|See Cao, daddy|
Here is a present-day cat family in Luang Prabang, Laos, just across the river from Thailand. The dad is named See Cao, which means white. He would be called a Siamese mix in this country. He looks awfully white compared to the Siamese cats we know, but in a colder climate his dark points would probably emerge.
The mother’s name is Hermione, named by my daughter-in-law LaChanda. Hermione had three kittens--one black like her, one gray, ane one half and half. Sadly, the little half-and-half died. Note that Hermione is built like a Siamese cat. Note also how light her kittens are--even the one that turned black. You can see that the temperature-sensitive albino gene was at work in the womb. Even as adults, their fur is still light next to the skin.
|Hermione and her kittens|
|Hermione and her kitten Yoda|
I'm afraid this unique cat is going to become rarer as foreigners move in with their cats from other places. The Southeast Asian cat is no longer isolated, and will soon be just like all the rest of the cats in the world. I hope people will keep the traditional Applehead Siamese breed alive, because it is the closest thing to the ancient breed.
|Scooter and Hermione|
You can see the kinks in the tails of See Cao and Scooter. Those are kinks; they're not just swishing their tails around.