The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat, native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam). The modern Siamese cat is characterized by blue almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head shape, large ears, an elongated, slender, and muscular body, and point coloration.

The International Cat Association describes the Siamese cat as social, intelligent, and playful into adulthood, often enjoying a game of fetch. Siamese breeds have a higher rate of mortality compared to other breeds.

The median lifespan of Siamese cats was somewhere between 10 and 12.5 years. The same albino-allele that produces colored points means that Siamese cats’ blue eyes lack a tapetum lucidum, a structure which amplifies dim light in the eyes of other cats.

Rubén Ángel Castillo García

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