The Siamese Cat is one of the world’s oldest and most popular cat breeds.
The Siamese coat is quite unique, with a light-coloured body with a darker face, paws, ears and tail. Its fur is short, soft, and silky. The most common colours are seal, blue, chocolate and lilac, though some associations accept other colours, such as red, cream, fawn, caramel, apricot and cinnamon.
Their eyes are large, almond-shaped and blue. They have a long, muscular body, a long neck, and long, lean legs with small, oval-shaped feet and a long, thin, whip-like tail.
Male Siamese Cats weigh between 4 and 6 kg and stand 29 – 31 cm tall, while females weigh around 2.5 – 4.5 kg and stand between 27 and 31 cm tall. Their lifespan is around 15 – 20 years, though some have been known to surpass this.
SIAMESE CAT HISTORY
Siamese Cats date back to 14th century Thailand (known as Siam at the time). They belonged to the Siamese royal family and were often given as gifts to dignitaries.
In 1884, British Consul-General Edward Blencowe Gould brought two Siamese Cats to Britain from Thailand as a gift for his sister. These cats produced three kittens that unfortunately died very young. They made a return to the UK in 1886 when Eva Forestier Walker imported two cats and their kittens. These cats are credited with establishing the breed in the UK.
Former US President Rutherford B. Hayes was the recipient of the first Siamese Cat in America. Today they rank as the 5th most popular breed by the Cat Fanciers Association.
SIAMESE CAT TEMPERAMENT
Siamese Cats are highly intelligent, talkative and sociable. They have a deep, loud voice and enjoy “chatting” with their owners. They are often described as being “dog-like” in their fondness for playing fetch and capacity for affection.
Siamese Cats are smart and sporty and need lots of toys and playtime to keep their body and mind occupied. Never leave one by itself with nothing to play with, or it will find creative ways to wreak havoc.
These entertaining cats love to be the centre of attention, and since they love to be around their family, do not do well when left alone. Busy families who spend much of the day at work or school are recommended to only get a Siamese if there is another pet to keep it company.
COMMON SIAMESE CAT DISEASES & CONDITIONS
This inherited disease affects the inner ear and can cause a loss of balance and dizziness in the cat. It is a relatively minor issue which often resolves on its own within a few weeks, but cats who are seriously affected can be prescribed medication.
Amyloidosis is a disease cause by the build-up of a protein known as amyloid in the body’s organs (most often in the liver in Siamese cats). Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, frequent urination, thirstiness, weight loss, vomiting, bloody urine and an enlarged abdomen. If your cat exhibits any of these symptoms, a vet can provide treatment – however, the condition is incurable.
Subvalvular aortic stenosis
Subvalvular aortic stenosis is a heart condition caused by a weak connection between the left ventricle and aorta, causing fainting and in some cases, death. It is detectable and treatable.
Progressive retinal atrophy
Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a family of eye conditions which cause the retina’s gradual deterioration. Night vision is lost in the early stages of the disease, and day vision is lost as the disease progresses. Many cats adapt to the loss of vision well, as long as their environment stays the same.
INTERESTING SIAMESE CAT FACTS
- The Balinese, Burmese, Havana Brown, Colourpoint Shorthair, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, Oriental Shorthair, Oriental Longhair, Savannah, Snowshoe and Tonkinese Cats are all derived from the Siamese Cat.
- Famous owners of Siamese Cats have included John Lennon, Syd Barrett (who wrote a song inspired by his cat), James Dean, and Kesha.
- Siamese kittens are born white and don’t develop their colouring until around 4 weeks old.
- Siamese Cats have one of the longest lifespans of all cat breeds, with some living up to 25 years old.
Siamese Cat Rescue Australia: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Siamese-Cat-Rescue-Australia/233702459994367
Siamese Cat Society of NSW: http://www.siamesecatsociety.com/index.html
Siamese Cat Club of SA: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Siamese-Cat-Club-of-South-Australia/328016903952790
Siamese Cat Pet Insurance Quote
Getting pet insurance for your Siamese Cat will help ensure you can always afford the best vet care for them. Bow Wow Meow offers a range of flexible pet insurance options including cover for accidental injury, illness and routine care.
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