About the Siamese Cat
It is hardly unlikely that anyone in the world would not recognize a Siamese cat. One of the most ancient and sought-after breeds of domestic cat to ever walk the earth.
Siamese cats have a wonderful temperament and an amazing history. This cat would make a lovely addition to any modern-day home and would be a welcome addition to any loving family.
Siamese Cat History
The Siamese cat dates back as far as the 1700s, Thailand. Descriptions of the Siamese cat breeds first appeared in a collection of ancient Thai manuscripts the ‘Tamra Maew’ (Cat book poems) Said to originate around 1351 – 1767AD.
Towards the end of the Siamese – Burma war, it was said everything, including nobles, were taken back to Burma. Ancient Thai history claims that the then Burmese King Hsinbyushin found a poem about the Siamese cats and how they were as rare as gold, and the owners would become very wealthy.
He told his army to round up all the Siamese cats and bring them back to Burma with all the other treasures. The Siamese cat has been known as a symbol of the nobles for many centuries. In 1878 then US president Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife were the first documented recipients of a Siamese cat.
In modern-day breeding the Siamese cat has become a staple donator in many different crossbred cats including; The Balinese cat, Oriental cat, Himalayan cat, the Tonkinese and Havana brown to name a few.
The Siamese also have movie star status with it appearing in such movies as ‘the lady and the tramp’ and ‘the Aristocats’.
Siamese Cat Appearance
The appearance of the Siamese cat is not something you will forget anytime soon. They ooze celebrity and confidence. They have a long, muscular body and a perfectly shaped triangle head from the tip of the nose to each ear.
The Siamese cat eyes are almond shaped or oval and light, piercing blue in color. The pointed ears are wide at the bottom and find themselves more towards the side of the head then the top. Siamese breeds of cat have a long, regal neck and a slender luxuriously looking tail.
Their fur is short and glossy and extremely fine. The color of Siamese cats is typically light to fawn with different colors of points. They are often found in seal point, blue Siamese point, lilac, diluted chocolate, red and cream.
As Siamese cats get older the points tend to become darker and more pronounced. When Siamese kittens are born they are usually a pure shade of white, when they are around four weeks old they start to develop their color point.
Siamese Cat Size
The Siamese is a medium-sized cat and can weigh between 11 – 15 lbs.
Females can weigh from 8 – 12 lbs.
Siamese Cat Personality and Characteristics
Siamese cats are wonderful companions who adore attention. They will happily follow you around from room to room trying to interact with you and get as much attention as possible. They love to be the center of attention and will often do anything to get it.
Whilst you’re watching T.V or doing your work don’t be surprised if he sits next to you talking away, they’re often known to be very opinionated and will likely have a chat with you whenever and wherever he can.
Siamese are very athletic and curious. They have a love for messing with things, like turning on faucets or emptying your toilet rolls all over the bathroom floor. It is best to keep them entertained with a pole toy.
They are also very intelligent and would thrive with puzzle toys which reward them with a treat. Be warned though, this is a breed of cat which loves attention and will not be very happy to be left alone for long periods.
They get along well with children as long as they have a safe space to retreat too. Teach children to respect them and not poke or prod. If you work for long periods the Siamese has been known to become depressed when left alone, another cat or pet, to keep them company, is often a good idea.
Siamese cats can be taught to walk on a leash and love a game of fetch. A window perch is perfect for this breed of cat so he can see the world outside. Siamese love to run and can often be taught to run agility courses.
Overall the Siamese makes a great family pet and an amazing domestic feline. If you live alone or he would be left alone for long periods it would be wise if there was another cat or pet in the house to keep him entertained.
Siamese Cat Health
Similar to the Persian, the Siamese is prone to a few health conditions – some attributed to his flattish face.
- Asthma or bronchial disease
- Dental problems
- Bladder stones
- Eye problems like glaucoma
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Heart problems
- Certain types of cancer
There are genetic tests available to check for most of these diseases and any good breeder should be able to tell you about their health, the best way to care for them and any defects in their parents or siblings.
Don’t forget can insurance is a great way to keep your feline friend covered for any accidents or diseases they may get. For minimal monthly payments, you will be covered for what could be expensive treatments.
Siamese Cat Life Span
The Siamese has an average life span of 10 – 12 years.
Siamese Cat Grooming
Grooming a Siamese cat is relatively easy, his short and shiny coat takes minimal brushing. Once a week is fine to rid him of any knots and matted fur. It is also a great way to spread out body oils.
Adopting a Siamese Cat
If you’re looking to adopt a Siamese cat breed it is important to give him his space when you first bring him home. Give him time to adjust to his new surroundings and ask what his previous home was like. Adopting a Siamese cat is a great way to get a new loving companion in need of a loving home.
If you’re looking for a Siamese cat for sale then look at reputable Siamese cat breeders. Anyone participating in a Siamese breeding program will be able to keep you up to date on any health defects they or the litter may have and will be able to advise you on the best way to care for your Siamese.