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Cat Breeds - Siamese Cat

The Siamese Cat

The Siamese Cat gets its name from its country of origin, which in the late 19th century was known as Siam. We know it today as Thailand. The Siamese has been an interesting and very popular cat since its first acknowledgement in the late eighteen hundreds. They began showing up in English cat shows after the first to arrive in England, which was a gift from Siam to an English ambassador. They’re origination into American cat shows started around the turn of the twentieth century.

Siamese have long had the reputation of being mean spirited, but the true personality of a Siamese cat is loving and very loyal. They are very inquisitive in nature, and are an extremely intelligent animal. The beauty and overall look of the Siamese actually gives off a look of intelligence. Key features are a sleek look, beautiful contrasting coloring, and very blue almond shaped eyes, which are in a slanted position. Probably their number one feature is the sculptured, perhaps wedge shape of their head. Their bodies and legs are long, and so is their neck and tail, and their hair is short.

The Siamese’ color is normally a pale fawn on the body, with seal brown extremities that appear almost black. Chocolate points, with pale bodies, chocolate colored legs, tail, mask, and ears, were one of the breed that appeared early on, however the blue point was the first officially recognized of the breed in 1934. The blue point has a bluish, white colored body with slate blue points (legs, tail, mask and ears). There is also a lilac point that was first recognized in 1955 with a white body and pink/grey points.

Adequate conditions for a Siamese include indoor living and spaying or neutering. Also, a good scratching post is a must for these lively beauties. Keeping their vaccinations up to date is also very important for a long and healthy life.

The Siamese may well be the most ancient of cat breeds. Their voice is very prominent and they use simultaneous body language when communicating. They are a very loving and affectionate breed. They will easily capture your heart, and make a wonderful family pet.

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