The Siamese definitely is the oldest breed of cat, but the myth starts when people claim that the animal developed naturally, without human intervention. The Siamese cat is born white because it has temperature-sensitive albinism. Nature does not usually select for white animals, except by accident. A white cat has no protective camouflage, which hinders its success of survival in the wild. Both the true albino and the temperature-sensitive albino have a common problem with their eyes--lack of melatonin causes them to have abnormal uncrossed wiring of the optic chiasm, and thus they fail to develop stereoscopic vision--a real disadvantage to a hunter.
- Why do Siamese cats have kinked tails?
- It turns out that all Southeast Asian cats are special!