I would say that my favorite pet is a cat. Ever since I was a child...I was always drawn to the Siamese cats. The contrast in their coloring is very striking...but I think the physical feature that appeals to me the most is their beautiful blue eyes!! So UN-Asian!! :>)
Before I ever owned a Siamese cat...I was always told that they were mean...seriously?? After doing a lot of reading about the breed...I did what everyone suggested...I got TWO (Siamese Twins!) They really were siblings...Percy (named after the poet Shelley) was a male and Matsu (named after Matsuyama...one of the only people to hold a red sash in Karate). They were adults when I got them so I was never 100% sure of their age...but when they became ill and eventually died the Vet guesstimated that they were probably about 18 years old when they died.
Percy and Matsu were the "traditional" Siamese body build..."traditional" Siamese are also called "apple-heads"...their heads are much rounder than the "modern" Siamese whose heads/faces are more chiseled and they are very lithe.
Personality-wise...my experience with this breed shows them to be very similar to the scene from "The Lady And The Tramp"...whoever wrote that scene sure did their homework!!
It's true that the Siamese are VERY talkative...and also louder than most other cats I've known. If I'd be on the phone and one of them was "talking" the person on the other end of the phone would always say something like "Oh...you have a baby?" Then one day I was the one on the other end of the phone and it DID sound just like a baby!!
They are very demanding...if you don't have a lot of time to spend with a pet...then the Sia-meez would not be pleased!!
Some links with cool photos:
One clear thing is the fact that these felines are native to Siam (Thailand) where they were held in the highest esteem. In fact, no one was allowed to own one except for the Royal family. Back then, Siamese cats were called Royal Points.
Thailand deserves lasting fame and a big "thank you" from the human race for having produced several of the world's great breeds of cat. Some of us think Thailand produced THE world's greatest breeds of cat.
It is clearly recorded that, in 1884 the departing British Consul-General Gould was given a Siamese cat by the Siamese king as a farewell gift, and considered it as a great honor since the cat came from those bred in the palace by the royal family. Indeed, many stories exist (including the story explaining the characteristic kink in the tail of the early imported Siamese) indicating an intimate relationship between the royal family members and their cats.
Siamese Cat legends!
Where did the Siamese cat come from? Among other Siamese cat legends there's an enchanting story that whimsically speculates on this!
Siamese cats are not for everybody...but I love them!!