National Siamese Cat Day

National Siamese Cat Day

Did you know that April 6th is Siamese Cat Day? There are many different breeds of cats, and we think that they are all adorable. The Siamese, however, is certainly a very special and interesting kitty. Read on as a Sayville, NY vet discusses Siamese cats.

History

The Siamese is one of the oldest recognized cat breeds, and was once the favorite feline of the royal families of Siam, now known as Thailand. They have shown up in drawings that date back as far as the 14th century, and were once so esteemed that only royals were permitted to own them. The first Siamese to reach the US belonged to President Rutherford B. Hayes. This kitty, named ‘Siam,’ was a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok.

Stories

There are many old myths about the Siamese. In one tale, Siamese kitties were put in charge of guarding a precious vase. The cats wrapped their tails around the vase, and stared at it so long they became cross-eyed!

Vocalizations

The Siamese has a very distinctive meow, which sounds quite a bit like the cries of a human baby. Siamese cats are very chatty furballs. They love to ‘talk’ to their owners, and often loudly state their opinions on, well, pretty much everything.

Temperament

In cartoons, Siamese cats have been depicted as aloof and arrogant, but the real ones are actually very lovable and affectionate. These cute kitties tend to be very outgoing, and can get extremely attached to their owners. In fact, because Siamese cats are so loving and sociable, they often get lonely and depressed if they spend too much time alone. If you adopt a Siamese, and plan on leaving Fluffy home alone frequently, consider getting a second kitty, so your furballs can keep each other company.

Cattitude

In many ways, Siamese cats act more like dogs than cats. These kitties can often learn to play fetch, and many of them don’t mind being walked on leashes. And, unlike most cats, many Siamese kitties actually like water. These lovable cats are very playful, and can’t resist pouncing on things. They also really enjoy high vantage points. One thing we can say for sure about ‘Meesters:’ they definitely are lots of fun!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Call us! As your local Sayville, NY animal clinic, we are here to help!

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