Siamese

Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Vocal
Intelligence
Health
Grooming & Shedding
Kid Friendly
Other Pets

Size

Eye Color

Fur 

Male: 8-12lbs
Female: <8lbs
Blue
Short
Smooth

Colors

Patttern

Longevity

Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Red, Cream, Fawn, Cinnamon
Points
10-12 Years

Overview

The Siamese is one of the most common breeds that you’ll find cross bred with virtually most other oriental cat breeds you know. The iconic look and color of the Siamese, matched with their shockingly blue eyes, is probably why they have been such a sought after look in the cat community for centuries. The Siamese originates from Thailand which was formerly known as Siam.

There are mentions of them in ancient texts, but the Siamese didn’t make it’s way into Western civilization until the late 19th century when they were exhibited at shows. Originally, the look of their masked markings, slender bodies and thin faces were shunned by cat fanciers but they eventually won the masses over with their lovable temperament and quickly became fashionable pets.

Today Siamese come in many different point colors and patterns, including tabby points and smoke points. The Siamese itself is a natural breed and it’s patterns are a result of a natural genetic mutation.

Personality

“We are Siamese if you please. We are Siamese if you don’t please.” Those lines, sung by two haughty Siamese cats in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, express the Siamese personality perfectly.

The most important trait that anyone should know about the Siamese is that they are talkative. This breed will almost never run out of things to say.

This is a breed that loves to watch everything you’re doing and follow you throughout the house, watching every move you make. If you’re on the sofa, your Siamese will be right there with you. If you’re in the bathroom, your Siamese will be right there with you. If you’re sleeping, the Siamese will probably try and join you. He’ll want to be involved in basically every action you’re doing and will never lack in his ability to let you know how he feels. Ignore a Siamese and you will be promptly told that you need to pay attention and engage with him.

Toys & Fun

The Siamese is a very smart cat that has no problem letting your visitors know what is on their mind. Their intelligence and athleticism means that you will want to keep them busy with puzzles and toys that challenge them to use problem solving skills. Siamese enjoy playing fetch and they can be taught to walk on leashes with some time and patience. It’s recommended that you have lots of high places and cat trees for him to climb. They enjoy a good climb.

Boredom

It would be wise to always leave an assortment of toys at the disposal of your Siamese. Especially if you are a working pet owner and plan to be gone for 8-10 hours a day. Without toys, the Siamese will find a way to get into anything to keep themselves entertained. Unless you enjoy having all of your toilet paper rolls emptied onto the floor, you’ll want to make sure you keep interactive toys available. The Siamese is a chatty Kathy, but many owners enjoy spending time with breeds that require lots of social interaction.


This isn’t to say that you can’t leave a Siamese alone. They are perfectly fine being alone for hours on end as long as they have something or even another cat friend to keep them entertained. Many Siamese owners recommend that they have a friend. This is a great breed if you’re looking for a cat that craves attention and enjoys sharing the affection.

Health

Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Siamese is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:

  • Amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in body organs, primarily the liver in Siamese
  • Asthma/bronchial disease
  • Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis

Care

The short, fine coat of the Siamese is easily cared for with weekly combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.

The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.

Children And Other Pets

The active and social Siamese is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect.

Breed Recognition