National Geographic : 1964 Apr
ary dead ends, or may, if all goes well, be come favorite cats of the future. The Himalayan already has been men tioned; this critter has the body type and long-haired coat of the Persian, the head and coloration of the Siamese (page 534). The Havana Brown shows the slender structure of the Siamese and the coloration of the Burmese, but with eyes green rather than golden. The Burman, as distinct from the Burmese, probably comes from the Far East, although little is known of its origin. It is a fawn-hued cat with a silky coat, the dark, contrasting points of the Siamese, a bushy tail, blue eyes, white feet, and a long and massive body. The Korat (pronounced koh-RAHT) is a rarity from Thailand, a cat evidently indige nous on the Korat Plateau north of Bangkok. Puzzle: Where has it been all these years? Also built like the Siamese, the Korat is a solid slate gray in color with a silvery cast to the legs. The fur is satiny and lustrous, the eyes amber green. Perhaps most intriguing of all the new fangled breeds is the Rex, a cat with fur in marcel waves along the sides. On the stom ach it curls like Persian lamb. The Rex has curly eyebrows, a small voice, and a mild and pleasing purr. A spontaneous mutation, the Rex is a one in-a-million oddity found among Domestic Shorthair kittens. One was discovered in England, another in East Berlin. Both strains now are being bred in the United States. There are very few of them so far, however, and experts feel it will be years before they are well established. A Cat for Every Temperament From the above, it is obvious that there are cats for all tastes and settings and seasons cats of surpassing beauty, cats of elegance and charm, cats of every shade and nuance of temperament, cats accommodating and ac complished. For those who have no cat and want one, or for those who have a cat and want another-or two others, or three, or four-the way is clear. Only one mystery remains. For all of man's long association with the cat, he has not learned much about her purr. This may of fend the several experts who gave me precise descriptions of its mechanism, but they varied so widely I am forced to the conclusion that the secret still eludes us. She whurleth her voice, but how I knoweth not. THE END 540 Rex Marcel waves rippling across body and tail give this cat its unusual ap pearance. Although the Cat Fanciers' Association has yet to recognize Rex, other cat groups have proclaimed it a breed and set up standards. The wavy coat should be the "texture of velvet pile,"