Siamese Cats

Cats with Purrsonality

Siamese cats are one of the oldest recognized and established breeds of cat. These shorthaired, blue-eyed breed are one of the most sociable of all feline breeds—and one of the most popular.

Siamese cat

According to an article by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, the Siamese breed was discovered by the English more than 100 years ago. Siamese cats are believed to have hailed from Asia; specifically Thailand (then Siam), and are one of the first recognized breeds of oriental, or foreign, cats.

CatChannel.com, the Web site for cat lovers, describes Siamese cats as intelligent and highly social. These svelte cats also enjoy interaction with other people and animals, particularly dogs.

Siamese cats have loud, low-pitched meows and are quite vocal, often times demanding attention. Normally active and playful cats, this breed seeks out companionship from their human counterparts, whether that entails sitting laps or being in bed with their owners.

Because of their attention-seeking personalities, Siamese cats are often compared to dogs since they tend to follow their owners around, and have been known to willingly walk on leashes.

Siamese cats

According to the CFA Persian breed standard, (the hypothetical ideal set of guidelines used to insure that the animals produced by a breeding facility conform to the specifics of the breed), the ideal Siamese is a medium sized, svelte, refined cat with long tapering lines, very lithe, yet muscular build.

Siamese cats have creamy coats and darkly colored points in their snouts, ears, lower legs, paws and tail. Their pointed colors are a result of a mutation of a heat-sensitive enzyme involved in pigment production, which results in darker coloration in the coolest parts of a Siamese’s body.

Siamese are also widely recognizable by their blue, almond-shaped eyes, short coat, elongated body and chiseled, wedge-shaped faces.

Well-bred Siamese cats are generally healthy cats that have the potential to live long lives, if cared for properly and receive routine veterinary care. However, genetic weaknesses exist in some purebred lines; consult with your breeder to determine any possible health issues.

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