What is a Siamese cat like

The Siamese cat breed is one of the most distinctive cat breeds in the world. One of the things that makes this breed so recognizable is the color but it is also fairly well-known for a distinct body shape, and personality.

Appearance of the Siamese Cat

Siamese cats are short-haired cats and exhibit a color pattern known as color point; their “points” are darker than their body. These points being their legs, tail, ears, and face. The kittens are born white or cream, and these cooler extremities darken in a few weeks while the warmer body area stays light in color, thus revealing a cat that is very unique in appearance. There are many color point patterns, of which chocolate point, and the darker, seal point, are the most common.

Siamese cats are also characterized by their blue eyes. At one time cross-eyed cats were common, but breeders are getting away from this. Emphasis is on keeping almond-shaped eyes. Siamese cats tend to have poor night vision as compared to other cats, as such they are sometimes less active at night than other domestic cats.

The shape of the Siamese cat’s head has changed over the years, with breeders at one time selecting for cats to have a more wedge- shaped, refined head. Traditional breeders are getting away from these distorted head shapes in favor of the classic head.
Siamese cats tend to have long, thin, and yet refined, bodies.

Occasionally a Siamese cat may be born with a kink in its tail, the result of a genetic throw back. Breeders do not breed such cats.

Personality of the Siamese Cats

Siamese cats are usually quite happy as apartment cats. Although often characterized as more mischievous than other cats, this is not necessarily true. Siamese cats often bond strongly with their owner. Siamese cats are sometimes considered more intelligent, and more trainable, than other breeds of cat. These cats are generally very vocal, with a low-pitched meow.

Other Traits of the Siamese Cat

Female Siamese cats often experience their first heat cycle early, sometimes when they are as young as four months old. This in contrast to most cat breeds where females go into heat at six months of age.

Siamese cats do not have an undercoat.

Siamese cats are thought to originate in Siam, which is now known as Thailand.

In Thailand a common term for these, and similar looking cats, is Wichian Mat, which translates to moon diamond.

Siamese cats tend to be more likely than other cats to have problems digesting lactose.

Siamese cats have a slightly higher risk of developing mammary cancer than other cat breeds.