History of the Siamese Cat
The Siamese cat originates from Thailand, or as it was previously known, Siam and in 1884 a small group of Siamese cats were given as a gift to a British Consul, General Gould, as he returned to the UK. In October 1985 his sister, Mrs Lilian Gould Velvey exhibited offspring from this group of Siamese cats at the 17th Crystal Palace Show where they recieved much attention.
In 1901 the first Siamese cat fancier's club was formed in the UK with the first champion being 'Champion Wankee' who was born in Hong Kong in 1895.
By the early 20th Century Siamese cats were appearing at shows in the USA and in April 1909 The Siamese Cat Society of America was founded.
In the 1950s the Siamese cats in the UK and American reached their peak whilst in Thailand there were reports that only a few purebred Siamese cats were being bred. Mrs Dobrenchuk, a diplomat in Thailand, purchased three Siamese kittens and brought them with her on her return to the USA.
Characteristics of the Siamese Cat
The Siamese cat has distinctive almond shaped eyes that slant towards the nose and are deep blue in colour. The ears of the Siamese cat are large and pointed. The coat of the Siamese cat is short and silky.
The Siamese cat of today has a sleek, muscular body with a long neck and fine head although the original Siamese cats were more stocky. Although the majority of Cat Associations favour the more modern slender Siamese cat there are many that favour the traditional stockier Siamese cats.
Colour of the Siamese Cat
The coat of the Siamese cat is white to pale fawn in colour with darker coloured areas on the face, ears, lower legs and tail. These darker coloured areas can be brown (seal), chocolate, blue, lilac or red.
Size of the Siamese Cat
The Siamese cat is a medium sized cat.
Character of the Siamese Cat
The Siamese cat is intelligent, active, inquisitive and affectionate, enjoying human company and good with children. However, Siamese cats dislike being left alone for long periods. Siamese cats are vocal, often "talking" to their owners.
Lifespan Of The Siamese Cat
The lifespan of the Siamese cat is 15-20 years.
Requirements of the Siamese Cat
The Siamese cat is a demanding cat requiring lots of attention, an interesting environment and space in which to play.
Inherited Diseases of the Siamese Cat
Although most Siamese cats are healthy, hereditary diseases that are known to appear in the breed are crossed eyes and a kinked tail. Siamese cats can also inherit nystagmus (jerking eye movement) and congenital heart defects.