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Siamese

siamese

A Vocal Cat

Active, Athletic, Vocal

Siamese are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Siamese, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Siamese and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Graceful, long, svelte, muscular Coat:Short, fine-textured, glossy, lying close to body

Length of fur
1

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Siamese need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine. 

Dental: Siamese have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Siamese are passionate about people and will involve themselves in everything you are doing.

Positive Traits:

  • May meow to communicate with you!

  • Energetic and playful

  • A good companion and pet

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

Negative Traits:

  • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time


Whether you are considering adding a new Siamese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Siamese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Siamese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Siamese could encounter:

Amyloidosis

Megaesophagus

Multiple Cancers

Lymphoma/Lymphosarcoma

Thymoma

Mast Cell Tumors

The Siamese was exported from Siam, now Thailand, in the late 1800’s. They have striking blue eyes and an attractive two-toned coat. Siamese cats like to talk in their characteristic loud and low pitched voice. They are one of the most extroverted and social cats in the world, enjoying the company of people of all ages. They also get along well with other cats and dogs. Siamese are most intelligent, easily learning tricks such has fetching, walking on a leash and opening cabinets.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Siamese shows signs of the following:

  • vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite or weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy

  • small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

  • vomiting (may be sudden and severe), diarrhea, blood in the stool, poor appetite

  • episodes of agitation with rippling skin, crying, chewing at the skin

  • asthmatic wheezing

  • Care

    Routine Care: Siamese need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine. 

    Dental: Siamese have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Siamese are passionate about people and will involve themselves in everything you are doing.

    Positive Traits:

    • May meow to communicate with you!

    • Energetic and playful

    • A good companion and pet

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    Negative Traits:

    • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Siamese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Siamese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Siamese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Siamese could encounter:

    Amyloidosis

    Megaesophagus

    Multiple Cancers

    Lymphoma/Lymphosarcoma

    Thymoma

    Mast Cell Tumors

  • History

    The Siamese was exported from Siam, now Thailand, in the late 1800’s. They have striking blue eyes and an attractive two-toned coat. Siamese cats like to talk in their characteristic loud and low pitched voice. They are one of the most extroverted and social cats in the world, enjoying the company of people of all ages. They also get along well with other cats and dogs. Siamese are most intelligent, easily learning tricks such has fetching, walking on a leash and opening cabinets.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Siamese shows signs of the following:

    • vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite or weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy

    • small lumps or nodules, which may look red or swollen

    • vomiting (may be sudden and severe), diarrhea, blood in the stool, poor appetite

    • episodes of agitation with rippling skin, crying, chewing at the skin

    • asthmatic wheezing

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