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The first cat I remember is my mom's Siamese, Lady Tiang, known as TaiTai. She was the queen of the household but adored mom. She would sit on the edge of the bath until she thought mom had been in quite long enough and then pat her firmly on the shoulder so say "Time to get out now!". She lived to the ripe old age of 18 and still managed to catch a green mamba snake (it was a small one I admit!) a few months before her death. This was kindly deposited under the chair where mom was sewing. You may know that mambas are highly venomous and a bite can easily prove fatal - it was not a gift appreciated by my mother!!!

The beautiful Siamese is the legendary temple cat of the King of Siam. The cats were not only valued by the king for their exquisite beauty, but also they were used as guard cats. Siamese would be perched on tall columns around the throne of the king. If anyone threatened the king, the cats would jump down from the pillars onto the individual. Between the size of the Siamese, their strength and their ability to jump down from a height, they would knock the person to the floor. If need be, they would scratch at the face of the person who thought he could harm the King of Siam.

No one knows if this legend is true, but the cat seen by the German naturalist and explorer Peter Simon Pallas may have been a Siamese. This cat was noted in Pallas' reports on explorations of the Caspian Sea in the 1700s. Pallas described her as having "ears, paws and tail … quite black. It is of a middle size, has somewhat smaller legs than the common cat and the head is longer toward the nose."

The first Siamese cats in Europe were a gift from the King of Siam to the English consulate general in Bangkok in the late 1800s. The first Siamese cats in western cat fancy were named Pho and Mia. They were a breeding pair brought into England in 1884 by Owen Gould. The kittens from Pho and Mia were exhibited by Mr. Gould's sister at the London show held in the Crystal Palace in 1885. The first Siamese cat in the United States was also a gift from the King of Siam to a friend. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Siamese cats were imported into North America from Britain, France, Japan, and Siam. The Siamese remained somewhat rare until after World War II, when they quickly became number one in terms of registrations. The Siamese is not only beautiful but is also extremely intelligent. They do tend to go their own way but will condescend to share your lap if appropriately stroked and petted.

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Woodowly

Thanks so much Judy. I''ll probably get down to that book in a couple of years when I retire from teaching. Should be fun! YF Jayne

What a wonderful achievement, Jayne! Brava! I can also see you authoring some wonderful books of your doings and observations (if you ever get the time...but don't stop Jigidi!) Y F Judy

Woodowly

Hi Judy, It was not that long after we had moved to the Lowveld near Kruger National Park and our property abutted an area of veld which at that time had quite a range of birds and other animals. It was a scary introduction!! I actually managed to lobby Rotary (through Dad who was a Rotarian) to fund the establishment of a bird sanctuary in the area along the river there. It still survives despite massive development in the area. One good deed that I am very proud of having a hand in. YF Jayne

Another grand assortment, Jayne, only to be outdone by your green mamba story! Wow! Scary! Y F Judy

Woodowly

They are real talkers Nuttsky. I love the name Cybele - seems to fit the breed perfectly - All slinky!

nuttsky

I enjoy Siamese. They're so various! Intensities of color on the points, differences in color, different voices. I had Cybele, a most lovable part-Siamese, for many years. Loved that kitty.

Woodowly

They are gorgeous Denyce. I especially love the large image at middle right - it just seems to capture the essence of Siamese cats. Jayne

Denyce

love it - thanks

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