him. “If something is done two days
in a row, it becomes expected,” said
breed expert Mary Ann Martin.
• Siamese play hard, then collapse
for a cat nap.
• Siamese want to be with their
people all the time and may take
umbrage at closed doors. Expect
them to follow you into the bathroom or anywhere else in the house
you might go. “Siamese are much
like dogs and thrive on attention
from their humans,” said breed
expert Dee Johnson.
• A Siamese does best when given
plenty of playtime, training, and
attention. Do get a Siamese if you
want a cat who will get along with
other cats and dogs
and who is amenable
to leash training. Be
aware that even if you
think you’re purchasing the
cat for a specific person in
the family, he will choose his
own favorite and it might not be
• The Siamese originated in Thailand
(formerly Siam), which is where he
gets his name. Based on illustrations
in a book called Tamra Maew,
pointed cats were known in Siam as early
as the 14th century.
• Westerners were introduced to
the breed in the late 19th century.
The American consul in Bangkok
delivered a Siamese — the first in
the United States — to the wife of
President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879.
In Britain, where they were first introduced in 1884, they were known as
the Royal Cat of Siam.
• The Cat Fanciers’ Association
began registering Siamese in 1906,
making them one of the earliest
pedigreed cat breeds. Other cat
associations that recognize the
Siamese include American Cat
Fanciers Association, Cat Fanciers
Federation, and The International
• In 2014, the Siamese was the 9th
most popular breed registered by the
Cat Fanciers Association, out of 43.
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• The jewels in the Siamese
crown are the cat’s slanted,
deep-blue eyes, contrasting with
the pale coat and dark points.
• Siamese kittens are born white.
Their points develop gradually
during their first year, beginning
even before they’re weaned.
Other pointed breeds come in
a variety of point colors and
patterns, but the classic Siamese
is limited to four: seal point,
chocolate point, lilac point, and
blue point. However, TICA also
accepts bi-color and tortoise-shell (with or without white).
• Siamese have been popular
movie stars. Films and television shows in which they’ve
include Lady and the Tramp;
Bell, Book and Candle;
The Incredible Journey;
Bewitched; That Darn Cat;
and The Aristocats.
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• The Siamese is a
moderate-size cat, typically
weighing 6 to 12 pounds
(males are larger).
• Siamese are noted
for their longevity. Given
good care and nutrition, a
Siamese can live 15 to 20
years or more.
• The Siamese is a generally healthy breed, but the cats
can be prone to certain types
of eye problems, including
progressive retinal atrophy
and an inherited disorder
called amyloidosis (protein
deposits in the liver).