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This is a digital oil painting of a Siamese kitten from a photograph.
The pointed cat known in the West as "Siamese" recognized for it's distinctive markings, is one of the several breeds of cats from Siam described and illustrated in manuscripts called "Tomra Maew" (Cat Poems), estimated to have been written from the 14th to the 18th century.
It is often said the breed was first seen outside their Asian home in 1884 when the British Consul-General in Bankok, Edward B. Gould, brought a breeding pair of the cats, Pho and Mia, back to Britain as a gift for his sister, Lillian J. Veley ( who went on to co-found the Siamese Cat Club in 1901). However, in 1878, U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes received a "Siam", a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok; this cat was also the first documented Siamese to reach the United States.
Siamese are usually very affectionate and intelligent cats, renowned for their social nature. Many enjoy being with people and are sometimes described as extroverts. Often they bond strongly to a single person. These cats are typically active and playful, even as adults, and are often described as more dog-like in behavior than other cats.
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December 9th, 2012
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