The Siamese is one of the oldest and most recognizable cat breeds. Their distinctive coloring and bright blue eyes make them pretty hard to miss. Do you know the history behind this beautiful breed? Let’s find out.
Here are Some Facts About Beautiful Siamese Cats You Should Know
What’s a Siamese?
The quintessential Siamese “look” is the pointed colors and big blue eyes. By pointed colors, we’re referring to the pattern of their coloring. The Siamese cat has a natural genetic mutation that affects how their color genes display on their bodies. The pigment of their coats is restricted to the “points” – their ears, face, tail, and legs. The most common Siamese colors are: Seal Point (dark brown, almost black points), Chocolate Point (lighter brown points), Blue Point (slate grey points), Lilac Point (very pale grey points), and Flame Point (red points). But there are many other patterns possible, including Tortie Point and Lynx Point (tabby points). Siamese, or Meezers, are a cat of many colors, but all of the many color patterns have the signature blue eyes. Siamese also have wedge-shaped heads, and large open ears. Cross-eyed Siamese used to be quite common, although that trait has been largely bred out.
Meezers have a very distinctive personality. They are highly intelligent and very interactive with their human friends. Their most well-known quality is how vocal they are. The Siamese is a very talkative cat. No households with Siamese are quiet ones! The Siamese cat loves to give a running commentary on her thoughts and feelings all day. And you are fortunate to be a part of it. You never know what they’re going to say, but we guarantee it will be loud.
Siamese Cats: A Cat Rich in History
Siamese cats hail from Thailand, formerly known as Siam. The roots of this breed go back as far as the 14th Century! They were dearly beloved by royalty and surrounded by legend. One myth suggests that when a royal family member died, the cat inherited their soul. Another claims that Siamese cats protected jewelry belonging to princesses by carrying it around their tails. These beautiful felines were highly revered and even guarded to be kept safe.
The first Siamese cat to come to America was presented as a gift to President Hayes’ wife back in 1878. He was called Siam and had free reign of the White House. Siam is not the only Siamese cat to live there; Siamese cats also lived in the White House during Ford and Carter’s presidencies.
Presidents aren’t the only ones who took a shine to these pretty kitties over the years. Other notable owners of Siamese cats include Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, artist Georgia O’Keefe, Clark Gable, and actresses Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Vivien Leigh.
Siamese Cats are Influencers in the Cat World
The Siamese is not only a longstanding breed in its own right, but it has stamped its paw on the foundation of many other breeds. The Balinese, Burmese, Havana Brown, Ocicat, Oriental Shorthair, Oriental Longhair, Savannah, Snowshoe, Thai Cat, Tonkinese, and Mekong Bobtail all have Siamese heritage.
The next time you look into the bright, expressive blue eyes of a Siamese, know that there is a rich and storied history there. Maybe they’re so talkative because they are trying to tell their story. Why not stop and chat?