With their brilliant blue eyes and striking coat pattern, the Siamese cat is one of the most distinguishable and well known breeds in the world. They have very short cream-coloured hair with points (the nose, ears, paws and tail) in a darker colour.
The Siamese cat originated in Siam (now Thailand) and arrived in the West in the 19th century with tales of a royal heritage or a past as a sacred temple cat. By the 20th century, the Siamese had become the most popular in both North America and Europe.
The Siamese breed is extremely friendly, affectionate and enjoys being around people. They often bond strongly to one person, but will remain friendly with other family members and other pets in the household.
They are typically the life of the party – extroverted, gregarious, playful and they like to stick their cute seal-point noses into everything.
If you want a cat that prefers to be alone and only seeks occasional attention, this isn’t the breed for you. Siamese cats are persistent and they constantly seek human attention and companionship. They are very communicative with a loud, low-pitched voice that is often compared to the cries of a baby.
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The night-vision of the Siamese breed is extremely poor, especially compared to other cats. You will usually find that your pet is relaxed rather than restless during the night and will prefer to snuggle somewhere close to you.
Siamese cats are exceptionally intelligent and they can be trained easily – to fetch and retrieve, walk on a harness, and perform basic tricks. With their persuasive personality the Siamese are also masters at training their people to do exactly what they want them to.
Caring for Your Siamese Cat
Love and attention are extremely important to the high-maintenance Siamese to ensure that they thrive in a new home.
In contrast, their grooming requirements are extremely easy, and definitely low maintenance. Siamese have a fine, short coat which needs no grooming and most cats will effectively groom themselves.
If you are looking for a loyal, easy to care for breed a Siamese cat may be for you. Your Siamese will want constant love and attention but in return will offer you the loyalty and companionship that you would typically expect from a dog, minus the muddy footprints and doggy mess.
If you have a Siamese cat in your life, please share your experiences below.
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