The exotic and somewhat mysterious Siamese cat hails from the country of Thailand. They had always been a popular breed of cats, some even residing in royal palaces. Siamese cats, in the past, were trusted to protect royal palaces and monasteries from evil spirits. These cats were also thought of as bringing good fortune to their owners as well.
During the year of 1884, the very first Siamese cats began to make their way to England, when they were given as gifts to a British general. After that, they eventually made their way over to America. Now days, Siamese cats are one of the most recognized of the breed. Siamese cats are without a doubt the most popular short haired cat and among the top 3 in the entire breed of cats.
Even though there are several different colors to this breed, some questions what makes a cat a true Siamese cat. These cats have always been known for their bodies which are lighter in color, with darker areas throughout. The more darker areas found on their bodies are normally around the feet, tail, legs, or face. They can weight anywhere between 6 – 16 lbs, with bright eyes that are normally slanted – which is another clue that the cat is a true Siamese.
Traditionally, Siamese cats are robust, with round heads and a truly muscular build. They are well known throughout the world for their color points and unique personalities. Unlike other breeds, Siamese breeds have a talent for communicating with people. If you are looking for a cat that is nice and quiet, you wouldn’t want a Siamese cat. These cats love to play, love to make noise, and they also happen to be the most social breed of cats out there.
Siamese cats demand a lot of attention, because in their minds, they believe that the world revolves around them. For this very reason, they can tend be quite dependant on their owners. They love to play, and crave interaction. If you leave them alone for too long, they won’t like it. They like to get attention, love to play, and hate to be left by themselves.
Even though Siamese cats are emotionally high maintenance, they don’t need a lot of maintenance They need a minimum amount of grooming, which involves bathing every once in a while, and brushing maybe once or twice a month. If you like cats with minimal maintenance, Siamese cats are perfect. Their hair is short to their skin, so a gentle brushing is all you need. They can get sick however, which is to be expected with any breed of cat.
Siamese cats have a life span that is similar to other breeds, which is normally around 15 – 20 years, sometimes even longer. As long as you feed him on a daily basis and take him to the vet for his regular checkups and shots, he will be around for years and years to come. Most people who have their Siamese cat for over 10 years, find the cat to be more like a child than a pet.
No matter how you look at it, a Siamese cat is a great pet. Although the Siamese breed does require a lot of attention, they are excellent pets that you can spend a lot of time with. They are great for kids as well, simply because kids can spend a lot of time with them. As long as you give your pet the attention he craves – he will be your life long friend for as long as you have him.
There’s only one thing that felines love more than laying around and doing sweet nothing – and that’s fitting into small places. They take even bigger pleasure in wrapping themselves in an Amazon box, a shoe shelf, or even a pizza box, when they know that their human thinks they won’t be able to fit – oh, the pleasure of proving your human slave wrong…
While a lot of us find this cat behavior bizarre (I mean, why would you put yourself in a place that looks painfully uncomfortable), scientists have a couple of explanations for this amusing feline antic.
First, let’s remember that cats are predators – and boxes are great places to stalk victims from and hide. Therefore, cats get a sense of comfort and security from enclosed spaces, and some research suggests that boxes even decrease feline stress levels.
Another reason why cats love curling up in small and tiny places, is that it helps them preserve their body heat. The thermoneutral zone for a domestic cat is 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit, which happens to be 20 degrees higher than ours. Therefore, getting into a tiny box may serve as a smart heat-saving strategy.
Whatever the exact reasons, let’s admit it – cats can be very hilarious!
1. Apparently Any Size Box Will Do
#2 Move Over… Then We Can Both Fits
#3 Nice To Have A Buddy When You’re Down And Out
#4 Cat Whale
#5 I Don’t Even Understand How This Is Possible
#6 Those Eyes
#7 Big Cats Love Boxes Too
#9 Angry Dad Cat Loves To Sit In The Sink By Himself… Until
Of all the animals in the animal kingdom, few are quite as dramatic as cats. Check out these hilarious pictures to see what we mean. The list below contains some of the most blatant overreactions we’ve ever seen from felines. Whether they’re experiencing snow for the first time, realizing that the ceiling fan rotates, catching somebody eating their ice-cream, or learning that their favorite couch has been sold, these cats can’t do anything without being dramatic about it. They are so funny!
1. Road Trip
2. Over Dramatic Cat
3. This Cat Discovers Snow For The First time
4. Cat Disapproves of Human-Dog Love
5. Never Let Go Rose, Never let Go…
6. Foot Why Have You Betrayed Me???
7. Baby Don’t Leave Me!
8. This Scared Cat
9. When Your Owner Gets A Dog
10. Before And After Visiting The Vet
Cats rule the internet, but not all cats were created equal. As they lord it over us puny humans, some climb to the top of the heap, becoming renowned cat celebrities. This post is dedicated to them.
1. Monty The Cat Who Was Born Without Nasal Bridge
2. Cole And Marmalade: Two Rescued Kitties That Became Youtube Celebrities
3. Honey Bee, The Blind Hiking Cat
4. Venus – The Two-faced Kitten
5. Lil Bub – The Perma-Kitten
6. Maru, Master Of Boxes
7. Grumpy Cat
8. Sam The Cat Has Eyebrows
9. Garfi, The World’s Angriest Cat
10. Shironeko. The Happiest And Sleepiest Cat Ever
11. Snoopy, The Cutest Cat Ever
12. Lazarus, the Rescued Vampire Cat
13. Hamilton The Hipster Cat
14. Fukumaru, The Friendliest Cat With Heterochromia
15. Banye, The OMG Cat
16. Colonel Meow, The Holder Of Guinness World Record For Longest Cat Hair
17. Nala, The Shocked Cat
18. Kitler: Snowball The Cat That Looks Like Hitler
19. Zarathustra From The Fat Cat Art
20. Lilu, The Cat With Glasses
Are you a master of a one-way conversation? Are you able to stay still for at least a half an hour? Are you never sleeping with your feet out of the covers? Then you are definitely a cat owner or just wanna be one! This compilation of skills is for you: read and decide whether you are your cat’s master or slave ?
1. Petting your cat in just the right place, so they don’t lash out and attack you.
2. Which means avoiding the stomach at ALL costs.
3. And knowing the difference between what is too much and just enough attention.
4. Having a one-way conversation and being completely fine with it.
5. Sneezing in the most discreet way possible so you don’t scare the living daylights out of your cat.
6. And eating your food strategically so you don’t have to share it with incoming cat paws.
7. Making peace with the fact your bed is no longer your bed.
8. Convincing yourself that a bite means they love you.
9. And that a deathly stare doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to kill you.
10. Staying verrrrryyyyy still when a cat has decided to sit on you.
11. And holding your pee for as long as you possibly can.
12. Accepting that the bathroom will probably never be a private place again.
13. Typing with one hand because your cat’s decided to take a nap on one of them while you’re on your laptop.
14. Or having very limited ability to work at all, and somehow still making it work.
15. Never sleeping with your feet out of the covers because you’ll definitely wake up to kitty sneak attack.
16. Using your cat’s stomach as a cat pillow but never putting enough weight on them that you’ll hurt their lil’ stomachs.
17. Accepting that you’ll have to get up at least three times before your cat decides whether they actually want to be let out or not.
18. Becoming completely accustomed to the presence of cat hairs everywhere.
19. And recognizing that this will probably be a distinguishable part of your ~look~.
20. Becoming an expert nickname inventor.
21. And finding meaning in even the smallest displays of affection.
“My cats murdered my plant and danced on its grave” – a usual phrase of a cat owner who tells his colleagues at work about his cat. Nobody warned him that cats can do such unbelievable and unspeakable things.. and at the same time look like a usual fur ball. Let’s go through little details you probably don’t know about living with cats.
1. Nobody tells you about the secret second life your cat will lead when you’re not around.
2. Nobody tells you how easily startled they are.
3. Nobody tells you how much joy it gives them to knock your shit onto the floor.
4. Nobody tells you that once you get a cat, you’ll probably never be able to own a plant again because they’ll find a way to completely destroy it.
5. Nobody tells you that the second a bug enters your home, your cat will find it. Immediately. And possibly eat it.
6. Nobody tells you how wild they get at the most unexpected times.
7. Nobody tells you how much they enjoy lying across keyboards and notebooks, especially when you’re using them.
8. Nobody tells you how cuddly they actually are, despite their antisocial reputations.
9. Nobody tells you how delightfully weird they are — this is one I can’t explain. You’ll know it when you see it.
10. Nobody tells you how good they are at hiding, and how many times you’ll crap your pants frantically trying to find them.
11. Nobody tells you about the funny way they rotate their ears and point them backward like fuzzy little satellite dishes.
12. Sure, maybe someone told you cats love boxes, but you can’t even begin to fathom just how much until you witness it yourself.
13. Nobody tells you how many worst-case scenarios you’re capable of thinking up that involve your cat escaping or getting injured when you’re not home.
14. Nobody tells you how fiercely they’ll pursue your dinner — that’s not just a dog thing.
15. Nobody tells you just how potent catnip actually is.
16. And finally, nobody tells you how gratifying it is to earn your cat’s trust. It feels better than graduating from college.
Does your cat’s behavior confuse and frustrate you, making you think you are the only one with such a crazy cat? You are not the only one! And even more surprising, your cat may be considered normal! Learn about these 10 weird cat behaviors, why cats do them, and how you can learn to live with them — or even enjoy your quirky kitty’s antics.
How rude! Isn’t enough that kitty asks for a scratch with an elevator butt pose? What’s up with presenting his tail to your face? Actually, your cat’s action is a backhanded compliment and kitty-correct. This article explains what kitty butt presentation means.
All cats do this. Or do they? Cats communicate volumes in the litter box and sometimes they want their (ahem) potty graffiti available for the world to see.
We’ve all heard of finicky cats. And some cats make clear their gustatory preferences by covering up the food bowl. Does it mean what you think? Read this article to see if you’re right!
Home from the grocery, and before you can say “scat!” you catch your Fluffy-kins licking the plastic bags. If not caught in time, some cats even eat plastic. What’s the attraction? And how can you cure this kitty foible? Learn tips in this article.
Ready-set-GO! Those rear-treading paws rev the kitty engine right before a burst of speed, while the front paw treading (kneading) offers a more reflective emotion. What do cat treading and kneading really mean?
Does your cat want to phone home? Is kitty jealous of your time with the telephone? Why do cats seem to pester owners whenever they’re on the phone? This quirky behavior has a logical explanation. Discover the reasons cats are fascinated by the phone.
Cats’ unique behavior includes bunting — that odd way your cat head-butts you. The technical term is bunting and refers to the way a cat presses and rubs her head against objects. Another technical term, allorubbing, refers to the way cats rub their bodies against another cat, a human, or even a trusted family dog.
#1 – Start young
Kittens who start their life in an indoor lap of luxury are usually quite content to stay there rather go and face the unknown world outside. It can be more difficult to keep a cat inside that’s used to life outdoors (though it’s not impossible).
#2 – Take them for walks
If you live in a safe neighborhood, where loose dogs or coyotes are unlikely to snatch your cat, you can train them to walk on a leash like a dog. This way, they can explore outside without as much fear of them being hit by car, getting attacked by a predator, or killing innocent wildlife.
#3 – Provide safe spaces outdoors
Whether it’s a screened porch, a “catio,” a cat-proofed backyard while under supervision, or a tether near where you are currently gardening, there are many cat-safe options for letting your cat get a taste of the outdoors.
#4 – Bring the outdoors inside
Cat trees give your kitty the chance to explore vertical heights in a way that simulates climbing a tree outside. They can also provide great perches for looking out your windows. Cat grass gives your kitty a taste of the outdoors – literally!
#5 – Clean the litter box(es) frequently
Cats can be neat freaks, and many insist on having a clean litter box. If you don’t want them wishing they could leave their deposits outdoors, you may need to scoop the litter box as frequently as twice a day. You want to make sure you have at least 1 litter box per cat in your household plus one extra.
#6 – Keep them ID’d
Accidents happen, and you never know when your cat might sneak out an open door or window. All cats should have a cat-specific collar with a current ID tag on it. Investing in a microchip can also mean the difference between getting your cat back quickly or having them languishing in a shelter.
#7 – Provide plenty of cat toys
You should actively play with your cat every day with wand toys and other interactive cat toys. They should also have constant access to cat toys they can play with when you are not around or are just busy, such as catnip toys, fake mice cat toys, or hanging toys.
You already know that cats improve your life. But did you know there are actually many scientific benefits to being a cat owner? For example, multiple surveys and studies have shown that cat owners tend to be smarter and more educated than dog owners. Here are 8 scientific benefits of being a cat owner.
#1 – They fulfill a need for companionship
This may seem obvious to cat owners, but studies show that having a cat in the house is can be as fulfilling as having a romantic partner, especially for women. Cats will initiate contact much of the time and will remember kindness, returning the favor later.
#2 – You’ll sleep better
Multiple studies and polls have found that people would rather sleep with their cats than with their partners. They also report sleeping better with a cat than with a human. 41% of people in a recent study by the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine indicated that they slept better because of their pet. Only 20% of people said sleeping with a pet disturbed their sleep.
#3 – They say a lot about your personality
Dog lovers tend to be more extroverted, while cat owners tend to be quieter and more introverted. Cat owners also tend to be more trustworthy and more trusting of others. They’re less manipulative and more modest than people who don’t own cats.
#4 – Cats help you cope
Cats have been shown to help people get over loss more quickly. People will also show less physical symptoms of pain, such as crying. People report that talking to their cat to work out their feelings is often easier than talking to a person because the cat won’t judge you.
#5 – They can help you find love
In a British poll, 82% of women agreed that they’re more attracted to men who like animals, and 90% of single women that said that men who own cats are nicer than other men. Just remember that a cat is for life and not just until you find a human companion.
#6 – They can prevent babies from developing allergies
Children under year old who are exposed to a cat are less likely to develop allergies. That’s not just limited to cat allergies, either. Exposure to pets early in life can protect against other common allergies such as dust mites, ragweed, and grass.
#7 – You’ll have a healthier heart
Cats can lower your stress level and reduce the amount of anxiety in your life. Petting a cat has a positive, calming effect, and one study found that over a 10-year period, cat owners were 30% less likely to die from a heart attack or a stroke than non-cat owners.
#8 – They may save your life
Even though you are more likely to hear about dogs saving people’s lives, there are several documented cases of cats saving humans’ lives. At least one cat is known to detect seizures in her epileptic human, and at least one cat has woken up its humans when a gas pipe started leaking. One cat even received the highest medal available to military animals, UK’s Dickin Medal for “behaviour of the highest order.” He’d continued to catch rats who were eating their food while providing moral support for sailors, despite being injured during the 101-day siege of the HMS Amethyst on the Yangtze in 1949.
1. Wrap thin rope around the legs of end tables to create scratching posts.
2. And stack those end tables to create shelves for your cat to lounge on, and for pet supply storage.
4. Empty milk cartons can be used to create a kitty litter scoop.
5. Terrariums are a good way to keep your cats from getting into your plants or walking around with dirty paws.
6. Or place pinecones in potted plants, because they’re uncomfortable for your cat to step on and will keep them out.
7. Cover exposed cords with split tubing to keep your cats from chewing through them.
8. NATURE’S MIRACLE. It gets rid of cat-pee stains and odors that are otherwise indestructible.
9. Make a window perch for your cat to see what’s going on outside.
10. Or use an old ladder as a cat climbing ramp.
11. Buy a cute toilet paper cover to keep your cat from unraveling it.
12. Make your own flea repellent.
14. Use old plastic Easter eggs to create fun puzzle toys for your cat.
17. Create a fun and inexpensive game for your cat using an old cardboard box and a ball.
18. Learn about your cat’s body language from these simple charts so you always know what they’re telling you!
19. If you need to bathe your cat, do it in the sink as opposed to the bathtub.
21. Draw a circle around your pet’s food bowl with chalk to keep ants away.
22. Leave some empty space on shelves for your cat to perch.
23. Hide the litter box inside a chest or cabinet.
24. Spend a few extra moments in the morning or evening brushing down your cat, and you’ll have less fur on all your furniture!
25. And running your hands over the furniture with rubber gloves on is a quick and easy way to get rid of cat hair.
26. Make food-dish shelves to keep your cat’s food out of reach from the dog.
27. And remember, if your cat is blinking slowly at you, it means they love you 🙂
Meet BenBen the cat!
One hour is all it took to transform this sad cat into a happy ball of orange fur. Introducing Benben. He had been called the saddest cat on the internet during the days he spent at the shelter.
Shelter workers think Benben had been attacked by another animal, he had some deep cuts, a cauliflower ear, and his spine was crushed.
Of course, he isn’t really frowning, it is just some extra skin on his face that makes him look that way.
Benben was scheduled to be put to sleep. Workers at the shelter said it was as if Benben knew his fate.
He stopped eating and drinking. The day before Benben was scheduled to be put down a woman who works with an ER vet took him home!
She said that as soon as they got home, Benben was transformed. Within just 60 minutes he was smiling, purring, and wanted to cuddle.
Benben finally felt safe, he felt loved and was finally happy.
So much for being the saddest cat on the internet! No one expected Benben ever to be able to walk again – but he proved everyone wrong!
Benben is able to walk, run, and jump (small distances!).
Many months later, some of Benben’s favorite activities are sleeping, playing, and trying to sample his human’s food!
Love is a powerful thing! Animals are so resilient!
This is an inspiring story! Maybe there is an animal at the shelter who could flourish in your home.
Share away, people!
How about this for a headline: “hero cat saves baby from freezing to death in Russian street.” Yup, you read that right and yup, there is a cat in Russia, named Masha, who totally just saved a baby’s life.
We knew cats had nine lives, but Masha is seriously paying it forward. Also, so much cat-lover pride right now.
Animals have a unqiue instinct and ability to perceive when something is not right.
We’ve seen countless examples of this – but here is one story in particular that especially proves just how amazing our beloved pets can be.
The protagonist of this unprecedented story is homeless cat Masha.
All her life, Masha had lived on the cold streets of Obinisk, a city in Russia.
Fortunately, there are many good-hearted people living in Masha’s neighborhood.
She is given food several residents also let Masha into their homes when it gets too cold in the evenings.
One such person is 68-year-old Irna Lavoraa who rents a house in the area. One day, as Irna was throwing out her garbage, she heard a strange noise.
It appeared to be coming from the basement. The more she listened, the more she realized that it was the sound of a cat mewing.
Instantly concerned that Masha might be hurt, Irnaa hurried down the stairs.
But what she discovered down in the chilly, damp cellar space shocked her.
There lay an abandoned boy in a cardboard box on the floor. And just next to him was Masha.
Authorities later determined that the tiny boy, estimated to be no more than 12-weeks-old, had been laying alone in the box for several hours.
But the baby was warm – all thanks to Masha laying closely next to him.
In other words, without Masha’s precious company – and body heat the baby boy would most certainly had perished.
The boy was rushed to hospital, but Masha’s motherly instincts didn’t let out when the ambulance arrived to take the boy to safety. According to the paramedics, the cat chased the ambulance after they had taken off.
“She was so worried about where we were taking the baby. She ran right behind us, miaowing. She was really a rational creature,” ambulance driver Vera Ivanina told the International Business Times.
Witnesses added that the cat continued to wait for hours in that same spot hoping for the ambulance to return.
The little boy is said to have recovered well, and the police have launched a search for his parents.
“She (Masha) is very calm and friendly, so when I heard her mewling, I at first thought she might have hurt herself. But clearly, it was just her maternal instincts taking over and she wanted to protect the child,” said Irna Lavora.
Extreme kudos to Masha for this crazy act of cat heroism. And don’t worry she is being very well looked after by her neighbors and friends who have taken to “[spoiling] her rotten.” A very well deserved reward for a hero.
Did this story also warm your heart? Animals sure do understand a lot more than people think! Share and like this Masha’s heartwarming true story if you want others can also pay tribute to her heroism!
Cats have always been funny, but as you can see from these hilarious pictures, they’re even funnier with Snapchat!
Scroll down to see what we mean. Compiled by Bored Panda, the list includes our furry friends doing exactly what they do best: making us smile. So if you’re having a bad day then these paw-sitively funny collection of Snapchats (or should that be Snapcats?) will have you “feline” fine in no time.
Let us know in the comments below which ones are your favorites, and don’t forget to vote for the best!
It’s no secret that pet owners will go above and beyond to please their pets. But, we have to admit, the catio is taking animal luxury to a whole new level. And while the trend might seem totally “extra,” we have to say the idea is pretty great.
The idea is that the patio for cats gives your feline access to the great outdoors but gives you peace of mind for their safety. Maybe they’re an indoor cat you want to keep safe, or perhaps they often stray too far from home. Maybe you’re just concerned about surrounding wildlife. Whatever your reason may be, a catio is a great solution to your concerns about your cat being outside.
The catio’s range in size and scale — some are attached to the windows like window boxes, while others are quite large and attached right to the side of the home. Some are even entire patio enclosures you and your cat can enjoy together. To get an idea of how people are taking advantage of the catio trend, check out some of the coolest catio’s we could find.
1. The classic
Check out this catio! We love how the design of it matches the style of the home, too. It’s definitely not an eye sore. The cat owners who created it had this to say, “Mars really, really likes his catio! He goes into it through the cat door several times a day, regardless of the weather. He LOVES being outdoors and I have peace of mind knowing he is always safe.”
2. The man cave
This catio is dedicated to the Seatle Seahawks — the favorite team of one man and his cat. The catio features 12 flags, a football rug, an NFL figurine of Marshawn Lynch, a chair and of course, a few football cat toys.
3. Wildlife window watcher
This window box catio is perfect for watching the birds and other wildlife, which your cat will love. But the big plus is that it is located below the window, so it doesn’t obstruct your own views of the great outdoors.
4. The catio people can enjoy, too
By transforming an outdoor deck with some elements to jump and climb, as well as screening to keep the cat in, this is the ultimate spot for both human and feline to enjoy the great outdoors.
5. The purr-fectly pretty window box
Look how pretty this is! Your neighbors won’t even realize what it is from afar. Plus, your cat is sure to enjoy their own personal enclosure to soak up the sun.
6. The old patio transformation
Transform that old, ugly patio into something much more useful. This spot isn’t just a great space for your feline friend, it’s going to be great for you to kick back and relax too.
7. Garden turned catio
An elevated, cement garden that didn’t get all that much use was transformed into the perfect cat enclosure. We love this one because it’s really unique and creative, plus it looks great!
8. The cat gazebo
Just look at this place! It looks like a beautiful gazebo tucked amongst the trees. But, alas, it’s a luxurious catio. There’s plenty of space to rest and relax back here, as well as climb and watch the wildlife.
9. The rainbow cabana
This colorful catio is surely one of a kind. They’ve decided to build this catio off to the side of their home to not obstruct the view out of the window. In doing so, they’ve created a little walkway from the window out to the catio that has plenty of space for the cats to get exercise, relax and have fun.
10. The hidden catio
From afar, you would never guess that pretty little gazebo-looking-thing was for a cat. We not only love the sleek design but how the garden grows up and around it. It’s a great spot for the cat to get out in nature.