If you are one of those who is on the constant lookout for something that will help you stand out, be one of the few people to own something so distinctive, so unique and so special that you will probably be identified based on that. If you don’t mind being recognized as the ‘one who owns it’, then this is what you need. It is something that is not only a highly valued status symbol but also a companion to you. A Siamese cat is a living being that is extremely extraordinary, a beauty in its own right. It is no wonder, then that Siamese cats are popular and extremely common in pet shows, they sometimes have an entire segment of a Cat show dedicated exclusively to them. These shows have been gaining grounds from the US to Hong Kong.
A Siamese cat personifies elegance. With their lithe graceful form, and their proud demeanor, one might think that they live to impress you. That is definitely not the case, it is just how they are. With that slender long neck, the sparkling blue almond shaped eyes, it is no surprise that one look can hold you mesmerized. They have long, elongated body that is distinctive from other cat breeds. The slender tail only adds to its elegance. They have a single coat of short shiny hair that stays flat against their body. Another defining feature is their triangular head. The tip of their ears to the tip of their nose forms a perfect inverted triangle. In fact, their ears too are absolute triangles. The color scheme of their fur is also distinctively patterned. It’s a chic combination of alabaster and a darker shade. They are pure cream or white in color at birth and slowly develop their markings based on the concentration of their body temperatures. They also exist in shades of brown, blackish or grey shades. Cross breeding often lead to a series of color combinations including red and cream. These markings are a consequence of the enzyme melanin that has a typical mechanism of working in Siamese cats.
Siamese cats have been known to be around since a very long time. Some of the first Siamese cats can be traced back to the 14th Century. They originated from Thailand. They were then shipped across borders to the United Kingdom and also to the United States of America as gifts or as prized possessions the rareness of the breed and their unique appearance marked their foray into the show business. They were so dearly loved that this lead to the eventual formation of the Siamese Cat Club in 1901 in UK. They were compared to the existing breeds of Persian cats in the UK and yet held their own, as they were believed to be valuable enough to be kept only by the royalty. They have always been long-bodied, graceful cats with moderately wedge shaped heads and ears that were comparatively large but proportionate to their head size. Their built ranged from substantial to slender but never overtly extreme on either end of the spectrum.
Similar to most cats, Siamese are also extremely lovable and adored by their owner. They are rarely temperamental. They are affectionate and more intelligent than other breeds are always eager to explore. Their extrovert behavior makes them susceptible to venture out in the day time. They are extremely friendly and compatible with their human counterparts. They have a knack to be demanding, much like their original royal owners. They are active but not hyper. Their level of activity reduces as the day begins to end, especially at night. This is credited to the lack of certain physiological elements that affects their nigh vision. Their playful nature is utterly adored by young and old alike. They are persistent in their demands. They have a distinctly high pitched sound called the ‘Meezer;’ that is akin to the cries of a human baby. They have a high tendency to use their vocal chords far more often than other cat breeds. They also have a typical tendency to live in groups or pairs. They also form a special bond or attachment with a specific human companion, and can be fiercely loyal towards them. This is one reason why they are often considered to have more dog-like characteristics.
Compared to other breeds Siamese cats have a relatively lower lifespan. Breeds derived from Siamese cats too have a median lifespan of about 10-12.5 years. They have an increased tendency towards developing mammary tumors. Neo-plastic and gastrointestinal problems are fairly common among Siamese cats, but there is a low risk of urinary tract diseases. They are also highly prone to vision ailments including reduced night vision and even crossed eyes which along with a kink in the tail were considered undesirable traits in show cats. Their visionary ailments lead to their increased dependence on humans that developed into affection overtime, but their hearing ability is not compromised in spite of them being blue-eyed. It is the beauty and charm of Siamese cats that makes them extremely popular in popular movies and books and also a favorite among celebrities including Ke$ha, James Dean, John Lennon and also once in the White House.