I know, cheezy title. I couldn’t help myself. To make it worse, I couldn’t even find a good photo of them chasing their tails. 🙂
Big Bear aka King of Siam
The history of the Siamese (source: Catster)
One of the oldest and most recognizable cat breeds in the world, the Siamese traces its royal roots back to the 14th Century in Thailand when it was known as Siam. This elegant breed belonged to members of the Siam royal family who would bestow them to visiting dignitaries. This breed began showing up in Europe and the United States by the late 1800s.
Siamese are vocal and demanding, curious, affectionate and athletic. They love to be around their favorite people and tend to share your pillow at bedtime. Highly intelligent, this breed can be trained to perform commands and tricks and has proven to be a viable competitor in feline agility. – Catster
Big Bear plays fetch and can open doors. uh, RAD!
Mammoth aka Supermodel Cat
(portrait photos courtesy of photographer friend Abraham Kalili)
The history of the Russian Blue is shrouded in mystery. Some believe the breed originated on the Archangel Isles in Northern Russia, and was brought to Europe by sailors in the 1800s. Legend states that the Russian Blue is a descendant of the royal cats owned by the Russian Czars. Originally called the Archangel Cat, the Russian Blue was first show in 1875 in England. The Russian Blue was nearly lost during World War II and an attempt to save the breed started in the 1940s as breeders from different countries used other breeds (including Siamese) to boost the waning gene pool. – Catster
I read a lot of characteristics about them and via experience, can share that these cats are fiercely loyal to family but wary of strangers, likes clean litter boxes, likes to play, and thoroughly enjoys being groomed. This one also occasionally stares at himself in the mirror – ha!
Big Bear and Mammoth are brothers from the same litter and similarly love laying on their backs and getting their bellies rubbed (cats are more like dogs than dog-lovers want to admit). These gems were adopted in front of Petco in Studio City. I highly encourage pet-lovers to ADOPT and check out the adoption centers that pop up on weekends. The fairly inexpensive adoption fees cover initial vaccinations, spay/neuter, de-fleaing, etc.
This is them when they were lil kitties …