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BY DIANA FINERAN COPYRIGHT 2009 All
you are breeding or have
purchased a so called “Thai” and told it was a “Siamese” then you may have, in
my opinion, been defrauded, lied to and conned! The so called “Thai” is NOT A
PUREBRED SIAMESE AT ALL! It is what our breed standards previously referenced as
a Traditional or Classic COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR, which is a mixed breed between a
“Siamese” and other more common breeds of cat. We now reference these cats as
Traditional or Classic Colorpoint Siamese. The COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR has
non-purebred Siamese colors such as red and non-purebred Siamese patterns such
as Lynx (Tabby bars), Tortie (patches of different colors from the Calico and
Tortoiseshell) and Torbie (both bars and patches). The other four colors, that
are provided by the “Siamese” genes are also found in the COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR
breed, so don’t think they are purebred SIAMESE either. The Breed Standard tica
is using is for a COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR IS NOT A “SIAMESE”!
The PUREBRED Traditional Siamese and Classic Siamese come ONLY
in four SOLID POINT colors which are: Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point
and Lilac Point. The COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR is a wonderful breed but it is a
separate breed from all other breeds. Positioning them as a Purebred Siamese,
instead of a separate breed, taints the purebred bloodlines, misrepresents the
breed to the public and causes confusion as well. This says nothing about the
new owner who eventually discovers he didn’t get what he paid for either.
TCA, INC. is a safe haven for breeds. It is unfortunate that
others have created an attempt to bridge the reality of the “Siamese” breed with
the fantasy of something that attempts to present a culmination of several
breeds as one. Their attempt to achieve the same level of acceptance of a MIXED
BREED is a failure to those in the know, because what their Breed Standard
reflects is NOT A PUREBRED SIAMESE!
If you find yourself a victim of this mis-representation of the
breed involved, I encourage you to register a complaint about the breeder you
made your purchase from and also the cat association involved with the fraud to:
• The State Attorney General,
Consumer Protection Agency in the State where the fraud occurred.
• The Federal Trade
Commission, Consumer Protection at
(click on “file a complaint” at the top of the
page.) The FTC works to eliminate unfair or deceptive marketplace practices.
• The Better Business Bureau
nearest to the location of the fraud.
WRITE to the Registry involved and demand that they re-register your cat with
the correct Breed Name – COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OTHER CAT ASSOCIATIONS AT:
For over 24 years I have researched all of the other cat
associations as well as most all of the cat breeds. In addition I have created
Breed Names and Breed Standards for over 70 breeds with more in progress. The
goal is to maintain and protect the pure breeds as PURE! In the Traditional Cat
Association, Inc., which I founded, the Colorpoint is a separate breed from the
Traditional Siamese and Classic Siamese. They are separate breeds in the TCA,
INC. Registry and TCA, INC. Shows. In this way each breed receives its own
prowess and each breed’s purity is maintained.
I founded TCA, INC. to oppose everything negative that all of
the other cat associations are, what they do and what their purposes and
practices are. The changes to every breed they touch, their damage done to
ancient breeds, and onward to their lack of desire to preserve any breed,
provided the impetus to me to make a safe haven for all cat breeds and their
owners who love them.
Others have researched and learned: From a cfa breeder: “We have
a new threat to the old look Siamese in the U.S. It comes from the unlikely
source of a “Siamese preservation club”. They are actively campaigning breeders
to surrender their hundred year old Siamese pedigrees and have their cats
registered with a new breed name (Thai cat) solely for the purpose of showing at
cat shows.” Tom “I must say I have found more mis-information and poor judgment
with tica members. I really have a lot of respect for TCA, INC.”
“I don’t know why the tica person told me to breed a father to
his daughter? I about choked!”
“A tica breeder never gave me back the high stud fee I paid when
the breeding didn’t take.”
“I don’t recommend listening to any tica breeder. That group
seems to have gone off the deep end with some very nasty people, who are
dishonest to the core of their bones.
Right now they are presenting mixed breed cats to the public and
pretending they are purebred Siamese. That is fraud and does no breed any good
“I did more research on tica’s Thai standard, as well as spoke
with people from tica, and you are absolutely right! The COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR is
considered a Thai cat by tica, as well as the old Siamese. I’m very disgusted,
as you are, in what they are doing! I can’t believe that the old Siamese
breeders are so desperate to get their cats into the show ring, that they are
willing to make this concession. Thanks for the enlightenment.”
I must admit I laughed all over the place, when I read the tica
explanation of their mixed breed, “Thai”! They state, “The Thai is the breed
that preserves the native pointed cat of Thailand. In Thailand, there are many
different kinds of pointed cats. The seal point, blue point, chocolate point and
lilac point are found in Thailand, but so, also, are tabby point, red points,
and tortie points. Authentic Thais inherit all their colors and patterns from
native cats of Thailand.” What tica has admitted here is that they really are
promoting a MIXED BREED cat as a PUREBRED SIAMESE just because they “say” their
origin is from Thailand! OH! This is totally laughable! According to The Cat
Book Poems, a 14th
Century manuscript thought to be recorded between 1350 – 1750 , which records
pictures and details about 17 breeds of cat in existence in the Thailand area at
the time, there is the possibility of mixing 17 breeds together. More modern day
times adds the Persian, Himalayan, Snowshoe and many more to the mix. I’ll
venture to say that there are mixed breed cats in Thailand too, but that doesn’t
make them purebred Siamese. That makes the tica claim to even more of a mix in
breeds just because they come from Thailand. Tica says, “Any pointed cat from
Thailand is a Thai!” What a crock in my opinion. That is the like saying that
every cat from Maine is a Maine Coon.
Tica wrote, “Geneticists published a study that indicates the
sex-linked red gene (the gene responsible for reds and torties) originated
somewhere in Southeast Asia, which is where Thailand is located. Red and
tortoiseshell cats, pointed and non-pointed, have been in Thailand for many,
many centuries and are still more common there than in most other parts of the
world.” Such grandiose rhetoric has no basis in fact what so ever. One of the
oldest breeds is the Abyssinian, with a red based coat color, which originated
in Egypt many years before cats were even discovered in Southeast Asia. This is
a matter of recorded history and can not be refuted by modern day “geneticists”
self serving tica purposes!
tica wrote, “Work by Dr. Leslie Lyone and others-to which tica
Thais contributed DNA samples-shows that the cats from Thailand are genetically
different from Western-derived cats.” That is the same as saying that my
personal genetic make up is different than my ancestors back in England! Good
grief! Whether any DNA testing was done or not, saying that a few mixed breed
cats in the U.S. represent “the cats from Thailand” is absolutely absurd. Was
DNA testing done on all cats from Thailand? Obviously not, so such a claim is as
full of holes as Swiss cheese. In addition to say that one generation represents
all historical record of cats is just hilarious!
tica wrote, “CFA’s notion that Siamese can only be Seal, Blue,
Chocolate, or Lilac points was inherited from 19th
century British breeders. It’s a Victorian notion and has no basis in scientific
fact.” I would like to see what “scientific fact” can be used to disprove it?
Since tica is attacking cfa, perhaps it is time for all cfa
breeders of cats from the orient to rise up and protect the purity of their
No matter how many reports tica says they have, cat history has
been written and documented over millennia and can not be re-written or made
into something it never was! In addition the “Siamese” breed has been
registered, recorded and written about and kept pure for over 100 years.
When such grandiose rhetoric as “Geneticists”, “Scientific
fact”, or “DNA” are used to razzle dazzle a reader into being brain washed with
such a ridiculous and baseless presentation, it becomes even more insidious and
dangerous in nature.
A reader asks, “tica appears to be saying that if a cat comes
from Thailand, it’s a “Thai”. Does tica mean it’s a Siamese no matter what its
bloodlines, since it comes from what used to be Siam?” The answer to this last
question is, “YES!” tica has outright admitted it!
When the pursuit of grand championships and the worship of
ribbons becomes more important than the preservation of the original,
Traditional Siamese and Classic Siamese as they have always been, then those
participating in tica are betraying the very breed they profess to love!
In summation: There is no excuse for misrepresenting any breed,
as tica is doing nor is there any other purpose than destroying a breed
treasured since far before the 14th
In addition tica is damaging and deforming the Traditional Maine
Coon breed into nothing more than a Turkish Angora. Instead of the Traditional
large, roundish head, with a normal muzzle and ears that are set slightly to the
side of the head, the Turkish Angora/Maine Coon is being deformed with a long,
pointed nose, narrow wedge shaped head and large pointed ears setting on top of
the head. This is NOT what the Traditional Maine Coon has ever been and defaces
America’s oldest and highly treasured breed!
The need for the Traditional Cat Association, Inc. is never more
necessary than now. As breeders of other cat associations betray every breed
they touch, TCA, INC. stands firm against such practices. TCA, INC. has always
been the only cat association representing each breed with protection from this
type of damage and out right fraud.
The Traditional Cat Association, Inc. is the ONLY association
maintaining PURE breeds PURE. There is no higher calling than to preserve each
breed for all generations to come to enjoy.
TCA, INC. HAS BEEN HOLDING SHOWS FOR OVER TWO DECADES NOW.
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