Sunday 3 July 2011

Modern Siamese Cats

Modern Siamese cat - photo copyright Helmi Flick

Modern Siamese cats are not that modern really as their development began mid 1900s. The term refers to the super slender "oriental" in appearance (in cat fancy parlance) Siamese cats that have been selective bred that way because breeders think it is prettier or more elegant, when in fact the vast majority of the paying public, the consumers, prefer the traditional Siamese cat.

The modern Siamese cat has become, however, the de facto standard Siamese cat, pushing out the Applehead or traditional. It is rather strange.

The major cat association the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) does not recognise the original more cobby and natural looking Siamese cat. It has been totally rejected by a misguided breed council or the organisers of the breeding programme of the Siamese cat.

Although the CFA have promoted extreme breeding in respect of the Siamese cat at the expense of the cat breed's health, they are firmly stuck in the mud when it comes to what colour pointing is acceptable. They only accept and recognise the conventional pointing colours: blue, seal, chocolate and lilac. It is sometimes hard to distinguish between the last two unless you are in the cat fancy.

Although I disagree with the policies of the CFA in relation to the body shape and appearance of the Modern Siamese cat, I do agree that the cat should have real solid colored pointing as this is what makes the breed what it is.

When the pointing is broken up as is the case with tabby pointing (lynx points) the cat no longer looks like a Siamese.

Read and see more on modern Siamese cats on this well visited page.

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Saturday 2 July 2011

Low Cost Spay and Neuter

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They say that there are an estimated 60 million cats and dogs in the USA that are unneutered (males) and not spayed (females).

This is a real problem because it is the reason for the feral cat problem. One barrier to resolving this problem in the cat world are veterinary charges. Some clinics provide discounts. This widget helps locate these clinics.

Let's help save the lives and cats and dogs in a proactive manner.

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Siamese Cats For Sale

Traditional Siamese Cat - Photo by Robert Couse-Baker

As there are a good number of websites that list breeders etc., and there is the occasional individual Siamese cat breeder website that Google lists highly in a search result, I thought I would write about the background issues and suggest some other sources of Siamese cats for sale that are not so obvious.

Buyers of Siamese cats for sale should, I think, first understand that there are different types of Siamese cats in terms of body shape. There are also Siamese cats that have pointing (the dark extremities) that is not conventional or at least it is not the kind of pointing that a lot of people are familiar with. See for example the lynx point Siamese cat.

I would like to address the body shape issue first. The differences are quite extreme, actually. On the one hand there are the modern Siamese cats that have been selectively breed to be very, very slender indeed. My point of view is possibly well known. To summarize, it is that these super slender cats are unnatural and I would say unhealthy (at least potentially). I don't want to breeder bash etc but cat breeding should be carried out with great respect for the cat and its health.  This is not happening in relation to the modern Siamese cat as this ancient and well know breed has the greatest number of genetic diseases other than the Persian another very long standing cat breed.

People who buy purebred cats are usually concerned about the health of the breed. This is clearly sensible as cat owners do not want the stress and distress of trying to nurse to health a cat they have become attached to. There is also the issue of cost in vet's bills.

Cat health is number one, so when buying Siamese cats for sale this aspect of the process should be uppermost in the mind of the buyer.

One way of minimising buying a Siamese cat that may be inherently ill - and who may die at a relatively young age - is to have a look at the traditional Siamese cat which is commonly called the Applehead Siamese cat.

These cats should be breed with a greater regard for health and in any case they look more attractive, so say 78% of the public based on a long standing poll on my website.

chart showing traditional Siamese cat is more popular
Chart showing the public prefer traditional Siamese cats

This is not a science so you will get variations amongst individual cats. Some will be more healthy than others. These variations are probably greater than breed to breed variations and variations due to the type of cat within a breed.

Health, both mental and physical, is a hidden factor when purchasing a purebred cat. But it is, ironically, the most important factor. Although I am not saying that purebred cats are less intelligent than moggies, I have seen two examples of purebred cats - Burmese and British Shorthair - that were clearly what might delicately be called "educationally challenged". Or less delicately you would say there is something wrong with them mentally. In human terms you would say that they had low IQs. This affects character. People want a cat to interact with them. Cats that are very stupid (for no fault of their own) will not interact well. They are passive and statue-like.

OK enough of that.....When buying a cat it is said that the cat selects the person. People know which cat amongst a litter or group of cats is right for them. You can only achieve that end result of the selection process by being there at the breeder's establishment. That in turn means that if you are looking for Siamese cats for sale you will need to look locally or not too far away so you can visit, inspect and discuss with the breeder. Transportation back will also avoid air travel that can be stressful for all concerned.

There are several pages on this site that describe the Siamese cat:
People should also be aware that there is a cat that is a Siamese but is not called a Siamese - confusing. That statement will annoy some people but it is true. The cat is the Thai cat. These two pages, Siamese Cat History and Thai Cats,  might also prove of use when studying the breed and making an informed decision when buying a Siamese cat for sale.

Finally, if I was looking for a Siamese cat for sale I would check out the best cat club for that breed first, second I would check out the main cat associations for their breeder referral list and third I would consider joining a Yahoo Group for the breed concerned to discuss with like minded people the ins and outs of the breed.

I don't think this is going too far. Adopting a cat is for the life of the cat, say 15 - 20+ years. The cost over that lifetime might be in the order of $10,000 or the same in pounds sterling in the UK.

That is the price of a car. When you buy a car you spend a lot of enjoyable time researching things.

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Friday 1 July 2011

Blue Point Siamese Kitten

Blue point Siamese kitten -- Photo by iampeas

If you are looking for a blue point Siamese kitten in the UK then I am acting as a go-between! The Siamese Cat Club members kitten list is a really nice source of information on newborn Siamese kittens.

It is probably the best source in the UK. Please go to this page to have a look.

What about the USA? I think I would start with the two premier cat associations in the USA as they have breeder list.

For the CFA breeder referral list please go to this page and for TICA's breeder list, this is the page.

The National Siamese Cat Club in the USA has a healthy list of breeders on this page.

Good luck.

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Chocolate Point Siamese Cat

The chocolate point Siamese cat is one of the original pointing colors. The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) only recognise the four solid colors one of which is chocolate. The others are blue (dilute black), lilac and seal (very dark brown). The International Cat Association (TICA) recognize other colors and patterns that break up the pointing. I don't like that as the cat no longer looks like a Siamese cat.

Seal is point color of the original Siamese cats from Siam, in my opinion. It is the color we associate with the Siamese cat.

Chocolate actually looks like a diluted seal. The chocolate point Siamese cat was recognised sometime after 1934 in the USA. Despite that the Siamese cat was first imported into the West (England) from Siam in the late 1800s.

The genotype for chocolate pointing is aabb.

Chocolate pointed Siamese - by sam.romilly (Flickr).

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