Siamese cats are gorgeous, talkative, and very entertaining pets to own. They possess many of the most interesting genetic traits of all cats, such as their beautiful, distinctive fur colors, bright blue eyes, and loving personality.
Siamese cats are most well-known for their distinctive fur coloring. Although there are 32 different documented color variations in Siamese cats, the differences are often very slight. For casual observers, it might be hard to distinguish the differences because they are so subtle.
What determines the fur color of a Siamese cat?
Siamese cats get their distinctive color shades from a unique gene to Siamese cats, called the Himalayan Gene. This gene causes temperature-reactive albinism, which changes the color of the cat’s fur based on their local body temperature. The fur in cooler parts of the body becomes darker while the hotter parts of the cat turn lighter.
What are the different colors of Siamese cats?
There are about 32 distinctive Siamese fur colorings; however, because the differences between some of them are so slight, we narrowed it down to the 10 most common colors.
Blue Siamese Cats have a gray to blue color that darkens with age
Seal point siamese cats are brown edging toward black points
Lilac Siamese cats have light gray ends with slight pinkish undertones
Fawn Siamese cats are off-white with pale brown and pinkish areas
Caramel Siamese cats have beautiful pink-gray points, which will be less pronounced
Cinnamon Siamese Cats have warm orangey-brown points with slightly lighter undertones.
This is the color closest to orange; it’s pink to reddish-orange and sometimes fairly light at the points. This color results from a crossing between a Siamese and a red Tabby or tortoiseshell-colored cat and is often referred to as a Flame Point Siamese.
Tortie is a result of the same cross as Red Point Siamese cats. Tortie Siamese cats have more mottled brown/black markings, occasionally with some orange sections.
Cream-colored Siamese cats have very pale point markings, which will tend light brown or pink.
Apricot is a less popular color for Siamese cats. Apricot Siamese have an orange coloration but are often more pale and mottled/striped than red Siamese cats.
How do Siamese cats get their color?
Their temperature determines siamese cat colors; they have a temperature reactive albinism that responds to the cat’s body temperature. This results in the warmest parts of their body being lighter and the cooler parts being darker. This genetic trade is unique to Siamese cats, and it is what gives them their distinct and beautiful colors.
The exact color of those pale sections varies a little from individual to individual and varies slightly depending on their fur’s natural pigment. For instance, Orange Siamese cats often have whiter orange silver-based body fur than Seal Point or even Lilac cats.
Is there such a thing as a black Siamese cat?
People often ask us if completely black Siamese cats exist because they came across a cat breed with all the typical characteristics of a Siamese cat, but it’s completely black.
The answer is that Siamese cats with black accents or ‘ends’, such as Seal Point Siamese cats, do exist. However, fully black Siamese cats don’t exist.
The reason is that the gene that gives Siamese cats their distinctive coloring, the Himalayan gene, causes gradients in colors due to temperature differences.
The chances are that if you come across a black Siamese cat, you’re probably looking at an Oriental cat that is similar to a Siamese but without the Himalayan gene.
Is a female orange Siamese cat rare?
Orange female Siamese cats are relatively rare, but it isn’t an impossible coloration. This doesn’t just apply to Siamese cats. Orange females of any breed are just not as common as males. It does happen, although orange females usually have orange accents rather than a full orange coat.
You may be wondering now; why are female cats less likely to be orange than their male counterparts? It’s all right down to the genetics of color.
Scientists are reasonably certain that cat color is closely linked to genes on the X chromosome. Since female cats have two X chromosomes while male cats only have one (they have an X and Y chromosome, just like human males), female cat colors are often harder to predict than male cat colors.
Cat color genes are further complicated because two different color genes won’t necessarily be strictly dominant or recessive. Some color genes will combine to a mixed coloration that only exists when both genes are present. Other genes are more dominant and can become dominant over the other genes.
Many female cats with one orange gene will express calico cats, tortoiseshell cats, or completely orange-free colors.
Female cats that are lucky enough to get two copies of the ginger fur gene will surely be orange, a bit like human redheads!
Roughly 1 in 5 female cats that carry the orange gene will have partly or fully orange fur. On the other hand, because male Siamese cats don’t usually have a competing color gene, they will definitely inherit the orange color, sometimes with white accents.
Do Orange Cats Have More Health Problems?
This is a myth. Orange cats usually don’t have any more health problems than cats with another coloring in their breed.
It’s important to note that health issues are more closely connected to a cat’s breed or family tree than its color. Looking at their family history and breed is a better way to make predictions about your cat’s future health.
Your cat being orange or any other color doesn’t necessarily pre-dispose them to obesity and overeating. Garfield aside.
Are Red Point Siamese Cats Rare?
Red point Siamese cats are beautiful, loving, and incredibly active, and talkative. But they aren’t widespread.
There might be more Red Point Siamese, but the point is that not every Siamese breed registry considers Red point cats as pure race Siamese.
Because of that, some breeders don’t set out to purposely breed orange cats as it’s often considered an impurity.
If you are deadset on getting a Red point cat, it’s a good idea to look for Siamese cat shelters. Sadly, many Siamese end up in shelters because their owners don’t realize how high-maintenance Siamese cats can be.
We love those traits, and in fact, it is what Red Point Siamese cats are known for. Apparently, it’s not what every cat owner is looking for. However, give them love and attention, and it’s the best feline companion you can ever wish for.
Because Red Point Siamese are relatively rare, it might take some patience to find one, and you might need to travel to get one.
How Much Are Red Point Siamese Cats Worth?
Since Red point Siamese cats are fairly rare, they’re also more pricey than other Siamese cats. Younger cats tend to be the most expensive and may cost close to $2,000 to adopt from a breeder.
Even adult cats usually set you back around $1,000, with rock bottom breeder prices hovering around $600.
If you’re looking to own an orange Siamese cat, prepare yourself for a hefty price tag. There, however, are some ways you can get one for significantly less.
Adopting cats from a shelter is usually much cheaper than purchasing them from a breeder. However, many shelters charge more for rare cats and see it as a good opportunity to help cover their operating costs.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing that Siamese cats are more expensive. This also acts as a barrier for potential owners who don’t know what to expect and care for a Siamese cat.
How to tell if an orange cat is a Siamese cat?
If you come across an orange cat or color point, you may wonder if it actually is a Siamese cat.
Luckily there are a few ways you can tell if you came across one of these rare color combinations. Especially since orange Siamese cats are very uncommon, it’s important to know how to recognize one when you see one.
This Siamese cat recognition guide can help you in determining what kind of cat breed you have.
Siamese cats are one of the more distinctive breeds out there, with many clearly defined color markings that make them stand out. They also tend to have a distinctive personality, though not every Siamese cat will love exercise or spend their whole day talking.
Siamese cats have blue eyes, and most of their fur (for most colors) is creamy white, with more color in the points. Points for a Siamese cat are their face, the tip of their tail, and their paws.
Some Siamese cats will also have some light coloring along their back. They can also have a tapered tail that ends into a distinct point.
Some Siamese cats still have some of their older traits, though these are getting less common. Examples of those traits include permanently crossed eyes or a crooked tail.