April 6th is a pretty important day for some of our feline patients. It’s National Siamese Cat Day! Known for being charismatic and talkative, these cute–and talkative–felines have some very loyal fans. A vet lists some fun facts about these remarkable kitties below.
The very name Siamese cat translates to wichien-matt. This a ctually means “moon diamond.” That’s a purrfect moniker for these pretty felines!
Siamese cats first originated in Thailand, which, as you may know, was once known as Siam. Some stories say that these kitties were first raised by Buddhist monks. Other stories say that the first Siamese cats were officially adopted by royalty. What do documents seay? Official records of these cats being adopted by royals go far back as 1350. The kitties were also depicted in the Tamra Maew (The Cat Book Poems) which was produced between the 14th and 18th centuries.
Siamese cats traditionally had crossed eyes, as you may know. According to myth, a Siamese cat was given the duty of guarding a king’s goblet. Fluffy held onto that goblet so hard that her tail bent and her eyes crossed!
Siamese cats have a very unique and distinctive look, with dark tips on their paws, ears, and tails. But did you know that those tips are actually climate-controlled? The gene that causes this color works in an interesting way. These cats have pale fur on the warmer parts of their bodies and dark fur on the cooler spots. That same gene is also responsible for Fluffy’s blue eyes.
Siamese cats are all born white. The dark points finally appear when they are several weeks old. Although the classic Siamese tips were always dark, today’s breeders allow blue, chocolate, and lilac.
Did you know that back in the 1960s, two Siamese cats actually revealed an espionage plot. The kitties lived at the Dutch Embassy in Russia. When they started arching their backs and scratching at a wall, an ambassador became suspicious. Further investigation revealed over two dozen hidden microphones behind the wall! We hope the kitties got lots of tuna and catnip.
Siamese cats get very attached to their human servants. They absolutely hate being left alone. For this reason, many breeders recommend having at least one other cat in the house.
Siamese cats are extremely smart. They can learn tricks, enjoy playing Fetch , and often like to go walking on leashes. They’re also notorious escape artists, and hate being confined. These kitties are also very affectionate.
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