April 6th is National Siamese Cat Day and we’re celebrating these amazing felines by digging up and sharing some fun facts about Siamese cats you may not have known!
The Siamese is an ancient breed
Siamese cats are from Thailand, formerly known as Siam. Historians aren’t exactly sure how old the breed is, but a Thai manuscript called “Tamra Maew,” or “The Cat Book Poems,” appears to illustrate Siamese cats. This ancient manuscript is believed to have been written anywhere between the 14th and 18th centuries, and also describes Siamese cats as the pets of the royal family, which may help explain their regal nature!
The first Siamese cat came to the U.S. in 1878
The Siamese breed gained widespread recognition in the United States in 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife, the First Lady Lucy Hayes, were gifted one by a U.S. diplomat at the consulate in Bangkok. The cat, named Siam, is believed to be the first documented Siamese cat in the country. According to reports, she was allowed to roam about the White House as she pleased. She particularly enjoyed making a grand entrance whenever the First Lady was entertaining guests.
Siamese kittens are born completely white
One interesting fact many people may not know is that Siamese kittens are born with completely white fur! When they’re approximately four weeks old, they start developing their point coloration, or “points.” Generally, Siamese cats have a main coat color, with different, usually darker, colors on the “point” parts of their body; their face, ears, tail, and feet.
Siamese cats are often very vocal
A quick search on YouTube for “Siamese cat meowing” will bring up hundreds of results of owners showcasing their cat’s talkative meow. Siamese cats are notorious for their distinctive vocal antics and don’t shy away when expressing their feelings and demands for attention with loud meows. Their meow has often been compared to that of a baby crying.
Siamese cats are known for being social
As one of the most affectionate and social breeds of cat, Siamese cats are renown for following their owner around the house. They’re typically very playful and active and can be a great pet for families with children due to their gentle nature. Siamese cats are so social that they can even develop depression if they’re left alone too often.
Right now, there are four sweet Siamese cat mixes at Cat Town; Adelaide, Nancy, Tyra and Damien (the latter two aren't yet up for adoption). Each comes equipped with their own unique personality. Reach out to our staff about adopting Adelaide or Nancy, or drop into Cat Town during open hours to help socialize Tyra and Damien. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
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