Complete Information, History, and Care for Siamese Cats

Chocolate Point Siamese Cat

The has long, tapering lines and is medium-sized, sleek, and polished. It is muscular and lean. The Siamese cat's "points," which are deeper color patterns on the ears, face (mask), tail, legs, and paws, are its most distinctive feature. Siamese cats, sometimes referred to as "meezers," are preferred by people looking for a pedigreed pet. The Siamese is one of the first breeds of pedigreed cats, having received official recognition from the Cat Fancier's Association in 1906.

Breed Overview

Weight: 6 to 14 pounds

Length: Up to 14 inches

Coat: Short

Coat Color: Seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac

Eye Color: Blue

Life Expectancy: 8 to 12 years

Characteristics of the Siamese Cat

Affection Level High
Friendliness High
Kid-Friendly High
Pet-Friendly High
Exercise Needs High
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Intelligence High
Tendency to Vocalize High
Amount of Shedding Low

History of the Siamese Cat

Thai cat breeders produce Siamese cats. The English consul-general in Bangkok was given two pairs of Siamese cats by the King of Siam in 1880; when he took them back to England, they became the talk of the town. As more and more individuals yearned to possess one of these stunning "Oriental" cats, their popularity skyrocketed. In 1898, Wankee became the first Siamese to earn the title of champion, and the breed quickly advanced after that.

Uncertainty exists over whether Siamese breeders followed the judges in official Siamese show rings or vice versa, but for whatever reason, the progressively developed a thinner appearance and a more wedge-shaped head. This contemporary Siamese breed more closely resembled the historical Egyptian cats.

The Traditional and Classic Cat International register was established in 1987 by a group of Siamese breeders who were alarmed by the drastic changes in the current breed's look and worried about potential health issues. The group set out to "bring back and maintain the 'Old Style' appearance of each breed" as one of its objectives.

When referring to Siamese cats, the phrases "traditional" and "classic" are sometimes misunderstood. According to Sheelagh Le Cocq, the founder of The Traditional Siamese Cat Association, the classic Siamese is something of a hybrid between the traditional and modern varieties, lacking the excesses of either. She cites the years 1945 to 1970 as the classical era.

Si and Am from the animated Disney film "Lady and the Tramp," who are featured in the song "We Are Siamese If You Please," are famous examples of Siamese cats. The star of "That Darn Cat!" was a Siamese.

Siamese Cat Care

The Siamese cat has a short coat that just requires routine maintenance. Weekly brushing will reduce your cat's chance of developing hairballs. Recessive genes cause the production of the black pigment melatonin only in colder regions of the skin, giving rise to its characteristic point pattern. This explains why the legs, ears, and cheeks, where the skin is cooled while breathing, are darker in color.

Every 10 to 14 days, your cat's claws might need to be regularly trimmed. Provide a scratching post to protect your furniture's woodwork and fabric. Pay attention to oral care, begin brushing your cat on a regular basis at a young age, and arrange for routine veterinary dental cleanings.

Siamese cats are known for having a particular that is both trainable and lively, playful, and interested. They should have a cat tree or any other climbing device since they like climbing. They like chasing puzzle and teaser toys as well. This cat shouldn't be left alone when you're gone because if it does, you could come home to discover it having amused itself by getting into trouble.

Siamese are not at all shy with people. They form close bonds with people much like dogs do, and they'll follow you around the house in search of attention. As soon as you sit down, your cat will be in your lap. If you leave them alone for a long time, they will become melancholy since they want regular companionship. As a result, they work best in a home where you spend the most of the day there.

One of the most noisy cat breeds is the Siamese. They will converse with you frequently, correcting you when you aren't paying attention and speaking to you as though you were fluent in their language.

Siamese cats go very well with both pet-friendly canine breeds and households with young children. In order to prevent the cat from becoming defensive, young children should be taught how to treat cats.

Cats who solely spend time indoors have a longer lifespan. By doing this, injuries from accidents and fights as well as illness from the environment and other animals are avoided. A tightly gated yard may deter predators, but a Siamese cat would likely climb any barrier and get away. Any pet that isn't being bred will also benefit from spaying or neutering.

Common Health Problems

An eye disease is the most common health issue with Siamese cats. Years ago, cross-eyed Siamese were rather prevalent; the same gene that gave them colorful points also caused improper brain wiring for vision. Although the tendency for crossed eyes has mostly been bred away, Siamese cats still have less acute eyesight than other cats, which puts them at greater danger of getting hit by cars when out in the dark.

The other main health problems that this breed is prone to include:

  • : Siamese cats with wedge-shaped heads are more predisposed to respiratory problems, including and bronchial disease.
  • Liver problems due to amyloidosis, which is caused by an abnormal protein that is deposited in the body's organs
  • Renal amyloidosis, the buildup of the same abnormal protein in the kidneys, which can disrupt normal kidney function
  • Congenital, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common cat heart condition that can lead to heart failure.

You should provide all of the usual domestic cat immunizations, preventative veterinary treatments, and check-ups.

Diet and Nutrition

While wet food gives fluids to cats that may not drink enough water, dry cat food can help maintain a cat's teeth and gums healthy. You prevent your cat from avoiding it, be sure to supply clean, fresh water. While many cats naturally control their eating habits, some can become binge eaters if given unfettered access to food. If you see that your cat is gaining weight, you can wish to offer two meals each day and remove any leftovers.

With age, your cat could require a reduced diet. Consult your veterinarian about your cat's dietary requirements. The greatest method to ensure that your cat lives to an elderly age in good health is to prevent obesity.

Pros
  • Strongly bonds to its human family

  • Distinctive, exotic look with blue, almond-shaped eyes

  • Should get along with other cats or cat-friendly dogs and children

  • Active, energetic, and highly trainable

Cons
  • More predisposed to eye, respiratory, kidney, liver, and heart problems

  • Can get depressed if left alone for long periods of time

  • Gets bored easily, needs constant enrichment and activity

  • Has a tendency of being loud and vocal

Where to Adopt or Buy a Siamese Cat

You may be able to find a purebred Siamese cat through a breeder in your area, but if you would rather adopt from a rescue organization, check out:

  • Siamese Rescue
  • Petfinder
  • Adopt a Pet

More Cat Breeds and Further Research

Before you decide whether a Siamese cat is the right one for you, research the breed further by talking to other Siamese owners, reputable breeders, and rescue organizations.

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