Graceful, lithe, exotic, and captivating – the Siamese’s distinct look has been a favorite for a long time, and served as the basis of many new breeds. Sapphire eyes, satellite dish ears, and a distinctly pointed face give this cat a look like no other. This intensely affectionate breed defies any aloof cat stereotypes, and in addition to the close bond they form with their owners, they are generally extroverted around strangers. The love of a Siamese is not a love you will soon forget – particularly because this highly vocal cat will not hesitate to remind you.
The Siamese is perhaps best known for their pointed coat. This occurs because of a gene for partial albinism, and is caused by a heat-sensitive enzyme that fails to work at normal body temperature. The result is a darker coloration where the cat’s body heat is lowest: the legs, tail, ears, and face. Siamese living in cooler climates will tend to have darker coats than those living where it’s warm.
Long haired Siamese are classified under the name Balinese. In addition, cats with the Siamese body type lacking the classically colored points may be registered as Colorpoint Shorthairs or Oriental Shorthairs. Because of their unique look and loving personalities, the Siamese has also served as a foundation breed for many newly developed cat breeds, including the Birman, Burmese, Havana Brown, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, Snowshoe, Thai Cat, and Tonkinese.
Appearance / health:
The Siamese is recognized in two distinct body types: traditional and modern. The modern Siamese is recognized as having a sleek and slender body, long throughout. This cat has a very fine bone structure with narrow hips and torso, a long body, long neck, long tail, and long legs with small, dainty feet. Though quite slim, the modern Siamese is a well-muscled cat. The head and face is the most distinguishing characteristic of the modern Siamese, distinctly wedge-shaped, forming a triangle from nose to ears. The muzzle is quite long, forming an even plane from forehead to nose. The ears are large and wide-set, with a wide base. The eyes are almond-shaped with a distinct slant, medium in size. Blue eyes are preferred, but green, gold, or odd-eyed colors are also possible.
The traditional Siamese is distinctly less long and lean, with a medium build. The traditional Siamese is sometimes referred to as an Appleheaded Siamese, as the head has a much subtler wedge-shape with fuller cheeks and chin. The muzzle is more of an average length, and the nose is slightly convex from forward to nose tip. The ears are more proportional with the face, shorter and rounder than that of the contemporary Siamese. The eyes tend to be more rounded.
The Siamese’s coat is very short and close-lying, fine textured. Both traditional and modern Siamese are notable for their pointed coats. The body of the Siamese is usually a white or cream, and recognized point colors vary by breed organization. The Cat Fanciers’ Association only considers pointed coats of seal, blue, chocolate, or lilac to be acceptable. Siamese cats with different point colors and patterns are recognized as Colorpoint Shorthairs. Other breed registries accept any pointed coat as Siamese, including red and cream point, lynx point, and tortoiseshell point. Cats with a Siamese-type build but a solid, non-pointed coat are generally registered as Oriental Shorthairs.
Unfortunately, the Siamese cat may be prone to more health issues than other cats, and because of this it’s especially important to choose a breeder with responsible breeding practices. The average lifespan is between 10 and 12.5 years, though the world’s oldest male cat was a Siamese named Scooter, who died at age 30. They may have a higher risk of tumors, including mammary tumors. Amyloidosis, a disease that primarily affects the liver, is more common in Siamese cats. They may have a slightly higher risk of heart disease. A hereditary condition known as Progressive Retinal Atrophy is also possible in the breed. Finally, the same albino gene which causes the Siamese’s unique coat can result in the cat being cross-eyed. While this is not specifically a health concern, it can reduce a cat’s night vision and hunting acuity.
Behavior / temperament:
The Siamese is a loving, loyal, and interactive cat. This is a cat for someone who wants a constant companion, and doesn’t mind if kitty’s a little clingy. They adore the people in their lives, and they thrive on attention and companionship. If you’re away often, the Siamese might not be for you. Many Siamese owners have said their cats are happiest with another feline companion that can keep them company during the day. They do well with kids and other pets.
Intelligent, playful, and curious, the Siamese has a fairly high activity level. They will enjoy having lots of toys to play with, and some are even quite fond of playing fetch. This is a very, very vocal breed – maybe the most vocal breed – so if you prefer the sound of silence, you will definitely become dissatisfied with the Siamese’s gift of gab. On the other hand, if you want a at who will make you feel a part of their day, you will never feel unloved with a Siamese.
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attention craving, finicky eaters, noisy cats, loud meow, CHATTY
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The Chatty, Curious & Fun-Loving Siamese
My family and I call Sammy, the Slinky, Sneaky and Squeaky Siamese! She is a very curious, highly athletic and affectionate cat. This cat breed is also very intelligent (sometimes too smart and nosy for their own good!), and loyal and loving with their human owners. If you enjoy an affectionate kitty that doubles as a feline alarm clock, the Siamese cat is a perfect choice. My Siamese furbaby loves to squeak-meow really loudly in my face(why we call her squeaky). She definitely lets me know when she's hungry or wants attention! Get ready for lots of talking with the Siamese because they meow loudly when they are hungry or want attention--their version of “communicating” with their owner. The breed is known for their high-pitch whine meow. The sleek Siamese is a great family cat, and you will instantly fall in love with their beautiful blue eyes and prancing walk. Sammy can be a goofy cat and keeps me and family members entertained for hours. She can be a mischief maker so you have to keep a close eye on the sneaky Siamese. She also has this funny habit of sniffing my hair and mouth when I lean in to nuzzle her. You can't help but laugh at their funny antics. An energetic and fun-loving cat, Sammy loves to chase balls with bells inside them and she can jump really high when playing. Make sure you have lots of high window ledges and multi-level cat trees for the Siamese because they love to observe their world from above! I highly recommend the Siamese as a sweet and loving addition to your family! .
From Yogagirl Jan 10 2017 10:47PM
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 111 days ago
The not so friendly feline.
Sassy, our Siamese cat got her name before I had even known just how much it would apply to her personality. If you’re looking for a cat that is ‘hands-off’, this may be the cat for you.
This breed seems to be rather persnickety and doesn’t enjoy being held or pet for long periods of time, and prefers the more expensive canned foods to cheap, dry morsels that my other cats gobble up.
At first I had attributed our experience with her to the fact that we had brought her in as a stray. That was until I had spoken to several friends and relatives who have experience with the breed and assured me that it’s pretty common.
It’s been several years and she still hasn’t warmed up to us, preferring to spend a majority of her time hiding out in a corner or a closet until it’s time to eat, when she will follow around on your heels until she gets her point across. And if you don’t, prepare to have them getting into things that cat’s really have no business getting into..
From BlackBoxHeart Jul 18 2015 12:14PM