Sophisticated Siamese: What You Need to Know About Siamese Cats
The Siamese cat is one of the most easily recognizable and popular cat breeds in the US. And not just because of their distinctive fur and eyes, but because they are also affectionate, intelligent, and can make wonderful companions. Thinking of bringing a Siamese cat into your life, or simply want to learn more about this regal feline breed? Below, Cat in a Flat dives into everything you need to know about this unique cat breed!
Where do Siamese cats originate from?
All kitties share similar origins and a fascinating feline history. However, once cats became domesticated a variety of distinct breeds began to develop in different parts of the world. You can find this kitty’s origins in their name. That’s right, they originally came from Thailand which, prior to 1939, was known as Siam.
Although experts aren’t exactly sure when the breed came about, there is mention of them in an old Thai manuscript titled ‘Tamra Maew’ (‘The Cat Book Poems’). As this work was created somewhere around the 14thcentury, it’s assumed Siamese cats were already a breed by then.
These felines were revered in Thailand and considered royal cats. While your kitty might think himself king of your household, Siamese cats literally were royalty. Only members of the royal family were allowed to own this cat breed, hence these felines were treasured in Thai culture. It’s also said that these felines were sometimes allowed to live in, and guard, temples too!
When did Siamese cats come to the US?
For centuries, this breed was one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. These revered cats roamed palace and temple halls and formed an important part of Thai lore and culture. However, it was impossible to keep this stunning breed hidden away from the rest of the world forever.
In 1878, an American diplomat at the US embassy in Bangkok brought a rather unique feline back to America with him. He called the cat ‘Siam’ and sent it as a gift to President Hayes. Hence, the first Siamese cat in the US actually roamed the White House halls! They may not have the same lengthy history as the British Shorthair, but Siamese cats certainly have a tendency to hang out with important people everywhere they go.
What makes Siamese cats unique?
Their royal history isn’t the only thing that’s distinctive about these fur friends. The physical attributes of this type of feline also sets it apart from other breeds! Here’s what makes Siamese cats unique:
- Crystal-blue eyes. One of the most easily identifiable features of this breed is their piercing blue eyes. While the fur colors can vary, all Siamese cats have similar distinctive blue eyes.
- Long, lithe bodies. These felines are the ballerinas of cat breeds. They have sleek, light figures, and carry themselves very gracefully! This breed is supposed to be long and lean, so be careful about overfeeding. Try out these tips for feeding your cat so your kitty stays healthy and trim.
- Fur markings. When you think of Siamese cats, you probably imagine them with cream-colored bodies and dark brown color points.
But there are four different types of Siamese cat:
- Seal Point — Seal points are probably the most common type. As mentioned above, this type has a pale fawn or cream-colored body and dark brown (or seal brown) coloring on their face, ears, paws, and tail.
- Chocolate Point — Chocolate point Siamese have ivory white bodies and milk chocolate color points.
- Blue Point — This type has a bluish-white body and deep blue color points on their face, ears, paws, and tail.
- Lilac Point — You can identify a lilac point by their white body and pinkish-gray coloring on their face, ears, paws, and tail.
Things to know before I buy a Siamese cat
Are you enamored with these regal felines yet? Siamese cats are truly one of a kind, but there are a few things you should know before you consider getting one. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of owning this feline breed.
Pros of a Siamese cat
- Affectionate. These kitties are well-known for being a people-loving breed. Not only will your Siamese bond very closely with you, but they’ll follow you from the kitchen to the bathroom to everywhere else in the house!
- Social. Siamese love to socialize and will enjoy meeting people, even strangers. If you live in a multi-pet household, a Siamese cat is also likely to get along with other pets. Just be sure to take the proper steps to introduce your new kitty, and your cats will make friends in no time at all.
- Low maintenance. For kitties whose ancestors once sat on the laps of kings, Siamese cats are surprisingly low maintenance! Their short coats mean they do well with just a weekly brushing. And if you keep up with other essential cat care too, your Siamese kitty should live a long, healthy life.
Cons of a Siamese cat
- Get lonely. Because Siamese cats are very social, they don’t do well when left alone for too long. Their affectionate natures mean they’re prone to depression if they don’t receive daily social interactions. If you spend a lot of time outside the home, consider booking a cat sitter to visit with your kitty when you’re away. Alternatively, you can get two cats instead of one so that they can keep each other company!
- Chatty. These kitties are very vocal creatures. If your fur friend wants something, he won’t hesitate to let you know! A Siamese cat’s bold, loud meows can be bothersome if you live near other people. Unfortunately, their vocal nature means that Siamese aren’t always the most suitable cat breed for apartment living.
- Prone to certain illness. Like any cat breed, Siamese come with their own unique package of potential health issues. Siamese cats can be prone to asthma, bronchial disease, and heart defects. Make sure you know how to recognize the signs of a sick cat, and always take Mr Whiskers to the vet if you suspect he isn’t feeling well.
Still not sure if a Siamese cat is the right furry companion for you? You might enjoy learning about the exotic Bengal cat or the beloved tabby cat too!
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