Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Siamese Cat

The Siamese is one of the first distinctly recognised breeds of Oriental cat. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is believed to be from Southeast Asia, and is said to be descended from the sacred temple cats of Siam (now Thailand). In Thailand, where they are one of several native breeds, they are called Wichien-maat (วิเชียรมาศ, a name meaning "Moon diamond"). In the twentieth century the Siamese cats became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America.

They are typically long-lived, 15 to 20 years is average, and over 20 is not uncommon. Originally the vast majority of Siamese had seal (extremely dark brown, almost black) points, but occasionally Siamese were born with blue (a cool grey) points, genetically a dilution of seal point; chocolate (lighter brown) points, a genetic variation of seal point; or lilac (pale warm gray) points, genetically a diluted chocolate. These colours were at first considered "inferior" seal points, and were not qualified for showing or breeding.
Siamese have almond-shaped, bright blue eyes and short, flat-lying coats. 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 largely eradicated it, although it persists among street cats in Thailand. Many early Siamese were cross-eyed to compensate for the abnormal uncrossed wiring of the optic chiasm, which is produced by the same albino allele that produces coloured points. Like the kinked tails, the crossed eyes have been seen as a fault and through selective breeding, the trait is far less common today.
The Siamese cat is probably one of the most well known and best loved of the feline species throughout the world. Siamese are extremely vocal cats and can be mischievous at times. They love nothing more than being with their human family and will constantly crave attention whilst being extremely vocal cats. Anyone looking for a peaceful, quiet home, should not really consider being owned by a Siamese. They are very intelligent cats and their antics will amuse all who share a home with them. Their elegant, lithe body can grace any show bench and attract admirers from all around. However, despite their appearance, they are very athletic cats with strong muscles. Their hind legs should be higher than their front legs and the paws are oval shaped. The Siamese head should be long and well proportioned with width between the ears. The eyes are slanting and are a deep, vivid blue. The overall look of the Siamese should be a well balanced appearance.
As you know Siameses have short hair and i thinks a comb is best for us as opposed to a brush. use also a grooming mitt as well. We don't really need a lot of grooming, just a few minutes each day. For some strange reason though, we also strokes its fur with a silk scarf. Stroke it to make its coat shiny and soft. It's a good idea for you too groom siamese every day though, because it can make sure siamese have no lumps or fleas.
When you are grooming siamese this should also include making sure siamese ears and eyes are clean. Sometimes siamese ears get waxy, and they need to have wiped out. You can uses some Eye and Ear wipes and they are really good, but you can also use a damp cotton wool ball as well. You really should do their eyes and ears once a week. . You need to make sure that you get them used to grooming from the time we are kittens, it's much easier for you and then they stay still. You shuld tends to wait until they are settling on her lap each day because and you have to know then that they are not in an active mood and will sit still and enjoy the grooming session.
You should also check their claws to make sure they aren't too long. their claws get cut by you once a week because they are indoors all the time so their claws don't wear down like they do on you outdoor cats. It's really easy to cut their claws, but please don't cut them unless you know what you are doing because if you cut them too short (to the quick) it will bleed and hurt them a lot.




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