Blue Point vs. Lilac Point Siamese: 9 Fascinating Differences


With all the different Siamese colors out there, it’s no surprise that identifying color Points can be confusing. Chocolate Point, Blue Point, Red Point, Seal Point, Lilac Point… the list goes on. 

I have two Seal Points at home, Batman and Robyn, but I have had Blue Points in the past, and my friend currently has the cutest Lilac Point at home. 

To be quite honest with you, at first, I also thought they had a Blue Point until I did some research one night, and there are actually quite a few fascinating differences between the two!


The history of the Lilac Point Siamese

You may consider the Lilac Point to have one of the rockiest starts out of all the Siamese kitties. 

When Lilac Points first made their appearance in shows quite a few years back, they were considered a poor-bred Chocolate Point or a low-quality Blue Point – how mean is that!

It wasn’t until 1955 that this color version of the Siamese was eventually recognized as the beautiful kitties they are. In fact, it was the last of the four official color variants (Chocolate, Blue, Seal, and Lilac) to be recognized.


The history of the Blue Point Siamese

Similar to the Lilac Point Siamese, the Blue Point also had a slightly rocky start, gaining official recognition in 1934. Before, they were considered to be inferior Seal Points and were banned from breeding and official shows. 

However, the Blue Point became the first of the Color Points (other than the Seal) to achieve official recognition, with the Chocolate Point following shortly after. 

Both the Blue Point and the Chocolate Point Siamese are genetic variations (or dilutions) of the Seal Point Siamese. 


What is the difference between Blue Point and Lilac Point Siamese?

If you read my other article on the differences between a Seal Point and a Chocolate Point, you’ll already know there isn’t much contrast between these Siamese kitties.

The main difference between the color points is their fur, nose leather, and paw color. 

Lilac Point Siamese sport creamy white bodies with pinky-gray (or lavender) points. Their nose leather and paw pads are pale pink, and their eyes are a shade of china blue, softer than the electric blue Siamese cats are known for. These pretty kitties will stay pale throughout their lives.

On the other hand, Blue Point Siamese have platinum-gray coats, with shades of blue running throughout. Their points are made up of grayish-blue tones, and their chest and bellies look a tad lighter than the rest of their body. They also get slightly darker as they age.

The reason why it’s easy to confuse the Blue Point with the Lilac Point and vice versa is due to the grey-colored points. 

Since the Lilac Point is lighter than the Blue, they are often confused as the “diluted Blue Point.” However, Lilac kitties are actually the diluted version of the Chocolate Point!


Lilac Point Siamese cat personality

The Lilac Point Siamese is known for being beautiful, demanding, and dramatic. Now I know what you’re thinking; it sounds like your typical Siamese!

Believe it or not, Lilac Points are even more theatrical than the standard Siamese, the diva of the cat world, if you please. These lavender kitties demand attention wherever possible desire to be always loved. 

I have found my friends Lilac Point to have even more energy than both Batman and Robyn put together (if that’s even possible!) And she does have an inquisitive streak. For example, she knows exactly when I’m coming around due to the special knock I always do on my friend’s door, how clever is that!

Just like all Siamese kitties, Lilac Points also know how to get their own way; by being as melodramatic as possible. They adore love, company, and attention, and they’ll give it back tenfold.

Another thing I have noticed about Lilac Point Siamese cats is their need to be in everyone’s business. These nosy kitties will be poking around your stuff without any shame. My friends Lilac Point is straight in my bag as soon as I put it down!


Blue Point Siamese cat personality

From my past experiences owning Blue Point Siamese cats, I can tell you that they are huge babies. They make it their mission to be as close to you as possible; I bet they’d be more than happy to be carried around all day! 

Another thing I noticed about Blue Point Siamese cats is they’re a lot more relaxed than their other pointed brothers and sisters. Just like their blue coat, they’re calm and peaceful, happy to watch the day go by without a care in the world. 

Blue Point Siamese are good at adapting to new situations, different from typical Siamese cats who struggle with change. 

These chillaxed felines are also known for being incredibly gentle with humans and other animals, adding to their already peaceful temperament.


Is Lilac Siamese rare?

Both the Lilac Point Siamese and the Blue Point Siamese are considered to be the rarer versions of the four official variations. 

As I mentioned before, the Lilac Point is a watered-down version of the Chocolate Point, and the Chocolate Point is already a genetic mutation of the Seal Point. 

These Lilac kitties are rare due to the genetic combinations that are needed to produce such a color. 


How big do Blue Point Siamese get?

Typically, there isn’t much difference when it comes to the size of a Blue Point Siamese compared to the other color points. 

Siamese cats are known for being relatively small and slim, and they usually weigh anywhere from 6 – 12 pounds depending on gender and age. Height-wise, they will typically measure around 8” – 10” tall.

While you may think that Siamese cats look skinnier than your regular moggie due to carrying less weight, that is not actually the case. Siamese cats have an exposed physique due to their short hair, unlike the fluffy and dense fur we typically associate with cats. 

For example, tabby cats average weight of 8 – 12 pounds too!

While Blue Point Siamese are considered to be fully grown after two years, their coats will continue to change throughout their lives. 


How much does Lilac Point Siamese cost?

Since Lilac Point Siamese are considered to be rarer than the typical Siamese, you should expect to pay anywhere between $600 – $1200 depending on the age of the kitty, color points, and breeder. 

Siamese kittens cost less than adults since their color points have yet to be developed. 

This is a key factor since Siamese cats are often used in shows where specific colors and color points will be more popular than others. For example, if you go for a Siamese with noticeable features and colors, you could be expected to pay anywhere up to $2,000.

As always, you should find a reputable breeder and follows the best practices when it comes to breeding.

 


How much does Blue Point Siamese cost?

Again, a huge factor lies in the age, health, authority of breeder, etc. That being said, you can be expected to pay anywhere between $500 – $1100 for a Blue Point Siamese. 

You may be able to get one slightly cheaper compared to a Lilac Point; however, the price should never be too low. Finding a Blue Point Siamese at $200 may seem like a steal, but they are likely to come with a ton of health problems due to poor breeding. 

I know someone who picked up a Balinese kitten for as little as $300, and they were surprised when they had to spend over $2000 at the vets due to a handful of health conditions (safe to say I wasn’t surprised!)

Before you ever buy a Siamese, ensure you read all the reviews on the breeder. Also, ask to see the breeding program and the results of the health tests performed on the parents. 

Before committing to any kitten, I suggest visiting them first to check out their current home environment – it tells you a lot!


What does Blue Point mean in cats?

The term Blue Point isn’t reserved exclusively for Siamese cats! Siamese kitties may have been the start with Seal Points; however, over time, quite a few breeds have got involved with Siamese cats to produce other Blue Point Breeds. 

Let’s take a look at some close relatives to the Siamese Blue Point:

  • Blue Point Himalayan: These blue-eyed beauties have been said to come about when a Persian cat bred with a Siamese. Their eyes are bright blue like the Siamese; however, their fur is long and fluffy, resembling that of their Persian parents. 
  • Blue Point Burmese: Burmese are actually distant cousins to the Siamese. If you take a look at the history books, you’ll find that the ancestors of the Burmese are Siamese. 
  • Blue Point Tabby: I have to say, Blue Point Tabbies are absolutely adorable! They sport light, colored cream coats with blue-grey stripes. Their fur is fluffier than that of a Siamese, and they proudly show their stripes like their tabby parents. 
  • Blue Point Balinese: These Balinese and Blue Pointed Siamese mixes have much darker fur than the Seal Point Siamese. 

Things to know when owning a Lilac or Blue Point Siamese

Before you go and dive into the deep end, there are a few things you should know before taking one of these lovable felines home with you. 

Food Requirements

Siamese cats require a balanced diet packed full of protein to ensure they’re always running at 100%. If you want your Siamese to stay healthy, active, and happy, it is important to include a variety of minerals into their diet.

Ideally, your Lilac Point and Blue Point Siamese will be on a diet that consists of fat, protein, minerals, and lots of water. Since Siamese are made up of 70% water, they need to stay well-hydrated. 

Typically, cats do not reach their daily water intake from drinking alone; therefore, you should look into feeding your Siamese some wet food along with their regular diet. You can even look into some homemade food recipes.

Exercise

I can’t say this enough: Siamese cats are highly energetic creatures. It doesn’t matter if they’re lilac, blue, purple, polka dot, or striped; they will be running up the walls with the amount of energy they need to expel.  

This is why you should never get a Siamese if you do not have the time or energy to play with them for at least 40 minutes per day. I personally spent around 80 minutes playing with my Siamese kitties throughout the day; not only is it fun for them, I genuinely love spending time with my babies. 

Make sure there are lots of toys on offer for your Siamese and plenty of room to run and play.

Training

Thankfully, Siamese cats are relatively easy to train. While they may be mischievous, it won’t take you long to teach them what is and what isn’t acceptable behavior. Siamese cats have an excellent memory; therefore, it won’t be long until they know your schedule better than you do! 

Grooming

If you’ve ever been around long-haired kitties (especially the white ones), you’ll know just how hard it is to get their hair off everything and anything. Due to Siamese cats having short hair, they thankfully don’t malt that much or require much grooming. 

While there is actually no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat, Siamese cats are considered to be less triggering towards allergies due to the amount of fur and dander they produce. 

Lilac and Blue Point Siamese don’t require any special grooming; simply brush them at least once a week, clean their ears often and give their nails a trim when needed!

Health Conditions

The downside to owning one of these beautiful felines is the number of health conditions they come along with. Of course, it isn’t guaranteed your Siamese will experience even one of these conditions; however, they are more likely to occur within Siamese cats. 

It is rather common for Siamese cats to go blind, especially with old age. They’re also prone to gum disease, urinary tract disease, and Gastrointestinal and neoplastic problems.

That being said, an indoor Siamese will typically live anywhere between 15 – 20 years. As long as they’re active, eat the proper diet, get regular vet checkups, and have good living conditions, there is no reason why your Siamese can’t be with you for years to come!


Male Siamese Vs. Female Siamese 

There really isn’t that much difference when it comes to male and female Siamese cats. While some people claim that males tend to be more affectionate than females, I can honestly say that I’ve seen no difference (plus, Siamese cats are just incredibly loving anyway!)

It’s always in your best interest, and your Siameses’, to get them neutered as soon as possible. Even if your Siamese is an indoor cat, neutering can help them avoid a handful of illnesses, not only unwanted pregnancies. 


Are Blue Point and Lilac Point Siamese good for families?

If you’ve got a family, I can’t recommend adding a Siamese enough! They adore being a part of a family unit – mainly because more people = more attention. 

While Siamese cats typically bond to one person (for example, Batman is more bonded to me, whereas Robyn is to my children), they will still have a love for the rest of the family. 

Batman will spend more time with me; want to sleep in my bed, sit next to only me on the sofa, even follow me into the bath; he still loves some cuddles and especially play-time from the rest of the family. 

Siamese cats are also patient and gentle with children; they love nothing more than having good play sessions! 

Facts about the Lilac and Blue Point Siamese 

Let me hit you with some cool facts about Siamese kitties to finish this article off!

  • Siamese are ANCIENT: While it is hard for us to say precisely when Siamese came around, they have been recorded in Thai documents all the way back to the 14th century. Even then, people adored these beautiful kitties, maybe even more so than now!
  • Lilac Point Siamese were “poorly colored blue points: It’s hard to believe that these beautiful kitties were not always celebrated for their light coats and lilac-colored points. It wasn’t until 1955 Lilac’s points were truly appreciated and officially recognized.
  • Siamese cats are born all white: I like to refer to Siamese cats as “temperature-sensitive albinos.” This means that while they are born all white, similar to people with albinism, their fur actually changes color depending on the skin’s temperature. Their face, tail, and paws are colder parts of their body, and therefore, this is where their “points” are developed. 
  • Siamese are Guinness world record holders: Get this – while typical felines produce an adverage of four to six kittens, in 1970, a Siamese Burmese cross gave birth to a whopping 19 kittens! Sadly, four of these kittens were stillborn; however, today’s record still stands in place.

Are Blue Point and Lilac Point Siamese Different?

While there are subtle differences in the fur color, Blue Point and Lilac Siamese really aren’t that different. They’re both typical Siamese kitties: lovable, loud, playful, and intelligent. 

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