Sunday, 17 May 2009

Stilton, Ruler of the Universe: A Brief History of a Girl and her Love for Tonkinese Cats.

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.

Cats have never forgotten this.


Anyone who knows me knows that I love cats. I am fond of many animals but for cats I have great affection. They are creatures that can offer loyal companionship, frequent head bumps and the occasional wash if you need it, but ultimately they live their lives on their own terms. They are without doubt the ones in control; for which I respect them immensely.

Antony and Cleopatra.

I have lived with cats all my life. For much of it they have been Tonkinese cats. The first were Antony and Cleopatra. Tragically Antony suffered from Pica (the art of eating inedible objects) which is something that Oriental breeds appear to have a predisposition for and he met his untimely demise after eating a pair of my mittens. So along came Berenice, a beautiful blue girl from the same litter to keep Cleo my lovely brown Tonk company. They undisputedly ruled our lives for 16 years.

Bubbles and Berenice.

Tonkinese cats are not only creatures of great beauty and elegance but they combine the soft, intelligent temperament of a Siamese with the effervescent, gregarious persona of the Burmese. This is why five years ago when I had the chance to a have another cat in my life I chose Stilton, a charismatic, confident and extremely loving brown Tonkinese.


Stilton is the apple of my eye, a gorgeous, very communicative and extremely loyal friend. He loves to play and never ceases to amaze me with his intelligence and inventiveness. His favourite games are hide and seek (which he plays with both humans and other cats) and fetch.

Stilton fetching merekat.

His inquisitive mind often gets him into trouble.

I cannot help but love Tonks; they bring so much warmth into your life. I hope once I have regained a little more order at Tumbledown Farm to have the opportunity to breed them. I have no doubt that Stilton will feature frequently in this blog. After last years campaign for Stilton to be the new lead presenter of Gardener's World he has got a taste for fame, and who am I to deny him? He is after all the ruler of the universe, well my universe anyway.

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.
A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

~Jules Verne.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

This is my first time to know about a Tonkinese cat. Their eyes are very significant. We also have cats because my nephew Allen, now 12, loves them. However, the 2 mother cats bear kittens 3X/yr which proved so difficult for my mother and sister who cleans the litters. We look for people who wants to adopt the kittens everytime, to the consternation of Allen. They seem to have kittens mostly at the same time so we always have 5-6 of them plus the 3 adults. Ours are Filipino cats but they are caring and funny too.