Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cat in Gammelstad

Cat in Gammelstad
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This is a cat I saw in Sweden - here's the cute cat photo of the day. He had a cut on his ear but it was a bit jagged - didn't think it was a tip and there was no owner around the house to ask :)

It's always interesting to me how much slimmer and sleeker our cats are in general. Some people overseas have remarked on that to me as well.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

are singapore cats the only ones with short tails?

many ppl i speak to think they are chopped off but i know some are born that way. :)

10/7/07 5:26 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Our cats could be slimmer and sleeker because they are constantly on the run from the abusers, TC, AVA, Pest Controls and from those who dislike cats.

10/7/07 5:46 PM  
Anonymous imp said...

wahahahahah!!! our cats here lead a dangerous life. if too fat, cannot run away fast enough from the bad people!

10/7/07 6:00 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - it's certainly unique to cats of this region at the very least.

Mary & Imp - interesting theory :)

I think it probably has more to do with the weather. The cats tend to be fatter and fluffier overseas and it has I believe to do with the cold.

10/7/07 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always wondering. Cats with genetic defects from overseas are considered special.

Scottish Fold, American Curl, Japanese Bobtail, Manx from Isle of Mann. Howcome Singapore Kink isn't popular?

If me register our local cats as pedigrees, maybe we can sell them all to good homes.

10/7/07 6:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hey anonymous - good idea, you should come up with a marketing campaign for the Singapore Kink :)

10/7/07 6:49 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

"Hey anonymous - good idea, you should come up with a marketing campaign for the Singapore Kink :)"

Heehee... the Singapore Kink. (Sounds dodgy!)

A friend had a theory that Singapore cats have short tails because it's a relatively small gene pool here, so it spreads quite fast.

I think it makes sense that our cats are smaller - after all, the Kuching was bred from them!

10/7/07 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that asian cats are wedge-shaped in face, longer torso and limbs,I also read from the adverts. of English Pet magazines (u can get them at Holland V)Singapura or Kucinta is sold at pedigree/ pure breed price! Where are they bred?
How come our national cats are more sought-after in Europe?
I hardly came across any kucinta in singapore streets,
feel like the Chinese treasures that has ended up in foriegn museums....sigh.

10/7/07 7:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Koratmao - the Singapura really isn't a locally bred cat. It is mixed with other pure-breed which is why the only Singapuras are the ones imported into Singapore!

10/7/07 7:54 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

I feed at least 3 fat cats at my work place. They were already fat before I started feeding them.
Maybe it's "worm" fat? :-)

10/7/07 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring the Singapore Kink idea to STB or work with Singapore Cat Club or Feline Fancier Society Singapore. Make it something we are proud of.

Kucinta is a fake!! Where can you find kucinta in the street? Few of our street cats come in those kind of ticking and the color is uncommon. The long perfect tail is the tell-tale sign that it is not 'Made in Singapore'

10/7/07 10:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We did speak with STB about promoting the Singapore cats but they weren't very keen.

10/7/07 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the creepy looking Sphynx

10/7/07 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

The Kucinta cat is only a gimmick or fake to attract tourists to Singapore.
Although Kucinta cat is considered a mascot to the Singapore Tourism Board, you can never find it anywhere in the streets of Singapore.
Here is the irony of it all ...
The Singapore Tourism Board promotes the non-existent Kucinta cat as an official cat of Singapore, however the AVA culls the local breed of Singapore stray cats found everywhere in Singapore. It really does not make sense!
Bah Humbug! Kucinta cat is not the original Singapura drain cats.
Singapura cat or Kucinta was "made in USA" by an American breeder. Its "discovery" was initially challenged and largely discredited. It was argued that its "discoverer/breeder" had created the breed from Abyssinian and Burmese type cats taken to Singapore with her. By then the rare Singapura cat had been accepted as a breed and the charming myth of the Singapore drain cat had circulated worldwide. Rare, expensive and increasing in popularity, Singapura cats are bred in the USA and UK.
The real, original Singapura cats are the local breed of Singapore drain stray cats found in Singapore. So why do the authorities cull the beautiful local breed of cats and promote as a tourism ploy the fake non-existing Singapura Kucinta cat?
The Singapore authorities does not care less of the plight of the local breed stray cats in Singapore. They suspended the stray cats sterilisation scheme, culls the strays cats yet they promote Kucinta in Singapore tourism pamphlets and sell to tourists Kucinta souvenirs. Tourists visiting Singapore were disappointed they could not find any Kucinta in the streets of Singapore, but found the local breed, which have its own natural beauty.

11/7/07 8:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Aminah - our local cats are very beautiful. I wish they would be celebrated instead.

11/7/07 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, I finally learn the truth why Kucinta are never found on our street....and yet so many of us is looking out for our "NATIONAL CAT" what the @#$%^&..., i'm more disappointed than the tourists, how am i supposed to tell them when they see me patting a street cat and ask if it is a Kucinta?


13/7/07 6:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

koratmao - the funny response we got from one of the STB people when we asked was that we should explain to them that they were not really Singapore cats but that we had other pretty Singapore cats!

13/7/07 7:11 PM  

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