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Siamese - Cats of the World

Updated on January 21, 2015
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

Suave, sophisticated Siamese cat
Suave, sophisticated Siamese cat

The Suave Sophisticated Siamese Cat

You have to admit a Siamese Cat has class

It's all in that aristocratic elongation, the long, finely chiseled head, the absolutely straight profile, well aligned chin, long legs and sculpted body lines. And those blue almond eyes! Enough to send shivers down your neck all the way to your back paws.

As well as the beauty and the brains, Siamese cats are really popular because of their personality.

The Siamese cat is one of the most extroverted and social cats in the world.

A Royal Siamese History

Siamese cats appeared originally in Thailand, (formerly Siam), where they were held in great esteem.

The cats were Royal in every sense of the word, no one but the high-ranking members of the Thai Royal family were allowed to have them.

The real reason they were royal

When a member of the Royal family died, one of the Royal cats (it was said) mystically received that person's soul. From that moment on, the chosen cat was treated with even greater respect.

The cat was carried from the royal household and escorted to one of the temples. For the rest of its days, the cat ate the finest foods from gold plate and reclined on cushions made of the finest fabrics, enjoying a ceremonial life of great luxury, with monks and priests as servants.

A Siamese, the Ideal Companion

Siamese Cats and People

Perfect with People!

Siamese cats thrive on human interaction, they're intelligent, people-oriented cats and just plain enjoy human companionship. They're known to demand a conversation with their person at any old time.

Siamese Cats are perfect companions for people who are around the home a good deal. Not for the jet-setting socialite who rarely looks in the house.

You know the Siamese as mysterious, graceful and visually stunning, but a Siamese cat is more than a pretty face. He's warm, affectionate and demanding.

My mother was a Siamese.

You can see where I get my temperament from.

Why do some Siamese have Crossed Eyes? - And a kinky tail?

Not all Siamese have crossed eyes
Not all Siamese have crossed eyes

A basket of Siamese - Creamy kittens

A Clutter of Cats
A Clutter of Cats

The Siamese Folk Story

There's a strange story going around which supposedly explains why Siamese cats have crossed eyes and a strange kink in the tail. I haven't the faintest idea who started it.

Apparently two cats, Tien and Chula, were guarding Buddha's golden goblet in a temple. Now this is the first time that I've heard of Buddha having any treasure at all but who am I to question a folk story?

Tien sauntered off in boredom but Chula stayed, staring fixedly at the goblet (which involved crossing her eyes) and wrapping her long tail around the stem.

Tme passed, Chula gave birth to kittens and guess what? They all had a kinked tail and crossed eyes.

Just occasionally, even today, kittens are born with these features - thus are legends kept alive. I don't believe a word of it myself but it's a good story to tell to a Siamese kitten.

Siamese Cats were called “Moon diamond” in Siam.

Strange Siamese fact

I'm told that some people train their Siamese cats to do things such as retrieving objects, somewhat like dogs do. I can well believe this as Siamese are highly intelligent.

I'm also told that the cats even enjoy it. I'm not sure if they do.

Siamese Cats and You

What do you think about Siamese Cats?

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      Carol Fisher 

      3 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Thanks for all the information about Siamese cats. I learnt a lot about them. When I was a teenager, we had a Siamese cat. He was the most independent creature you could ever meet and anti-social, well according to some neighbours. That was probably because he went through their open back door and stole a large steak put out ready to cook. He was clever and daring and obviously believed that leaving meat lying around was an invitation to take it.

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      Yvonne L B 

      3 years ago from Covington, LA

      My sister had a Siamese named Ming Tang who had a severely kinked tail. He wasn't the most friendly of fellows, but he had beautiful blue eyes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      3 years ago from Canada

      I know Siamese cats are related to the east but for some reason their regal attitude always makes me think of Egypt. Really enjoyed the cross eye kitty tale. I always learn something new when I visit your well researched articles.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      3 years ago from West Virginia

      We used to have a part Himalayan cat that retrieved things. It was quite fun.

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      Virginia Allain 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      There's a vintage author that I enjoy, Elsie Lee. She often put a cat either a siamese or a black cat in as a major character.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We had Siamese years ago. She really thought she was something and she was. I enjoyed reading about some of the old legends.

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      Meganhere 

      5 years ago

      My Siamese never lets us forget he has royal blood!

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      Ilona E 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      My mother used to raise Siamese.

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      KokoTravel 

      7 years ago

      I loved my Siamese mix cat that I had for 17 years. She was so personable and my dear friend.

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      reasonablerobby 

      7 years ago

      I think Siamese cats are the cleverest cats in the world! If cats had universities my Siamese oriental cat Harvey Wallbanger would be a professor!

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      Lou165 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Vladi, how very interesting it is to hear of your ancestral legends.....I had never heard of the kinked tail and crossed eye tale - highly entertaining!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Ah dear Vladi - a visit to one of your lenses always lifts my mood. A diamond in the rough, without a doubt!

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      annetteghallowe1 

      9 years ago

      Dear Vladi. My name is Bark and I am a Siamese Cat. Don't even start on my name, I had nothing to do with it. I just wanted to thank you for highlighting my culture. I also wanted to tell you that there are "apple head" Siamese. In fact I have been told the apple head Siamese is a true blood.....which I am!

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