Siamese cats have their own wonderful uniqueness. They stand out in the cat world for their beautiful appearance and quirky personality. Siamese cats have really distinctive features, and one of them is that their coat color at maturity can depend on body temperature. The cooler the body part, the deeper the color tone develops. This cat also has plenty of finesse and is also known for its very picky eating habits.
What kind of personality do Siamese cats have?
The Siamese cat is not only beautiful, but also very intelligent. Inteligence of these cats, however, does not mean that you can train them to do anything you want. Like most other highly intelligent breeds, Siamese cats have their own desires. These cats are affectionate and require the owner to be as devoted as the cat is devoted to its owner. Siamese cat caregiver must be affectionate and constantly find time to play with him. These cats are very sociable, loving people and very attached to their owners. Characteristic of this breed is to follow their owners around the house and take an interest in what their owner is doing. Siamese cats also enjoy the company of other cats, children and even strangers. Their extremely affectionate disposition makes them prone to depression if left alone for too long. These cats have a strong desire to interact with someone, so they can often be found in pairs. Siamese cats are very curious, smart, very inquisitive and intelligent. They can be taught to fetch, high-five and even walk on a leash. They will also provide their own entertainment by getting into things in the house, examining cabinets and turning on taps. If a Siamese cat wants something, they are not shy about letting you know. This breed is extremely loud and boldly expresses its needs with loud meows. Their coat is affected by temperature. The distinct markings of Siamese cats are caused not only by inherited genes, but also by temperature. Born completely white, Siamese kittens do not develop their distinctive markings until about four weeks of age. Temperature-based colors dictate their patterns - their torsos tend to be lighter (due to the higher temperature), while their colder limbs take on a darker hue. Unlike most of their feline relatives, Siamese cats have difficulty distinguishing details in the dark. The pigment that causes their striking blue eye color is also the culprit for their weaker vision. The breed also lacks a layer of tissue in the eye that reflects light through the retina. Siamese cats were once treated like members of the royal family. When a member of the Siamese royal family died, it was believed that the Siamese cat would receive their soul. The cat would then spend the rest of its days indulging in a temple with concerned monks.
What is life like with a Siamese cat?
With their long, muscular bodies, Siamese cats show weight gain quickly. Siamese cats show a belly after one day of overeating. Nutrition must be carefully controlled. Long, slender legs are not designed to support a fat body. These cats are great jumpers and love heights, so scratching posts should be provided. Siamese cats love to play and enjoy all sorts of toys. While the coat requires little grooming, Siamese cats tend to associate brushing with affection and enjoy spending time grooming.
What is the history of Siamese cats?
Siamese cats are some of the oldest domesticated cats in the world. The breed originated in Thailand (formerly known as Siam) in the 14th century. Revered by members of royalty in Asia, Siamese cats continued their proud status by settling in the White House in the 19th century. The first Siamese cat to come to America was reportedly given to First Lady Lucy Hayes (wife of Rutherford B. Hayes) in 1879.
The Beautiful Siamese is the legendary temple cat of the King of Siam. The cats were prized by the king not only for their incredible beauty, but were also used as guard cats. Siamese cats were supposed to sit on tall columns around the king's throne. If someone threatened the king, the cats would jump down from the pillars onto the individual. Because of the Siamese cats' superior position, their strength and ability to jump from heights, the cats would knock the person to the floor. If necessary, they would scratch the face of the person who thought they might hurt the King of Siam. The cat seen by German naturalist and explorer Peter Simon Pallas may have been a Siamese cat. This cat was noted in Pallas' reports on his exploration of the Caspian Sea in the 18th century. Pallas described the cat as having "ears, paws and tail... quite black. It is of medium size, has slightly smaller legs than an ordinary cat, and the head is longer toward the nose." The first Siamese cats in Europe were a gift from the King of Siam to the English Consulate General in Bangkok in the late 19th century. The first Siamese cats in westerns were named Pho and Mia. They were a breeding pair brought to England in 1884 by Owen Gould. Pho and Mia's kittens were exhibited by Mr. Gould's sister at the London show at the Crystal Palace in 1885. The first Siamese cat in the United States was also a gift from the King of Siam to a friend. In the late 1890s and early 20th century, Siamese cats were brought to North America from Britain, France, Japan and Siam. Siamese cats were quite rare until after World War II, when they quickly became number one in terms of registration.