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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.
Siamese Cat Personality
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.
Did You Know?
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.
Have you ever met a Siamese cat? Please share your experiences in the comments below.
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Me and my daughter have Siamese siblings, brother & sister. Their names are kiwi & tazy. They play great together but create havoc a lot too. They are real similar to the Siamese cats on the Disney show, lady and the tramp,naughty! their really attached to us, follow us around. They are hilarious to watch as they play, real entertaining!
I have an 8 year old Siamese named Memow.
My baby is a little feisty, BITEY lil monster. He’s very aggressive even though he was always loved and cared for by me. I played with toys since he was young but he always went for the hands! He’s grown to be an alpha cat, pretty big build and extremely territorial and a fighter even though he was fixed when young, so he’s just a natural troublemaker.. he pisses all over my parents house cause my brother’s cat lives here as well, and it makes Memow uncomfortable, but I’ll be moving soon! So hopefully he’ll be more comfortable at the other house and can finally rest easy.
He really loves me and he’s very yelly whenever we’re all around, sometimes just following me while yelling till I pick him up and carry him and give him some love. He constantly comes to my room to eat a snack and take a nap on my bed and he loves to get massaged and given good ear scritches, and I can easily get him to fall asleep in my hands. But God forbid you go on too long, lol sometimes he can get lost in the moment and start biting! So it takes some getting to know him before petting him so you can know his limits!
Also, he’s very protective! Once my aunt just came in through the door because it was unlocked and started coming up the stairs while calling my mom. I didn’t hear it at first but Memow did and he immediately went into guard cat mode and ran towards the door sniffing and growling! I freaked and got up and opened the door and before I heard the next footstep, he was already out and running towards the stairs with a spiky tail! When we both finally heard her call out again, he immediately recognized her, stopped and went back into my room.
Never had such a feisty companion, but I know we wouldn’t change each other for the world 🖤
My Siamese is male and named Mason. Mason is very attached, insists on sleeping with me and very affectionate. He loves to eat when the family eats. When we’re sitting around talking, he sits around listening….he has to get in on the conversation. At times, he is very particular about sharing his human (me) with others. If I spend to much time reading or on my iPad, he will come between me and it, and even go as far as to sit on it. He acts as if he is my guard & like it is a must for him to protect me. In the middle of the night, he wakes up, licks my wrist & then goes back to sleep. He walks me to the door each morning & greets me when I return home each night. Very clingy cat…and I love him just as much as he loves his human. Oh, and he is absolutely hilarious and full of energy. Mason is such a joy.
I have a Siamese, and her name is Sahgua. She’s really sweet, but her old family didn’t treat her very well, so she doesn’t really like anybody other than me. She’s very quiet and pretty much hides herself away. The other cat, some kind of breed, is called Sofi. Sofi’s a great cat; she’s cuddly and perfect for a house with kids, but Sahgua hates her. Maybe she’s jealous of the attention Sofi gets? I don’t know. What do you think?