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Breed of the Week: The Siamese

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's about time we talked about cats! 

Monkee is our model and representative of the Siamese breed this week. Monkee is a wonderful senior pet who has become a frequent flier at Westbury given his age and is very special to the staff.

The first thing I think of when I hear Siamese cats, are the famous Siamese twins in the movie, Lady and the Tramp. Boy, those cats always frustrated me! But then I think about the stigma movies like those have made on different breeds and I remember how loving Siamese cats can be.

Fun Facts:

  • Siamese cats date from the 1700s, where they were honored and kept as temple cats. 
  • The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA ) recognizes four colors for Siamese: Seal point, Blue point, Lilac point, and Chocolate point

  • President Rutherford B. Hayes was given a seal point Siamese cat called Siam in 1879. Siam was the first ever ‘ambassador’ of the breed to the USA.

  • Queen Elizabeth II was given a seal point kitten as a wedding present to celebrate her marriage to Prince Philip.

  • These cats are prone to gum disease and tartar build-up on their teeth. Ask your veterinarian how to clean your cat's teeth.

  • The Siamese breed is also known for having a physiologic nystagmus (involuntary eye movement) where it appears as if their eyes are almost vibrating if you look closely.

  • A Siamese cat’s eyes are blue.
  • Siamese cats need to vocalize and some are extreme talkers.


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