Siamese

The Siamese coat is quite unique, with a light-coloured body with a darker face, paws, ears and tail. Its fur is short, soft, and silky. The most common colours are seal, blue, chocolate and lilac, though some associations accept other colours, such as red, cream, fawn, caramel, apricot and cinnamon.

Their eyes are large, almond-shaped and blue. They have a long, muscular body, a long neck, and long, lean legs with small, oval-shaped feet and a long, thin, whip-like tail.

Male Siamese Cats weigh between 4 and 6 kg and stand 29 – 31 cm tall, while females weigh around 2.5 – 4.5 kg and stand between 27 and 31 cm tall. Their lifespan is around 15 – 20 years, though some have been known to surpass this.

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Personality and Temperament

Siamese Cats are highly intelligent, talkative and sociable. They have a deep, loud voice and enjoy “chatting” with their owners. They are often described as being “dog-like” in their fondness for playing fetch and capacity for affection.

Siamese Cats are smart and sporty and need lots of toys and playtime to keep their body and mind occupied. Never leave one by itself with nothing to play with, or it will find creative ways to wreak havoc.

These entertaining cats love to be the centre of attention, and since they love to be around their family, do not do well when left alone. Busy families who spend much of the day at work or school are recommended to only get a Siamese if there is another pet to keep it company.

Common Siamese Diseases & Conditions

Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and pictures

  • Vestibular disease. This inherited disease affects the inner ear and can cause a loss of balance and dizziness in the cat. It is a relatively minor issue which often resolves on its own within a few weeks, but cats who are seriously affected can be prescribed medication.
  • Amyloidosis is a disease cause by the build-up of a protein known as amyloid in the body’s organs (most often in the liver in Siamese cats). Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, frequent urination, thirstiness, weight loss, vomiting, bloody urine and an enlarged abdomen. If your cat exhibits any of these symptoms, a vet can provide treatment – however, the condition is incurable.
  • Subvalvular aortic stenosis is a heart condition caused by a weak connection between the left ventricle and aorta, causing fainting and in some cases, death. It is detectable and treatable.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a family of eye conditions which cause the retina’s gradual deterioration. Night vision is lost in the early stages of the disease, and day vision is lost as the disease progresses. Many cats adapt to the loss of vision well, as long as their environment stays the same.

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What are the most common claims for Siameses15

  • Megacolon
  • Abscess - Bite
  • Renal (kidney) Disorder
  • Feline Asthma (feline Allergic Airway Disease, Faad)
  • Mass Lesion

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Siamese Cat

History

The BalineseBurmese, Havana Brown, Colourpoint Shorthair, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, Oriental Shorthair, Oriental Longhair, Savannah, Snowshoe and Tonkinese Cats are all derived from the Siamese Cat.

Famous owners of Siamese Cats have included John Lennon, Syd Barrett (who wrote a song inspired by his cat), James Dean, and Kesha.

Siamese kittens are born white and don’t develop their colouring until around 4 weeks old.

Siamese Cats have one of the longest lifespans of all cat breeds, with some living up to 25 years old.

Siamese Cat

Siamese Facts!

  • The BalineseBurmese, Havana Brown, Colourpoint Shorthair, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, Oriental Shorthair, Oriental Longhair, Savannah, Snowshoe and Tonkinese Cats are all derived from the Siamese Cat.
  • Famous owners of Siamese Cats have included John Lennon, Syd Barrett (who wrote a song inspired by his cat), James Dean, and Kesha.
  • Siamese kittens are born white and don’t develop their colouring until around 4 weeks old.
  • Siamese Cats have one of the longest lifespans of all cat breeds, with some living up to 25 years old.

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