. Best female kitten in Group 3 was Sukimah Tuscan Sun (known to us as Poppy).
To enable our knowledge of feline health and issues to expand, Sue has attended every one of the annual Feline Health Seminars held in Sydney, which are sponsored by The Rex Cat Club.
Every November the seminar has been held, with expert speakers attending to provide the latest updates on matters such as feline flu, cattery management, feline reproductive information, answers to questions from the floor, together with a host of other information. In the last couple of years however, there have been no seminars organised.
Reading and researching cat articles on health, genetics etc is ongoing.
OUR BREEDING QUEENS : Georgia Rose, a lilac daughter of Madonna, Sukimah Jasmin, a lilac/cream daughter of Georgia and Custer, Sukimah Brinda Bella and Sukimah Tahitian Pearl (daughters of Merlin) are our breeding queens, with two future queens, Matilde (lilac) a daughter of Shwayamore Petite Trixie and Voodoo, and Brookside Bronze Sorceress aka Missy (brown) having joined the gang. They are all very sweet natured and loving cats.
We pride ourselves on breeding very healthy kittens with great temperaments. This is more important in our view, than type – which, while important, and is something we strive toward, is third in our order of priorities.
Our queens are housed indoors with us, and are given much affection and love, fed the highest quality foods, have regular veterinarian checks to make sure they are in the best of health, and when we are blessed with kittens, these together with their mothers are also housed in our home, and given plenty of care and attention.
Our kittens are raised in the house, and after their first vaccination are allowed to run through the house to explore, which allows them to become used to household noises, other cats, people etc. They are litter trained, wormed, desexed, and vaccinated twice before they leave us to go to their new indoor homes.
The only task the new owner has, is to make sure the third and final vaccination is given one month after the 2nd vaccination. This should then followed by yearly vaccinations to maintain protection against flu and other diseases.
OUR STUDS: Brookside Lilac Merlin has returned to Bev Jones, after two years with us (a most fantastically temperamented cat), and his daughters Bella and Pearl remain with us. Siratsa Voodoo Child has joined us. The boys are also treated with affection and love and fussed over too, however they are our housed outside in their own spacious quarters, with cuddles and kisses each morning and evening when they are put to bed (in winter with an electric heat pad and lovely soft cosy blankets to snuggle under). They are also given the best of food and have regular veterinary checkups too.
There has been many and varied discussions by vets and breeders as to the pro's and con's of early desexing, but on our investigation and having sought advice from more than one veterinarian, we are happy to continue desexing our kittens at 11 weeks, (provided they are over 1 kilogram in weight) prior to being taken by their new owners. Having this procedure done at 11 weeks, allows the kittens to recover quickly (more so than an older cat), and does not cause any physical or emotional problems for the kitten. The early desexing of our kittens is non negotiable.
For those of you who have young children, we would strongly advise that you have your child visit a friend, family member or neighbour who may have a cat, before you decide to buy a burmese. If your child turns out to be allergic to that cat, and you still proceed to purchase a burmese, then it will dramatically affect how you regard and treat your kitten. We have found from experience that the "indoor cat" suddenly is put outdoors and left to its own devices, or to live with the family dog in the yard. This is not the outcome which we envisage for our beautiful babies!
The Burmese cat worldwide has one of the lowest gene pool of the pedigreed cat breeds. This has been found in research by Prof. Lesley Lyons, a world renowned geneticist. To ensure that we do not breed closely related cats (in-breeding), we make sure that our cats are unrelated, or at least very distantly related.
We do not undertake father - daughter matings, grandmother to grandson, mother to son, uncle to niece matings, which come with the risk of causing genetic problems by the closeness of the matings.
Until recently here in Australia, we could not use any other outcrosses to widen our gene pool. This included the American Burmese, which is different from the UK and Australian Burmese in it's appearance (ours are European burmese), the US are either contemporary style, a rounder faced, eyed, shorter bodied cat, or their traditional style (traditional is more like the European burmese, with not so rounded features, and a more elegant body,similar to our cats).
The Co-ordinating Cat Council of Australia, the governing body of the NSW Cat Fanciers Association Inc, has approved the importation of the American Burmese into Australia, to enable an approved experimental breed programme to widen the Australian burmese gene pool. This is a process which takes time, patience and a lot of money.
Obviously not a lot of breeders are able to afford to do this, as contrary to popular belief, we actually do not make money from our cats. An explanation of why breeders charge as they do, is eloquently explained by Melanie Martin, from Suchi/Adara Cattery.
We strive to produce the best breed quality and health in our kittens, and to ensure the emotional and physical wellbeing of them, so that at the time of relocating to their new indoor only homes, our kittens are well adjusted, intelligent, playful, loving and lively pets, qualities for which this breed is known.
We also aim for genetic diversity to further promote strong and vigorous health in our cats.
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Sue and Darval