How Siamese cats change their colours

Siamese cats should have vivid blue eyes as per the cat associations' breed standards

First a short introduction. Although the history of the Siamese cat in the West is somewhat vague, it would seem with some certainty that a certain Mrs Vyvyan of Dover, UK acquired some of the first Siamese cats in the West. Of course, they came from Siam (now Thailand) ostensibly from the King’s Palace …

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Foreign type and Oriental type in the cat fancy (infographic)

Chocolate Siamese is an Oriental type
Foreign type and Oriental type in the cat fancy.
Foreign and Oriental types

Photos: top left and bottom right: copyright Helmi Flick. The other two are in the public domain as assessed.

Can Siamese cats have green eyes?

Siamese cats should have vivid blue eyes as per the cat associations' breed standards

As per the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) breed standard the eye colour of the Siamese cat is always a “deep vivid blue” and that eye colour is the same across all the different Siamese cat colours from seal point through to chocolate point, blue point and lilac point. And it is the same across …

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Do Siamese cats get along with other cats?

Male Flame point contemporary Siamese from Ukraine

As at the date of this post, the top article as found by Google tells us that Siamese cats get along famously with other cats. This is an incorrect answer. In respect of this aspect of feline behaviour, Siamese cats are no different from any other domestic cat either purebred or random-bred. An individual …

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Do Siamese cats have sensitive stomachs?

I believe that modern Siamese cats can have weakened immune systems which can shorten lifespans

Update April 2023: Pancreatitis A study reports that Siamese cats are at increased risk of pancreatitis. Cats with pancreatitis rarely display signs of abdominal pain. Cats are good at hiding pain as we know. But cats with pancreatitis vomit and they have “sensitive stomachs”. They might experience nausea. Knowing these things, it may be …

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Picture of a modern chocolate pointed Siamese cat

Chocolate point modern Siamese with unusual markings and a snow white coat

This is a nice picture of a modern chocolate point Saimese cat. One commenter described this cat as ‘noble’. I can understand the description. This individual has a great face. The chocolate pointing is unusual, I think, in the way it is cleanly delineated. It looks great. The non-pointed areas are snow white which …

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Do Siamese cats become darker as they age?

Old Siamese with dark coat

Yes, Siamese cats become darker as they age. You’ll see this in the flanks and central areas of the cat’s body which are normally lighter and sometimes almost white, normally. Normal situation for the Siamese cat The reason for the cat’s “pointed” body is that the cells (melanocytes) that produce the pigment (melanin) that …

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