Pawesome Pets: The Siamese Cat
As the owner of a cat toy company, I noticed that a large percentage of our customers and IG followers happened to be Siamese cats. I always wondered if it was just an odd coincidence or if there was some reason for this trend. As I was researching for this blog post, I may have stumbled across the reason. But first, let me tell you a little bit about the background of this beautiful and interesting cat breed.
Sanphet Prasat Palace, Ancient City, Bangkok
Let’s travel back in time to the beautiful Kingdom of Siam, where this legendary temple cat is found. Valued for its exquisite beauty, intelligence and agility. Perched upon tall columns around a throne, guarding the King of Siam himself. You can find illustrations of white cats with black legs, tails and ear in an acient book of poems called the "Tamra Maew". The Siamese is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats and is considered a natural breed.
World exhibition building in London 1851 - Crystal palace - vintage illustration
The first Siamese in Britain and America were both Gifts from the King of Siam. In the late 1800’s The King of Siam gifted cats to the English consulate general in Bangkok and later gifted a cat to a friend who then brought it back to the United states. Breeding pair Pho and Mia were exhibited at the Crystal Palace in 1885 after which they quickly became fashionable pets. By the late 1890s the Siamese, although still considered somewhat rare, were being imported into North America via Britain, France, Japan and Siam.
The Siamese is a chatty, intelligent and playful breed. This active and social cat is a great choice for families with children and/or friendly dogs. If treated with respect they will love the attention from children and can even learn tricks! These are very sociable cats, they love to chat, follow you around the house, supervise the going-ons of the family, lay in your lap and sleep in your bed at night. They are highly intelligent, agile and athletic and require a lot of exercise and play time. Keep lots of toys around the house and make sure to keep play time interactive with teaser toys, toys they can fetch and puzzles. Siamese are also great jumpers and climbers so investing in a cat tree is definitely a must! The Siamese is extremely affectionate and requires a dedicated family to spend time with it and play. If neglected, boredom will set in and they will start seeking out trouble.
The Siamese is known for its beautiful blue eyes and beautiful smooth short coat. They come in several different colors and patterns (Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Red, Cream, Fawn and Cinnamon) including tabby points and smoke points. This breed has contributed to the creation of many other breeds such as the Balinese, Oriental, Tonkinese and the Havana Brown. Caring for your Siamese is simple. Weekly brushing and regular teeth cleaning is best and seeing as they associate brushing with affection, grooming will be an easy task.
So why are so many of our customers Siamese? Probably because they have such a strong need for exercise and playtime. I am now more in love with this cat breed than before. If I ever live out my dream of becoming that old cat lady from secret life of pets 2, then a few Siamese cats will definitely be included in my clowder!
If you own a Siamese cat please leave a comment below and tell me if I got it right! Or let me know which breed I should research next. Thank you for reading and happy play everpawdy!