Siamese Cats

Siamese Cats

Siamese cats' coat color is super interesting. It is light unless the cat's temperature drops; then it darkens with the high temperature.

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Two things make Siamese cats stand out from the crowd: their unusual voices and their distinctive coat markings. If you have ever seen newborn Siamese kittens you may have questions surrounding certain changes in them that occur soon after.

Siamese kittens are born white but begin to change color soon after birth. The Siamese color change is temperature-related but the color that emerges is genetically coded. How Why Siamese cats change color is explained later.

The color of a Siamese cat’s coat is directly affected by the temperature of its skin. The warmer it is, the paler its coat remains. Siamese kittens are born white because they have spent 9 weeks developing in a warm womb which averages about 101? F. At this temperature, a Siamese cat’s fur stays white.

From approximately 1 week of age, a Siamese kitten’s coat begins to change color at its extremities as these areas are naturally cooler. The darker patches are known as points. This color change occurs in areas where the skin temperature falls below 98? F, hence their legs, face, ears, and tail. The depth of color depends on temperature but the color itself is controlled by genetics.

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