Seal Point Cats: Fun Facts + 8 Breeds with Seal Point Colors

What are seal point cats?

A seal point cat is a cat whose coat color is seal point. This unique coat consists of an ivory or cream background with dark brown/black points on the face (known as a mask), ears, paws and tail.

Seal Point Birman cat

Fun Facts about Seal Point Cats

1. Seal point cats are born white

Due to the warmth inside the mother’s uterus, seal point kittens are born white. Their points gradually develop from about three weeks of age but will not reach full color for several months. 

Siamese kittens growing from white to seal point

2. There are different point color variations – not just seal point

Seal point is the most well-known “point” color in cats, but it is not the only one. For example, Siamese cats have 4 point colors: seal, chocolate, blue and lilac, as shown on the images below:

point color variations in cat

Lilac and blue are very similar because both are blue-grey. The main difference is that blue point has a darker gray color, as shown on the images below:

point color variations in cats (2/2)

3. Si and Am from “The Lady and the Tramp” were seal point cats

Si and Am are the names of the two sinister seal point Siamese cats from the 1955 movie The Lady and the Tramp:

8 cat breeds with seal point colors

The seal point color can also be found in a number of other breeds including:

1. Seal point Himalayan cats

The Himalayan is a long-haired Persian, with colored points and blue eyes. They are known for their easygoing nature and quiet disposition. A moderate to large breed of cat, with a beautiful long coat that has darker points on the extremities. View more.

seal point himalayan breed

2. Seal point Ragdoll cats

The Ragdoll is a beautiful cat recognized for its colorpoint coat and sapphire blue eyes. Ragdolls are one of the largest breeds of domestic cat in the cat fancy, with a large and muscular body and a longhaired coat that is silky to the touch. View more.

seal point ragdoll cat

3. Seal Point Birman Cats

Also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma, the Birman cat is an ancient breed of cat with a striking pale coat with contrasting dark points, white gloves on the feet and stunning blue eyes. View more.

Seal Point Birman Cat Breed

4. Seal point Balinese

Balinese cats have long hair with point colors and beautiful sapphire blue eyes.

seal point balinese in the street

5. Devon Rex & Cornix Rex

Devons are known for their unusual curly coat and pixie-like appearance. Their heads are a modified wedge, with a distinct convex curve from the outer earlobes, cheekbones and whisker pads. View more.

Seal Point Devon Rex

The Cornish Rex is a medium-sized cat with a muscular body and fine bones. Legs are long and oval paws are small.  The wedge-shaped head is longer than it is wide, with high cheekbones, oval eyes, a Roman nose and a strong chin. View more. View more. 

Seal point cornish rex

6. Exotic shorthair

The exotic shorthair has a gentle nature and a characteristic round face with a flat nose. View exotic shorthair breed profile and pictures. 

seal point exotic shorthair

7. British shorthair.

One of the oldest recognised cat breeds, the British Shorthair was created by selectively breeding domestic ‘working’ cats to conform to a set standard. The British Shorthair is known for its distinctive cobby body, round face and dense coat. View the British shorthair breed profile.

Silver tabby seal point British Shorthair

8. Siamese

This list would not be complete with the seal point Siamese!

Seal point Siamese cat

The appearance of the Siamese has changed quite a lot over recent decades. Modern Siamese cats are much more slender with a long and slender wedge-shaped head and large ears. Originally there were two Siamese types, the applehead and the classic. The classic Siamese is somewhere between the applehead and modern but has been around as long as the applehead Siamese has. Over time, the Siamese body and head became more slender (wedge-shaped). Most Siamese at cat shows are of the modern type.

Three types of Siamese cat

Learn more about seal point Siamese cats.