The Flame Point Siamese, a rare and exotic breed, goes by several names. It’s often referred to as the Red Point Siamese, Red Lynx Point, and the Fire Tip Siamese.
No matter what you call it, it is one stunning cat.
This article will go over everything you need to know about this breed.
History of the Flame Point
The Siamese domestic cat originated in Thailand in the 14th century, making them one of the oldest cat breeds in the world.
For the most part, the Siamese comes in that familiar two-toned cream and brown color. But there can be rare colors, too, including the dazzling red hair and orange nose of the Flame Point.
After some tweaking, the Flame Point was first bred in the United Kingdom in the 1930s.
But eventually, the nose, paws, tail, and ears all had a red point. To get this look, a regular Siamese and an American Shorthair Tabby needed to be bred.
They Cost Big Bucks
Due to them being so rare, the Flame Point comes with some sticker shock.
You can be looking to pay anywhere from $400-$500, all the way up to over $2000.Each breeder breeds to different standards, and prices will depend on that.
You will need to pay a premium if you want a cat from a reputable breeder.
However, don’t be afraid to shop around either. You can still keep costs down when shopping for your lifelong companion.
They aren’t easy to find
The Flame Point Siamese may not be the rarest cat breed, but don’t expect they will be easy to find, especially if you are looking for a female.
More than 75% of Flame Points are males, with only a quarter being female.
Even though Cat Fancy awarded the Siamese as a breed in 1906, there was no formal recognition for those with various colors, including the Flame Point.
The colors in their fur don’t begin to truly blossom until they are older, making it tricky to recognize them.
Because they are so rare, this adds to the hefty cost of the Flame Point Siamese.
The Flame Point Siamese is a dashing animal. She is a true beauty with her red pointed ears, paws, nose, and red tail, which is a remarkable contrast against her cream-colored fur.
As kittens, they appear just like any other Siamese, but the red tint will begin to show vibrantly at around two years of age.
The redness in their hair will fade in the summer but come winter, it’s breathtaking once again.
Easy to Groom
Out of all species of animals, the cat’s grooming habits are like no other. But they can still use help from us at times.
The Flame Point Siamese is a short-haired cat, so they aren’t high maintenance in grooming. They also don’t shed often, making them a great choice for people with (light) allergies.
A simple brushing from you should be enough to keep them in tip-top shape.
You’re also in luck because the Siamese actually enjoy the water, so a bath every few months isn’t out of the question.
Suggested read: How to Bathe a Siamese Cat
A Wonderful Personality
Cats can be standoffish, but Siamese cats, especially the Flame Point, are the opposite.
Just like the fun personality of the Siamese, the Flame Point is a friendly and outgoing cat.
They tend to follow their humans wherever they go as they love the attention. They are always up for a snuggle or cuddle and will generally get along with most family members.
They enjoy playing with other pets and children. Because they are so loving, they tend to have a hard time if they are left alone for long periods.
If your schedule is busy, the Flame Point Siamese may not be your best bet if your schedule is busy.
They Love to Talk
The Flame Point, like most Siamese, is very talkative so expect more than your usual house cat.
Siamese will chirp, purr and yowl for hours sometimes.
Their social personalities cause them to want to tell the world about their day.
Want to know why Siamese cats are so talkative? Have a look at our explanation here.
They are Very Smart
Along with the looks, the Flame Point Siamese has smarts too.
They are very intelligent, reasonably easy to train and do well with positive reinforcement.
Because they are so bright, they do best with constant stimulation. If your cat is feeling bored, they can begin to act out; this is not something you want them to do.
Although Flame Points are technically a mixed breed, they have inherited many health issues from their Siamese parent.
It is good to be aware of these conditions so you can recognize them and get advice from your vet at an early stage.
Whether or not it is a reason to avoid this breed altogether is up to you. Every cat breed has their own health risks, and the SIamese is no different.
Let’s take a look at the most common ones.
While it won’t shorten their lives, arthritis can be uncomfortable. And it’s pretty common in most cats. As your Flame Point ages, you may notice that she isn’t moving as much as she once did.
There is no cure for arthritis, but pain management treatments are available.
Sadly in most Siamese breeds, the possibility of Retinal Degeneration is relatively high.
Over time, the retinas degenerate, eventually leading to blindness of their beautiful blue eyes. You may start to notice this if your cat seems disoriented.
The condition can show up in kittens and progress quickly. While there is no cure, it’s important to contact your veterinarian.
Like arthritis, hip dysplasia is discomfort in the joints.
The pain is usually in the hips alone, but it can worsen over time and develop into arthritis.
Diet and exercise can help, and your vet may recommend physical therapy or pain management. Sometimes surgery is needed, but most cats recover just fine.
Pica is a strange disorder that cats can have. Those with pica will lick or eat strange things like plastic or cardboard.
Experts aren’t totally sure why cats do this, but it may be from stressors that cat’s experienced when younger. Most cats will grow out of this odd behavior by two years of age.
The worst thing about this condition is your cat may be eating things that are dangerous and not edible. With this, you will need to worry about ulcers, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Our final thoughts
Flame Point Siamese cats are lovely. Their beauty and personality make them desirable pets for anyone looking for a lifelong friend.
We’ve highlighted the most important characteristics of the Flame Point Siamese in this article.
However, if you’re looking to read more about them, their character, their dietary needs, and more, have a look at our other article about Flame Point Siamese cats.
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