Celebrating A Special Kitty: The Siamese Cats

April 6th is Siamese Cat Day, which honors some very unique kittens. These stunning felines, sometimes known as Meezers, are both really cute and really charming. While all of our feline companions are loving and full of purrsonality, many people find that Siamese cats are, well, a little extra, and only in the greatest way. A local Forest Hill, MD veterinarian discusses Siamese cats in this article.

Are Meezers Very Talkative?

Yes. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. Siamese cats are known to be very vocal. Fluffy’s tendency to talk about everything is one of her most distinguishing features. Siamese cats have distinct meows that often sound similar to human newborns’ screams.

However, keep in mind that our feline pals are all unique, and they all have their own purrsonalities. While many kitties are fairly outspoken, there are a few Meezers out there that don’t talk much.

What Do Siamese Cats Look Like?

Siamese cats all have light bodies and dark points. The CFA allows for four possible color palettes. There’s the original seal point, which has tan fur and dark brown or black points. The chocolate wardrobe is browner in body and points. A blue Siamese has bluish-gray points on a grey body, whereas the lilac has a white body. The International Cat Association also permits flame and cream, tabby points, and tortie points. They all have blue eyes, no matter what outfit they put on. (They’re also all adorable.) 

Are Meezers Popular Cats?

Yes.  Fluffy’s popularity may have peaked after World War II: for a while, they were the most registered cat breed. However, she’s currently the fifth most popular breed in the U.S. Not too shabby! Of course,  Meezers did not always do well in the West. After Fluffy made her debut at the first cat show, a journalist called her  “unnatural nightmare.” Yikes! Disney didn’t help the breed by making them the feline antagonists in the animated classic Lady and the Tramp. Even so, these charming cats are still among the most popular breeds in the United States: the Meezer is currently in the number 5 spot on the CFA list. Not too shabby! 

What Are Siamese Cats Like?

Siamese cats are noted for their high intelligence and devotion. They often build exceptionally intimate ties with their people. They’re also very talkative, have a distinct, loud meow, and are fairly outgoing. These lovely kitties are full of mischief, lovable, and frequently hilarious. 

Another fascinating aspect of these guys? They are capable of learning tricks. Many of them enjoy playing ‘fetch’ with their people. Fluffy may even love accompanying you on a stroll: Meezers are known for enjoying going for walks on leashes.

Do Siamese Cats Live Long?

Fluffy has a slightly longer average lifespan than most cats. Most kitties live between 12 and 19 years. Siamese cats can live for up to 20 years. One particularly elderly feline made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest cat. Scooter, that kitty, reached the age of 30. 

What Is The History Of The Siamese Cat Breed?

Fluffy originated in Thailand, which was previously known as Siam. These adorable kittens have been around for thousands of years. In ancient times, they were the beloved pets of royalty. The cats were revered and were given as gifts to foreign diplomats and officials. That is clear from their name. They are known in Thai as wichien-maat, which translates to “moon diamond.” In fact, they appear in records dating back to the 14th century! They were also mentioned in Tamra Maew (The Cat Book Poems), which was published sometime between the 14th and 18th centuries.

Fluffy first arrived in the United States in 1878, followed by the United Kingdom in 1884. She formed her first fan group in 1902 and was officially admitted to the CFA in 1906.

What Are Some Of The Siamese Cat Legends?

Buddhist monks may have kept Siamese cats, believing that they kept evil spirits at bay. The ancient Siamese thought that when a member of the royal family died, their souls were reborn as Siamese cats. This, of course, meant that the cats were completely pampered, with monks looking after them hand and foot. (It’s probably safe to say that they have never forgotten this.)

Another old ‘tale’ about these adorable kittens concerns their eyes. As you may have noticed, many Siamese cats’ eyes are crossed. According to stories, this happened when a Siamese king assigned Fluffy the responsibility of guarding his treasured vase. The kitty obediently coiled her tail around the vase and stared at it. She was so focused on her responsibilities that her eyes crossed and her tail kinked!

What Is A Fun Fact About The Meezer?

Fluffy once caught two spies! Two of the cats stayed at the Dutch Embassy in Moscow at the Cold War’s peak in the 1960s. The kitties kept meowing and scratching at a certain location on the walls, alerting their owners to something unusual. Officials conducted a closer inspection and discovered two dozen hidden microphones in the wall.

Is It Hard To Care For Siamese Cats?

Like any other kitty, Fluffy will require nutritious food, a clean litterbox, proper medical care, and, of course, plenty of affection. Actually, Fluffy may need a little more attention than other cats. While some of our feline companions are aloof and independent, Siamese cats are incredibly social. They’ve even earned the moniker ‘Velcro kitties.’ Siamese cats can also be rather sensitive. (Never yell at or scare Fluffy; she will remember it!) They can also get very sad and lonely if left alone for too long! If you’re thinking about adopting one of these adorable kittens, and your pet will be home alone a lot, you might want to think about getting two.

It is also worth noting that Fluffy is a bit of an escape artist! Many Siamese cats prefer going for walks on leashes, so if you enjoy being outside, you should look into this. Make sure to consult your vet for training tips.

How Can You Keep Meezer Kitties Happy?

Let’s start with the basics of cat care. Fluffy will require a balanced diet, a clean litterbox, and adequate veterinary care to remain healthy. Of course, it will take a little more to properly satisfy your feline king.

Meezers are recognized for their playful and cuddly personalities. They frequently accompany their people from room to room, chatting about anything and everything, from the moth at the window to the dust bunny under the sofa.

These guys prioritize entertainment and excitement. You will need to supply plenty of fun toys and make time to play with your feline friend daily. Fluffy will also like a cat tower, if you please. Many Siamese cats love high spots.

As mentioned above, these guys are very cuddly. You’ll need to pay a lot of attention to Fluffy! Ask your Forest Hill, MD vet for specific care tips.

Make An Appointment At Your Forest Hill, MD Pet Clinic

Do you have any questions about looking after a Siamese cat? Has it been a long time since your Meezer saw the vet? Please do not hesitate to call us if your cat needs any type of veterinarian care. As your Forest Hill, MD pet hospital, we are here for you!

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