Are you ready and able to welcome Siamese cats into your heart and home?
Where should you start?
With personality plus. Siamese cats can be high maintenance, more so than most house cats. Don’t let this put you off, because when it comes to pure breeds, they are no higher maintenance. In fact, they are a lot less trouble than some of the long haired breeds like the Persian cat, which requires brushing and combing every day.
What does ‘high maintenance’ mean? Unlike the Persian cat, Siamese cats have a close short coat and although many like a brush they can look after their own coats. This also applies to the long-haired Siamese, called the Balinese or Javanese – they have an easy to manage longer silky coat.
Where they do require more attention is in the mental and psychological area. Without that attention, they will become unhappy, and an unhappy Siamese cat spells trouble. Picture this: shredded furniture and curtains, territory marking and self harming by pulling out their own fur, just for starters.
How does this affect your decision to buy that most tempting, cute and naughty Siamese kitten bundle?
If you are out of the house for hours on end, plan on either more than one Siamese or make real efforts to keep your cat entertained: that means special toys, treats hidden around the house, or special sleeping places by the window.
When you come home, plan on spending some quality time together. It will allow you to re-bond and your cat will forget your time apart.
Another option is a Balinese or Javanese, which also belong to the family of Siamese cats. Some breeders say that with a Balinese or Javanese, you get the character of a Siamese, but generally a more easy-going nature. If you plan on being at work all day, you might consider the longer-haired Balinese over the standard Siamese.
Take some time to think about what you want from your cat.
If the idea of a cat always hanging around, wanting attention, and mewling loudly with that piercing Siamese voice gets on your nerves even as you read this, then this truly might not be the best choice for you.
Do you have a hectic family life? Do you really have the time, energy and inclination to take care of the emotional needs of your Siamese? Remember, a lonely and ignored Siamese will be anti-social and get on your nerves even more – and that’s a cruel thing.
Finally all cats cost money, vet bills, food and boarding costs soon add up. It would be so sad to end up having to give your cat away because you could not afford to keep it. If your job takes you away all the time having a Siamese is probably not a good idea. Take some time to think this through, before you buy your Siamese cat!
If you still think you can care and provide for this most special and striking of cats, then read on – because Siamese cats are truly different.
Most owners agree that Siamese cats are special. They look different, with their darker paws and faces and blue eyes. And they have such a distinctive voice – even those who don’t love cats can recognize a Siamese.
Siamese cats are on average more clever than most cats, although you can get exceptions.
You will be enchanted with their antics. While elegant in appearance, they can often be quite clumsy. Take care to bolt down all ornaments! Who knows – they may choose to be clumsy just to get your attention. They feel warmer than other cats when you cuddle them, and they love the heat. Those radiator beds are very popular in colder climates. And if you can provide them with the entertainment of a safe outdoor run they will love you for it.
Siamese cats cannot see as well as other cats at night though so watch that they don’t come to any harm. Nor are all Siamese noisy, though some can howl the house down. Make sure you have easy-going neighbors who don’t wonder why you’re torturing your cat!
If you have more than one Siamese you will probably see that unlike the more independent breeds they will love to sleep in a great heap together, another good reason for having more than one. Occasionally, like any other cat, they’ll take a dislike to their house mates and will never sleep close together, but this is rare.
Still fascinated by Siamese cats? Still convinced this is the perfect match for you?
That is good news, because a Siamese is truly a special friend.
A word of caution before you buy though: it’s the same for all breeds, you should choose your kitten carefully. To avoid heartache, do your research properly and buy from a reputable breeder. After all, the last thing you want is a sick or weak kitten.
Still not put off? Then you will be rewarded with a wonderful special relationship this breed is rightly known for.