If you’re curious to learn about the Siamese cat personality, stick around.
This popular cat is known to be an intelligent breed that can easily get along with its human family.
Their personality traits make them excellent family pets.
However, there are certain things that you need to know and remember about them before you decide on getting one for yourself.
Siamese Cat Breed History
The Siamese cat is said to be an ancient breed of cats that originate from oriental breeds in Asia, particularly Thailand.
The former name of Thailand is Siam, hence the name Siamese cat.
In fact, these cats were once named “The Royal Cats of Siam” since they were to be exclusively owned by royal families and members of these royal families.
There is not much-written account as to when these cats were imported into the west, particularly the US and the UK.
However, the earliest account of their appearance in the UK is in the late 1800s when they were introduced in a cat show in London’s Crystal Palace.
Siamese Cat Breed Characteristics
If you plan to adopt one of these beauties, it will definitely help to familiarize yourself with the Siamese cat’s personality and characteristics in order to know if this is indeed the perfect breed for you and your family.
Siamese Cat Breed Physical Characteristic
Of all the breeds of cats in the world, the Siamese cat is probably one of the most famous cat breeds when it comes to physical characteristics.
Their physical traits indeed stand out among all the known cat breeds since their look is quite unique.
The coat colors of Siamese cats come in a wide range of colors.
Although they are usually pictured having a cream body with dark patches, otherwise known as a seal point, their coats may also come in other beautiful colors.
Other color combinations may be described as follows:
- ivory body with dark brown patches, also known as chocolate point
- a body that is light silver in color with dark, gray-blue patches, also known as blue point
- a body that is cream in color with patches that are a bit pinkish gray, also known as lilac point
The Siamese cat breed is divided into three categories based on their physical attributes.
These are the Applehead Siamese, the Classic Siamese, and the Modern Siamese cat.
Regardless of their differences, it is important to note that due to a genetic mutation, all these three classes of Siamese will carry a common trait and that is the blue eyes that they are known for.
- Applehead Siamese Cat
Other Siamese cat names for this type are, traditional, original, or old-style Siamese cats.
They are characterized particularly by a rounded head that takes the shape of an apple, hence the name “Applehead.”
Their muzzles are quite broad giving the head a roundish appearance.
- Classic Siamese Cat
The classic Siamese cat has a muzzle that is more pointed and defined as compared to that of the Applehead.
It has a more muscular body, as well as legs that seem to be slimmer and longer, giving the classic Siamese cat a more athletic body.
The coat of the classic Siamese cat is flat and it sticks more to the frame of the body as compared to the Applehead Siamese cat.
However, the fur is not as fine as that seen in the modern Siamese cat.
- Modern Siamese Cat
Modern Siamese cats are also called show style, wedgehead, or extreme Siamese cats.
They have elegant bodies which are more svelte as compared to the athletic bodies of the Applehead and classic Siamese cat.
They have a wedge-shaped head because the muzzle being more tapered compared to the Applehead. They have a flat skull and eyes which are more almond-shaped compared to the two other types of Siamese cats.
Siamese Cat Breed Personality
The Siamese cat personality is one that is outgoing making it an affectionate and most loving cat breed.
They often crave their human’s attention and will make sure that they become a part of their lives.
They make the perfect feline companion since they interact and even talk to their humans whenever they can!
When trained early, they can actually vocalize and use their vocal abilities to communicate with their humans. Call it feline language!
They are playful felines that are filled with bundles of energy, but not to the point of showing aggressive behaviors.
It is highly recommended that a lot of physical activity be given to your adopted feline in order to keep her out of trouble.
Positive reinforcement works best when training your new companion so it can learn its boundaries and limits within your household.
Siamese cats exhibit protective behaviors towards their human which makes them extremely loyal household animals.
Of all the cat breeds, their sense of loyalty and making them closest to dogs in terms of personality.
Siamese Cat Breed Temperament
The Siamese cat temperament is one that is affectionate and playful.
It is because of this that a Siamese cat can be considered an ideal pet for families.
A Siamese cat has high energy levels so you have to make sure that it has plenty of exercise, lots of toys, and lots of stimulation too.
It is one of the most intelligent breeds as it has a natural curiosity when it comes to its surroundings.
A Siamese cat can be quite clingy too, so it will constantly desire human companionship. (That means you!)
They usually like to be the center of attention and, in fact, lack of attention may lead to depression for this affectionate breed.
Siamese Cat Breed Health and Care
Having a Siamese cat in your family means having another family member to care for.
When well taken care of, their long life spans can carry them up to twenty years!
Siamese Cat Breed Health Issues
Although generally healthy pets, Siamese cats may suffer from certain health issues. Amyloidosis, which is a disease of the liver, is something to watch out for in Siamese cats.
Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is also common to Siamese cats.
Siamese cats are also known to be predisposed to a number of diseases as compared to ordinary household cats as they age, owing to the fact that they have a very limited gene pool which makes them prone to hereditary conditions.
Examples of these are asthma as well as eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy which may lead to loss of vision.
Another condition that may affect them is hip dysplasia which may lead to mobility issues.
These cats may also be more predisposed to certain types of malignancies (a.k.a. cancers) such as mediastinal lymphoma as well as certain types of intestinal tumors.
Siamese Cat Breed Grooming
Although the coat of Siamese cats isn’t as thick as compared to other breeds, it still is advisable that their weekly combings be done in order to maintain their glossy coat.
Brushing and stroking your cat gets rid of dead hairs and allows for new ones to grow.
A soft-bristled brush works best for Siamese cats.
Rest assured that they will surely love the bonding time that you and your feline companion will get during this time.
Besides coat maintenance, regular ear cleanings are a must in order to avoid ear infections.
Siamese cats find it hard to reach this area of their body so they will need your help in making sure that their ears are kept as clean as possible.
Using a wet cotton ball will help in dislodging any dirt or wax that may lodge into the ears of your cat.
If you find it too difficult, it would be best to get your friendly pet doctor to help you with this task.
The most challenging part in grooming is the part when you have to trim their claws.
Even professionals can find this quite challenging, but it is a task that must be done if you want to maintain all the pieces of furniture in your house unscathed!
You can do this by having your cat sit on your lap while pressing its paw to reveal its claws.
You can only trim a bit of it using clippers while filing them after.
Again, if you are quite unsure of what to do, it’s best that you bring them to a professional in order to avoid any injuries (on both you and your lovely Siamese cat) from happening.
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These cats are adorable, loving, fun, and intelligent cat breeds that have striking features which may make you want to have them as part of your family.
The Siamese cat personality makes it perfect to keep since it can be a fun companion that can get along with any human, instantly turning them into its human friends.
Just like any other pet and family member though, Siamese cats do require much attention and care.
While this may all seem like a lot in terms of responsibility, the payback can be quite awesome!
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