Siamese Cat Facts: 10 Cool Things You Should Know

Posted: February 17, 2021 by Anita

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If you are thinking about falling in love with a Siamese, I want you to have all the cool facts about the Siamese cat breed.

The Siamese cat is one of the most recognized cat breeds in the world. And this breed has been around a long time – since the 14th century!

This cat is refined with extreme features – described as a work of art:

  • blue-almond shaped eyes
  • triangular head
  • large ears
  • long slender body
  • various color variations

In this article, I discuss Siamese cat facts such as:

  • Siamese cat history
  • different types of Siamese cats
  • Siamese cat personality
  • how to care for your Siamese cat

Siamese cat history

The Siamese cat origin can be found in the kingdom of Siam (present-day Thailand) as early as the 1350s. The story goes that they are descended from sacred temple cats.

Only royalty was allowed to own them, and it is said that the King of Siam had one.

They played a unique role as guard cats and spirit animals at the Palace temple. When someone important died, it was thought that their spirit would inhabit the Siamese, and that cat spent the rest of its life in the lap of luxury.

In 1878, the U.S. Consulate in Bangkok sent President Rutherford B. Hayes the first documented Siamese cat in the United States.

A British diplomat in 1884 by the name of Edward Blencowe Gould brought a pair of Siamese cats back from Bangkok to give to his sister. His sister, Lillian Jane Gould (a biologist), became one of the first European breeders of Siamese cats and co-founded the Siamese Cat Club in 1901.

Over a few years, others brought over a small pool of Siamese cats to the UK. This small pool of cats made up the beginning breed of Siamese cats in the UK.

Supposedly, most Siamese cats in the UK are descendants of that small pool of Siamese cats.

The Siamese cat is the primary genetic source of a number of breeds:

  • Himalayan
  • Sphynx
  • Oriental Shorthair
  • Cornish Rex
  • Balinese (Siamese cat – long-hair)
  • Peterbald

4 main Siamese Cat types

The Cat Fancier Association (CFA) recognizes 4 Siamese cat colors or color points. Points refer to the coloration of the ears, nose area, legs, and tail, which are often darker in color than the body.

A point pattern is a form of albinism that is caused by a mutation in a melanin-producing enzyme. This enzyme is heat sensitive and malfunctions at the regular body temperature of a cat.

The extremities, ears, and nose areas tend to be cooler parts of the cat. So the melanin (which is sensitive to heat) only shows up in those cooler areas.

The 4 types of Siamese cats are:

  • Seal point Siamese cat – cream-colored body with seal brown (dark brown) color points on their face (nose area), ears, paws, and tail
  • Chocolate point Siamese cat – a chocolate Siamese cat has an ivory body with milk chocolate color points on the nose, ears, paws, and tail
  • Lilac point Siamese cat – white body with pinkish-gray points
  • Bluepoint Siamese cat – bluish-white body with deep blue points

Siamese cat personality

If you’re looking for a cat that knows how to chill – the Siamese cat is not the one for you. Chill is just not in their DNA.

The Siamese cat temperament is chatty, friendly, and intelligent. They are very, very vocal and will talk to you all day about everything.

The Siamese is a complete attention hog making them a cat that doesn’t like being alone. If your heart is set on having one, you might want to think about getting another cat so your Siamese won’t be lonely.

Siamese cat behavior problems are usually due to a lack of quality engagement with their cat parent. They are very curious, so you will need to keep your Siamese cat engaged; otherwise, he might get into things. The Siamese cat can suffer from depression when left alone a lot. They are extroverts and do better mentally when they have an active social life.

But if you’re looking for unconditional love and loyalty in a cat, you will absolutely love the Siamese. They are very affectionate and will cuddle up with you. The Siamese will follow you everywhere you go. Expect to form a really tight bond with your cat.

Health

Unfortunately, the Siamese cat has one of the higher mortality rates when compared to other breeds. Common health issues associated with Siamese cats:

  • amyloidosis – a build-up of protein that causes organ failure
  • Megaesophagus – stretched out esophagus which can lead to choking when eating
  • crossed eyes
  • agenesis (absence) of the upper eyelid
  • reduced night vision (due to their albinism)
  • tumors, especially mammary tumors

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Siamese cat characteristics

The Siamese cat’s shape is thin, slim, and full of angles. The head is triangular shaped and triangle-shaped, ears sitting on top of it. It is a beautiful and stark cat with almond-shaped blue eyes.

Siamese cats facts:

  • Weight Range: Male Siamese Cat: 8-12 lbs, Female Siamese Cat: less than 8 lbs
  • Social Needs: Needs a lot of attention
  • Siamese cat Shedding: low
  • Coat Length: short
  • Body type: Muscular
  • Siamese Cat Life span: 10-15 years
  • Good with kids: Yes
  • Good with other animals: Yes
  • Siamese cat price: $500 and up for purebred

How to care for your Siamese cat

To ensure that your Siamese cat has a long healthy life, you must take great care of them from day one.

Grooming

Siamese cats aren’t particularly hairy, so there’s not much shedding (thank God). However, an occasional brushing should be done a couple of times a week. Have their nails clipped regularly by either taking him to a groomer or by doing it yourself – click here to purchase my favorite cat nail clipper

Nutrition

No special diet is needed for your Siamese cat. Make sure you are not over-feeding your cat and stick to age-appropriate food.

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Activity

You can combat many of the Siamese cat behavior problems by providing plenty of active playtime with him.

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They are inquisitive cats, so make sure your cabinets have cat-proof locks to prevent them from getting into places they shouldn’t be.

Conclusion

The Siamese cat is one of the most recognized cat breeds in the world. And this breed has been around a long time – since the 14th century!

The Siamese cat origin can be found in the kingdom of Siam (present-day Thailand) as early as the 1350s. The story goes that they are descended from sacred temple cats.

The Siamese cat is the primary genetic source of a number of breeds:

  • Himalayan
  • Sphynx
  • Oriental Shorthair
  • Cornish Rex
  • Balinese (Siamese cat – long-hair)
  • Peterbald

The Cat Fancier Association (CFA) recognizes 4 Siamese cat colors or color points. Points refer to the coloration of the ears, nose area, legs, and tail, which are often darker in color than the body.

The 4 types of Siamese cats are:

  • Seal point Siamese cat – cream-colored body with seal brown (dark brown) color points on their face (nose area), ears, paws, and tail
  • Chocolate point Siamese cat – a chocolate Siamese cat has an ivory body with milk chocolate color points on the nose, ears, paws, and tail.
  • Lilac point Siamese cat – white body with pinkish-gray points
  • Bluepoint Siamese cat – bluish-white body with deep blue points

The Siamese cat temperament is chatty, friendly, and intelligent. They are very, very vocal and will talk to you all day about everything.

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