For cat lovers, April 6 is the ‘purrfect’ day. It’s National Siamese Cat Day. This is the day we celebrate these most elegant cats. Siamese cats, also known as “Meezers,” are one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. We love these gorgeous creatures, and we know you do, too. The best way to celebrate? Give your cat an extra cuddle or two today!
National Siamese Cat Day timeline
A Neolithic grave excavated in Cyprus contains the skeletons of both a human and a cat.
Siamese cats become popular in the U.S. after one is gifted to Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes.
The Siamese is first exported to the United Kingdom.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association officially recognizes Siamese as a breed.
National Siamese Cat Day Activities
Adopt, don’t shop
The day was created by a cat lover named Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. She was hoping to encourage people to adopt these beautiful cats from animal shelters. Unfortunately, over two million animals are euthanized at animal shelters each year.
Spread the love
If you have your own fur baby, buy him or her some new treats or a new toy! Don't have a kitty of your own? Buy a treat for neighbor's cat or drop off a care package at a local shelter.
Watch cat videos
What a great excuse to watch cat videos online! Everyone loves watching cute kittens doing crazy things, and today is the perfect excuse to do it. Pull up some old favorites or browse the web and find a new fav!
5 Felineous Facts You Didn't Know About Siamese Cats
700 year-old breed
There are depictions of Siamese cats dating to the 14th and 18th centuries
A Thai diplomat gave President Rutherford B. Hayes's wife Lucy a Siamese cat named Siam in the late 1870s
They had crossed eyes and kinked tails
Siamese cats originally had crossed eyes and kinked tails, though these traits were eventually bred out of the breed
15 pound fat cats
The average male Siamese is between 11 and 15 pounds, and the average female is between 8 and 12 pounds
They're movie stars
Siamese cats have appeared in films including "The Incredible Journey" and "Lady and the Tramp"
Why We Love National Siamese Cat Day
Siamese cats love us, too
Siamese are a very intelligent breed. They love to talk to their owners and are extremely affectionate, too. Siamese form strong bonds with their owners and love to follow them around.
They’ve occupied the White House
The Siamese cat originated from Thailand. They first came to America during the late 1800s. America's first Siamese cat was given to First Lady Lucy Hayes, as a gift. She was the wife of United States President Rutherford Hayes. They named him Siam and he occupied the White House along with their goat, two dogs and a bird.
They’re on point
Siamese cats are known for their blue eyes and their sleek coats. They have “points” on their ears and tails, along with masks on their faces. These features are generally chocolate-colored, blue, lilac, seal, cream, or red (sometimes called ‘flame’).
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