This is a cross-post to promote a page (not a blog page) on the Wichian Mat which is the pointed good luck cat (auspicious cat). The cat brings good fortune provided the cat’s caretaker looks after him/her really well.
If you’d like read about this cat and the auspicious cats generally please click on the link at the top of this post. The Siamese magical cat from the Thai Treatise on Cats is interesting for students of the history of this most popular cat breed and those interested in cat history generally.
This is because the manuscript featuring this cat shows us a strong – what cat breeders call “semi-cobby” cat – and not the super-slender version that we see today which I have called the modern Siamese.
The interesting point is that breeders who dramatically altered the shape through long-term selective breeding over the last 50 years of the 20th century claim to have done this to ensure the American Siamese was true to its origins. This is incorrect.
It was done to make the Siamese more “elegant” in the eyes of the breeders but not necessarily in the eyes of all cat owners and Siamese cats aficionados.