Siamese cats are originally from Siam, now Thailand. They are known as Royal cats in Siam and is usually found living in Royal households and Temples. It is also known to protect royal palaces and monasteries from evil spirits and bring good fortune to their owners. Around 1884, this breed reached England, when they were given as gifts to a British General. After that, this breed can be found throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
This breed is the most popular short haired cat in the world and is an easily recognized because of its long, sleek body, triangular face, blue eyes and their unusual coat pattern. The color of their coat is usually lighter on their neck and body and a lot darker on its face, ears, feet and tail, called “points.” That’s why Siamese cats have a striking appearance and is easily identifiable.
Most people don’t know that Siamese cats are actually born white and that the “darker points” appear later as it grows older. They are also genetically a black cat but the color only appears at its pointed areas.
There are several different colors of this breed: the seal point, chocolate point, blue point and lilac point, as well as markings that range from tabby point to fawn point. There are also two styles to a Siamese cat: the traditional, or apple-headed with a more compact, robust body type. The other is the modernized triangle shape head with a long and slender body type.
This breed is also known and famous for their personalities and temperament. They are the most social breed of cats out there. They have a talent for communication with people, unlike other breeds. If you want a quiet cat, this breed is not for you. They are very demanding vocal cats and are known for this and can be very loud and annoying at times. Some people do find it charming. They are also known to be very active, playful, intelligent, and love to investigate everything. They don’t like to be left alone or unattended because they get easily bored. This can get them into trouble or they can get destructive just to get attention or some interaction from you. Since in their minds, the world revolves around them and they can get quite dependent on their owners. They really hate being left all alone by themselves.
Although these cats are emotionally high maintenance, at least, they don’t need a lot of grooming. This involves maybe bathing every once in a while and brushing once or twice a month-very minimal maintenance since their hair is so short, you just need to gently brush them.
The life span for Siamese cats are around 15-20 years or even longer, similar to other cat breeds. They just need attention, food, water, and regular checkups and shots at the vet, and they will be around for years to come and will become your life long companion. They are great pets and are great with kids.
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