The Siamese with the distinctive point coloration, was once believed residing only in the Royal Palace of Siam – hence – the earlier name of Royal Palace Cat. It is said that they were the offspring of a union with an albino domestic cat belonging to the King and a black temple cat, or some say, an Egyptian cat. The resulting ‘Siamese’ were then appointed as guardians of the Temple and closely confine to keep the breed pure. It is said that transmigrating souls of Siamese Royalty occupied the body of Siamese cats.
Most early Siamese displayed one, two, or three kinks in their tails. It was said that His Majestic King of Siam prizes most highly the unusual kinked tail of the Siamese cat. The myth of its origin is that a Royal Siamese princess of long ago, whilst bathing, placed her rings for safekeeping, on the tail of her favorite cat who obligingly ‘kinked’ it for that purpose! The ‘kinked’ feature has been bred out through careful selection and matching.
The earlier traditional Siamese often carried another distinct inherent feature – the squint – is said to have originated when the priests of ancient Siam set the temple cats to guard a valuable vase. The cats carried out their duty for so long and with such dedication that their eyes became permanently crossed! The squint feature has pretty much been bred out for modern Siamese too.
The Siamese cat comes in two distinct variations: traditional, with an apple-shaped head and a rounder body; or the modern Siamese – the more stereotypical and iconic representation of the breed – while retaining the point color pattern of traditional Siamese, the modern Siamese have been carefully bred to have an elongated, slender, and muscular body, a large triangular head set on slender neck, wide -set blue almond-shaped eyes and large ears.
Modern Siamese are social, affectionate, intelligent, and devoted cats. Often described as more dog-like, they enjoy a game of fetch and often form a strong bond to a single person in a household. Siamese is very unlikely to dish out a nasty ‘cat-scratch’ while in play due to their intelligence and friendly nature. Some Siamese are extremely vocal and persistent in attention seeking. Their cries are sometimes mistaken to be the cries of a human baby.
They are often described as ‘extroverts’. Siamese cats, due to their social-loving nature, may suffer from depression if unattended for long periods of time, and it is advisable to keep Siamese cats in pairs so that they can keep each other company.