Temperament of Siamese Cats
The Siamese is an extremely intelligent breed of cat. They are the most talkative of cat breeds and enjoy giving their human companions a running commentary. Their voice is unique and can be rather deep & loud.
Siamese are often described as 'dog like' in that they often enjoy playing fetch and follow you around like a dog. They are also extremely incredibly affectionate and bond closely to their humans. They love to be the centre of attention and are typically active and playful, even as adults.
Appearance of the Siamese Cat
The Siamese coat pattern is striking. The face, paws, ears and tail (points) have a darker colouring, the body is light in colour. The coat should be short, fine and feel like satin to the touch. All Siamese kittens are born pure white with their points slowly developing over their first few weeks on the colder parts of their body. The first part to colour up is the very tips of their ears and their nose leather. Siamese eyes are a stunning blue and almond shaped.
Many Siamese cats from Thailand had a kink in their tails but over the years this trait has been considered to be a flaw and breeders have eradicated it, although it persists among street cats in Thailand. Many early Siamese were also cross-eyed but like the kinked tails, the crossed eyes have been seen as a fault and through selective breeding, the trait has also been eliminated
The myths and fables
One fable tells of a Buddhist monk who lived in one of the sacred temples where a golden goblet, once used by the Great Buddha, was kept. The monk took to imbibing of the sacred spirits and sometimes would disappear for many days, leaving just his pair of Siamese cats to guard the temple and the goblet. Once he was gone for such a long time that the two Siamese finally decided that their old friend would not return and that another monk must be found for the temple. The male Siamese started out on a long journey in search of a new master. He was gone a very long time, but the female cat, left alone to guard the sacred goblet, never left her watch. She stared and squinted at the goblet for so many days and nights that her eyes became crossed and remained so the rest of her life. She became so tired from her long vigil that at last she fell into a deep sleep from sheer exhaustion. However, before she fell asleep, she wound her tail around the goblet, knowing that if anything touched her sensitive tail it would awaken her. Finally, the father Siamese returned with a new monk for the temple. He found the mother cat lying beside the goblet with their family of kittens, all of which had kinked tails and crossed eyes!
Other legends say that Siamese cats guarded the Buddhist temples & were considered sacred. When a high ranking person died, a Siamese was chosen to receive the dead person's soul. The cat was removed from the royal household and sent to one of the temples to spend the rest of it's days living a ceremonial life of great luxury, with monks & priests as it's servants.