All Siamese cats of today can trace their lineage back to the original cats shipped in from the exotic lands of Thailand (known as Siam, once upon a time). You will discover that the first recorded Siamese cat to reach Western shores was given the moniker “Siam” taken from the name of the land from which it hailed. You’ll get to know more about its beginnings in Western shores and how it was developed to the present day feline we have come to recognize and adore.
Siamese cats have been playing a vital role in the production of many other breeds that are present today in our modern society. It has played an important role in the initial breeding stages of some of the best loved cats we see today and continues to play a role of importance in the production of some of the most sought after felines that people seek.
With its close to the skin coat, the Siamese cat is certainly not a cat that requires too much grooming maintenance – save for the occasional brushing of teeth and coat and regular nail trimming, the Siamese requires very little. Keeping it on a grooming schedule though is a strong recommendation as this will help the cat follow a regular discipline of keeping and staying clean, thereby maintaining overall good health. They integrate easily with loving support and gentle introduction with other felines and cat-friendly canines.
If you are in strong consideration of welcoming a pet into your household, the Siamese cat is definitely one feline you would want to consider given its inclination to make friends easily. Its loyalty is unmatched and you will soon realize that the Siamese will possibly favor one particular person in the family but will get along with everyone.
A Summary of Facts about the Siamese cat
Pedigree: Cat Fanciers’ Association
Group: Siamese Cat Breed
Height: 10-15 inches (25-38 cm) tall
Weight: 8-12 lbs. for females and 8 lbs. for males
Coat Texture: short
Color: Lilac point, a glacial white body with frosty pinky-gray points and lavender-pink nose leather and paw pads; Blue point, a bluish-white body with deep blue points and slate-colored nose leather and paw pads; Chocolate point, an ivory body with milk chocolate-colored points and cinnamon-pink nose leather and paw pads; and Seal Point, a pale fawn to cream body with deep seal brown points and deep brown nose leather and paw pads
Eyes: expressively close-set almond-shaped eyes that are a vivid, deep blue.
Ears: set at a wide base the Siamese ears are big and sticks up from the sides of its head and forms an imaginary triangular shape.
Tail: its tail, long and thin, bearing the color point of the cat, tapers to an elegant point.
Temperament: it needs lots of attention, is a vocal chatterbox and loves being around and interacting with its caregivers.
Strangers: it is a sociable feline; hence, it is strongly advised that you keep your Siamese as an indoor pet to fend of cat-nappers.
Other Pets: with the guardians patient integration it easily adapts to other feline friendly pets you may own
Training: is very trainable and easily adapts to humans who handle them with care
Exercise Needs: lively and frequent exercise is highly encouraged for the Siamese cat to keep it agile and limber.
Health Conditions: Siamese cats are prone to Amyloidosis, asthma and aortic stenosis.
Lifespan: typical average lifespan is 11-15 years
The Siamese cat Breed History
This docile yet notoriously frisky feline derived its name from the shores of its exotic, far flung origins of ancient Siam (presently known as Thailand). It has been noted that the Siamese cat was one of several felines which served as great inspiration during the writing of the ancient manuscripts titled “Tamra Maew” or Cat Poems. The Siamese cat has been largely described in these texts and had been an inspirational muse for this great book of poems.
It is well known for its very distinct point color markings which give it an air of hushed elegance and sophistication and makes it very different from other feline breeds. The Siamese cat looks like it got dressed up for a fancy masquerade ball in pale evening wear made chic by dark accessories. It peeps at you through its almond-shaped, tanzanite-blue eyes, brimming with expressive intelligence, and a childlike playfulness of quiet mischief.
It’s interesting to know how far the Siamese cat managed to travel from the far shores of its native Thailand (Siam) and how it landed on Western shores where it is now affectionately cherished and sought after for companionship by many cat fanciers and feline aficionados.