Treatise on Cats

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The Treatise on Cats (Thai: ตำราแมว, RTGSTamra Maeo), also referred to as the Cat-Book Poems, is a class of samut khoi manuscripts, believed to originate from the Ayutthaya period, though most extant specimens date to 19th-century Thailand. They contain illustrations and descriptions of various types of cats, and probably served as a breed standard.

A pair of pages from a copy of the manuscript at the British Library

The manuscripts contain painted illustrations of certain types of cats that were considered auspicious, accompanied by descriptions in Thai poetic verse, written in the Thai script (which was reserved for secular subjects—religious manuscripts of the time were written in the Khom (Khmer) script). Typically, seventeen auspicious breeds are listed. Six inauspicious types are sometimes included as well.[1][2]


  1. ^ Igunma, Jana (7 June 2013). "A Treatise on Siamese Cats". Southeast Asia Library Group (SEALG). British Library. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ Clutterbuck, Martin (2008). "Inventory: Auspicious Cats". Cabinet (30). Retrieved 26 June 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Clutterbuck, Martin R. (2004). Siamese cats : legends and reality ([2., enl. ed.] ed.). Bangkok, Thailand: White Lotus. ISBN 9789744800534.