Siamese: Cat Breeds
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The Siamese cat is one of the oldest domestic breeds and probably the most recognized on the planet. The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cats. Derived from the Thai cat, one of several varieties of cat native to Thailand, the Siamese became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century.
These sleek cats with crystal blue eyes and outspoken nature usually come in four colors. The CFA recognizes Siamese colors as a seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac point. The Siamese wedge-shaped head is defined by a straight profile and well-aligned chin. From the front, the outline of the face presents a smooth triangular shape with large ears that complete the wedge.
A distinguishing feature of this breed is the pair of deep blue almond-shaped eyes which are set at a slant and the short flat hair.
Siamese cats crave constant involvement in your life by being social and highly dependent. Other cat breeds may think that a purr or a friendly rub is the way to get their human’s attention, but not the Siamese. They are known for their talent in communicating their wants and needs loud and clear to their human. If ignored, they tend to be relentless and continue a verbal dialogue until their needs are met.
They also tend to become very attached to their human and act shy or aloof around strangers. They can be very playful throughout their lives and prefer to be entertained by noisy cat toys or outdoor playgrounds. These cats are intelligent and love to explore, getting their paws into anything and everything.
The Siamese cat may be more prone to respiratory and dental problems than cats with a less extreme wedge head type. Also, some Siamese occasionally has problems with crossed eyes or a kinked tail.
Other problems reported in this breed can include bladder stones, eye problems (like glaucoma & progressive retinal atrophy), heart problems, as well as certain types of cancer.