If you think distinguishing between the different types of Siamese cats is quite a tough job, you are probably right.
Many cat owners, breeders, and animal lovers struggle to identify a Siamese cat properly.
To simplify the identification process and make your life easier, below we’ll go over everything you need to know about the origin of the Siamese and their distinct type, along with healthcare considerations for each.
Keep reading to learn more…!
History Of Siamese Cats
The Siamese is a famous cat breed that originated in Thailand. In ancient times Thailand was known as Siam. So, the literal English translation of Siamese cat is Thai cat.
In ancient Thailand, only the members of the royal family were allowed to own a Siamese cat. The legend has it, that when a royal died their Siamese would receive their soul.
Therefore, these cats lived a life of luxury and comfort in the shadow of Thai royals and monks.
However, cat lovers couldn’t resist the charm of these pretty felines. As a result, these cats are now adopted by people worldwide. This cat was first reported in the US, as the pet of Lucy Hayes the first lady from 1877 to 1881.
Today this cat is a symbol of luxury and classiness. Due to its friendly nature, charming Siamese cat personality, crystal blue eyes, and short-haired luscious cream fur, this is one of the most expensive and gorgeous cat breeds in the market.
Different types of Siamese Cats
Truly, there are only two types of Siamese cats; Traditional Siamese and The Modern Siamese. We see several more kinds, but each one is a further classification of the two officially recognized types.
#1 Old-style Siamese/ Traditional Siamese
The Traditional version of these cats especially the pure native Siamese from Thailand has a rounded head and round blue eyes.
Their body shape is similar to that of a common Asian domestic cat.
However, their dark almost black ears, faces, and tail signify their Siamese heritage.
These cats have short-haired cream coats, large triangular ears, and kinked tails.
#2 Classic Siamese
Very similar to the traditional Siamese cat, a classic Siamese has a slightly longer yet muscular body.
They have a circular head and their pointy ears and tail are a striking shade of brown or black.
These blue-eyed felines are amongst the most popular exotic cat breeds in the US.
#3 Apple head Siamese
Yes! These kitties literally have a head shaped like an apple.
These Siamese are on the healthier side and have ears a little smaller compared to their heads and body.
Their fur is white or light cream-colored. With brownish paws and dark-brown ears and tail.
These cats have the famous cross-eye of the Siamese. While their tail is a bit shorter than a Classic Siamese cat, this athletic ball of fur is a great pet!
#4 Modern/ Wedge Siamese Cats
The modern Siamese is a result of selective and clever breeding. The wedge Siamese was created to enhance certain features of a traditional Siamese cat.
This modern improvisation has a triangular face and almond-shaped eyes. Their body is a bit lean and elongated, and their ears are significantly longer than a traditional version of this kitty.
The head-shape of this feline gives it its alternative name; The Wedge Siamese cat!
These cats are pretty expressive. If you plan on getting one, remember he may meow all day and follow you everywhere.
They are quite active and love to keep their human’s company. Modern Siamese is more prominently known for their intelligence and talkative nature.
#5 Dark-colored Siamese
All too different from a Black Siberian Cat. When we distinguish Siamese cats based on their colors, what we usually refer to is the color of their fur.
Dark-colored Siamese cats have a darker undertone to their furs. There are three types of Dark-Coloured Siamese cats.
Blue Point Siamese
Bluepoint Siamese cats have dark grey fur with a tint of blue. These Siamese kittens have deep aquamarine almond-shaped eyes, that complement their fur and sleek bodies.
Blue Point Siamese like other dark-colored Siamese types has an outgoing personality. They relish in the spotlight and are friendly with other pets.
Seal Point Siamese
These felines have their face shaped like a seal, or so it appears. A few shades are darker than the chocolate Siamese, a seal point Siamese cat have coat color variations from dark brown to pitch black.
These cats have the same shade of dark fur on their paws face ears, tail, and sometimes on their back. However, unlike its other sister Siamese cats, a seal point is a bit lazy and will treat their human-like personal assistant!
Read more about Siamese cat color variations.
Siamese cats with a unique coloration of orange and slightly crimson fur are called red point Siamese. These unusual creatures are rare and hard to find in the Siamese bloodline.
Their body structure is similar to Modern Siamese. However, their red-shaded fur is distinctive.
Read more about the Flame Point Siamese Cats.
#6 Light-colored Siamese
Did you know it took almost two decades of selectively breeding traditional Siamese cats to get the Light-coloured Siamese? Yes!
They were created between the 1960s and 1980s. They’re different types of modern Siamese cats as their features, especially coat and face colors vary from the Thai cat.
Chocolate Point Siamese
Siamese felines with a very light shade of brown are called Chocolate point Siamese. These cats have fur resembling the color of milk chocolate.
Physically they look like just any Wedge Siamese but their brownish fur sets them apart. They have dark nose leather and the fur on their legs and tail usually have a slightly darker shade of brown.
Lilac Point Siamese
These cute kitties have greyish/blue fur and a mild mix of lilac or sometimes pink color in their coats. This justifies their names.
Their cobalt blue eyes paired with a grey face, ears and tail make this cat looks adorable. These cats tend to have silky and soft short fur which they personally love to clean and groom.
Cream Point Siamese
Siamese with cream or orangish fur is widely known as Cream point Siamese cats. However, cream fur is more common than orange in Siamese.
The kittens born are stark white but start to show coloring after three to four months. These Siamese have shiny fur which makes them look pretty. The nose color is a bit lighter too.
All the Siamese cats so far were short-haired. A Balinese cat has Siamese features of cream fur, pointed triangular ears, and dark brown or almost black face, ears, feet, and tail.
However, this domesticated breed of felines has longer fur.
The long fur may seem like a gift of selective breeding with another long-haired breed. In turn, it’s a genetic mutation seen in pure breed Siamese over the years, which gave rise to longer coats.
Take a look at this video to know more about them:
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Siamese Health Care
Pet parents of exotic breeds of cats like the Siamese have a huge responsibility of caring for their pet felines.
Siamese cats are known to be diagnosed with asthma and bronchial disease, heart defects, and Amyloidosis.
Usually, some of these diseases occur when unwanted proteins are deposited in different organs, especially the liver.
The chances of your Siamese cat getting any of these diseases is fair, so it’s necessary to keep an eye on symptoms.
Cats being the notorious creatures they are can hide symptoms well. However, if your cat is ill, it’s best to visit a Vet soon.
A few of the common symptoms of these diseases are fatigue and breathlessness. Siamese is infamous for being overly hyper and excited.
So, if your usually enthusiastic cat is lethargic, know that something is wrong and book an appointment at your Vet right away!
If your cat is diagnosed with even any one of these health issues, keep a track of its diet and daily exercising. A correct diet, adequate exercise, and a happy environment are the best medicine for our pet Siamese cats.
Normally, a healthy Siamese lives up to 20 years but the average lifespan of these kitties is 11-15 years.
Newborn Siamese is white. It’s funny that kittens of this charismatic breed look like any other newborn kitten.
Their coats began to show their coloring after 3-4 months. With age, this breed of cat grows darker and darker coats.
FAQs About Siamese Cats
Which is the rarest Siamese Cat?
The rarest Siamese cat is the Foreign White Balinese, a pure white kitten. The secret likes in their genes. To birth, a pure Foreign White Balinese, two copies of the long-haired gene that can only come from a true Balinese are needed. It is said that without a true Balinese or Siamese linage the Foreign White Balinese cannot be born. Moreover, the lineage is not pure enough any white offspring can be a White Oriental.
Why Do Siamese Cats Bite?
There are several reasons for cats to bite. However, a Siamese is an extremely territorial and independent kitty. It prefers to be admired from a distance. If your Siamese is constantly aggressive, chances are it’s just protecting its territory. Which includes its personal space, its humans, and its things. If it views the other person or pet as a threat, it might get defensive and bite.
Do Siamese Cats Cry a lot?
Siamese cats do not cry but meow a lot. These are extremely vocal animals. These cats make different meowing sounds to express themselves. They love human attention, if your pet Siamese is making a lot of noise, it may require a little assistance.
Are Siamese good indoor cats?
Yes! Siamese cats make great house pets. They prefer being indoor and are famously known as one of the most domesticated cat breeds. They are friendly, affectionate, and fond of their humans. If you are mostly home, a Siamese is a highly recommended pet for you.
Is it better to have one or two Siamese cats?
It’s best to adopt a pair of Siamese cats as these kitties cannot handle being lonely. But if you prefer having another pet, a cat, a dog, or any other pet animal. Siamese can be friendly and accommodating. They crave playtime and fun, so it does not bother these kitties with whom they play as long as they have company.
Why are some Siamese cats cross-eyed?
In some Siamese breeds of cats, it’s genetic to have cross-eyes. However, the legend claims that these cats were formerly only possessed by the Thai royals, who also happen to have a precious golden goblet. These cats were meant to protect the goblet. To do so, they curled themselves around the golden object and focused intently on it. Which resulted in a cross-eye and crooked tail.
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