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National Siamese Cat Day

Did you know that there are more than 40 breeds of cats? While all of our feline pals are charming, lovable, and full of adorable quirks, the Siamese certainly has some unique characteristics. In fact, these chatty cats—also known as Meezers—have their own special day, and it’s coming right up. April 6th is Siamese Cat Day! A North Phoenix, AZ vet discusses these fun, talkative furballs below.

History

The Siamese cat has a long and fairly distinguished history. In fact, they are one of the oldest recognized kitty breeds! They have been mentioned in manuscripts that date back as far as 1350, and were also included in an ancient book called the Tamra Maew, which is also known as the Cat-Book Poems. Another interesting thing about the Siamese is that these cats were once so highly prized that only royals were allowed to own them. The first Siamese known to have made it to America was a kitty named Siam, who was a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from the American Consul in Bangkok.

Myths

In Siam, it was once commonly believed that when a royal person died, their soul would go into a Siamese cat. That fortunate kitty would then be taken to a temple and treated like royalty for the rest of its life. In another tale, a Siamese cat responsible for guarding a precious vase stared at it so long he became cross-eyed.

Temperament

Siamese cats have very charismatic purrsonalities. Smart, fun, and friendly, they form very strong bonds with their owners. In fact, these lovable kitties hate being left alone, and can get depressed if they feel too isolated. For that reason, we don’t recommend having them as only pets if they will be by themselves most of the day.

Playtime!

Many Siamese cats act more like dogs than cats. Some even play Fetch! Apparently the Siamese never got the memo about how cats are supposed to hate water: many of them actually like getting wet! They also often enjoy being walked on leashes.

Vocalizations

Siamese cats are extremely talkative, and love to ‘converse’ with their humans. They also have very distinctive meows, which sound rather like the cries of a human baby.

Please contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat. We love caring for all kitties, Siamese or not!

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