Long ago, in Thailand, which was called Siam, there lived two cats ~ the very first Siamese cats.
They were highly respected, as they were the guardians of temples, and when a person died, one of the cats was chosen to receive the dead person's soul.
As temple cats, they had special powers... and special abilities.
Once, during a time of war, when all the men of Siam left their homes to defend their kingdom, just two cats ~ a male Siamese named Tien and a female Siamese named Chula ~ remained to guard Buddha's golden goblet in the sacred temple.
Tien soon became restless.
He spent a little "quality time" with Chula, and then left to find another priest who could look after the temple.
Chula, however, took her responsibilities very seriously, to the point of obsession.
She would not take her eyes off Buddha's treasure and never once looked away from the golden goblet.
To be safe, she wrapped her tail around it so, if she happened to fall asleep, it would still be safe.
Time passed and the kittens from Tien's last visit grew inside here.
Chula waited and waited for Tien to return.
But finally, after 63 days, her kittens were ready to be born. Still she kept her eye on the goblet as she gave birth to her litter.
To her amazement, the kittens showed the very characteristics that Chula had acquired during her time as a watch cat: a kinked tail and crossed eyes.
Even today, every so often, Siamese kittens are born with those features, perhaps because they are the distant descendants of Chula.
You can find their bracelet, a pendant necklace, and earrings here.