of the oldest and traditional of cat breeds, the Siamese remains
the center of tales & legends dating back to ancient Siam
where it was favored companionship for temple priests and royalty.
to the West in the late 19th century, the Siamese later made it
all the way to the White House - when First Lady Lucy Hayes, wife
of President Rutherford B. Hayes, became the first Siamese cat
owner in America.
to their bright blue almond-shaped eyes, distinctive color points,
elegant bearing and "talkative" personality, Siamese
cats remain among some of the world's most popular cat breeds.
with humans for centuries, the Siamese cat is well-versed in stealing
the hearts of their owners.
low-pitched call is a form of communication called "meezer"
- sounding all the world like a crying baby - which often guarantees our absolute devotion to them!
Siamese may seem aloof and stand-offish to strangers, Siamese
cat owners know well how playful and affectionate they can be. Their need for companionship is also evident in a notable aversion to being left alone for any length
requires no special care other than an occasional brushing along
with plenty of opportunity for companionship, play, and exercise.
defects include crossed eyes, kinked tail, and more serious but
less common conditions like nystagmus
(jerking or rotational eye movements) and congenital
about Siamese cats around the Web:
Siamese Breed FAQ - FInd information on the breed's
history, characteristics and behavior, recognized breeds, tips on care
and training, plus related references and links to breeders.
Fanciers' Siamese Breed Profile - Get expert facts and information
on the breed's origins, Siamese behavior and personality plus
related photos, resources and suggested reading.
and Legends of the Siamese Cat - Check out a wonderfully illustrated
account of the breed throughout the centuries including its early
origins, tales and folklore, as well as Siamese cats' place in the modern era
and in pop culture, with related photos.
Siamese (cat) - Find a great overview from Wikipedia with details on its history and breeding, temperament, care and feeding, famous owners, and lots of eye-catching photos, with related resources.