Flame Point Cats

From the SPA

By Joan DiPiero

At the SPA, we rarely receive purebred cats, so I am always cautious about describing any of our cats as a specific breed. To avoid confusion, I will say “Siamese type” or “Russian blue lookalike” instead. Several weeks ago, a shelter visitor, pointing to one of our apricot-tinged, cream-colored cats, exclaimed, “Look, a flame point Siamese!” While I thought that was an apt description, I thought nothing more about it until two more people pointed to another similar colored cat with the same amazement, “I can’t believe you have a flame point!” Now determined to investigate this term, I googled “flame point,” and the photos looked just like four of our felines. The standard says that these cats must have creamy white, short coats; orange points; blue eyes; and paler-colored legs and feet. They can also be called red point color point shorthairs, but all four of our cats, thrilled by their heightened status, chose the designation “flame” over “red,” for obvious cat drama reasons. Pictured here are our four beauties, with hint of their true colors. Their markings run from the palest peach to rusty orange and their eyes from cool pale blue to bright cobalt.

Jacaranda is one-and-a-half years old with bunny-like fur. If you want a sweet, only child, she’s the one for you, quiet and affectionate. Lotus is our lovely three-year-old girl, adopted from here as a baby, then recently abandoned when her adopters moved. She adapted to this change within a short time, showing what a mellow, stress-free cat she is. Casper, probably under two years old, was caught up in a neighborhood feral-cat neuter program when the vet discovered this very social, mellow cat was far from feral. A playful boy who loves to be petted, he’s delightful. Sherlock, our newest arrival, once had a good home, but after his owner died, wound up in an abusive situation. Since being rescued, he’s adjusting to life at the SPA and is becoming a little less timid each day, really enjoying being petted. Under two years old, he’s a small cat with a handsome, blocky face and the most intense blue eyes.

Meet our ritzy flame point sweethearts and all our cats, wonderful despite the lack of a fancy title, at the SPA on any day, Monday through Saturday, 11am until 2pm, at Los Pinos 7. Have you scheduled a professional teeth cleaning for your dog or cat? During February, our normal price of 900 pesos has been reduced by 20 percent to 720 pesos. Call 152 6124 for an appointment.


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