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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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
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago
Catification is the key to reduce your cat's stress. Catification is an environmental enrichment where you ensure your cats have a nice place to live and play. You can start by placing some discreet shelves and cat towers at your house, so your cats can explore the vertical space. Scratchers and toys (fiilled with catnip) are important in this process. And if you can buy or make a water fountain and grow cat grass for your cat to snack on, do it. They will love it. .
From Paola 260 days ago