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Siamese

Siamese Cat Breed Profile

Weight 6.6-11 lbs (3-5 kg)
Origin Thailand
Color Silver, brown, black, red, cream; with markings
Fur Short, fine
Lifespan 8-14 years
Personality Stubborn, vocal, sporty, intelligent
Energy
Playful
Independent
Meowing
Shedding

Siamese Photo: satura_/Shutterstock

Breed Characteristics

Siamese cats are elegant, svelte cats with short fur. But it’s not just their lovely look that makes them so extraordinary. It’s their character!

Personality and Temperament

Siamese cats form especially close bonds with their owners. If they have anything to say about it, they’d spend all their time together. At home, they’ll follow you around at every turn, and they’ll jump into your lap the second you sit down. They watch everything their humans do and try to “help” wherever they can, actively taking part in anything you do. They’re incredibly active.

They’re also exceptionally vocal and love to tell their humans what they think all day long... about their food, how it tastes, what they think about that new cushion or new piece of furniture, oh I like this film and so on and so on. Siamese cats are real chatterboxes.

Siamese Photo: AlexanderDubrovsky/Shutterstock

Keeping Them Happy

It’s not a good idea to leave a Siamese cat alone for a long time. You’ll come home to all your cupboard doors and drawers open. When nobody’s home, they’ll also steal the remote and turn the TV on, turn on faucets, unroll all your toilet paper or even eat your homework.

Of course, you can’t spend your whole life at home. So, what can you do? Many Siamese cat fans keep two cats so they can keep each other company and don’t get lonely as easily. Toys also make sure that the cats are kept occupied. Puzzle toys are ideal, as Siamese cats are very intelligent and therefore love to exercise their intellects.

People often say that Siamese cats are very similar to dogs. They learn fast and love to play fetch, they can be walked on a leash and even enjoy agility.

Siamese Photo: Maryna/Shutterstock

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Unique Appearance
  • Very playful
  • Very active
  • People-oriented
  • Learns quickly

Cons

  • Needs a lot of attention
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Doesn't tolerate being left alone
  • Gets bored quickly

Siamese Photo: Vesna/Shutterstock

Appearance

The Siamese is a medium-sized, slim cat. They always have deep blue eyes and different colored patches on their face, nose, ears, tails and paws. The following colors are usual/known:

Seal point: cream/beige body with dark brown markings
Blue point: white body with blue-gray markings
Chocolate point: ivory body with chocolate markings
Lilac point: white/purple body with light gray markings

There are two types: modern and classic/traditional. They look significantly different. The modern Siamese cat has a slim, long, wedge-shaped head. The classic Siamese cat’s head is round.

Siamese Photo: Pixel-Shot/Shutterstock

History

The Siamese cat came from Thailand, which used to be called Siam. They were first admired in England at a cat exhibition in 1871.

Fun Facts

Disney Stars

The twins Si and Am in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” are Siamese cats.

Guinness Record

There’s a Guinness World Record! In 1970, an English Siamese/Burmese cross whose name we don’t know had a litter of 19 kittens! She holds the record for “biggest litter”.

Comparable Breeds

Siamese Photo: Pixel-Shot/Shutterstock

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