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Everything You Need to Know about Siamese Cats

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Updated: 6/17/2021

If you’ve spent any time around Siamese cats, no doubt you know they are pretty special. These enchanting four-legged creatures are divine—and they know it!

Siamese cats have a wonderful uniqueness all their own. They stand out in the cat world with their beautiful appearance and quirky personality. Siamese cats have some truly distinctive characteristics, one being that their fur coloring at maturity can depend on their body temperature. The cooler the part of the body, the deeper the tone of color is that develops. This cat also has a ton of finesse and is known for their very finicky eating habits, too.

Do you want to know more about this friendly and sensitive feline? Read on for everything you need to know about Siamese cats!


#1. Siamese cats have long lifespans.

Siamese cats have been known to live between 12 and 20 years. Twenty years is a long time to have this fascinating furry companion in your home. Keep them well-cared for, with annual wellness checkups, and these loyal and loveable cats will be by your side for many years!


#2. Siamese cats originated in Thailand.

This exotic breed was once the temple cat of the King of Siam and acted as guardians. They were first introduced to Europe in the 1800s. They’ve been warming our hearts here in North America since the late 1890s. 


#3. Siamese cats are affectionate.

The Siamese cat is known as a loving and snuggable cat breed who will happily lay in your lap for hours. If this cat is left alone too often, they can become depressed from lack of interaction with their favorite humans. 


#4. Siamese cats are chatty.

This vocal kitty adores being heard. Be prepared to listen to their unusual meow and get ready to answer! The conversational Siamese cat will carry on a heart-to-heart exchange as long as you are willing to chat.


#5. The Siamese cat is beauty behind a mask.

The Siamese cat is famous for their face-covering mask that covers the eyes and also the whisker pads. With a glossy coat, this cat has what are called “points”, the coloring on their paws, ears, tail, and yes, the famous mask!


#6. Blue eyes are a Siamese cat trait.

All Siamese cats have blue eyes. They may vary in color from the navy to the deepest sapphire to striking cobalt. These incredibly colored eyes don’t miss a minute of the action! 


#7. Siamese cats can have four colors.

The colors of the Siamese are called points, in reference to the face, ears, tail, and feet. The four most often seen colors are the Blue Point, Seal Point, Chocolate Point, and Lilac Point. Cat fanciers are developing even more colors, including Cinnamon, Tabby, Red, and Caramel.


#8. Siamese kittens are all one color.

It’s fun to see a Siamese cat develop their gorgeous colors. Kittens are born either white or cream and will start to show their true colors around one month of age. The color can continue to deepen right up to about one year of age.


#9. Siamese cats are highly intelligent.

It is said that you can easily train a clever Siamese cat. They are willing to walk on a leash outside and love to play games with you. Teach your Siamese to play fetch with a light rubber ball and let the dog join in!


#10. Siamese cats can be prone to asthma.

Bronchitis and asthma are two respiratory illnesses seen in the Siamese cat. Using a dust-free cat litter, keeping their weight at a healthy level, and working with your vet to monitor and treat any symptoms is the best way to keep your Siamese in tip-top shape and feeling great.


#11. Siamese cats get along well with other animals.

Siamese cats are pretty furiendly and like other animals. They make a great addition to the family home and typically fit right in with their humans. Give them a little leeway when it comes to strangers, though. Allow them their own space and let them come check out the visitors when they are ready.


#12. Siamese cats have graced the White House.

Presidential pets of the past have included 2 notable Siamese cats. Siam lived there with President Rutherford B. Hayes in the late 1800s. Fast-forward to President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, and you’ll see mention of Misty Malarky Ying Yang!

Looking for the purr-fect name for your sweet Siamese? 


Consider these suggested female and male cat names!

For a female:

  • Molly
  • Cleopatra
  • Suzette
  • Coco
  • Diamond

For a male:

  • Ollie
  • Loki
  • Blue
  • Simba
  • Frankie

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