by Charlene Ugent

Perhaps the world’s first domesticated feline, the Siamese cat hails from ancient Siam, which we know today as Thailand. Bred for its regal coloring and sleek appearance, these cats originally lived exclusively with members of the royal family. The only other individuals allowed to raise the felines were Buddhist monks, who were highly respected members of society. During this time period, the Siamese society considered the breed to be sacred.

In the mid-1800s, the royal family gifted several Siamese cats to an English dignitary, who introduced them to European society. The breed quickly drew attention, appearing in cat shows in the United Kingdom and, soon, in the United States. The first of these felines featured seal point coloring, which remains the most well-known variety today. Over the 20th century, such popular varieties as the blue point, chocolate point, and lilac point also became recognized.

About the Author: The founder of the Suyaki Siamese Cattery in Miami, Florida, Charlene Ugent sells Siamese kittens and cats to animal lovers across the country. Ms. Ugent’s business holds certification as a Cattery of Excellence from the Cat Fancier’s Association.

posted at http://wheremonstersdwell.com Public DomainAlthough their origin remains shrouded in mystery, Siamese cats draw their name from the kingdom of Siam, now called Thailand. The ancestors of today’s felines lived in the country at least as early as the 1300s. A manuscript from 1350 of a work titled Cat Book Poems includes a picture of a cat that matches exactly the appearance of a Seal Point Siamese, which became known as the Royal Cat of Siam. The kingdom’s rulers attached great importance to these cats, and one legend even speaks of placing them in the tombs of deceased royalty to ease their passage to the afterlife.

The spread of the Siamese cat from Thailand also involves much uncertainty. However, the first Siamese cat in the United States probably entered the country in the 1879 when President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife received one as a gift from the U.S. Consul of Bangkok.

About Charlene Ugent: As the owner of Suyaki Siamese Cattery, located in Miami, Florida, Charlene Ugent has bred Suyaki Siamese cats for more than 16 years. She maintains full pedigree information for all of her kittens, and she registers them with The Cat Fanciers’ Association, sending them to loving homes across the country. She also received a CFA Cattery of Excellence award.

There are few animals more fun than Siamese cats (except, perhaps, Siamese kittens!). I began breeding these remarkable pets in 1996, and today I sell them through my business, Sukiyaki Siamese Cattery. Through this, I have learned a lot about their history, temperament, and genetics. Here are a few interesting facts about the breed.

— The first Siamese cat was recorded in the 1600s. For many years, the Siamese was a royal cat, sometimes given as a gift to visiting foreign dignitaries. This is probably why the first known Siamese cat in the United States was a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes.

— Siamese kittens are born completely white and only develop their distinctive darker-colored points as they age. This is due to a gene that all Siamese carry that makes their fur color sensitive to heat. Their nose, tail, and paws darken because of the consistently cooler temperatures there.

— Siamese cats have a distinct personality from other breeds. They tend to be extremely affectionate with their immediate family and are very talkative. They are also easier to train than most cats, and take to a leash and harness easily.

With a big personality, a unique point pattern, and a bit of royal blood, a Siamese cat can provide years of devoted companionship. People who have the attention and energy to give will find these unusual cats truly delightful.

Founded in 1906, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) strives to promote the welfare of cats, the improvement of certain cat breeds, the registration of cat pedigrees, the licensing and management of cat shows, and the interests of cat breeders and pedigreed cat exhibitors. The group held its first annual meeting in 1907, published its first Stud Book and Register in 1909, and incorporated in New York in 1919. In 1907, the CFA brought in $155.25. By the 2002 to 2003 fiscal year, its receipts had grown to $2.3 million.

A registered nonprofit, the CFA holds hundreds of shows around the world each season. Its 21-person staff, operating out of a 10,000 square-foot facility in New Jersey, handles duties ranging from cat registrations to pedigree certifications to cattery registrations. For more information on the organization, visit http://www.cfa.org.

About Suyaki Siamese Cattery:

Certified as a Cattery of Excellence by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Suyaki Siamese Cattery sells vaccinated, veterinarian-certified, purebred Siamese kittens to buyers around the United States.

Q: Thank you for taking time to talk with us today. Let’s start by learning more about you and your business. What led to your affinity for the Siamese cat?

Charlene Ugent: I love cats and have been working with them for years. Before I retired from my profession as a schoolteacher, I performed animal rescue work on behalf of the Animal Welfare Society, focusing mainly on cats. In 1996, I began breeding Siamese as a hobby. That became my full-time focus once I retired and started Suyaki Siamese.

Q: Many people think of Siamese cats as mischievous and meddlesome. What is their true temperament?

CU: Those popular beliefs couldn’t be further from the truth. Most Siamese cats are extroverts and love to be around people. They display affection to their owners and new acquaintances, and in fact love to hog the spotlight. They’re also quite intelligent; you can teach them to fetch and take walks on leashes.

Q: Because of their sociable personalities, should prospective owners invest in more than one?

CU: Without a playmate, Siamese cats become cuddly to the point of excess, whereas two cats will keep each other company when no one else is around.

Q: Where can our readers learn more about your business?

CU: Visit Suyaki Siamese online at suyaki-siamese.com.

Welcome to my blog!

August 31, 2011

Welcome to the blog of Charlene Ugent.