About the Siamese Cat
If you’ve been looking for a cat who likes to talk back, consider the Siamese. Among the most vocal of all breeds, these chatty cats love nothing more than to spend time alongside their favorite people, eagerly offering advice and opinions about everything that happens throughout the day.
Talkative tendencies are just the beginning. Siamese cats are friendly and playful, with the ability to get along well with just about everyone so long as they are properly socialized as kittens.
Charming blue eyes contribute to the breed’s stunning appearance. Since looks aren’t everything, it’s important to note that the Siamese cat is highly intelligent and more than a little curious. These kitties keep their families amused with their antics and they are usually more than happy to learn simple tricks. Playing fetch is a favorite pastime, and outdoor walks on leashes are often enjoyed, as well.
Very busy families might do better with a cat that requires less attention, as the Siamese can quickly develop unwanted behaviors if left alone for too long. The good news is that if you have always wanted a Siamese kitten, having a second cat or a friendly dog that’s willing to stand in as a playmate can be a remedy for the kind of boredom that can lead to destructive tendencies. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to leave your cat to its own devices; however, it helps to have another animal to provide companionship when you cannot be at your cat’s beck and call.
Overall, Siamese cats are marvelous companions and fantastic snugglers. No wonder the Siamese is one of the world’s most popular cat breeds!
Thanks to their short, single layer coats, Siamese cats are very easy to care for. Since too much brushing can alter the coat’s texture, simply give your cat a good rubdown with your fingers once or twice per week to remove any loose hair and cut back on shedding. In addition, you may want to use a chamois or a silk scarf to polish your cat’s coat to a gleaming shine.
Siamese cats are prone to periodontal disease, so dental health should be a priority. You may be able to cut back on expensive dental cleanings by brushing your cat’s teeth at home.
Last but not least, consider clipping your cat’s claws. Siamese cats have a tendency to use their front paws like hands, getting into drawers and cupboards. Keeping their toenails clipped can help prevent damage to your furniture.
Siamese tend to be very healthy cats and many enjoy exceptionally long lives, often surviving into their 20s. Even so, there are several potential health concerns to be aware of including respiratory infections and heart disease. Siamese are prone to central nervous system diseases including psychogenic alopecia, a condition that leads to excessive grooming that causes hair loss. Some also suffer from feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which causes oversensitive skin.
Siamese cats are also more sensitive to anesthesia than other cats, meaning that surgical procedures can pose a higher risk. Crossed eyes and kinked tails are two common issues for Siamese cats. Neither is serious although crossed eyes can prevent the affected cat from enjoying good peripheral vision.
The Siamese cat is a natural aristocrat, originally bred in the kingdom of Siam, which we know as Thailand today. Because these cats were considered sacred in ancient Siam, only members of royalty and Buddhist monks were allowed to keep them.
The breed was first described in the ancient Tamra Maew manuscripts also known as The Cat-Book Poems, which was curated during the Ayutthaya Kingdom between 1351 and 1767.
When European dignitaries began visiting Siam in the 1800s, they were often impressed with the cats and as a gesture of goodwill, members of the Siamese royal family began offering Siamese cats as gifts. These cats made their way to Europe with their new families, quickly gaining popularity for their exquisite appearance and unique personalities.
In 1878, Bangkok’s American consul gave a Siamese cat named “Siam” to U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Siam was the first Siamese to reach America.
In 1884, British Consulate General Edward Blencowe Gould brought a breeding pair of Siamese cats to his sister, Lilian Jane Gould, who co-founded Britain’s Siamese Cat Club in 1901. Most British Siamese cats can be traced back to just eleven original imports.
The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) granted official recognition in 1906, making the Siamese one of the oldest pedigreed cat breeds in existence.
By the 1950s and 1960s, the Siamese had gained popularity worldwide. Today, the breed is accepted by all cat registries. Long-haired Siamese cats are typically registered as Balinese.
Did You Know?
There are two main types of Siamese cats: the Traditional Siamese, and the Modern Siamese. The Modern Siamese has a longer, leaner appearance, while the Traditional Siamese has rounder lines.
Seal Point is the most common Siamese color, and was first to be accepted by CFA
All Siamese kittens are born white.
The Breed Standard
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Siamese cat cost?
Siamese cats cost between $600 – $1200.
How big do Siamese cats get?
Siamese cats tend to be small in size. A fully grown Siamese cat might weigh between 8-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 8″- 10″ inches tall.
How long do Siamese cats live?
The Average lifespan for Siamese is 15-20 years.
Do Siamese cats shed?
Siamese are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.