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The Siamese is a highly social, intelligent cat with a distinctive colour-point patterning. Siamese cats are native to Thailand and are one of the most ancient cat breeds still around today. Unfortunately, there is no clear evidence of when the breed first originated. However, many believe that they have been around since the 14th century, when they appeared in a Thai manuscript, “Tamra Maew” which means “The Cat Book Poems”.
Siamese cats have exquisite appearances and vibrant personalities. They are active, loud, intelligent, and incredibly affectionate, stealing the hearts of many. They are loved worldwide and are the 3rd most popular cat breed in the UK.
Meet the Siamese
Siamese cats are small to medium-sized, weighing between 6 to 12 pounds as fully grown adults. Once fully grown, they will be around 10-inches in height. They have a long, muscular body, measuring 15 to 20 inches in length, with a short but fluffy coat. Their legs are noticeably tall and slim, with their back legs being higher than their front. In comparison to their long legs, their paws are small and dainty, contrasting their long, bushy tail.
Another distinct physical trait of the Siamese is their extra-large, wide ears. In addition, all Siamese cats have vivid blue eyes of an almond shape, which stand out from their neutral coloured fur. The most common Siamese colour is creamy white with dark markings on the face, tail, ears, and paws, known as seal point.
This colour-point patterning is similar to other colourpoint breeds, such as the Ragdoll. What’s more, like the Ragdoll, they can come in different colours too, including chocolate, lilac, and blue point. However, regardless of the colour, all Siamese have a beautiful, regal-like appearance!
The temperament of a Siamese cat
The Siamese cat’s personality is just as distinct as their looks. You will probably hear a Siamese before you see it, as they are undoubtedly one of the most vocal cat breeds. They have a lot to say, and they’re not afraid to share their opinion. The more you speak back to them, the more they will chat, almost as they understand you. Of course, this personality trait can be adorable or annoying, or both!
Siamese cats are very clever, and they need sufficient mental stimulation and social interaction for their wellbeing. They are also full of energy, so they need both physical and mental workouts. Therefore, if you get a Siamese, make sure you provide plenty of puzzle toys, cat trees, and scratchboards, along with dedicating time to play together. They don’t particularly like to be left alone, and if you go out for the day, expect them to be extra talkative when you arrive home.
Like many Thai breeds, Siamese cats can be very territorial, both of their environment and their owners. Because of this, some people believe that Siamese cats do not do well with other animals. However, that is not always the case.
If you already have pets or you get a buddy for your Siamese as a kitten, they will accept and become friends with them. However, introducing them to new cats as they get older can sometimes prove problematic due to their territorial nature.
A Siamese cat will thrive if it feels cared for and loved. They will follow their owners around and always stay close to them. However, they can be pretty sensitive to their owner’s emotions, body language and words, so bear that in mind when telling them off. Siamese cats react much better to positive reinforcement over punishment.
10 Reasons to add a Siamese to your family
- They will be a devotional companion - A Siamese’s loyalty to their owner is a beautiful thing. It goes so far that they will feel the need to protect you and may get offended when you tell them off. In a way, having a Siamese cat is like having a human child!
- They love cuddles - Despite being playful and energetic, the Siamese’s need for human interaction means they adore cuddles with their favourite humans.
- Not all Siamese cats are super loud - Some people feel apprehensive about getting a Siamese and worry that they will be too loud. However, not every Siamese is excessively vocal; the majority are just moderately talkative.
- They have low grooming needs - Having a short coat means they have minimal grooming requirements. All you need to do is brush them once a week to remove loose fur, giving you more time for play.
- They learn quickly - Their high intelligence combined with their curiosity means they are good at understanding things and figuring things out. This can be both a blessing and a curse. You can teach them cool tricks and commands, but they may also figure out how to open their food cupboard!
- They stay small - If you prefer smaller cats that don’t weigh a ton, a Siamese is a good choice.
- Siamese kittens are adorable - The Siamese is one of the cutest breeds as kittens. Most are born all white, and they develop their colour-point patterning in their first few weeks of life.
- They were royal guards - Siamese cats don’t just look regal; they were part of the royal family, well, kind of. They used to serve as guard cats for the king in Ancient Thailand.
- They will cheer you up - One of the best remedies for feeling down is cuddling or playing with a cat. And a Siamese will happily do both with you whenever you need.
- You will never feel lonely again - With the amount of devotion and affection your Siamese will give you, you won’t need friends anymore!
Best homes for a Siamese cat
Siamese cats do well in busy environments, so they are generally better suited to families than those living alone. However, if you live alone but are home most of the time, they will love having you all to themselves and do not have to compete with anyone else.
Siamese cats are very tolerant of children and will get along with any existing pets. However, if you plan to get lots of new pets in the future or you foster animals, this may stress your Siamese out. Once they get settled, they do not welcome change too well.