One of the most distinctive cat coats is the trademark of one of the oldest known cat breeds. Just mentioning seal cats conjures up images of Siamese cats. While Siamese cats and their mixes appear to have cornered the market with fur with seal dot markings, the amazing coloration can be found in some cat breeds. The different breeds of cats with dots may differ in conformation, but they have one thing in common: they are all striking! Let’s find out what’s so interesting about seal cats!
1. Seal cats are of albino origin
Seal cats usually have white to light brown bodies with darker spots on the extreme ends. This interesting coat pattern is tied to genes that both male and female must have for the kittens to have points. The alleles (variant forms of a single gene) are actually one form of temperature-sensitive genes associated with albinism. The darker points are on the face, ears, paws, and tail, as this is where the cat’s body is cooler. The less body heat there is, the darker the fur on this moult.
2. Yes, seal cats have something to do with seals
There are few cats as beautiful as seal cats. Kittens who were born snow white and blind and who have seal point markings do not show their true color palette until they are about a year old. The name seal point comes from the color of a seal. According to the National Siamese Cat Club, the color palette under the seal umbrella ranges from dark brown to brownish black. While chocolate dots are recognized as an acceptable variant for purebred animals, the difference between seals and chocolate is that seals are darker and chocolate dots are lighter and warmer.
3. Which races might wear these seal point markings?
It’s not just the Siamese breed that wears these famous seal points. The following breeds can have a seal point coloration:
- British shorthair
- Color point shorthair
That’s right, all of their ancestors included a Siamese somewhere in their creation.
According to composer and Siamese cat expert Jeanne Singer, the Siamese cat has spawned 14 new cat breeds! Richard Gebhardt, former president of the Cat Fanciers Association, documents in the same New York Times article that in the 1960s and 1970s, among other things, the breed struggled due to inbreeding while trying to maintain a near-impossible aesthetic. Fortunately, many registers expanded the restrictive standards, resulting in a larger and healthier population.
4. The story of the seal point cat
The growing popularity of Siamese cats outside of Thailand began with a single imported pair. Pho and Mia came to England in the late 1880s, and their presence resulted in a love of seal cats. Seal point is the original foundation color point. The timing of their arrival couldn’t have been better. It was Britain’s dawning era of dog shows, cat shows and fancy registers. Creating the perfect storm to instantly catapult the Siamese breed into celebrity. Siamese cats are still considered to be one of the most famous cat breeds in the world.
About 100 years after Pho and Mia arrived in England, the exalted cat’s creator, the Kingdom of Siam, reportedly imported Siamese cats into the country because they ran out of cats! The original seal cat was kept by higher class people such as kings and monks, and their excavations were usually palaces and temples. But over time, palaces collapsed along with the ruling class, taking most of the cats with them.
5. Myths and magic related to seal cats
Tamra Maeo (Treatises on Cats), also called The Cat-Book Poems, dates from the 16th century and shows a dark-pointed cat. An unknown author created the book in Siam and it is considered to be one of the earliest registers for cat breeds.
While the Siamese cat has been involved in royal court rituals over the centuries, their appeal has been steeped in superstition and because they were viewed as cheap.
Author Martin Clutterbuck states that the British Siamese Cat Club named its favorite breed “The Royal Cat of Siam” in 1901, but the King of Siam shot it down. with the words: “The king of Siam has neither a special race, nor is there a specially preserved one in his palace.”
There are many Siameezer myths out there! According to legend, Siamese cats were the vessels for the souls of recently deceased members of the royal family. It is also believed that her crossed eyes were the result of guarding a sacred golden cup that a monk was too drunk with. Her eyes are blue from serving Heaven and causing a princess to kink her tail.
Truths, half-truths, and total fiction aside, seal cats have drawn our attention for centuries and will continue to do so for years to come!
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