Many beautiful cats walk this Earth and the cat with red colorpoints is one of them. We trace the origins of this sleek and beautiful cat and uncover many other facts along the way.
The Flame Point Siamese cat explained
A Flame Point Siamese is often referred to as a colorpoint shorthair cat with red points. It is the result of crossing a Siamese cat with an American Shorthair. In this instance, the shorthaired cat would have been a red tabby which is why this cat has vibrant flame-red points.
In the UK and several other areas, the Flame Point Siamese is referred to as a red point Siamese because its points, which have the same pattern as those of a Siamese, are red – a color affectionately referred to as orange or ginger.
The US official cat body, The Cat Fanciers’ Association, does not accept the Flame Point Siamese as a breed and so they are simply classed in a group of cats referred to as Colorpoint Shorthairs which also include cats such as the Lynx Point.
Flame Point Siamese cats were created by cross-breeding
Sometimes two popular breeds are crossed to produce a cat that shares the best characteristics of both.
The Flame Point Siamese was created by cross-breeding the popular Siamese with a red tabby American Shorthair cat in order to produce cats with red colorpoints.
Red is not a standard Siamese cat point color but lovers of Siamese and red Shorthairs liked thought the mix of the two colors would make a pretty cat.
Both Siamese and Shorthair cats have good temperaments and the resulting Flame Point Siamese has acquired the best elements of their traits.
Like the Siamese, the Flame Point has a white or cream body and bright blue eyes.
Unlike the Siamese which has seal, chocolate, blue, or lilac-colored points, the Flame Point Siamese has varying shades of red on its face, paws, and tail tip.
Flame Point Siamese cats are relatively rare
Flame Point Siamese cats are rare. The main reason for their scarcity is that Siamese breeders tend to breed purebred Siamese more often than mixed-breed Flame Points.
This results in an infrequent availability of Flame Point cats.
Add to this the fact that female Flame Points are also quite rare, because of the genetics responsible for the red coloring. meaning there are fewer breeding opportunities.
The Flame Point Siamese cat has a perfect personality
When it comes to personality, the Flame Point Siamese is known to be playful, affectionate, intelligent, and to love the company of humans.
Like the Siamese, it’s a cat that doesn’t like to be alone so if at all possible always get a second cat as they will naturally entertain each other which in turn has a positive effect on their well being.
The Flame Point is a cat lovers cat, perfect for anyone who has plenty of time to devote to it. It’s a cat that laps up attention and really needs human interaction.
Like the traditional Siamese, boy can these cats talk! You can almost hold a conversation with a Flame Point. It has the same distinctive voice as a traditional Siamese cat.
Expect to hear loud meows, chirps, chirrups and a variety of squeaks – often at high-volume. These cats have powerful voices!
An easy way to keep a Flame Point happy and healthy is to play with it regularly with a toy that satisfies its natural instincts to stalk and pounce.
Our cats’ all-time favorite is the Go Cat Da Bird. It’s hand made with real feathers and is perfect for encouraging them to leap and chase. If you haven’t seen one, it’s conveniently available on Amazon. Here’s a link to see all the details and the current price.
Flame Point Siamese cats are not mean
Flame Point Siamese cats do not exhibit mean personalities. In fact, they are popular for their affectionate and sociable natures.
They are known to behave confidently in the presence of other cats but rarely behave meanly toward them.
Owners of Flame Point cats always say the main reason they love them so much is because of their gentle natures and lack of aggression.
The best way to buy Flame Point Siamese cats
The best place to buy a Flame Point Siamese is from a breeder who specializes in producing them. Make sure they are registered and can prove they have healthy breeding cats.
Any good breeder will be more than happy to introduce you to the mother and kittens, show you around the premises and will clearly care about their breeding cats and babies.
It’s always worth registering with local cat rescue centers and expressing the type of cat you are interested in, especially if you don’t mind adopting and older cat.
What you might pay for a Flame Point Siamese cat
The price of a Flame Point Siamese can vary between $400 and $2000 plus. A lot depends on current availability and demand, both of which are constantly fluctuating.
Flame Point Siamese cats are more expensive from registered breeders because the cost of keeping breeding cats in good health and producing quality kittens is high.
Beware of buying cheap unregistered kittens and those that do not appear healthy and well-socialized. A cheap kitten is often a false economy because it might need extra health care.
If you have ever wondered why good breeders have long waiting lists and expensive Flame Point Siamese kittens, here’s a quick summary of why:
- Breeding cats are scanned to prove they are free of genetic conditions
- All breeding cats have annual health checks
- Breeders use high-quality food to ensure their cats are in prime condition
- Kittens are vaccinated twice and checked by a vet
- Good quality kittens are always in high demand
Backyard breeders are renowned for not adhering to the first four points above. Yes, you may get a kitten more quickly and yes, it will probably be a lot cheaper.
You might even be lucky and find your kitten lives a long and healthy life. But there is a huge chance that your kitten will be sickly and have inherent health issues.
Common Flame Point Siamese cat health issues
As with all cats, there are certain health conditions that Flame Point Siamese cats are prone to.
- Hip Dysplasia
- Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome (FHS) – also known as twitching skin syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Pica Syndrome – eating inedible objects
- Dental problems
The Flame Point Siamese: Conclusion
In some areas the Flame Point Siamese is a recognized breed but in others it is classed as a Siamese cross breed and known as a Colorpoint Shorthair.
Either way, it is a beautiful and sought-after cat with red color points and striking blue eyes.
If you desire one of these cats you might have to be patient as they are often in high demand and short supply. But all Flame Point Siamese owners will tell you this strikingly beautiful cat is definitely worth the wait.