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Siamese

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Siamese

With their vivid blue eyes and distinctive pattern, the Siamese is the most universally recognized cat breed anywhere on the planet! They are graceful and elegant with long bodies, long heads, longs tails, long necks and long legs. The medium-sized head has a flat forehead and a fine, wedge-shaped muzzle. The ears are quite large and pointed with rounded tips. The medium eyes are almond-shaped. The coat in this breed is light colored with dark extremities. The face, ears, paws and tail are all dark while the rest of the body is light. Only four color patterns are accepted in the US: Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Blue Point and Lilac Point. Britain allows many other variations.

Temperament The Siamese is known for being affectionate, loyal and intelligent, but is also known for being emotional, unpredictable and domineering. This breed craves attention but will attach itself to only one person in the household. They do not like to share their home with another cat and often become jealous of other animals or people. If you want a quiet cat, the Siamese is not for you as they are considered the most vocal of all breeds. Don?t be surprised to see your climber grinning down at you from the top of your window treatments or your highest book shelf. Siamese are cats with attitudes. They are devoted, sociable, playful and more likely to behave as though their humans belong to them instead of the other way around. They can be taught to walk on a leash, but please note that they are walking you and not the other way around. This breed gives 200 percent of their unwavering loyalty and love.
Weight 6-12 lbs.
Health Problems The Siamese cat is susceptible to respiratory problems prior to adulthood. There have also been incidences of liver amyloidosis and cardiomyopathy. Siamese are sensitive to anesthetics and have been prone to plaque buildup, tartar formation and gingivitis. Untreated dental disease can undermine a cat?s overall health. This breed needs annual veterinary and dental checkups.
Living Conditions Your Siamese can live fine in an apartment, but needs lots of room to run and play indoors.
Exercise If your cat is kept indoors, it should be allowed to run throughout the apartment or home.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming This breed requires little grooming. Brush weekly to remove loose hairs.
Origin The Royal Cat of Siam has been around for many centuries, but its origin is still a bit of a mystery. Illustrations in manuscripts dating back as far as 1350, clearly show cats with pale coats and dark points on the ears, tails, faces and feet. The Siamese was so valued in its native land of Siam (now Thailand), they were rarely given to outsiders. The rest of the world did not become acquainted with the breed until the 1800s. The first Siamese standard was written in 1892 in Great Britain. The breed was brought to the United States around 1890 and quickly became established with the growing cat fancy in America. The Siamese is one of the most popular shorthaired breeds.