One of my favorite breeds of cats is the Siamese, I have many fond memories of my grandparents Siamese cats, Moxie and Scooter. The Siamese cat has a long and rich history including being sacred and guardians of temples. The Siamese cat has many distinctive features and coloring. They have a triangular- shaped head, enchanting blue eyes, large ears, an elongated slender muscular body and four distinct types of fur coloring. Due to their very short hair, they don’t need a lot of grooming. When I think of Siamese cats, I think of those with the Seal Point fur coloring but there is also the Blue Point, Chocolate Point and Lilac and all four are recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association and the World Cat Federation. There many breeds that have derived from the Siamese that include the Bengal, Burmese, Himalayan and the Tonkinese just to name a few.
Siamese cats are said to have traits similar to dogs by being loyal, affectionate and can be trained to do tricks, some are even willing to walk on a leash . They are social creatures and enjoy the company of humans and other cats .Siamese are very intelligent , curious . vocal and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time and if they are could suffer from depression. They don’t like to be ignored and can be demanding and will howl and yowl til it’s needs are met. They are very good with children and are tolerant of young children. Because of their curious nature, it is suggested to cat proof their surroundings by securing loose wires, putting child locks on shelves and screens in front of fireplaces etc..,.
They have a lifespan of 12-14 years but can live longer. They can develop early onset kidney disease which causes premature ageing, increased thirst, poor appetite, weight loss, vomiting, bad breath and a poor coat can lead to an early death. The kidney disease can be slowed with medication, prescriptions diets and regular visits. They also can develop weaknesses in the immune system making them vulnerable to Feline Leukemia. They can have eye twitches with their eyes going side to side and can be prone to lung infections especially as kittens.
Because Siamese cats are social creatures and crave attention, it is best to spend as much time with them as possible or have two so they can keep each other company. So if you can’t get a dog but want traits of a dog then consider getting a Siamese cat. Just remember they are very intelligent and vocal but also very loyal and affectionate.
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