Originating in Siam, now Thailand, Siamese cats have only recently been introduced to Europe and North America. Recently, in this sense,
means the late 1800's and early 1900's since the breed is thought to have a very long history. The history of Siamese cats is clouded in
history and can only be reasonably traced to the 1300's through poem writings of poor descriptive quality. From a practical standpoint the
introduction to the Western World was an immediate success with the cat gaining instant recognition as something special.
Siamese cats are a fantastic house companion. Likely due to several bred in characteristics the Siamese cat has a certain symbiotic
relationship with humans. Hearing and eye sight are the two main issues here so a human environment is a safer place for the cat.
Not that the cat minds, and they are more than willing to tell you about the arraignment.
A Siamese cats' deep meow is often compared to a toddlers cry and is one of a variety of communications that Siamese cats will share if
they want something in return for their affections. The cat is definitely not stupid. They understand what they have got going for them
around the house and they are very happy to keep it as it is.
As set by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), Siamese cats are a long hard bodied cat with some remarkable color-points. There is a certain
amount of differentiation between the CFA and their European counterparts but this is likely just a matter of taste rather than structural
Seal-points were the first Siamese cats to arrive on the cat scene and were ecstatically received. This cats black extremities compared with
its white to cream body color made for a rousing introduction. It was not until 1934, however, that a blue-point gained official recognition
from the CFA. With the additions of chocolate and lilac-point cats the breed was completed in 1955.
The head of the Siamese cat is perhaps the most striking part of the cat although "long" would be the best way to describe the rest of the cats
best characteristics. The head should be a wedge shape with large ears and piercing blue eyes set one eye apart on a slant. If one element of
the cat were to mesmerize it would be the eyes.
The body of the cat is long in every respect. This is likely a result of the fit nature of the cat. Just because the cat is at home around the
house does not mean that it is a lazy or overweight cat. A hard lean body with long legs, neck and tail make for a cat not to be trifled with
in a corner. This however, is a descriptive phrase as Siamese cats are about as friendly as one could imagine.
The Siamese cat needs little attention to grooming although the male does need a little bathing on occasion. The cats' short hair makes the
overall coat care simple with a light moist hand rubdown being a nice treat for the cat. In a showing situation looking for the occasional
longer or out of place, hair is about the only maintenance needed. In this case, the belly or ears are the areas of most offence and even
there the word is "minor" care.
Generally, the movie perception of a Siamese cat is off the mark in western culture. The movies portrayal of a scheming manipulative cat is
likely a reflection of the cats penetrating and slanted eyes. Reality shows us the opposite as Siamese cats show their loving intelligence
around the house each day.