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Siamese cat

The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat. Derived from the Wichianmat landrace, one of several varieties of cat native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam), the Siamese became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century. The carefully refined modern Siamese is characterized by blue almond-shaped eyes; a triangular head shape; large ears; an elongated, slender, and muscular body; and point colouration. (Aside from the colouration, it bears little resemblance to the original stock, and the more moderate, traditional or "old-style" Siamese, with a much rounder head and body, has been re-established by multiple registries as the Thai cat.) The International Cat Association describes the modern Siamese as social, intelligent, and playful into adulthood, often enjoying a game of fetch. Siamese tend to seek human interaction and also like companionship from other cats.

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This is my Siamese Chocolate-Point Lynx kitten Bella. She is very energetic and loving, and one of the cutest cats I've ever met. :)

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Siamese-Tabby mix named Meesha

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A little about Siamese cats (my favorite type of cat ) :)

Facts about Siamese cats: breed behavior and health When females are in heat they will yell loudly and incessantly and their voices have been compared to an opera singer singing scales. They can sometimes be heard right down the street! It is quite possible to train a Siamese cat – due to their intelligent nature they even enjoy it. They can be trained to fetch and retrieve, walk on a harness, and even do tricks. These cats are prone to acne around their chins. This is because as they're eating, oily food flakes enter the skin pores just under the mouth. The pores get clogged, looking like blackheads, and if not kept clean can lead to the cat developing a bald patch. They are also prone to gum disease and tartar build-up on their teeth. Ask your veterinarian how to clean your cat's teeth. Dry food can also help. It's not really possible to own a Siamese cat, they're much too independent for that. Consider yourself lucky if one of them owns you! Facts about Siamese cats: physiology It's been said that Siamese cats are hypoallergenic but this isn't really true. They may however cause fewer allergy problems than other cats because of their short, fine fur. Always test this before adopting or buying a cat. Pregnancy: on average a 'queen' will be pregnant for 65 days, and some have had their kittens as late as 71 days. This is unusual, however - check with a vet at 68 days if the kittens haven't shown by then. Many Siamese (and other Oriental) cats are unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. Milk should not be given to them as it can go straight through them and cause bad diarrhea – experiment with caution! A seal point is genetically a black cat. The point pattern comes about from a mutation of the gene that gives cats their color. This mutated gene, which is color sensitive, restricts the amount of pigment showing in the coat except at the coldest areas of the body – the 'points'. A Siamese cat's eyes are blue because the gene responsible for the coat pattern also restricts the amount of pigment (which is responsible for green or brown eyes) in the eyes.

Contributed by Desire Nicole

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