National Geographic : 1938 Nov
THE PANTHER OF THE HEARTH the United States shortly after, and here, as in Eu rope, it has won the hearts of lov ers of cats and . devotees of beauty. At the various shows it is seen in numbers and its cages are the mecca of visitors. The Seal Point Siamese attracts attention at once by its unique ap pearance. The ideal Seal Point is a clear pale fawn or cream in body, with legs, tail, and ears a deep seal brown. Its head is wedge-shaped and carries a "mask" of dark, almost black, seal brown. The eyes are a gorgeous sapphire blue, and are ori ental in appear ance, slanting to ward the nose. The body is me dium in size, grace ful, lithe of move ment, and the hind legs are slightly longer than the forelegs. Comparatively rare strains are the Blue Point and HAW, Chocolate Siamese This comical shot was a (not shown in the was about to take a pictu color plates). The yawned. The camera clic color ptes). The widely published news pic Blue Point is not calendars, match boxes, c quite so striking insurance advertising. as the Seal Point, for the color is either a pale blue or cream, with the "points" (legs, tail, and ears) a deeper blue. It has a tonal beauty that reminds one of those Copenhagen china cats one sees in gift shops. The Chocolate Siamese is much darker than the Seal Point; its head is rounder, and the "points are almost sable in their density." Unusually intelligent and affectionate, Si amese make admirable companions and can be taught many little doggy tricks, which they will perform when they feel like it. They can even be broken to a leash, taught to re trieve, or developed into admirable watch dogs. Curious, with a weird and peculiar cry © Pierce W. Hangge, by Russell E. Froelich HAW! THAT'S A GOOD ONE!" lucky accident. A St. Louis newspaper photographer ire of his sleeping cat when it suddenly sat up and ied. Result: "The Laughing Cat," one of the most tures ever made. It has been used on thousands of :heer-you-up cards, drinking glasses, and even for unlike that of the Persian or the domestic cat, they will give warning of any stranger prowling about the premises. The kittens are born pure white; in a few days the markings or "points" begin to appear and at first look like smudges of dirt. As a Siamese matures, its coat darkens and stays quite dark for about eighteen months; then, after shedding, it comes in light again. A Siamese will "talk" to you by the hour, and will entertain you by his antics for the whole course of his life. He wants what he wants when he wants it, and will make you give in eventually, as you know if you ever owned one.