Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted Aug 13, 2014
At the time we bought this cat, three of our family friends owned a Siamese as well. Those animals were so fun! They were loving, affectionate, and playful but with a gentility that was cute and endearing. We were finally talked into one and was looking forward to the same experience.
Well, Pearl was beautiful to say the least. She was gorgeous even. Yet, it was like she knew it. She would prance around all aloof throughout the household for years and only come to you if she felt like it. This was a far cry form the other Siamese that we were accustomed to before we bought her. Was she friendly though? Yes. Was she playful? Yes, she was, but definitely on her terms.
I liked how smart she was as well, except when we got our Egyptian Mau. A little while after purchasing the Mau, she was always using her cleverness to sneak up and pounce on it as it grew up. Finally the Mau adapted and fought back. After that she left her alone and never developed a relationship with her.
If you want a quiet cat I think that all Siamese can be pretty vocal from what I've seen. Ours made a strange noise almost like a crying baby. I thought this was unique to her but I learned that others do it as well. It can be a bit grating after a while if you don't try to discipline them to quit. Either that or just give them what they want.
In the end, from my observations I think that our Siamese might have differed a bit from the norm. She was very aloof and could be cruel at times. She played and could be affectionate but turned it off and on only at her leisure. In contrast, the other Siamese in our extended family never seemed to do that. I think I would consider another one possibly, but after having an Egyptian Mau I think I'm ruined for all other cats but them.