Siamese Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Siamese cat is one of the most recognizable breeds, with their colorpoint pattern and brilliant blue eyes. These cats are from Thailand, which used to be called Siam. They are one of the oldest known breeds being described in Thai literature from at least the 1600s.

Siamese Appearance: 

Siamese cats are medium sized cats weighing 6-10 pounds (2.7-4. 5kg). They are svelte, well muscled cats with wedge shaped heads. Their back legs are slightly longer than their front legs. Siamese cats are shorthairs having silky fur with colorpoints in seal, blue, lilac, and chocolate.

The colorpoints on Siamese are the result of an enzyme that is heat sensitive. This enzyme is only activated at lower temperatures where it turns the fur a darker color. The cooler areas of fur on the feet, face and tail are darker as a result.  Siamese that live in warmer climates have less pronounced colorpoints. Kittens are born all white and develop their colorpoints after several weeks. 

Siamese cats have a lifespan of 11-15 years.

Siamese Temperament: 

Siamese cats are active, opinionated and known to be very affectionate. They often bond closely to one special person in the family, but are affectionate to the whole family. Commonly, they follow you around the house giving you their opinion on all matters all the time. 

Siamese cats are highly curious, intelligent, and athletic. They get depressed if they do not receive enough attention, which is one reason that it often makes sense to have a pair of Siamese. They love to play fetch and take on puzzle toys. Some will even walk on leash. 

Other: The Siamese has been used extensively to create other breeds including, the Balinese, Burmese, Himalayan and others. 

This breed is recognized by all organizations. 
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