Ricky’s link to roy­alty

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Luke Bow­den Any­one in­ter­ested in shar­ing their best friends’ sto­ries can email luke. bow­den@ news. com. au

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.

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