If you want to have a pet cat that radiates joy and happiness, a Lynx Point Siamese is meant for you!
The Siamese cat is a unique and distinctive breed. They have an eye-catching appearance that is different from many other cat breeds.
Not to mention, Siamese cats tend to have larger-than-life personalities. If you like Siamese cats, you will likely adore the Lynx Point Siamese cat.
This cat breed is a combination of a Siamese cat and a tabby cat, another adorable type of feline.
Lynx Point Siamese Cat Breed History
In the mid-1900s, when cat breeding was at its peak in the States and the UK, breeders tried creating new varieties of Siamese cats.
One such cross-breeding experiment included breeding a purebred Seal point Siamese with a shorthaired tabby. The offspring of this pair were Lynx point Siamese cats.
Although the first Lynx point Siamese kitten was born in 1940–1950, they weren’t quite popular back then.
In 1960, these cats were recognized as a distinct sub-breed of Siamese, by two of the most prestigious cat associations. The demand for these cats gradually increased.
However, even after getting global recognition as a separate breed, people all over the world were still confused when it came to the name of this breed.
The reason is, Lynx Point Siamese cats were referred to by different names across continents. Cat Fanciers Association (USA) named this cat “Lynx colorpoint shorthair.”
As both the parent breeds are shorthaired. On the other hand, The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (UK) coined the name “Tabby point Siamese.”
As the two parent breeds, along with being shorthaired, carried tabby and Siamese genes as well.
To conclude this conflict, the new sub-breed of Siamese was called Lynx point Siamese, giving more importance to its Siamese lineage.
Tabby points Siamese share the same slender body structure as the traditional Siamese cat. They have a slightly muscular body but an overall slim appearance.
Males are larger than females like many other breeds. Mature Lynx point Siamese weighs anywhere from 6 to 12 pounds, and are as high as 8-10 inches.
This athletic breed has small oval paws and long slim tails. Although physically they are no different from the traditional Siamese cat, they come in multiple attractive colors and patterns.
Almost all Lynx point Siamese have tabby markings and maybe in apricot, cinnamon, red, caramel, blue, lilac, and chocolate colors. They have rings of color on their tail that darken with age.
These cats are not rare as compared to some of the other Siamese sub-breeds, but the tortoiseshell pattern is still considered to be the rarest.
It’s not tough to recognize these cats. With their unique coloration, the tabby markings, and the distinct shades of colors rising from their cheeks, paws, ears, and tails, these cats are easily recognizable.
They live up to 10-16 years of age. However, with a proper diet, a regular visit to Vet, and a happy environment these cats grow up to be 20+.
Personality and Temperament
If you wish for a constant companion and a talkative pet, get a Lynx point Siamese. These cats love attention and will get along with anyone and everyone who showers them with undivided attention.
They like communicating, and it is much more than just meowing.
They tend to get attached to their humans and get sad or depressed if left alone for long period. If you spend most of your day at home then this cat is an excellent pet.
They are quite intelligent as well and love to be praised when a task is well done. They can be trained to a certain extent and walked on a leash.
Although Siamese is famous for being hyperactive, Lynx points Siamese is a bit laid back. They are extremely curious and love to explore their surrounding to some extent.
Their cute and friendly nature often shines the spotlight on them. These cats can get defensive and attacked if provoked or threatened, so beware!
Being a selective bread Cat breed may guarantee a certain color of the coat, the pattern of fur, and the color of eyes. But, it does not necessarily irradicate hereditary diseases.
Lynx Point Siamese being a comparatively new breed of pedigree cats, inherit health issues from both its parent breeds.
Mix breed cats often face minor digestive problems at least once. Nothing to worry about as these issues settle as quickly as they occur.
As Siamese cats age their oral health starts deteriorating. Teeth and gum problems are common.
If your cat ever refuses to have dry food get its mouth checked. Sometimes they also develop mouth ulcers or redness.
Asthma is a hereditary disease in Siamese and tabbies alike. So, chances of your lynx point Siamese cat having asthma are high.
Symptoms are; difficulty in breathing, rapid breathing, coughing, vomiting, open-mouthed breathing.
These could not only be the symptoms of asthma, but also respiratory disorders or chest infections.
Upper Respiratory issues are common in Siamese cats and unfortunately, Lynx points are no exception.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Just as oral health reduces with age, lynx point Siamese cats encounter gradual loss of eye-site too. Retinal Atrophy means continuous degeneration of retinal cells.
If you think your kitty is having difficulty in seeing things, visit a Vet immediately as this progressive disorder can be prevented or at least slowed down by proper treatment.
Cancer and tumors are some of the leading causes of death in Siamese cats worldwide. When unwanted cells grow in a certain part of your kitty’s body, it leads to Neoplastic Problems.
Symptoms of this disease could vary, but reduced appetite is a prominent sign. So, it’s best to keep a close eye on your cat’s all-over behavior and its diet.
Major health disorders in this exotic breed of cat can be prevented or cured through medication and suitable treatment. Therefore, it’s best to get a regular health check-up.
Moreover, visit a vet as soon as you observe any change in the health of your kitty.
Many pet parents opt for pet health insurance to cover the healthcare expense of their beloved Lynx point Siamese.
Get pet healthcare insurance as early as possible, as the amount of the premium increases with your cat’s age.
Grooming And Care
You would be surprised to know that Lynx point Siamese does not need special attention when it comes to grooming.
They are pretty self-sufficient when it comes to keeping themselves clean and neat. You save hundreds of dollars on grooming these felines.
You do not need to bathe them weekly, one bath a month goes long way with these cats. Their fur is short and therefore does not matt or knot easily. Plus, it needs no extra effort from your side to keep it soft and shiny.
They shed only twice a year like other Siamese and short-haired cat breeds, so they will not cause any allergic reactions to pet-sensitive members of your family.
Brush their coat once a week to prevent tangles and help them shed dead fur. Don’t forget to clip their claws regularly.
There are several food items you can feed your Lynx point Siamese cat to fulfill its need for nutrients and vitamins.
The best and the easiest way is to feed them protein-packed dry food. Dry food is great, it lasts long and is easy to carry.
But if you think that your fluffy friend is having too much dry food, try to combine it with a regular supply of wet food as well.
Experts suggest it’s best to feed Siamese cats wet and dry food in proper proportion. However, do not follow any diet plan on the internet, without consulting the Vet. Considering your pet’s health your Vet will suggest the best diet plan.
Keep the brand of your cat food consistent and seldom try new varieties. Your cat may develop allergic reactions to certain food items, so keep a track of what you feed your pet kitty.
Are Lynx Point Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?
The good news is that Lynx Point Siamese cats are often considered hypoallergenic.
The bad news is that no cat is completely hypoallergenic.
So even if you get a cat breed that is considered safe for people with allergies, you could still suffer from reactions.
Though the Lynx Point Siamese cat tends to shed much less than different cat breeds, this fur shedding can still be problematic for allergy sufferers.
Not to mention, allergens can also be released through saliva.
So before you adopt a Lynx Point Siamese cat, it is important to consider whether the breed will be suitable for your allergies.
If you believe that this cat may pose a threat to your health, it is best to avoid getting one.
Where To Adopt/Buy Lynx Point Siamese Cats
If you wish to add a lynx point Siamese to your family, the best way to get a healthy and fit pet is through animal shelters or reputable breeders. Lynx point Siamese are available in both pet adoption centers and pet shops.
Depending on whether you would like to adopt from an animal shelter or purchase one, below are certain tips and ways in which you can bring your pet kitty home!
How do you get a lynx point Siamese?
I always say adopt, don’t shop! So, a shelter should be your very first stop in your search for one of these stunning cats.
Although, finding a displace Siamese is rare compared to other shorthaired tabby breeds. With some searching and a bit of luck, though, you probably can find Lynx point Siamese in a pet shelter.
The adoption fee is lower than that of purchasing a kitty. However, it’s rare to find one with adequate paperwork in a pet shelter. So, it’s a must to check the health of your future pet before you bring your cat home.
If you plan on purchasing a lynx point Siamese kitten always buy from a breeder that is approved by animal associations in your country based on standards of ethics and health.
Research your chosen breeder carefully. Reputable breeders generally socialize the cats and have a safe and healthy environment for their animals.
They also have the required paperwork to prove that the cat was vaccinated and regularly examined.
If you live in the states the best way to search for a good breeder is through Cat Fancier’s Association breeder locating tool.
Lynx Point Siamese Cats Price
An adult Lynx point Siamese cat will cost you around $250- $800, but sometimes the price can go as high as $1000 depending upon the availability and demand.
A kitten of the same breed costs around $250-$600 and can vary from place to place.
The average adoption fee charged by shelters for the adoption of an exotic breed such as a Lynx point Siamese is around $500 or less. Sometimes, significantly less.
For example, adopting from a general humane shelter that doesn’t specialize in any specific breed can cost you less than $100.
On the other hand, adopting from a breed-specific rescue runs a bit higher.
Considering all the above factors you may wonder if a lynx point Siamese is really worth it.
But the sheer joy this breed has given its owners in the past decades is uncomparable!
An exotic breed of cats can be a bit difficult to acquire and maintain, but the love, loyalty, and happiness they add to your days are phenomenal.
Dr. Linda Simon MVB MRCVS is a locum veterinary surgeon who has worked in London for the past 8 years. She graduated top of her class in small animal medicine from UCD, Dublin. She is currently a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Linda is the resident vet for Woman magazine and a frequent contributor to People’s Friend Magazine, the Dogzone website, Vet Help Direct and Wag! Linda also writes content for the CVS veterinary group, Vetwriter and a number of other establishments.