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Cats – Siamese  

 

We’ve all seen them. We recognise the sharp, sleek features and slim, aristocratic body.  Who can forget their `meow’?  From wherever it is uttered, it snatches your attention one way or the other.

The Siamese have been around for centuries and today, are one of the most popular breeds of cat in the world.  

Cat historians say these amazing creatures were first mentioned in a 500-year-old manuscript in the National Library of Bangkok. Then a poem was penned about them in the Cat Book of Poems, an illustrated scroll published in Siam during the Ayutthaya period of Thailand (1350 – 1767). 

The article states that what is believed to be the oldest recorded document describing domestic cats, the scroll refers to the Siamese we know today as Wichien Mass, which means Moon Diamond.

In 1871, these striking cats took England by storm following their exhibition on one of the first cat shows in the 19th Century. 

Moon Diamond Cats have lithe, short cream-coloured coats melting into dark, chocolate points at the ears, face, paws and tail. This unusual colour distribution is, apparently, the result of a heat-sensitive albino gene. The gene fails to work at normal body temperatures but becomes active in cooler areas of the skin, hence the darker colour in the cooler parts of the cat’s body. The albino gene is a recessive gene which both parents have to carry in order to produce offspring of Siamese colouring.  All Siamese cats are born pure cream or white at birth but develop the darker points during the first few months of life.  However, adult cats living in warmer climates have lighter coats than those in cooler habitations.  

Two silver Siamese kittens

Siamese kittens bred by Samoa Gems Cattery, South Africa.

Left - silver, right - choc point.

 

Siamese cats have slim but muscular bodies; their oriental-shaped eyes are a deep, vivid blue.  The classic, wedge-shaped head, large ears and long, slender tail are key features with this elegant creature.

They are friendly, people-loving creatures which can be demanding and dominant, but which will usually get on well with other cats. 

They are intelligent, social and can be extremely vocal. 

These creatures have dominated palaces and have kept company with kings and rulers for centuries.  

Siamese cat with dark face & ears sitting on a laptop computer

Luke Skywalker, a male seal point Siamese

Siamese cat with silvery blue face, ears & paws, perched on scratch post

Domino, a Blue Point Male Siamese

Lilac point siamese cat with pale grey ears & nose

Zeus, a lilac point Siamese

Siamese cats belonging to My Eden Cattery, South Africa

   

Siamese are adaptable cats - happy to live with the poor in a hovel, or with the king of Siam in a palace. Carefree cats, they know that God will look after them. They might sing, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, the city of the great King - God is known in her palaces." Psalm 48 verse 2

Siamese kittens are curious, so keep your kitten away from the swimming pool and buckets of water in case it falls in and drowns.

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