The wonderful thing about being a cat lover is there are so many breeds and sizes from which to choose. With some people, it is the personality of the cat that matters, and with others, it is the appearance of the cat.
One of the most beautiful cats is the seal point, which is a part of the Siamese, Ragdoll, and Himalayan families. While a seal point may be similar to other color point Siamese cats, such as the tortie point and chocolate point, there are some distinctions.
The seal point cat has a fawn, or beige colored body and the tail nose and legs are dark brown. In fact, the term “seal point” refers to the particular coloration of this particular cat.
For those of you who would like to learn more about seal point cats, here are 10 fun facts you probably did not know.
1. It Is A Pure Bred Phenomenon
While most people are under the assumption that all seal points are Siamese, as mentioned above, there are other breeds in which you can find the seal point coloring. As it goes, the seal point color pattern is largely found in purebred species that include Siamese, but also include other breeds.
2. The Breed and Color Pattern Are a Little Over Half a Century-Old
Some breeds have been around for ages, and there are some breeds that are relatively new. The seal point is relatively new, all things considered. During the 1940s and 1950s, cat breeders looking to create a shorthaired breed crossbred an American shorthair with a Siamese and from that experiment arose the seal point.
3. The Previous Statement Wasn’t Completely True
As in life, everything is not black and white, and while one statement may be true, it may not completely explain the story. The truth is that some Siamese cats have always displayed the seal point coloration. The mixing of the Siamese with the American shorthair introduce the color patter into other breeds.
4. Seal Points are Extremely Dignified In Their Behavior
If there is such a thing as an elegant and dignified cat, it is the seal point. These cats are not only elegant, but they are immensely independent. Observing them, you would get the idea they are aware of the aura of aristocracy.
5. Don’t Mess with their Qui
While there are some cat breeds that are highly spontaneous and impulsive. You never know what they are going to do from moment to moment, but seal points are creatures of habit and they don’t easily give way to change.
6. They Can Possess a Jealous Streak
When it comes to pets, most of them can be a bit possessive at times — leading to selfish behavior when it comes to their caretakers and guardians. However, the seal point can be extremely protective and possessive when it comes to their guardians.
7. They Are Direct And Expressive
Seal points are not capricious in the slightest. They know what they like, and they have no problem letting you know when they don’t like something. They can communicate their displeasure with a piercing state or even a robust ankle tackle.
8. Seal Points Are Often Confused with Chocolate Points
Some similarities do exist when comparing seal points and chocolate points, but the easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that the seal point is distinctly darker than the chocolate point — dark points and darker coat.
9. There Has Even Been a Seal Point in the White House
We all know that U.S. presidents and their families can be just as attached to their family pet and the next person. What you may not know is that there was at least one first family whose favorite furry friend was a seal point. In the late 1870’s U.S. Consul David Stickles gave Lucy Hayes (First lady to Rutherford B. Hayes) a seal point Siamese named Siam.
10. Despite Their Sleek Physique, They Gain Pack On Weight
Everyone has the image on the sleek and trim Siamese cat, so most people automatically assume that seal points are incapable of putting on weights; however, it was a Siamese cat who held the World’s record for the fattest cat in 2003. The cat weighed a whopping 50 pounds — nearly five times its normal weight.
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