"We are Siamese if you please.
We are Siamese if you don't please.
" Those are some of the most memorable lyricsfrom the Disney classic “Lady and the Tramp.
” Those cats weren’t very nice.
In real life, these blue-eyed beauties arewell-known for their streamlined bodies, creamy beige coats and distinctive markings as wellas being quite lovable and sweet.
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Today, if you please, we examine ten factsabout the sleek feline companion, the Siamese.
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The Siamese is a very old breed of domesticcat, but we’re not exactly sure where it came from.
Modern Siamese cats are descended from felinesborn in Siam, known today as Thailand with roots going back to the 14th century, butthe cats’ true origins are cloaked in mystery.
In the Thai National Library in Bangkok, thereare manuscripts dating from the 1700s containing illustrations of cats that look very similarto modern Siamese cats.
When Siamese cats were first shown in Englandat London's Crystal Cat Palace in 1871, the world’s first major cat show, they weredescribed as 'an unnatural nightmare kind of cat' because of their strange coloring.
It was the first time ever that anyone inEngland had seen a Siamese cat.
The cats went on to the United States as a"gift" to President Rutherford B.
Hayes' wife Lucy in 1878, and quickly became a favoriteof Hayes’ daughter, Penny and was given free reign of the White House.
But, that wasn’t the last time Siamese catstook over the White House.
Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter alsohad Siamese cats leading the free world.
So, what’s up with those blue eyes? Those beautiful blue peepers didn’t justhappen by chance.
The gene that is responsible for the Siamesecoat pattern also restricts the amount of pigment found in the eye–thus resultingin the signature pale blue color that the breed is known for.
Unlike most blue-eyed cats that carry recessivetraits and are prone to hearing issues, the blue-eyed Siamese don’t tend to have anyissues with hearing.
But, their blue eyes can cause them some issueswith vision, especially at night.
Ever wondered why a Siamese cat has a whitecoat and dark-tipped paws, ears, and facial features? It stems from a temperature-sensitive enzyme,which causes the cat to develop color on the cooler parts of its body and stay pale onits warmer torso.
As a newborn kitten, all purebred Siameseare entirely white.
Around 4 weeks of age, their distinctive markingsbegin to develop due to a gene that starts production of the heat sensitive enzyme.
That’s one “cool” cat! 4.
The Siamese is by no means an independentcat and they do not do well in an environment where they will be left home alone, often.
Siamese cats are especially social creaturesand if they don’t receive the attention they want, they will seek it.
Due to their sociability, it is not advisableto leave them alone for too long and probably not the best breed for someone who works allday.
They love to be in the limelight and ableto sit in your lap for hours, enjoying the pampering.
They are ideal pets for people who want constantcompany.
This breed is known for its voice or moreaccurately how often they use it.
Siamese cats love to "talk," especially totheir owners.
They can spend all day and most of the nightvocalizing their opinions about their food, something they saw out the window or justletting you know that you are slacking on the attention giving.
The Siamese has had friends in high placesother than the White House.
Queen Victoria was quite fond of the breed,and Queen Elizabeth II was given a Siamese kitten as a wedding present upon her marriageto Prince Philip.
Elizabeth Taylor owned several Siamese cats,and she gave one named Marcus as a gift to James Dean.
Vivien Leigh was a big lover of the breedas well, owning many Siamese cats throughout her life.
The Siamese is very intelligent and highlytrainable.
Siamese cats can be trained to perform tricksand fetch on command and walk on a leash.
They enjoy a challenge, so puzzle toys, clickersand even agility courses made in the house are all great options to have on hand.
It doesn’t really matter to him what trickhe’s doing as long as he’s doing it with you.
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