Known to be one of the most recognizable and oldest breed of cats in the world, the Siamese cat draws its regal roots to Thailand way back in the 14th century when the city was referred to as Siam. This graceful breed belonged to the royal family of Siam who would offer them as presents to visiting luminaries.
By the end of the 18th century, the Siamese breed showed up on the American province. The first cat of the breed to reach America was offered as a gift to the First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes in Bangkok in the year 1884. The breed also enjoyed royal company in the White House during the Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford administration.
The Siamese is always curious and can be smart and demanding too. This cat loves company and would prefer being with you almost all the time. One of the most distinctive personality traits of the Siamese is its talkative nature and would love to share with you everything about everything with its meows and purrs.
- Activity level: 5/5 (highly active and athletic)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (highly intelligent, loves puzzle toys that keep the brain active)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (always curious to learn new things)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (can be great friends)
- Vocal: 5/5 (highly talkative and interactive)
Regarded among the widely known breed of cats, the Siamese comes with a beautiful light colored coat with spectacular color points such as lilac, seal, blue and chocolate. Tubular body, long legs, wedge shaped head, big triangular ears and slanting eyes are most significant features.
- Fur: They usually have a short coat with a fine texture. The torso is generally cream colored with darker points at the face, ears and toes.
- Eyes: They usually have slanting almond shaped eyes with a deep blue tint.
- Body structure: The head is usually chiselled with a tubular body that looks muscular yet delicate. The legs are long and slender and so is the tail.
- Facial features: They have a wedge shaped head with striking blue eyes and large erect ears.
- Weight: The average female weight ranges between 6 to 10 pounds whereas that of the male falls between 9 to 14 pounds.
The Siamese Cat like most other breeds has varying incidences of health issues that may be genetic in nature. Amyloidosis is one such common disease among the Siamese in which amyloid (a kind of protein) gets deposited in vital organs of the body, particularly the liver. In order to diagnose this condition, veterinarians suggest a histopathological test. The Siamese are also affected by asthma which can be diagnosed by chest radiograph. Incidences of aortic stenosis which is a congenital heart defect is also common among Siamese cats. Electrocardiography, X-Rays and Echocardiography are the most common methods of diagnosis.
The fine and short coat of the Siamese is easy to take care of but it is advised to opt for a weekly combing to get rid of dead hair. Using a stainless steel comb will be good. Oral hygiene can be maintained by weekly brushing.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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