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1. Siamese cats were first seen in England in 1871. Where?
2. Some friends of mine in childhood owned a Siamese called Sheba - they also introduced me to some wonderfully funny books about Siamese with titles like 'Cats in the Belfry', 'Double Trouble', 'Cats in May' and 'The Coming of Saska'. Which British writer was the author of these books?
3. In 1879, probably the first Siamese cat in America arrived as a present for President Rutherford B. Hayes' wife from the American Consul in Bangkok. What did they call the cat?
4. Siamese have 'points' - that is, the head, ears, paws and tails are a different colour from the rest of the body. What is not a valid Siamese colour under British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) rules?
5. Siamese standards now call for a long tapering tail, free of any 'kink'. The characteristic kink was actually a congenital deformity. I think it's a shame it's been bred out, as there is a charming legend attached to it. What was this legend?
6. Is it a good idea to have your Siamese pet cat neutered?
7. Siamese cats aren't very happy as lap cats. Energetic, curious and intelligent, what will they do?
8. Another thing that has been bred out of the Siamese cat recently is the squint. There is also a legend about the squint, and that is that the Siamese guarded the Buddhist treasures and stared at them so hard that their eyes crossed. So what colour are these eyes?
9. Siamese points are also seen in other animals. What sort of Siamese animals would you not see?
10. I hope this quiz has disabused you of any notion that the two evil Siamese in 'Lady and the Tramp' (Si and Am) are typical Siamese. Of course, the true part of that film was that Siamese love milk so much that they would steal a baby's milk. That was true, wasn't it?
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