Fluffballs: The Siamese

The Siamese is one of my favorite cat breeds. 

Siamese cats like to be around other cat breeds and often enjoy a good game of fetch.  The Balinese Cat is the same, except they are longhaired.

All Siamese kittens, although pure cream or white at birth, develop visible points in the first few months of life in colder parts of their body.  They also tend to darken with age.  The hindlegs of the Siamese are longer then their frontlegs.

Many Siamese that come from Thailand have a kink in their tails, so you can recognize them easily.

  • Date of Origin: Pree-1700s
  • Place of Origin: Thailand
  • Ancestry: Household and temple cats
  • Outcross Breeds: None
  • Other Name: Royal Cat Of Siam
  • Weight Range: 6-12 lb ( 2.5-5 kg)
  • Tempermant: Energetic and enterprising

Siamese need little grooming, are vocal, active and friendly to other cats.

Another Siamese
How dare you!!

Do they sound like just the cat for you?

 

Fluffballs: The Himalayan Persian

This breed of cat has the luxrious coat of the Persian Longhair and the exotic color pattern of the Siamese.  Their eye color is less intense than in the Siamese.

  • Date of Origin: 1950s
  • Place of Origin: Britin and the USA
  • Ancestry: Persian, Siamese
  • Outcross breeds: Persian
  • Other name: Called a Colorpoint Longhair in Britain
  • Weight range: 8-5 lb (3.5-7 kg)
  • Temperment: Calm and friendly

The Himalayan Persians need a LOT of grooming since their fur is long, thick and silky, with no wooliness.  Thankfully, they love being brushed!  They are intelligent, self-contained, quiet and sedate, but they can be very moody at times.  By and large, they are good indoor companions.

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I’m watching you…

Coat Colors

  • Blue point: A cat whose blue coat color is confined to the points: the feet, ears, tail, and face mask.
  • Lilac Point: A diluted, brighter version of blue point. Body color is whiter and brighter than on a blue point cat.
  • Seal Point: Seal brown color on the points.
  • Chocolate Point: Chocolate brown color on the points (face mask, ears, tail, and legs), as opposed to the darker seal brown.  Body color is whiter and brighter than on a seal-point cat.  One distinction between the chocolate point and seal point is the color of their paw pads.  The chocolate point will have pink paw pads, whereas the seal point will have dark brown paw pads.
  • Red or Flame Point: If both parent cats are definitely dilutes (blue, cream or bluecream), the offspring cannot be a flame point.
  • Cream Point: Flame and cream colors can be very close.  There are hot creams and light reds.  Body color is whiter and brighter than on a seal point cat.

 

Because of their heritage from the Siamese cats, Himalayan Persians tend to be more active than other Persians, possessing a playful side even.  For example, most Himalayans love to play fetch, much like the Siamese, and a kitty toy can entertain them for hours.

Angry
Do not disturb me…

 

Fluffballs: The Persian Longhair

Persian Longhairs are true lounge lizards!

This breed of cat is usually an indoor dweller.  Persian Longhairs are true lounge lizards!

  • Date of origin: 1800s
  • Place of Origin: Great Britain
  • Ancestry: Middle East Persians
  • Outcross breeds: None
  • Other name: Called Longhairs in Great Britain
  • Weight range: 8-15 lb (3.5-7 kg)
  • Temperment: Interested observer

Persian Longhairs have very soft fur that needs daily grooming, as can be expected.  Apart from that, they are self-contained cats, usually more quiet than vocal and more often than not rather sedate.

The flat face of the Persian can lead to health problems, but it gives them an attractive look.  In the Middle East, they are widely known as “Shirazi cats” or, in Iran, as the “Shiraz cat”.

The art world and its patrons have long embraced their love for the Persian cat by immortalizing them in art, says the Wikipedia.  The one below is possibly the most famous, certainly the world’s largest cat painting:  The late 19th-century painting by Carl Kahler titled ‘My Wife’s Lovers’ measures 6-by-8.5-feet and shows plenty of Turkish Angoras and Persian cats.

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Carl Kahler: My Wife’s Lovers. 1891

 

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