When looking for a feline companion, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the many cat breeds available today. It can feel impossible to make a choice, especially since each cat breed has a distinctive temperament, as well as different physical characteristics and maintenance requirements.
The Siamese is an attractive and ancient cat breed, and it’s easy to fall in love with their elegant shape and beautifully colored coats. If you are considering adopting a Siamese cat into your home, this article will give you all the information you need to determine whether or not this cat breed is right for you.
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One of the Oldest Domestic Cat Breeds
The Siamese cat is one of the oldest domestic cat breeds. They originated from Thailand, formerly known as Siam, which is where this breed got its name. This breed may have existed as early as 1350, but the exact origin is unknown. While this cat has appeared in ancient writings for centuries, it wasn’t until 1884 that the cat was documented in the West (specifically Britain).
Three Siamese kittens were displayed at a cat show in London’s Crystal Palace in 1885. Unfortunately, all three kittens died shortly after the show took place, although the exact reasoning for their death is unknown.
The Physical Characteristics of the Siamese Cat
The most distinctive physical attribute of a Siamese cat is its pointed coat pattern. This means that the tail, ears, face, and paws are all darker than the rest of the cat’s body. The color of the point can vary throughout the breed, although the most commonly known color variety is seal (a dark brown that borders on black). The points of a Siamese cat can also come in blue, chocolate, and lilac. Finally, their body ranges from pale fawn to cream, although it can darken with age.
A Siamese cat can weigh, on average, between 7 and 14 pounds, and the length of this breed typically measures between 15 and 20 inches (not including the tail). Their body is long and graceful, with thin limbs and a delicate bone structure, as well as firm muscle. Their head is triangular, with large ears that are wide at the base. Their eyes are almond-shaped and bright blue. On average, a Siamese cat can be expected to live anywhere from 8 to 15 years.
The Siamese cat should not be confused with its closely related cousin, the Colorpoint Shorthair. This hybrid of Siamese cats can appear in a variety of patterns and colors. The Colorpoint Shorthair can come in a variety of patterns, including tabby and tortoiseshell, as well as any imaginable color.
Siamese Cats Can Be Very Demanding
Siamese cats are demanding and, most notoriously, loud! If you are hoping for a quiet, gentle cat, the Siamese is not for you. This breed will let you know exactly what it wants at all hours of the day with a distinctive caterwaul. Some people can find them to be clingy, while others believe this is part of the breed’s charm.
Siamese cats love to follow their owners around, and may even try to “help” with any activities. This is an extremely social cat that loves to be involved with every aspect of their owner’s life. They are excellent with children and dogs and keeping a Siamese as a family cat will usually help to distribute attention throughout your family members.
These are also active cats who require plenty of play and enrichment. Some Siamese cats can even learn to play “fetch,” as they are quite an intelligent breed. Make sure your home is completely cat-proofed to avoid any mischief. Siamese cats have a penchant for troublemaking if they are left to their own devices, so make sure all of your valuables are safely out of reach.
How To Take Care of a Siamese Cat
The coat care of a Siamese cat is relatively easy, as they do not shed much. You should brush a Siamese cat once a week to remove any dead hair and skin cells, but outside of that, they rarely require bathing or extra grooming efforts.
Because Siamese cats are so active, they require food that is high-quality as well as high in protein. While you shouldn’t buy low-quality cat food for any cat breed, this is especially true for Siamese cats. You should also feed them a mix of wet and dry food.
Health Conditions to Be Aware Of
Different cat breeds can have a variety of known health problems. The Siamese cat may be susceptible to asthma and other bronchial diseases. When adopting or buying a Siamese cat, you should ask the breeder if the kitten’s parents were DNA tested for specific conditions, particularly congenital heart defects like aortic stenosis.
Fun Facts about Siamese Cats
Each cat breed has its secrets and surprises. Here are five fun facts to help you get more acquainted with the Russian Blue:
- Siamese cats originally had a distinctive kink in their tales. One legend says that Siamese cats were chosen as guards for the princess’s rings, and by holding the rings on their tails, a kink eventually developed.
- The rest of a Siamese cat’s body can often darken with age.
- Siamese kittens are born pure white, and their points do not darken for several weeks.
- Siamese cats used to have crossed eyes and kinked tails, but breeders eventually recognized this as a fault and bred out these characteristics.
- While Siamese cats typically only give birth to 4 to 6 kittens, one Siamese cat gave birth to a total of 19 kittens, making it the record for the largest number of domestic cats born in a single litter.
This ancient breed has captured the hearts of cat owners for centuries. This loyal cat is perfect for life with a family, or with just one owner. They make intelligent and talkative roommates, and they will always let you know if something is wrong. You should only adopt a Siamese cat if you know you can handle their vocal nature, as well as keep up with their active lifestyle. If you want a chatty companion, the Siamese will be a perfect fit for you!