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The Siamese cat is one of several breeds from Siam (now known as Thailand). It is a truly fascinating breed, from its sleek lines to its famous voice. There are conflicting reports of its first sightings outside of Asia. Some say it was first seen when a pair named “Pho” and “Mia” was brought to Britain, but others say that it was six years earlier, in 1878, that President Rutherford B. Hayes received a Siamese cat named “Siam” as a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok. Whatever their origin here in the States, it is clear that the Siamese cat is here to stay.
The Siamese is instantly recognizable by its striking color contrast and deep blue eyes. It is a “people” cat and relishes any and all attention. The Siamese is known as a talker, and if you displease a Siamese, it will certainly let you know. The combination of curiosity and an above average intelligence have been known to get more than one Siamese cat into a bit of trouble.
While they are highly intelligent, Siamese cats are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Siamese are prone to include dental problems such as gingivitis; metabolic disorders such as mucopolysaccharidosis; muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy; organ diseases such as amyloidosis; blood disorders such as hyperlipidemia; and eye problems such as glaucoma.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your curious Siamese has the misfortune of inheriting more than just his parents’ vocal lessons, you’re covered.