World’s Oldest Cat. A Siamese cat named Scooter holds the record as the
world's oldest male cat, dying at the age of 30.
The Siamese is a real energizer in cat form. Kind, affectionate and tireless. A devoted friend and an extremely talkative neighbor.
The Siamese is just as famous for their voice as their looks. They will “talk” to you all day and night, expressing their opinion on everything and demanding attention.
Siamese cats have a unique sounding meow.; they certainly don’t sound like most other cats, other than some breeds developed with Siamese input.
Their voices tend to be quite loud and the sound they make is very hard to describe, but once heard, never forgotten! Some people liken it to the sound of a baby crying, and it is quite piercing.
As well as having a distinctive voice that not everyone finds appealing, Siamese cats are also as a rule a very vocal breed too. They will be quick to meow for more or less any reason, and sometimes they simply talk to their owners, with a distinctive and often large vocabulary! Some people find this endearing, whilst others will soon find it grating.
While it's not the case for all cats of the breed, Siamese cats can be somewhat highly strung, and will suffer from stress and anxiety if something upsets their status quo or is not to their liking.
This can manifest as behavioral problems or obsessive behaviors, clinginess, or a range of other issues.
What is the difference between Siamese cats and Oriental cats?
For some reason, many people believe that Siamese cats have a different look and character than Orientals.
Siamese and Oriental kittens are very often born in the same litter.
Siamese and Oriental cats differ only in coat color and eye color, everything else is exactly the same: the same voices, the same long noses, the same big ears and long tails, the same thin short and adjacent coat.
Moreover, it must be remembered that oriental cats are descended from Siamese. There were lovers of thin and elegant Siamese who wanted to see the same cats with a completely painted body and green eyes.
The standards of all the felinological systems of the world describe the cats that are absolutely identical in structure in the Siamese and Oriental breeds, and the difference lies only in the color of these cats.
Since the Siamese color is recessive, two Siamese parents can have only Siamese kittens, but the Oriental and Siamese cat, and sometimes even two oriental cats can give birth to Siamese and Oriental kittens (but for this, the Oriental cats must be carriers of the Siamese color gene).
Siamese cats are incredibly affectionate, just like their Oriental brothers. These breeds differ only in color and eye color (Oriental cats have green eyes, Siamese cats have blue eyes).
One can often find the opinion that Siamese cats are dogs in a cat form. They are easy to train and seem to learn new tricks with pleasure. They can give a paw, bring small objects in their teeth to their owner - in a word, carry out all the basic commands that dogs are usually taught.
It is difficult to find a cat more devoted to its owner. A Siamese will follow him everywhere, staying at a short distance and not allow themselves to get into, for example, their owner’s plate when he eats.
But at the same time, the Siamese can release its claws or raise it's voice, showing the owner that the opinion of the cat should be taken into account.
For this reason, it is believed that Siamese cats have a difficult character. In the event of a conflict, they will attack the enemy without delay, using their claws and teeth. In addition, they are very jealous, do not get along well with other animals.
The Siamese need to communicate. Therefore, if the owner is forced to leave the cat for the whole day alone, in the evening she will be very persistent in demanding attention. These are talkative cats with a distinctive voice. You must be prepared for that and know that they certainly will not be silent.
They have a very high opinion of themselves and do not tolerate neglect. For this reason, they are not recommended to be kept in families with small children. A Siamese cat is unlikely to play with them, and even more so, it will not allow itself to be dragged, squeezed or grabbed by the tail. She will quickly show who is the boss in the house.
They thrive on attention and affection and are often found beside their humans. Siamese like to be “helpful” and follow family members around throughout the day. They love warm places and can be typically found sitting on their humans laps during the day and snuggling under the covers with family members at night.
Siamese are very social and do not like to be left alone for long periods. As a result, many families have a second Siamese or another pet to keep them company during the day. This breed is best for those who enjoy having someone to talk and interact with throughout the day.
Siamese cats are a highly intelligent, agile, and athletic breed that require stimulation or a lot of toys to keep them occupied. They are loyal and loving and will pout and pine if given little or no attention and therefore are best suited for families who enjoy spending time and interacting with them on a regular basis.
They are great jumpers and love heights, so perches and cat trees should be provided. When left alone, Siamese cats have been known to entertain themselves for hours by turning on faucets, opening cabinets, seeking out new hideaways and watching television. They have been known to walk on a leash and play fetch as well as any Retriever. Keep your Siamese entertained and out of trouble by providing puzzle toys that require them to think and move to release treats or use a clicker to teach them tricks, such as tossing a small ball to fetch or running an agility course.
Siamese cats have a thin coat of fur, so you can only take care of the hair periodically by combing it with a rubber brush to rid the pet of shedding fur. If an Oriental breed with long hair has settled in your family, then you will have to comb your pet at least three times a week. During molting, comb your pet more often.
The first mention of cats “white with black ears, paws and tail” was found in manuscripts from Ayutthaya, the capital of ancient Siam (Thailand), from the 14th to 16th centuries. Where these cats came from in Ancient Siam or who their ancestors were, is not known for certain. The inhabitants of Siam themselves claimed that the first Siamese cat was born from a love affair between a monkey and a tiger.
The early history of the Siamese breed is known to us only according to legends. Siamese cats lived in temples, served by monks and participated in religious ceremonies.
In Europe, Siamese appeared around 1870-1871. They had, according to modern concepts, a round head and a rather compact body (now such cats are isolated in a separate breed - “Thai”). But for almost a century, a century of selective breeding had a huge impact on their appearance.
Siamese cats are identical in appearance, character and temperament to Oriental (“orient” - east) and make up a single pedigree group of oriental shorthair cats (Siamese-Oriental group). They have the same standards and differ only in coat color and eye color.