I have on more than one occassion have told someone that I have a Siamese cat and their reaction is something along the lines of “oh, Aren’t they mean?”
I really wonder where this comes from since we have had 2 Siamese, one female and one male, and neither have been mean.
So here are 5 suprising facts about the Siamese breed.
They are extremely vocal.
Both our Siamese were very loud and very vocal. It was a source of frustration sometimes when they won’t stop!! My husband and I often will joke that “You will get their opinion whether you wanted it or not”. I have also on more than one occasion been on the phone with someone that doesn’t know I don’t have children and the cat is yelling in the background. The person on the other end says something to the effect of “Oh, is that your baby!?”
“No, that’s my cat”
Siamese kittens are born with completely white fur.
We got Snickerdoodle when she was 6 months old, and at the time her points had developed and her mask was partial, but her body was pretty much still all white. In time her mask came in the rest of the way and her body became a beautiful coffee color.
Siamese point markings come in four colors; seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac. The gene which determines their coloring is heat sensitive, so the colors only develop on the cooler areas of their bodies. The heat sensitive gene also limits the amount of pigment in their eyes, and that’s why they have their very distinctive blue eye color.
Siamese cats own their people. Their people do not own them.
Oh my goodness yes! Hence the saying ‘Dogs have owners, cats have staff’ Both our Siamese have claimed my husband I have no idea why. It wasn’t until we got Snickers (our tabby) that I finally had a cat claim me.
A Siamese will decide for itself who it will own. They can be very picky about who they choose and it’s not always the person who adopted them in the first place. They can remain affectionate with all family members (Momo and I had our mommie/son time), but will select a person who will be their closest companion. Once they choose a companion they are very loyal.
Siamese are easily trained because they are highly intelligent.
It’s very common for Siamese to be trained. They can learn tricks, fetch and retrieve items (Snickerdoodle loved milk rings). We also started her on harness and lead training as soon as we got her so she would willingly walk on a leash. Some have gone so far as to describe the Siamese as like a dog, but “without all of the work”.
Snickerdoodle was as smart as they come. She figured out how to manipulate her parents and you could always tell when the little wheels in her head were turning trying to figure out which action would get herself in to the most trouble (usually when she was bored).
We got Momo when he was a little older so he didn’t have the advantage of training at a very young age, and he’s also more drama than intellegence. That being said he also has figured out how to manipulate his parents and has sufficiently taught it to his brother to do the same. (No we didn’t have both Siamese at the same time)
There you have it, 5 interesting facts about Siamese. Which suprised you the most? Was there anything you hadn’t heard before? Comment below!
CREDIT: I borrowed much of the information from: https://kittentoob.com/20-things-didnt-know-siamese-cats/