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The Siamese Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight mouser. From 6-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 11-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight mouser. From 6-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 11-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Medium. Average body.

Weight:

Lightweight mouser. From 6-14 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 11-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Great with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

The Siamese Cat is well-known for his regal appearance. It is a medium-sized breed with a slender but muscular body. The coat of the Siamese Cat comes in color points, meaning that the head, tail and legs are of a darker color. The four original colors are the seal, blue, chocolate and lilac points.

There are two types of this breed, which depend on the cat’s appearance.

Modern Siamese Cats have long, tubular bodies, wedge-shaped heads, large pointed ears and blue almond-shaped eyes. The Traditional Siamese Cats have rounder bodies, modified wedge-shaped heads and rounded cheeks.

The Siamese is a friendly and people-oriented breed. They are opinionated, chatty cats who like to follow their owners around the house. This is a social breed that needs companionship and interaction. It is a great idea to get another cat to keep the Siamese company.

Breed History

The Siamese Cat is one of the most popular cat breeds today, which originally comes from Thailand. The first mention of the breed was in a collection of ancient manuscripts, called the Tamra Maew.

Also known as the ‘Cat-Book Poems‘, the Tamra Maew was created in the period from 1351 to 1769. It wasn’t until the 19th century that these cats became known in other parts of the world.

In 1878, the U.S President Rutherford B. Hayes received the first Siamese Cat to reach the United States. This cat, named Siam, was a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok.

In 1884, the British Counsel Edward Blencowe Gould brought a breeding pair of these cats to Britain, as a present for his sister. The cats were named Pho and Mia. In 1885 Pho, Mia and their three kittens were shown at the Crystal Palace Show in London. The never-seen-before looks of Siamese Cats made a great impression on the British.

During the next few years, they imported a small number of these cats, forming the entire breeding pool in Britain. The original imports were medium-sized cats with moderate bodies, moderately wedge-shaped heads and ears proportional to the size of the head.

In the 1950s and 1960s, breeders started to favour a more slender look. The Modern type Siamese is the result of years of selective breeding. These cats have extremely elongated slender bodies, triangular shaped heads and large wide-set ears.

The Traditional or Old-Style Siamese Cats have the same appearance as the original imports. These cats have moderate bodies, rounded heads and ears that are proportional to the size of the head.

The Siamese Cat is accepted in all cat associations. However, the Cat Fanciers Association recognizes Siamese Cats only in four main colors (seal, blue, chocolate and lilac).

On the other hand, The International Cat Association allows a wide range of colors besides the main ones. Additionally, The International Cat Association recognizes the Traditional Siamese Cat as a separate breed, called Thai.

Size Standards

The breed standard of each particular organization dictates the standard look of the Siamese Cat.

In most cases, the Siamese Cat has a medium-sized, elongated and tubular body. The body is muscular, yet maintains an elegant appearance. The wedge-shaped head is long, tapering from the nose outward to the tips of the ears, creating a triangle. Large ears are widely set at the base and have a similar shape to the head. Medium-sized eyes are almond-shaped and only come in a blue color variant.

Male Siamese Cats are slightly larger and weight 9-14 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh 6-10 pounds.

This is an athletic and energetic breed that likes being in near-constant motion. However, if not fed a balanced diet, Siamese Cats can become overweight. To prevent obesity, feed your cat with high-protein cat food.

Siamese Cat Personality Traits

The Siamese is a people-oriented breed that demands constant attention. This breed exhibits a dog-like behavior and likes to follow its owner around. The Siamese Cat will involve himself in every minute of your day.

Furthermore, these cats are known for their vocal skills and love to talk. They will follow you around and chat in their raspy voice about everything and anything!

If you like to enjoy the peace and quiet of your home, you should perhaps consider a different, quieter breed. The Siamese are opinionated and not afraid to share those opinions with their owners!

These are intelligent and active cats that like to play with all sorts of toys. To keep your Siamese Cat active and occupied, let him solve puzzles. If not provided with plenty of toys, the Siamese will start playing with household items. This can result in rifled cabinets, taps with running water and rolls of paper all around the house.

The athletic Siamese likes to jump and climb. So, getting a tall cat tree is a must-have for this breed. Since they are so smart, these cats are very easy to train. You can teach your Siamese Cat to walk on a leash or run through an obstacle course.

This is a social and demanding cat who likes nothing more than spending time with its people. So only get this breed if you have plenty of time to meet its social needs.

Since they enjoy any attention they receive and love having company, consider getting two Siamese Cats. This way, your cat won’t get bored and destructive when you aren’t around.

Adaptability

The social Siamese is a highly adaptable breed. These cats react well to new environments and people if provided with enough attention.

However, if a Siamese feels unappreciated and left out, it can become depressed. It is therefore important to make sure that you spend enough time with your cat.

With its energetic and curious nature, the Siamese Cat knows how to keep itself in excellent shape. Since they become very attached to their owners, spending some time every day playing with your cat is important.

Get a cat teaser and let your cat jump and bat at the toy to keep him exercised. A variety of different toys will keep your cat in great shape and at the same time keep him away from your furniture and valuables.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Siamese is considered to be a fairly healthy breed. Like all other cats, however, they can develop certain health issues and it is beneficial to be knowledgeable about any potential health risks.

This way you can be prepared for any health problems that may arise in the future.

  • Amyloidosis: This is a condition which occurs when a protein amyloid is deposited in various organs and causes damage by replacing normal cells. In Siamese Cats, there is a significant deposit of amyloid in the liver. This causes the liver to have a decreased function and can result in liver failure.
  • Asthma: A chronic inflammation of airways in a cat’s lungs. When an asthma attack occurs, these airways thicken making it hard for a cat to breathe. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, persistent cough and labored breathing. This is a very serious illness that requires immediate vet assistance and proper treatment.
  • Aortic Stenosis: It’s a congenital condition that affects the blood flow from the heart to the other parts of the body. Cats with this condition experience fatigue, cough and may have difficulty breathing. If left untreated this disease results in congestive heart failure.

Lifespan

On average the Siamese Cats live 11-15 years and with proper care and regular vet check-ups, the cat may live even longer.

To prevent inherited health problems, get your cat from a reputable breeder. Furthermore, keep your cat indoors only and regularly vaccinated to keep him healthy.

Grooming Needs

The short and fine coat of the Siamese Cat is easy to groom. Brush your cat once a week with a stainless steel comb, removing any loose hair and distributing skin oils thought the length of fur.

Generally, the Siamese Cat sheds only during shedding season. Brush your cat more often during spring and fall in order to remove dead hair.

Siamese Cat Coat Colors

This breed is easily recognizable for its coat colors. The Siamese comes in color points, meaning that the face, legs and tail are darker than the rest of the body.

The Cat Fanciers Association recognizes only four colors. These are the seal, blue, chocolate and lilac points. The International Cat Association allows a range of other colors, including tabby, red, cream, silver tabby, parti-color and smoke points.

Compatibility with Children and Other Pets

The highly social and attention-seeking Siamese breed is a perfect choice for homes with children. These cats love to play with them!

The Siamese basks in the attention it receives from children who know how to handle a cat properly. They love company and they get along with other cats and dogs.

This is an energetic and active breed that can spend hours playing. They are good at keeping themselves active. But at the same time, they like interacting with their owners.

Let your cat play with an activity mat when you aren’t around. Get him moving with teaser toys and game of fetch when you are at home.