|Purred: Sun Oct 11, '09 3:50am PST |
|Quite frequently, a cat with Siamese heritage will exhibit the long lean slender body & head style of the Siamese. The Oriental Shorthair is a good example of a breed that was created from Siamese mixes with ordinary coloration, then selectively bred for the slender body & head type.
Other cats who have Siamese heritage may show no evidence of Siamese at all in their appearance. Hallie is one of those...but the second she opens her mouth, her Siamese heritage is unmistakable.
The one trait that seems to be most persistent in cats with Siamese in their background, is the typical Siamese vocalizations. No other cat is quite like the Siamese or Siamese mix when it comes to "talking". These cats tend to be loud and to have a feline comment or multiple comments about everything. They are the kind of cat who if you speak to the cat, the cat is very likely to loudly meow right back at you and then say a few more things in felinese!!! Once you've been around a Siamese and become familiar with the breed's vocal traits & talkativeness, its easy to recognize when you hear it. Siamese & Siamese mixes really CAN make sounds that eerily resemble the cries of a human baby and some of them will almost seem to be trying to say words. I remember when I was a kid, my half Siamese cat (who was a red mackerel tabby and didn't look Siamese, silenced all the ppl in the room when we were singing happy birthday to my grandmother and the cat clearly uttered ga-ma-ma!!!!
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