Ricky’s link to royalty
WHEN Siamese cats were fi rst brought to Europe from Siam ( now Thailand) in the late 19th century, they were mistakenly called the “Royal Cat of Siam” because it was believed only the Siamese Royal Family bred them.
But despite his potential royal lineage, West Hobart doctor Ricky Tenile- Bilbao’s nine- month- old Siamese cat Sergio was far from comfortable in front of the camera. While Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, had no problem embracing the paparazzi when showing off baby George to the world in July, Sergio quickly made it known he was not too fond of having his picture taken.
Ricky, what attracted you to the idea of getting a Siamese cat?
I had a Siamese when I was younger and always wanted to get one, so I bought Sergio from a Siamese breeder in Evandale. I named him Sergio because I have Spanish heritage. But my boyfriend, who loves soccer, will tell you he is named after Real Madrid player Sergio Ramos.
Sergio is only nine months old – how would you describe his personality?
He’s always meowing. He’s a little bit needy as and he can be a tad naughty at times.
Siamese supposedly have an affi nity for wool and Sergio is no exception. He loves eating holes out of jumpers and then throwing it back up.
My housemates and I also have a Siamese fi ghting fi sh and I am constantly refi lling his tank because Sergio tries to catch him.
I’ve never interviewed a cat owner for this column but I’ve often heard of “crazy cat people”. What’s your self- diagnosis, doctor?
( Laughs) I get in trouble now and then when I use too much of my spare time looking at videos of cats to get ideas for things I can get Sergio to do.
I’ll admit I don’t mind perusing # catsofinstagram on Instagram but, all in all, I’ve only got a mild dose.
What do you love most about Sergio?
He’s just too entertaining – and very cute as well.