Celebrated on April 6th
As a newborn kitten, all purebred Siamese enter the world entirely white. Over time, their distinctive markings begin to develop (around 4 weeks of age) due to a gene in their bodies that is heat sensitive. The infamous Siamese point markings (seal, chocolate, lilac, blue) are left as a result, showing up on the cooler parts of their body. That’s one “cool” cat!
If you have a Siamese cat (or have spent time around one), you know they're extremely talkative. Siamese cats will vocalize their opinions on their food, observations they make through the window, and basically anything that they encounter throughout the day (and night). Although no one is certain when Siamese cats were first bred and domesticated, it's commonly believed that they originated in Thailand around the 14th century, when they first appeared in a Thai manuscript. This would make them one of the oldest cat breeds in the entire world.
There are a number of myths and legends surrounding the Siamese cat. One such story says that a royal princess who loved to swim would use her beloved Siamese cat’s tail as a ring holder while in the water. The story goes that the cat would bend its tail to prevent the ring from falling off, which is where today’s modern-day Siamese cat gets its kinked tail.