SIAMESE

Common names: Meezer

VITAL STATS

  • Origin: Thailand

  • Life span: 8-15 years

  • Weight: 6-14 pounds

  • Height: 15-20 inches

FEATURES

  • Coat characteristic: Smooth

  • Coat color: Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Red, Cream, Fawn, and Cinnamon

  • Eye color: Blue

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

Adaptibility
Affection Level
Child friendly
Dog Friendly
Energy Level
General Health
Grooming
Intelligence
Playfulness
Shedding level
Social Needs
Stranger Friendly
Tendency to Vocalize

The beautiful light-colored cat with the striking personality is the legendary temple cat of royal families of Siam (Thailand). Siamese cats were not only valued because of their exquisite beauty, but they were also used as guard cats. With their physical strength and ability to jump down from long heights, they would knock any palace intruder. Their sharp nails would surely scratch the face of that individual who they thought could harm the king of Siam. Today these elegant-looking cats are lap cats. They are extremely affectionate and will sleep next to their parent but they are very curious. When their owner is not around, they will entertain themselves by turning on faucets, opening cabinets, seeking out new, and watching television with clear interest.

This elegant breed has spotlights in many favorite family movies, including “The Incredible Journey,” “The Aristocats” and “Lady and the Tramp. Well-known for their distinctive “pointed” coat; a light-colored background with darker points on the ears, mask, legs, and tail in Seal point, Lilac point, Chocolate point, and Blue point. Other point colors include tabby, red, cream, silver, and smoke. The Siamese comes in two types: show and traditional. The show Siamese is a work of modern art, all lines, and angles. It has a tubular body on long legs, a wedge-shaped head with large, triangular ears, and a long tail. The traditional Siamese, also known as the apple-headed Siamese, has a rounded head and chunky body. Both types have bright blue eyes that lure you to shower them affection and nibbles.

Since Siamese cats have a wedge-shaped head, they are prone to respiratory and dental problems than cats with a less extreme head type. Some also have problems with crossed eyes or a kinked tail. Other problems that are reported in the Siamese breed include Amyloidosis, Asthma, bronchial disease, and heart problems. The risks may be worsened by obesity. Keeping a Siamese at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest way to prevent health disorders. Make the most preventive abilities to ensure a healthier and happier cat.

The Siamese has a short coat with a fine texture which is easy to groom. It comes in four colors: Seal point, Chocolate point, Blue point, and Lilac point that require weekly combing using stainless steel comb. Trim the nails as needed, usually every 10 to 14 days. Due to their wedge-shaped head, they are prone to periodontal disease; brushing of teeth with vet-approved pet toothpaste and regular veterinary dental cleanings should be required.

The Siamese is one of the most intelligent breed of cats therefore they are easily taught and trained even at any age. A reward-consequence system is the most efficient way to train them. However, all of this takes patience and time. Any negative reinforcement would not work and it can frighten the cat thus making them too aggressive or the bonding would get affected. If you are a busy person which is always away from home and planning to keep your cat indoors for most of the day, you can housebreak your cat and train her to use the litter box. As soon as the Siamese cat is brought home, Litter training must begin right away. It is also necessary to teach them obedience training. When training them, you must be gentle but also firm with your pet cat.

Every pet needs some form of physical activity. Carrying out certain activities would help in maintaining the ideal body weight and at the same time, their muscles and bones become strong. But unlike dogs, cats only need a minimal amount of physical activities. It is recommended to scheduling playtime once or twice daily, with about 15 minutes per session. Other cat health and behavior experts offer similar recommendations, with the total amount of playtime ranging from 20 to 60 minutes daily.

These cats are recommended to have a well-balanced feed. Wet meals should be composed of around 25% protein, 40% fat, plus different percentages of fiber, vitamins, and omega-3 and 6. However, the quantity of food depend on its size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. From age six months to maturity, most cats will do well when fed two times a day. Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate in most cases. Don’t forget to regularly provide clean and freshwater as it is crucial for your Siamese cat’s diet and health.

  • There are many myths going around about the Siamese. As previously mentioned, these cats were adored by the royalty. It was believed that when a member of the royal family died, the Siamese would then receive the deceased’s soul. The cat would be moved to a temple with servants, spending the rest of its life in pure luxury.
  • In Disney’s movie, The Aristocats, Shun Gon is a Siamese with a Chinese accent and a member in Scat Cat’s gang.
  • In The Wizard of Oz a Siamese cat is the cause for Dorothy missing the balloon ride back to Kansas. As the balloon is just about to lift off with the Wizard, Dorothy and Toto on board, a girl in the crowd is holding a Siamese cat which distracts Toto, causing him to jump out of the basket which, of course, causes Dorothy to jump out in pursuit.
  • In Lady and the Tramp and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, there are two female identical antagonistic Siamese cats: Si and Am.