The Prince of Cats
In April, we celebrate the day of a breed so special that it deserves a special day all to itself. Of course we are talking about the Siamese. Known as the prince of cats, we will find out today why they have this title and why they are so passionate.
Legend has it that the beautiful Siamese was the cat of the legendary temple of the King of Siam (present-day Thailand). These cats, aside from being prized by the king for their exquisite beauty, were also used as guard cats. The first Siamese cats were a gift from the King of Siam to the English consulate general in Bangkok in the late 19th century. The first Siamese cat in the United States was also a gift from the King of Siam to a friend in the late 1800s. Siamese remained somewhat rare until the end of World War II, when it quickly became number one according to records.
It is a very elegant cat of medium size and with a well-toned body structure. Its most distinctive feature is its coloration: a clear body with a pigmented layer on its head, ears, paws and tail. Its fur is fine and silky and has practically no undercoat. It has a long, thin nose, a flat skull, large, pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes of an intense blue color.
The Siamese cat, besides being beautiful and affectionate, is also extremely intelligent. However, that intelligence does not mean that he can be trained to do whatever you want. Like other extremely intelligent breeds, he has his own desires. He will demand that his owner be as dedicated to him as he is to his owner.
Given their long and muscular body, weight gain will appear quickly in the Siamese. Siamese are excellent jumpers and love heights, so high shelves should be provided. Siamese love to play and enjoy having toys around the house for fun. Even though their fur requires little to no care, the Siamese tend to associate brushing with affection and will enjoy spending time being brushed by their owner.
A cat as elegant and special as the Siamese deserves to rest in a bed as beautiful as he is. They love our Fhasso beds!
-One of the earliest known owners of a Siamese cat was actually U.S. President Rutherford B. Haye's wife, Lucy—which means Siamese cats have a history in the White House, too. Her Siamese cat, named Siam, was a gift from a U.S. diplomat serving in Thailand.
-Oldies, but goodies, like The Incredible Journey, The Lady and the Tramp, and That Darn Cat! starred Siamese cats.
-Siamese cats have a special modifier gene that inhibits pigment from developing in the fur, resulting in albinism. But, thanks to the magic of science, the modifier gene for albinism can only affect the cat's fur above a certain temperature—or between 100 and 102.5 degrees, to be more precise.
-Once a Siamese cat's body drops below approximately 100 degrees—or the cat is in a colder environment—her genes for coat color turn back on and carry pigment to her fur. Because a cat's body is cooler around her nose, ears, paws, and tail, that's where pigment is most commonly deposited on Siamese cats.