Siamese Cats

The Siamese cat, believed to be of a south-east Asian origin, is one of the most recognisable breed of domestic cat. Today’s Siamese cats are believed to be the descendants of the famous temple cats of Siam (which is now Thailand).

Siamese cat’s are one of the domestic cat breeds native to Thailand. In 20th century Europe and north America, the Siamese cat became one of the most popular cat breeds.

The history of the Siamese cat is quite interesting as they were highly valued and respected. It appears that these cats were called the ‘pointed cat’ and the name ‘Siamese’ was only used at first in the West.  The cats of Siam appeared in many poems and manuscripts called ‘Tamra Maew’ which could have been written around 1700.

The first Siamese cat found outside Asia was one who was given to U.S president Rutherford in 1978. The next Siamese cats to be found outside of Asia were a pair called Pho and Mia, who were given as gift to Lilian Jane Veley by her brother Edward Blencowe Gould in Britain around 1984. In 1901 Lilian Jane Veley co-established the Siamese Cat Club.

The Siamese cat has a very distinguishable appearance. They generally have a lean body that has sleek fur and well defined muscles. Their head is a triangular shape with a thin shaped muzzle and large, triangular shaped ears.

Most Siamese cats have the pointed pattern which is actually a form of albinism. The vast majority of Siamese cats have seal (dark brown or black) points, with many being blue, lilac, chocolate or silver tipped. At birth it is not always easy to identify the colour of the Siamese kitten; they are born pure white and develop and start to show their colouring at around 4 weeks of age.

When the lighter pointed Siamese cats first appeared they were not generally accepted as being of the Siamese breed, and the darker pointed cats were considered to be more significant. In later years more colours of the Siamese were established including the tortoise-shell or ‘tortie point’ and lynx or tabby point.

The UK generally excepts all Siamese points as being of the  Siamese breed, however in America, only the seal point, blue point, lilac point and chocolate point are recognised as belonging to the breed.

June 12, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · One Comment
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  1. Gerry - June 12, 2010

    I know someone who saw a siamese cat once and thought it was a weasel!