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Siamese Cat

Siamese Cat


Siamese Cat

The Siamese Cat Breed looks dressed for a night out on the town, with a fur coat that looks like evening wear with chic black accessories and thoughes stunning blue eyes. The Siamese has been known to live in Thailand  for centuries. Ancient writings depict the cats, but they were not seen in the West until the late nineteenth century, when they were exhibited at the Crystal Palace Cat Show in London.

Not everyone liked their unusual appearance, but they quickly grew into fashionable pets. By the turn of the century, they were becoming popular in the United States as well. President Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) and his wife Lucy received a Siamese cat shipped to them as a present in 1878 by David B. Sickels, a U. S. diplomat stationed at the consulate in Thailand. A letter from Sickels detailing the gift is on file at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio.

Siamese Cat Information

In the beginning, only the cats with seal points—a dark brownish-black—were shown, but blue, chocolate and lilac-point Siamese were soon developed and accepted in the show ring. Today Siamese come in many different point colors and patterns, including tabby points and smoke points.

The Siamese cat itself is a natural breed, meaning its original pointed pattern was the result of a genetic mutation. The breed has contributed to the creation of many other breeds, including the Balinese, Oriental, the Himalayan division of the Persian, the Tonkinese and the Havana Brown.

The Siamese is recognized by all cat associations. The International Cat Association also recognizes the Thai, described as the original form of the native pointed cat of Thailand. In Thailand the cats are called Wichienmaat. Some people refer to it as an old-style Siamese. It shares the pointed coat and domineering personality of the Siamese but has a more moderate body type.

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