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Siamese

Updated: September 21, 2017
Siamese

The Siamese cat comes from the ancient kingdom of Siam, present-day Thailand. It was from 1880 when they began to be commercialized and were shipped to United Kingdom and later to the United States. In the 1950's, the Siamese cat began to gain prominence after being chosen by many breeders and judges as solid contenders of beauty pageants.

We found two varieties of the Siamese cat:

The Modern Siamese cat is a variety of the Siamese cat that appeared in 2001 in which a finer, elongated and oriental style is sought. Their features are more pronounced. This is the type most used in beauty contests.

The traditional or Thai Siamese cat is probably the best known. Its constitution is typical of a common cat but with the typical and original colors of the traditional Siamese cat.

Both varieties are characterized by their typical pointed color scheme, the dark coloration where body temperature is lower (limbs, tail, face and ears) that contrasts with the tones of the subtraction of the feline body.

Origin
  • Asia
  • Thailand
FIFe classification
  • Category IV
Physical characteristics
Size
Average weight
  • 7-11
  • 11-13
  • 13-17
  • 17-22
  • 22-30
Life expectancy
  • 8-10
  • 10-15
  • 15-18
  • 18-20
Climate

Physical Appearance

  • The Siamese cat shows a medium stature of oriental body and is characterized by being slender, very flexible and muscular. Weight varies between males and females since the latter are around 2.5 or 3 kilograms while males usually weigh between 3.5 and 5.5 kilograms. Colors include: Seal point (dark brown), Chocolate point (light brown), Blue point (dark gray), Lilac point (light gray), Red point (dark orange), Cream point (light orange or cream), Cinnamon, fawn or white.
  • The Thai cat though still showing slender and elegant qualities is more muscular and has medium lengthened legs. Colors include: Seal point (dark brown), Chcolate point (light brown), Blue point (dark gray), Lilac point (light gray), Red point (dark orange), Cream point (light orange or cream) or Tabby point.

Both types of Siamese have different color patterns although they always have the typical pointed characteristic.

Character

They stand out for the hyperactivity. This is common in cats of Asian origin as well as for their prodigious agility. They are cheerful, fun and affectionate companions. They are also active and affable cats.

The Siamese are very faithful cats and devoted to their owners whom they constantly desire attention from. They are a very expressive race so we will easily understand what they want to communicate to us, both dislike and affection.

Depending on the character of the cat we can have very sociable and curious Siameses but in less common cases we can have a scared cat who will be uncomfortable with the arrival of new people to the home.

Health

The Siamese cat is usually in good health, proof of which is the average 15 years life expectancy. Even so, and as in all races, there are diseases that are more present:

  • Strabismus
  • Respiratory infections caused by viruses or bacteria
  • Heart disease
  • Bad circulation
  • Obesity in old age
  • Otitis
  • Deafness

If you pay attention to your Siamese cat, taking care of them and offering much affection, you will gain a friend who will be with you for a long time. The longest lived Siamese lived 36 years.

Caring for a Siamese

The Siamese is a particularly clean and quiet breed that will spend long periods grooming themselves. For that reason, brushing once or twice a week will be more than enough. It is also important that you provide them with physical exercise to maintain their qualities of speed, strength and figure.

As for their training, we recommend being firm and patient without shouting or showing hostility, which will only generate anxiety in a Siamese.

Fun facts

  • We recommend castrating the Siamese cat for being especially prolific, which can lead to an unwanted pregnancy or infectious problems.
  • Cats in heat meow especially loud.

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