The Modern Siamese cat is a cat with amazing personality, exciting, streamlined body style, and an extraordinary vocabulary of murrs, purrs and flat-out cat calls.
This breed, generally referred to as simply the Siamese cat, has an exotic and dramatic appearance that was created through a concentrated effort by image-conscious breeders during the late 1960’s to 1980’s.
They changed the general appearance of the Traditional Siamese cat from a rounded, natural profile to the exaggerated and elongated work of art you see on this page.
The appearance of the Siamese cat changed so completely from the ancient breed of Siam, that the entire breed standard was tossed out and re-written.
The Modern Siamese cat has become the norm, and is simply referred to as the Siamese cat, but the animals depicted in centuries old Russian works look nothing like them.
The Modern Siamese retains the same delightful and somewhat eccentric personality that the Traditional Siamese displays.
Loud, demanding, possessive, yes- absolutely irresistible to true cat lovers-totally!
MODERN SIAMESE CAT-STATS
MODERN SIAMESE CAT PERSONALITY
The centuries of domestication and refinement as a true companion and “house cat” are evident, and this gorgeous breed excels as a perfect modern day pet.
Become familiar before taking the plunge with this breed and remember they are very active, very vocal and very demanding of attention.
The Modern Siamese is very dog-like and devoted. They will talk to you all day long in tones that can range from sweetly melodic to shrill and caustic.
They are extremely bright and will learn fetch, tag and other games. This is a shoulder-riding, what’s next? kind of cat that can be a true buddy.
Not a couch potato and a very poor choice for folks that want some alone time, or need to leave the cat alone for extended periods.
They generally love children, because all they want to do is play, but they are thin-boned and thin-skinned, and rough housing must be on their terms, or they will simply stalk away.
Affectionate, outgoing and truly delightful, these are graceful, slender, medium-sized cats that have few breed-related health issues.
The Modern Siamese cat is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world’s largest cat organization. It is a very popular pure-bred or “pedigreed” domestic cat breed.
The Modern Siamese is remarkably long-legged, slim and sleek, with an elongated, triangular head, and almond shaped eyes.
The ears are very large and the face has a convex, “Roman” style nose. The coat is cream colored with darker points of chocolate, seal, lilac, blue and even red.
The coat is short and smooth with limited undercoat, and not much grooming is required.
Because it is active and absolutely demands attention, the Siamese cat can be a terrific family cat for folks who can give them lots of attention.-Modern Siamese Cat Facts
MODERN SIAMESE KITTENS
Modern Siamese kittens are little characters with superior energy. These are “climbing the curtains” type kittens, and kitten-proofing is an absolute necessity.
These babies are quite small and lean, with no meat to soften the blow if they tumble off a banister or refrigerator.
A new Siamese kitten is a riot, and more than one is a downright circus. Having lots of toys around is a good idea, especially the kind that don’t require as much human effort, like feathers on sticks, are highly recommended for when you’re too pooped to play.
Siamese kittens are born white and develop their coloring over a few days to weeks.
Other than that, the Modern Siamese kitten looks very much like a miniature adult. They are sleek and graceful at a very young age.
They tend to grow at an average rate and reach mature height at about 6 months, filling out and gaining full size and weight at about one year old.
Because this is a popular cat, breeders of pedigree Modern Siamese kittens can be found relatively easily, and the price is usually affordable for a pure-bred kitten.
MODERN SIAMESE CAT BREED STANDARD
Head Shape: The head should be a long, evenly proportioned, tapering wedge with straight lines, to a fine muzzle. A wedge, as viewed from the top or front, is created by straight lines from outer ear bases along sides of muzzle. The total wedge starts at the nose and flares out in straight lines to the ears forming a triangle, without a break in jaw line at the whiskers. When the whiskers are smoothed back, the underlying bone structure is apparent. In profile, a straight line, without a dip or a rise, is seen from the center of the forehead to the tip of the nose and from the tip of the nose to the bottom of the chin. Ears: Large, pointed, wide at the base, continuing the line of the triangle formed by the head. Eyes: The eye aperture should be almond shaped with an Oriental slant toward the nose, so that a projection of the line, from the lower eye corner to the upper eye corner, would extend to the center of the ear base. Eye color clear, deep vivid blue. Deeper colors preferred. Dilute body colors may have a slightly lighter eye color, this is allowed.
Body and Tail: Medium in size, long, lithe and svelte Overall body structure to be fine boned, firm and muscular The neck should be long and slender and carried to display length, not telescoped between the shoulders. The legs are long and proportionately slim, hind legs longer than front; proportioned to carry body length and weight gracefully. Feet: Proportionately small and oval in shape.Tail: The tail should be narrow at the base, long, tapering and whippy, giving the effect of slenderness and length without visible kink or visible abnormality or any joint. Tail to be in balance with size of cat.
Coat: Short in length. Accepted colors are pointed with a body color of cream, tan, beige, or near white in Blue Pointed cats.
Pattern: The body color should be even with slightly darker shadings across the shoulders, back and top of hips shading gradually into lighter color on the chest and belly. Allowance will be made for darker color in older cats, as Siamese darken with age. The mask, ears, legs, feet and tail should be clearly defined in darker shades, but merge gently into body on legs [except Red, Cream, Red Lynx and Cream Lynx Points. See those colors for allowances]. The mask covers the entire face and is connected to the ears by tracings. Allow for color development in kittens and young adults in the dilute and red genes. Paw pads and nose leather to be included in the point colors, as described in the color standard.
Overall Appearance: This should be a hard-bodied and lean cat with a long, lean torso, and fine boned limbs. They should feel rather heavy when lifted and be neither soft nor thin. Exceedingly exotic in appearance, very bold in personality.
A FEW MORE MODERN SIAMESE CAT FACTS
- Modern Siamese kittens are born all white without dark points, and with cloudy grey eyes. Slowly, over the first four weeks of life, the points appear, the eyes turn deep blue, and the cat reveals its true and remarkable character.