Title: Siamese cat
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience the interesting facts about Siamese cat. Central Idea: These facts include the Siamese cat’s history, standard, personality, and their roles in human’s life. Main Points:
1. The Siamese cat originated from Siam (now Thailand) and it is fairly well established that the cats were originally owned only by the king and the royal family in Siam. 2. There are two types of Siamese cat: Traditional Siamese cat and Modern Siamese cat, but both have similar coat pattern. 3. Siamese cat has a marvelous personality: intelligent, fastidious, entertaining, loyal, compassionate, coy, capricious and amusing.
I am glad to be here today to share with you some interesting facts about Siamese cat. Before I go into detail about this, I would like to share with you my own experience. I myself own a Siamese cat and I named it Miaw Miaw. He is a lovely and the most intelligent cat that I ever owned. Here is the picture of him, my Miaw Miaw. Cute, isn’t he? Unfortunately, not much local people, Chinese especially, know well about this cat breed. People tend to know more about Persian and other longhair cat breeds rather than Siamese. Well, the Siamese cat is originated from Thailand, formerly known as Siam. These cats were held in such high esteem in their native country that no one except the king and members of the royal family were permitted to own them. According to an ancient book, Cat Book Poems, which is now on display in the Thai National Library in Bangkok, Siamese is described as having black feet, tail, face and ears. Further, this cat is said to have red eyes. The blue eyes of the Siamese cat reflect a reddish glow, blood colored, when the wide-open pupil is met with a flash bulb or light in the dark. The written records also reveal that Siamese cats were venerated as guardians of the temples in Siam. When a person of high rank like the king or the royal family died, it was usual to select one of these royal cats to receive the dead person’s soul. The cat was then removed from the royal household and sent to one of the temples to spend the rest of its days living a ceremonial life of great luxury, with monks and priests as its servants. These cats were considered sacred and were reputed to eat the finest foods from gold plate and to recline on cushions made of the most opulent materials. At that time, Siamese cat was still a rare breed. In 1884, the British Consul-General was given a pair of Siamese cat by the Siamese King as a farewell gift. The progenies of this pair of Siamese were then being introduced from British to America, and then to all over the world. Siamese can be grouped into two, the traditional Siamese, also known as Apple-head Siamese and modern Siamese. Both of them have the similar color pattern: black feet, tail, face and ears, but different in body shape. Traditional Siamese have rounder, wider face and fatter body, while modern Siamese have sharp face and thin, firm body. According to a recent survey, three-quarters of people prefer traditional Siamese as compared to modern Siamese. How about you? Which one do you prefer? Since Siamese have a body of one color and black points on its feet, tail, face and ears, which is actually caused by mutation known as “partial albinism”, they can be easily distinguished from other varieties of breed. However, do not expect your Siamese cat to maintain this unique and beautiful coat color forever. They have a heat sensitive enzyme in their body, thus the coolest parts of the body become darker and the hottest become lighter. But apart from heat, when they increase in their age, they will become darker and darker. For example, this is my Miaw Miaw when he was four months old compared to two years old now. A Siamese cat has a marvelous personality. He is unbelievably intelligent, fastidious, thoroughly entertaining, coy, capricious and amusing. You can find out and...
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