The Siamese cat is a very old breed of domestic cat. It is very popular as a pet, especially in Europe and America. The origin of the Siamese cat leads us to the area of the former Siam, i.e. Thailand today. This breed of cat was very respected in the temples of Buddhist monks, and also it was present at the court of the King of Siam. It appeared in Europe in the second half of the 19th century, while in the United States appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. It is supposed that the Siamese cat was created more than 500 years ago.
The appearance of the Siamese cat has changed over the centuries. Many present variations of Siamese cats are more likely ordinary cats than traditional Siamese cats.
Physical characteristics, that distinguish all variations of Siamese cats, are: specific light colored coat with dark areas on the feet, tail, ears and muzzle, elegant body, with a thin, long legs and a long tail that tapers towards the top.
Traditional Siamese cats have extremely elongated wedge-shaped head and big slanted eyes of deep blue color on it. Their ears are large and they continue the outer line of the head. They have short and soft hair, without undercoat. In recent times they are developing in the direction of extreme emphasizing of elongated body and legs and increasing of the eyes and ears. This is very different from the early Siamese cats.
More modern variations of Siamese cats have a round head, large and mysterious eyes and slightly smaller ears than the traditional Siamese cats. While in the past smaller eyes were considered a common feature, today they are considered a defect. Coat of newer varieties of Siamese cats is very short and soft. Too long or too coarse fur and too much undercoat also are considered defects. The hind legs are longer than the front legs, and their paws are round.
Siamese kittens are born completely white, and later appear their colored sections – on the face, ears, tail and feet. The color the Siamese cat get in the third year will be its permanent color. Over time the bright area may become slightly darker due to licking fur or because of the cool room where the cat is.
The character of the Siamese cat
For a long time the Siamese cat has been a popular type of purebred cats, yet is not exactly the best choice for everyone. Siamese cats are very extroverts and demanding, and not everyone can live with them. They are extremely lively and affectionate, active, energetic, social, curious and talkative. They usually have a long lifetime. They can live 18 to 20 years. If you need a pet that will be affectionate to you, and a pet which also has “itself”, the Siamese cat can be the ideal choice for you.
Anyone who is planning to buy a Siamese cat must be aware of the fact that these cats have a very strong character and that people always feel their presence in the house. Reasonably, they are said to be the dogs of feline world. Sometimes they behave aggressively, especially if you are doing something against their will or if you are not doing what they would like. They are known for their noisy nature and they are able to have conversations for hours with you or with themselves. Reasons for these long hours of talking can be different: famine, lack of attention or anything else that has caused their displeasure. Whatever is the reason for their dissatisfaction, they will show that to you with the highest tone of their hoarse voice.
Siamese cats are especially social creatures and if they don’t receive the attention to extent to which they would like, they will seek it. Due to their sociability, it is not advisable to leave them alone for too long. If you work all day, the best solution would be to take two cats or not to take a Siamese cat at all.
Siamese cats get along well with other cats and, what is very unusual, they really get along well with dogs. They love when they are in the limelight and they are able to sit in your lap for hours, enjoying the pampering. They are ideal pets for people who need company. They can perfectly assess the mood of their owner. Siamese cats love all kinds of toys: in the form of ping-pong balls, crumpled paper, balls made of foil chocolate, feathered toys or furry mice. Most Siamese cats quickly learn to bring paper or ball and they easily adapt to walk on a leash. When you buy a Siamese cat, not only you have got a cat – you also have got the whole person. A Siamese cat will return you more love and affection than you gave her.
Care of the Siamese cat
Due to the fact that Siamese cats have short, silky coat with no undercoat, the care of a Siamese cat is very simple. Because of the characteristics which are mentioned, their fur doesn’t stain and the Siamese cat doesn’t need combing. When the cat sheds, if it is necessary, you can comb it with a fine comb, and you can remove a fallen hair with a damp cloth of suede.
Siamese cats have sharp claws and they should be periodically cut with good pliers or nail clippers. If it is necessary, you can clean the ears of your pet with the liquid for cleaning ears.
If you want to take your cat to exhibitions, you might want to bathe it in order to appear in all its glory in front of the judges. Siamese cats don’t like water very much, so the better solution would be to take your pet to the salon for pets. However, if you dare to bathe it yourself, it’s necessary to use the shampoo for cats and bathe the cat a few days before the exhibition, so that the fur could subside.