Kitten History: Siamese

The essence of this ancient breed is elegance coupled with intelligence.

By Stacy Hackett

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Siamese © Helmi FlickLong, slender, elegant these are just a few of the words used to describe your Siamese kitten. Add the words sleek, intelligent, inquisitive and loving, and you've captured the essence of this beautiful breed.


Thought to be one of the oldest of the cat breeds, the Siamese has lived in Thailand for thousands of years. Siamese cats first appeared in England in the late 1800s. Some of the cats were given to an ambassador who brought them home from Siam. The elegant felines garnered awards at English cat shows almost immediately, and it wasn't long before they made their way to the United States.

The most common of the Siamese, the seal point, quickly gained popularity with American cat lovers and was the first color to be recognized by the cat fancy. Blue points gained recognition in 1934, with chocolate points soon following. In 1955, the lilac point gained recognition and completed the Siamese breed.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/15/2013 11:48:26 PM

Such an interesting breed.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

8/20/2012 1:16:39 PM

Mamie -- This sounds like a genetic condition. Luxating patella results in a "bunny hop" type of walk. Your vet will be the best person to determine this. You can also make an appointment to spay the kittens' mother, who should be fixed to prevent future litters. Good luck

mamie    ft. gibson, OK

8/17/2012 1:34:42 PM

your article is good .Have a question a siamese cat show up at our house. 3 weeks later kittens,one is complete bobtailed.They are now 4 weeks old,the bobtailked has lots of trouble walking.is it becouse of balance from no tail?the legs are strong,hops like a rabbit.

Mariah    Lincoln, NE

5/17/2012 11:28:01 PM

There are actually three types of siameses; the traditional, a large cat with a round head and small ears,then there is the modern, a thin cat with an extremely wedged head and large dramatic ears, and lastly there is the classical, a large cat with a wide slightly wedged head and larger ears, but nothing compared to the modern. Information courteous of Diana Fineran

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