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why do siamese cats have blue eyes

Although the Siamese cats in Disney s Lady and the Tramp weren t the nicest, Siamese cats are actually quite lovable and sweet. These blue-eyed beauties are well-known for their ballerina-esque bodies with creamy beige coats and distinctive markings (points). But aside from these obvious facts, what else do you really think you know about the Siamese? Here are 5 fun facts to let you get to know this lovely breed a little better:
Source:P 1. Blue For A Reason Those beautiful blue eyes that Siamese cats have didn t just happen by chance. The gene that is responsible for the Siamese coat pattern also restricts the amount of pigment found in the eye thus resulting in the signature pale blue color that the breed is known for. Source:P 2. Didn t You Hear Me? These kitties are known for having a voice and not being shy whatsoever about showing it.

Siamese are very vocal with their owners, expressing their feelings and desires with an assortment of meows specific to each need. If you re looking for a kitty that s lovable and chatty, then this is the perfect breed for you. Source:P 3. I Really Need You This is by no means an independent breed and they do not do well in an environment where they will be left home alone on a routine basis. A Siamese can actually become depressed if they are left unattended too often, and you will notice that if you own one of these pretty cats, they will take pride in following you around the home. Because of their calm and gentle nature, the Siamese also does very well in an environment with kids, making them a great choice as a family pet. Source:P 4. Careful, I m Sensitive As a newborn kitten, all purebred Siamese enter the world entirely white.

Over time, their distinctive markings begin to develop (around 4 weeks of age) due to a gene in their bodies that is heat sensitive. The infamous Siamese point markings (seal, chocolate, lilac, blue) are left as a result, showing up on the cooler parts of their body. PThat s one cool cat! Source:P 5. I Hear You Loud And Clear Unlike most blue-eyed cats that carry recessive traits and are prone to hearing issues, the blue-eyed Siamese have not been reported as to having any issues with hearing. Their blue eyes can cause them some issues with vision, especially at night, which makes the breed just that more dependent on their human. The once cross-eyed look that affected so many Siamese is now very rare due to proper breeding methods. Feline eyes, which are pretty much always mesmerizing, seem to take on an extra special glint when their hue is blue.

In fact, blue eyes in a cat come from two sets of genes, one that limits expression of color to specific body areas, the other that relates to the dominant white gene that masks color. БPointed coloration is a form of partial albinism, an adaptation to protect the cat from frostbite,Б says Jacqui Bennett, a longtime all-breed judge who handles the Cat Fanciers Association Education Ring. БThat gene limits color to cooler areas of the skin Б legs, face, tail, ears. ItБs a pattern which can be found in several CFA breeds. Б Because of the pigment restriction, the top layer of the blue-eyed catБs iris is not covered in another color, so the blue shows through. Here Bennett gives us a close-up view of some of her favorite blue-eyed breeds. Linn Currie via

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