Siamese Cats

Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Question:

What is the history of Siamese cats? Is there some legend behind them?

The Answer:

This is what we could find out about Siamese cats.

Most sources believe Siamese cats originiated in Siam-modern day Thailand. Legend has it that they were the companions of kings and priests and that they guarded temples. Some trace Siamese origins to Egypt and Burma, but many dispute this idea.

Siamese were first brought to England in the late 1800s. Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of Rutherford Hayes, is the first person recorded to own a Siamese in the U.S.

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