I have owned Siamese cats my whole life and love them. But they are a special breed.
Most people like to do some research when deciding whether or not to get a pet. After reading articles from experienced owners, I have talked myself out of owning (for now) pigs, sugar gliders, tarantulas, mice, rabbits, goats, chickens, and horses. I'm not trying to sway your opinion of Siamese cats, but I do want you to make an educated decision and do what's best for everyone.
The Siamese is one of the oldest recognized breeds of Oriental cat, originating from Thailand (formerly known as Siam). Now, I know the lure of big blue eyes might be enough to sucker you into a 15-20 year sentence, but it's important that you're happy so your bundle of kitty will be. Trust me, the last thing you want is an angry Siamese!
If you're someone though who has thought about getting a dog but can't because you don't have time to walk them or your apartment/house doesn't allow them, a Siamese might be a great choice for you since they are very extroverted and some even love to play fetch!
This article sets the record straight and answers some of the most common questions asked about this breed.
They Meow a Lot
Unless this is the first article that you've read about Siamese cats, you probably have learned about the vocalization skills they possess. Please listen––I don't want you to take this lightly. Let me help you understand just how infuriating and wonderful their little voices are.
When we first brought our baby kitten home, we thought she was broken. It had been years since I'd owned a Siamese, and I'd forgotten just how talkative they are. When I would hold her, she would look deep into my eyes and bellow inches from my face, with no regard to her fishy breath assaulting my nostrils. I almost brought her to the back to the vet because I was afraid she was sick.
If you believe cats are quiet and stick mostly to themselves, prepare to be astonished. Siamese cats are regular "Chatty Cathys" and enjoy nothing more than to tell you about their day. Most of them never tire from describing all of the naps they took during the day, all of the kernels of food they ate, all of the bugs they saw, all of the thoughts they had, all of the furniture they destroyed––in great detail.
They genuinely love the sound of their own voices. The good thing about this is that you will always have someone to "talk" with. I know this will make me sound like a crazy cat lady (which I guess I am when it comes to Rain, my cat), but she will carry on a "conversation" until I get bored and wander away. When she is in a good mood, her meows are sweet and subtle. But if she is angry, they are brain-splitting sharp.
And now the truth––the Siamese caterwaul is very loud, especially if they really want something. There is no wall, door, or fence that can effectively block the sound from traveling directly into your ear canals. If you believe that you will be able to sleep through it, you're sadly mistaken. It's more obnoxious than a baby's cry, your neighbor's mower early Saturday morning, or even your mother-in-law's laugh.
They Are Very Affectionate
Quite the opposite! If you want a cat because they are independent and will be happy without you, then a Siamese may not be for you. The ones that I have known (I've owned three) absolutely loved to be cuddled, held, and fussed over constantly. Rain will not go longer than an hour without sitting in my lap or sauntering into whatever room I'm in to make sure I'm still her faithful servant.
Our family's Siamese cat when I was growing up, China, is now 15 years old. Over the years, she has put me in my place many times. But no matter how much I bothered her, she would always sit on my lap and treat me to her thunderous purr. Children are not the gentlest creatures towards pets, so the fact that China still loved me so much is no small feat for a feline.
The idea that they are aloof and standoffish is very wrong. Rain and China do not like being alone. When we get back from vacation, Rain smothers us in affection. She smothers us anyway, but she especially has a difficult time when we aren't there.
If you want a cat that doesn't particularly care whether you exist or not, don't get a Siamese. It seems like they need more love and affection than most dogs I've met. If you aren't willing to give what your cat believes is enough attention, you will certainly pay the price in bad cat behavior.
This breed is also notorious for becoming jealous if you don't pay attention to them, which may be why they've gained a reputation for being mean.
Siamese Cats Need Stimulation
If you work full-time and still want to get a Siamese, think about getting two, so that they'll at least have each other when you're gone.
Because this breed can easily get bored, you'll need to make sure you buy them lots of toys, a scratching post, and some cat-climbing furniture. They sometimes make up their own games and love to climb. They have been known to hide on top of the refrigerator or a shelf and pounce on passers-by.
They Are Difficult to Train
Here is the biggest secret of them all: Siamese cats are extremely difficult to train. I have literally tried everything. Maybe this is a Siamese thing, or maybe it's a cat thing, and I'm crazy for even trying to train an animal that believes it is superior to...well, basically everything. But this breed is known for its intelligence and ability to pick up new skills!
When I tried the water bottle tactic the "experts" advised, she just squinted her eyes and continued doing exactly what I didn't want her to do. No matter how long I "stuck to my guns," she held out longer. I finally gave up, knowing that I'd been defeated yet again by a cat.
I tried swatting at her because I thought if I mimicked her behavior she would get the point in her native language. Nope. She just looked at me like I was insane and learned that it was okay to swat me. Big mistake.
When I began reinforcing positive behavior with kitty cookies, she believed what I really wanted was for her to annoy me as frequently as possible for another treat.
I even tried confining her as a punishment. She just went to sleep and was annoyed when I woke her up to free her.
The only thing I've found somewhat effective is cuddling her when she doesn't want to be cuddled, or in a way that she doesn't approve. That means I give her tons of hugs and sing her songs about how lovely she is. It's guaranteed to win me at least ten minutes of alone time.
While it's possible to train your Siamese to play fetch or walk on a leash, it has to be something that they are at least interested in doing. Otherwise, you won't have any luck. These cats only do what they want.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Siamese
They love to be around people and act much more like dogs than cats.
If you work full-time or are gone a lot, your cat will surely act out and become destructive.
They are easy to groom.
They meow a lot, and their sound is known to be more obnoxious than a baby's cry.
They are loyal and affectionate.
They require a lot of stimulation and can easily become bored.
They May Engage in Compulsive Behavior
It's common for Siamese cats to engage in compulsive behavior, like constantly biting or licking themselves. They may also suck wool or other fabric, or engage in pica, which is the consumption of non-foods. This behavior usually begins before the age of two, so if you notice your cat regularly doing any of these things, it may be time to talk to your vet about it.
A Basic Guide to Caring for Siamese Cats
- One of the great things about this breed is that they are easy to groom. Their short, fine coats can easily be cared for with a weekly combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.
- Brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing.
- Because these cats have long, slim bodies weight gain will show quickly. They can even show a pot belly after indulging in one day of over-eating, so their nutrition must be carefully controlled.
What Are the Different Breeds?
There are a few different types of Siamese cats, and they are distinguished by their points, which refer to the flashes of color on the face, ears, legs, and tail, and should have a sharp definition.
- Breed Standard: The is the standard Siamese that is recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. They have big blue eyes, a pleasantly triangular head, and a short coat. They are also muscular and have an athletic profile.
- Seal Point: They can be recognized by their fawn body coat, which usually darkens with age. Their points are deep brown, like that of a seal's. Their overall coloring is believed to have come first among all types of Siamese cats.
- Chocolate Point: They have dark brown points and a cream-colored coat. They have a lighter body color than the Seal Point, and their nose and pads tend to be pinkish.
- Blue Point: They are very distinct in that they will have bluish fur on their face, ears, and the tips of their tails.
- Lilac Point: This variation was officially recognized in 1955 and features points that are purplish, grayish or a pale pinkish tone. Their body coat is typically lighter than that of other types.
Six More Facts About Siamese Cats
- The color of their coats isn't just determined by genetics. This breed has a special modifier gene that inhibits pigment from developing in the fur, resulting in albinism. But did you know that this gene only affects their fur when their body temp is between 100 and 102.5 degrees? Once their temp drops below 100 degrees, their color returns.
- They are a very old breed. It's commonly believed that they originated in Thailand around the 14th century when they first appeared in a Thai manuscript, making them one of the oldest cat breeds in the entire world.
- Crooked tails and crossed eyes used to be common traits. While this was the result of genetics, legend has it that a group of Siamese cats were tasked with guarding a royal goblet. The cats stared at the goblet with such intensity that their eyes crossed. And because they wrapped their tails around the goblet for extra security, their tails became permanently bent.
- They were treated like royalty. This breed commonly belonged to royal families in Thailand who treated them like kings and queens.
- The first Siamese cat in the United States lived in the White House: This breed was not seen in the U.S. until the late nineteenth century. One of the first known owners of a Siamese cat was First Lady Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes. She received the cat as a gift from a U.S. diplomat working in Thailand.
- They've appeared in many Hollywood films, including The Incredible Journey, The Lady and the Tramp, and That Darn Cat! In fact, the entire plot of That Darn Cat! is centered on a Siamese named DC (or Darn Cat) who helps stop a kidnapping.
All in all, Siamese cats are wonderful. If they could talk, they would probably tell us they are God's greatest gifts. I wouldn't disagree.
SPONGEBOB 101 on September 05, 2020:
My siamese kitten is very energetic around 8:00p.m. She chases her tail, I have taught her to sit, and she does play fetch. She is very affectionate and loving.
Cheryl F on August 05, 2020:
We 100% got a siamese cross tortie cat from a rescue feral cat colony. She is ALL OF THE THINGS in this article lol.
Jon N on July 02, 2020:
Hello. I was wondering if you think that a Siamese mixed with an American Shorthair would still carry the Stubborn trait of a Siamese? I would like to train the cat to keep off of the counters. I do plan to get 2 so they have each other while I am at work. Thank you.
Nichole Cisneros on July 01, 2020:
Im getting a siamese kitten, she is 3 months old. I am very happy im getting her and will give her the attention and love she needs because im homeschooled, and i have another pet who is very sweet with cats and can give her company if im ever gone! I just hope she is happy in our home!!!
judith Howard on June 30, 2020:
Weezie is a 21 year old female siamese with long lack hair. She runs our house most of the tie (especially at night) and we aren't getting the sleep we need. We got her when she was taken away from her mother as a baby. She wants to eat non-stop all night and is sleeping during the day (maybe 3 hours) i need some advise. Thanks!
Marie Thompson on June 09, 2020:
No don’t leave him or her that long if you do leave her longer get 2 Siamese or expect trouble
gabby on May 01, 2020:
wut do i need to no?
Iqra Jamil on April 29, 2020:
Hi, i want to buy a Siamese cat because I feel like it's a perfect fit for me. However, I still go to school which means that I will be gone between 9:30 am to 2:00-4:00 pm This means I will be gone 6 hours and 30mins at the most from home - should I still buy this cat because I want it so badly? Do you think the cat will be okay with me leaving it alone for that long?
amelia on April 29, 2020:
Sofijana on March 18, 2020:
I love my siam-meow, meow but she meow a lot. But whatever she is my sweetheart. And yeah.... Her name is Zoe
Mesha on February 03, 2020:
I have a question about what kind of Problems do they have?
Anna Quitaleg on January 19, 2020:
I really love my siamese cat named Pink..She is my first ever cat. Whenever she wants or need something she will never stop talking or even wakes me up whenever I am in deep sleep..hahaha.. She's really smart, playful, clingy, sweet and an obedient one except that she doesn't want to be kissed. Since the day she came, we treated her as a part of our family. She gives us a lot of happiness each day.
Cheri Gaston on January 17, 2020:
I have a six month old Siamese kitten - solid sleek black with green eyes. She can be very sweet and loving and also very irritating due to her behavior skills. Her real name is Jetta, but more often, it is "STOP THAT and GET DOWN from there."
the WORST habit that I will NOT put up with, is jumping onto the kitchen cabinets. She is also very food aggressive.
Amy Baum on January 08, 2020:
I just got a new Siamese kitten. It's my 1st Siamese ever. I am reading about the breed. We named her Angel
Trenay on December 16, 2019:
I want to say if you are smacking your cats butt and spraying it, you kind of are the bad guy.
But the rational part of me knows you are likely not doing so with ill intent. So Im going to share some of my findings with you....and by all means if you dont want to take my word, seek out your own information and form you own conclusion.
Most cats dont respond to punishment well. I have read several vet's & feline behaviorists articles and books advocating against trying to punish a cat.
They advise against punishing cats mainly due to the reason that your cat doesnt know what it is being punished for and the experience potentially causing your kitty unnecessary stress. It is very challenging to communicate the specific reason for the punishment to the cat.
The logic/theory is that in your cats eyes you are suddenly smacking, spraying, etc it and they associate the act of punishment with whatever happened precisely beforehand. They theorized this due to the research of the feline brain, attention span, memory etc. So say your cat walked up to you or vice versa and then you proceded to punish the cat becaise they just did X behavior. Your cat isnt going to connect the punishment with X. It is going to connect the punishment with you.
The association with you and getting punished will likely do quite a bit of damage and diminish your bond.
You risk damaging your relationship with your feline when you punish them. A lot of feline behaviorists and vets recommend that instead of punishing bad behaviors (unwanted is a more accurate term) reward the good (wanted) behaviors.
Cats respond a lot better to positive reinforcement than to negative reprimanding or punishing.
Also maybe your cat has a nutritional deficiency or a health concern that is driving it to eat weird things.
Lily on October 26, 2019:
Yeah my little a-hole eats anything and everything off the ground (plastic, dirt, metal, rubber, etc) she also has to destroy everything in sight and when you spray her or smack her tush she screams at you like your the bad guy. But then she follows me around and every time I stop she cuddles my feet then Crawls up to me on the couch and sleeps there for hours and it makes me happy she's my best friend. The biggest issue is trying to get to her stop spazing out so much. She had surgery a few months ago to fix her luxating patella and I'm fearful she's going to hurt herself really bad. But apparently she doesn't care so idk what to do except pour another couple Grand into her knees when she breaks them again.
Warga on October 04, 2019:
I have two Siamese kittens, one is 5 months and the other is 6 months old. They do follow you around all the time and love to play with each other. But they hate being picked up and held. Perhaps it is because the previous breeders had kids who may have been picking them up the time. Vocal- not really, just when they want food. Otherwise they are quiet. But they do come over when I watch TV and cuddle. They are too active to have them sleep on my bed as they keep playing and I cannot fall asleep. So out they go from the bedroom at night. Right now they are mischievous teenagers, into everything. I love coming home to them and see their antics. They will climb up the sheers and shower curtains and screens on the windows. I have bricks as part of the kitchen wall as decoration and they shimmied up those too. I think they are too heavy to do that trick now.
They eat lots, but are skinny because they are so,active. I wish I could pick them up and hug them but they squirm out of my hands. But, that is their personality and I love their independence and curiosity. Right now Simba is cuddled on my lap. But pick her up... no way!
Dr. Sarah Young on October 03, 2019:
Does anybody know how to make my Siamese stop chewing on plastic bags, wrapping presents, and anything else she can get her teeth around besides the chew toys that I give her!?
Smart Human Being on September 16, 2019:
Maybe because not all cats are the same like I mean I you like a pat on the head there are people who dont like it or even hate it so think.
jhon bellydad on September 04, 2019:
i got my cat a few weeks old and hates being scratched by the tail but
all of my other cats like it why her?
Rosewhyne on August 18, 2019:
I am an absolute fan of the Siamese cat. I had one growing up named Mr. Moto and he would let me dress him up in doll clothes and always slept on my bed at night. He was a seal-point and was the apple headed variety. I now own another seal-point neutered male I adopted from the Humane Society. I named him Moto in remembrance of my childhood friend. Moto has white socks and a white chest so he's not pure, he looks like a Snowshoe kitty. He has the personality of a true Siamese though. Demanding, loud, aggressive (sometimes) and a true character. I just adopted a kitten who is also a Siamese mix. It looks more like a Ragdoll. I named him Wong and he is fast becoming Moto's buddy.
clara on August 10, 2019:
i love siamese kittens and cats in genril!
Henry on July 10, 2019:
So my cousins owns a Siamese cat and he bites a lot and attacks but he also is really nice at night he cuddles with me and sleeps with me and he is nice until you wake him up a lot sometimes but he can be held only for a little Norte he bites but he is a nice kid Siamese cat
Dragonage134 on June 24, 2019:
We adopted a Siamese from a shelter. He's filled to the brim with personality. He can open cupboards and doors that have levers. He has decided he wants to be an outside cat, even though we live close to a road with a lot of traffic and many families in our neighborhood allow their dogs to roam free despite leash laws. I carry him outside to get fresh air, but when I tried leash training him he's like a little Houdini. He can slip any collar or harness. We adore having him despite his quirks.
Cathy Moffit on June 09, 2019:
We have two seal point Siamese that we adopted nine years ago after losing our first Siamese, Sly to cancer. He was the sweetest little boy who traveled with us to two overseas assignments. He was a real trooper! We really miss him so much. The two we have now are equally wonderful and lived with us in Thailand for three years. I’m so glad we decided to get two this time as they do keep each company when we’re not at home.
Florence Dorris on May 28, 2019:
I love siamese cats and female. I have owned both. My last siamese cat I had lived 21 years. The last year she had a hard time we were at the vet many times. She had to get b12 shots, to keep her strength. I wouldn't give up on her. She was a fighter and I didn't want to let her go. I was heartbroken when she died.
I'm looking for another one. I have a cat but she is a domestic cat female black and white spots so I call her patches, she is 5 years old. I adopted her from the humane society. She needs company. I think if I could get a female kitten and I want a siamese female kitten.
OwU on May 27, 2019:
Lynx points are the best! I don’t have one yet, but her name will be kelpie
Lydia Irene (author) from Southwest USA on May 22, 2019:
@markdeem, I have never heard that Siamese cats vomit a lot, but I will tell you from experience that my current Siamese cat does. In fact any time she is overwhelmed or anxious she vomits, she gets ulcers, and must be medicated.
She didn’t start vomiting often until she was almost 8 years old. And then it was like she would gorge on food and puke all the time, to the point that she was no longer able to free feed. At first I thought it was maybe just because the food wasn’t giving her the nutrition she needed, but after switching her food many times, she made it apparent that it was a behavioral thing.
Thank you so much for your comment. I’ll look into this an see what I can find out about it.
Mark deem on May 19, 2019:
My brothers simese cat vomits allot. His vet said its common amoung the breed. True?
Lory on May 18, 2019:
I have a mix breed siamese cat. She's one yo, very talktive and playful, but doesnt like to be petted too much. She's 1y.o and recently she attacked my cousin (5 yo). My cousin got scared of her and yelled while they were playing and my cat jumped. I think my cat got scared as well and thought my cousin tried to attacked her and she attacked her back. She started hissing while chasing my cousin. Usually she would run from noisy children but that time she attacked her..kind of weird
Rosa Ruvalcaba on May 12, 2019:
Hi I Owen a Ziemese she two years I got her when she was a baby my problem she don't except my guest at home she gets agresive I need help my Family are upset cz there unable to visit when she home she is sweet please help me
Snug_Lyfe on May 10, 2019:
My mom has a Siamese cat, and this cat is absolutely rude, loves hissing at everyone, she won't cuddle with anyone ...etc it's a tough breed to own Forsure my mom has about had enough trying to get her to be nice. Lol
JADYN SEPULVEDA on May 04, 2019:
When you put the different kinds of Siamese, you forgot the red point
Roxanne on April 28, 2019:
My husband and I have two Siamese cats. Mr. Cat & Miss Kitty, brother and sister, we got them at 12 weeks old.
They aren't talkative or want to be held.
We interacted with both when growing up. I was very displeased due to they are not lap cats or want to be petted.
Their beauty makes up for what they lack. My Grandmother had one for 18yrs. Singaling was not friendly either.
I have other cats who are very loving.
Kim on April 19, 2019:
I need help.i red things about siamies cats.my
Gabriela on March 25, 2019:
I read a lot of articles about Siamese, Daryl is my first full blood Siamese I’ve owned but I’ve had other mixed Siamese with tabby. They were loud and yes very talkative one in particular named chocolate he would never shut up I loved it! Daryl on the other hand is the most quiet cat I’ve ever owned. Some people even ask if he can meow! I keep wondering if there is something wrong with him. He appears healthy and happy just very quiet.
Bob H on March 23, 2019:
Great article very factual. We currently have our second pair seal point Siamese cats (brother and sister) they love to be the center of everything going on in the house. And, are more then willing to tell you when they want something or don't like what your doing. I've had cats by whole life (63 yrs), and the Siamese are the most affectionate and love to be with you, sitting on your lap, watching what your doing, or sleeping next to you all night.
Sheila on March 19, 2019:
I have an 11 yr old. She loves my husband so much she insists he take a nap so she can hold his hand. This is an every dash occurrence. I take her out but when I say “Home” she goes tight to the door, then insist on a treat. She HOWLES at night and brings toys in our bed. We love her so much, and she loves back
Babs on February 12, 2019:
When I was a kid, I dressed our male seal point in doll clothes and strolled him through the neighborhood in a doll carriage!!! He didn't mind a bit! Loved my Lucky
Cindy Luce on February 06, 2019:
I cannot say enough good about Siamese Cats. I have had 2 in my life. Now my female Siamese is 16 years old and I am getting scared. Last night I prayed on my knees to God to let her live many more years. She is a big part of my life and I don't want to lose her. I can't explain what all the fuss is about these cats in a short note as this but if she gets sick, I will take care of her to the end
Danie Bethune from Birmingham, Alabama on February 03, 2019:
I have a rescue cat that I wonder if he is part Siamese. He was a tiny kitten when I got him and I finally got used to the constant meowing. He is much bigger now but not full grown. He is black with white paws but he is a very long lean cat with diamond face and prominent ears. The water bottle thing I was told from all of my friends was fruitless when he was a baby and a big game for him now. He will just attack the water bottle. He has to be in the middle of everything from me trying to cook or me trying to wash my face. He has jumped in the shower with me and fell in the bathtub.He gets in the sink when I am trying to brush. He meows whether I am boiling water or peeling an avocado and yes he will eat the avocado if I give it to him. No amount of smacking him deters his sharp painful attacks on my feet and hands. When he finally tires he will position himself half on my chest and half on my face and start snoring for a small amount of time. I am wore to a frazzle and to get anything done I have to lock him in another room. I had a huge older Main Coon for years, and this has been so incredibly different. Once I thought he might be part Siamese I started doing research and everything rings true. What I cannot imagine is why a hybrid Siamese would have been left out on the side of the road as a tiny kitten. If I lived in a bigger place I would get him a friend, having cat scratches from head to to toe is wearing.
Barb on January 22, 2019:
My cat, Rosie was half Siamese and half Cornish Rex and she was amazing. The breeder told me that i would never have another cat like her and that was so true. She was very intelligent and affectionate. She lived about 16 years and had various health problems the last few years of her life but she was definitely worth it. I miss her very much, no other cat compares
Karen Bidwell on November 12, 2018:
I can't envision life without my daarling SinLee who will be 19 years old.
[email protected] on October 09, 2018:
Oh don't worry your cat will get loud and demanding
Jessica on September 20, 2018:
I have a 5 month old Siamese kitten and she never talks (unless it's time for food). Admittedly, I'm a little disappointed lol
Tina Leifker on August 23, 2018:
Ok so my little blue point Siamese boy named Stormy Blue and 2 other names my husband thought he should have! We got him when he was 8 weeks old and we brought home this beautiful talkative cuddly kitten. I am home with him all day except for a day when I have a doctors appointment. Well he is now 8 months old and yes we have had him neutered he goes to the vet regularly and weighs a whopping 5 lbs. So here is my question for quite a few months now we have lost our cuddly little kitten, he sleeps at the foot of our bed now when he used to cuddle up next to us(and yes he is very spoiled because he is a kitty that sleeps in a waterbed!) He doesn’t cuddle on our laps anymore he only want attention when he wants an ear scratch or a butt scratch. We play with him regularly I do pick him up and cuddle him even when he fights for me to stop. He even decides he wants in the shower with me! So how do I get my cuddly boy back?
Alley on August 20, 2018:
My blue seal point Siamese, Isis, will dance figure 8s around me and squeak like a mouse, she spoons me and takes up the whole bed, she plays hide n seek, and we talk for hours. I've had cats for 27 years and she is by far the most special. Not to mention shes worth thousands and I rescued her for only $60, vet said she was almost dead and wouldn't have lasted another day in that cage.
Caesar’s Mom on August 16, 2018:
I roared laughing! This fits my current male Siamese perfectly. I too have had Siamese most of my life. My current male and female have been raised since I retired. Caesar rules the universe. Just ask him!
LyMartin E Chattm on August 10, 2018:
I just received an 8 week old siamese kitten. Her name is Chita, named after Broadway Star Chita Rivera. She is very vocal and craves attention. I love how she watches TV for long periods of time like a human.
We have two siamese they are sisters and close to twenty one of them Reeses likes to be left alone the other on snickers is always yelling in your face or downstairs sounding like a peacock we though on July 11, 2018:
We have two siamese they are sisters and close to twenty one of them Reeses likes to be left alone the other on snickers is always yelling in your face or downstairs sounding like a peacock we thought she was in pain took to vet and did need one tooth removed but still the peacock nightly
Jackie on June 27, 2018:
I have simease her name is cookie she hipper all the time and she shases everything even toes and hands i got her fix thought that she would calm down but that not the case with her she is half simease and tabby she like to eat human food she is a good cat but she does not like to be alone
Haneen Tamer on June 11, 2018:
well i am stuck i want a siamese cat and at the same time i want a himalayan cat . i want a chatty and smart cat like the siamese and i want a beautiful cat like a himmie. well actually i want a siamese more than a himalyan . i am scared if i get a siamese because i go to school and my brother go to school and my young sister goes to the kindergarden and my dad works in another country and he comes every year to stay with us like for 1 month and i know that siamese cats dont like staying alone and the bigger problem that my cat hates cats she says she wont take care for him and i am afraid to get the siamese cat and he doesn't like staying alone WHAT SHOULD I DO . and i live in egypt and the only cat breeds that are avaible in egypt are siamese , persians and himalyans and it is very very very rare to find a ragdoll cat their PLEASE HELPPPP
Donna on June 11, 2018:
Help! I can’t have my Siamese defecating in a corner and not in her litter box. Going to work tomorrow I usually like to restrict house access until she gets it so as of tomorrow she will be staying in the laundry room along with her litter box till I get home. Any other suggestions!!!
Sheila J Smith on May 26, 2018:
my cat "Chance" siamese male senior has thryoid disease and has to get his medicine via the inside ear lobe. he now is standoffish due to that. it doesn't hurt probably tickles if anything. but he doesn't want to be up in my arms like he did. he comes to me much more in the daytime then night. then waits until I pick him up and spread it on. he doesn't fight at all then I let him go and he runs and comes back.
Jasmine on May 25, 2018:
My siamese cat CandySunshine is very clingy lately but the thing is she wont let me take her to the vet. She stresses out at me taking her & pants & her fur falls out. Ive had many cats but my siamese is definitely very different i adore her i just want her healthy & happy any advice?:-)
Susanna Karam on May 19, 2018:
I have had Lynx Point Siamese (2), and, currently, have. 10 1/2 yr young, Seal Point, Madeline.
It has been my experience, that if you get a quiet kitten, they will be quiet adults. If your Siamese kitten is noisy, then you will have the vocalizing, chatty cathy, kind as is the feline of the arthor's.
Madeline talks, but, only if she has something important to say.
We converse, all the time, but, I will ask if she's hungry, and, I get a single, little meow.
If I have to go on errands, and, am gone longer than expected, I do get a little more vocalization, unless she napped most of the time.
She will come up to me and ask to cuddle, which is adorable.
She is just a sweet, and, beautiful on the inside, as she is on the outside.
I highly recommend a Siamese companion.
Annette on May 16, 2018:
How do you take care of your Siamese cat that is scared of everything and only comes to one person? My Siamese cat rarely comes out in the day, and when it does come out, it is when every one is gone or quiet. We got him as a baby when he came out of the bushes. He was a feral kitten when we got him. He only likes me and sometimes my mom. My dad stepped on his tail when he was old enough to com out =. Is that why he's afraid of everything?
Robin Hootman on May 14, 2018:
Can Siamese handle a person who like to scream and yell st the top of their lungs throw things slams doors. If not what health issues can it cause. Can it cause them to begin having high blood pressure? And if so when they sense your stressed or someone yelling can it spike their blood pressure to go up
Linda L Smith on May 07, 2018:
I have a Siamese cat as a kitten he was always into something for the first time and I've had a lot of animals I kid approved my house then every time Buster was bad I would tell him I love them and take away all his toys this seem to work I also for timeout I put him in the bathroom or at least an hour this gives him time to cool down and it comes out and most of the time is fine the rest of the day Siamese cats but I love them
raygen on April 25, 2018:
i want one there only cat my sister is not i lergek to hahahahahahahaha
GOAT on March 20, 2018:
I have a death wish YAY!!!!!!!!:)
Lydia Irene (author) from Southwest USA on February 13, 2018:
I've wondered about that a few times, and you may very well be right. It's the old nature vs. nurture argument, all over again. Of course, everything is relative and maybe I've just known very unique cats. I've had three Siamese, and they have all been similar in personality. Two of the three were adopted from shelters, so I didn't get a chance to raise one of them.
That being said, I've also owned five non-Siamese cats, and their personalities were very different from what I've described in this article. So beyond nature/nurture I think it's possible that Siamese cats may just be more docile and affectionate that many other cat breeds. Just like I believe most people are inherently good with the wish to be respectful to others.
However of course there are those wild cards, that small percentage of people that don't quite fit the mold, and yes, I think you're right, we (living beings) are all different in our sameness, with small changes from being to being which can be summed into a basic personality/character type.
DustnBits on January 24, 2018:
In my experience with my Siamese, when you say aloof and standoffish, I think "sounds like my cat. I think you may be interpreting your unique experience as standard, when there is no standard, in my opinion. And why would there be...are all people kind, or impolite? It's a mixed bag with lots of different people, and lots of different Siamese cats.
J subscribe to the belief that a cats behavior can be directly traced to it's upbringing.
Nana on January 03, 2018:
I got my Siamese at 6 weeks old I also had a 7 week old mancoon they quickly became best friends for the last 2 years and one day Molly (Siamese) turned on Mac and the fight was one!!! Molly will not come out of my room and if Mac comes even close to the door the hissing and gralllllling starts. I try to give each a lot of attention in the own zone. I have had to move food and water into my room, so crazy I don't know why or where to look up on what happened
Worth on December 08, 2017:
I have a Blue Point Siamese that I found when he was about 4 months old, his name is Kiki, he sits down on command, sleeps with me every night, follows and waits for me to start my semi, in the morning and comes down to meet me when I get home most of the time. Also he's not afraid of getting wet and will even go out in the rain and play. We've been together now for 3 yrs.
Skylarkmaster on November 07, 2017:
I wish I had a Siamese 'cause literally they can do tricks i mean like how cool is that i have a Burmese her names lily but she will go into are basement and will sleep on a bouncy mattress. (:b
jenifer on October 24, 2017:
I have a Siamese a white tip. shes a rare type of Siamese and i agree with what you posted.My Sapphire (my 2 year and 5 month old cat.)I taught her to stop.She was abandoned at 6 months old. I got her a little before she turned one. She doesn't meow but her purr is loud.S he loves to play with our dog lexi a german shepard mix.
Drew on September 25, 2017:
I have a Siamese and I agree with the majority of the quality article that you've posted. But, I don't fully agree with the training aspect. I taught Oscar, (my 1 year & couple month old cat) that, poor behavior will result in consequences. I don't abuse animals by any means. But, a swift backhand to his ass is enough to get his attention. I've been his only owner since his was 4 weeks old. The word "No" and the snap of my fingers is all I have to do now to reprimand him now.
Kasey on September 18, 2017:
I had a siamese as a child and now at 53 and a dairy farm owner, I have not one, but 3 "siamese tabby" cats. These are siamese that came out of regular tabby barn cats. She looks like a regular siamese but with white socks a a small patch of white on her nose.I had no idea of the chatty trait until a friend who is a vet tech asked me if she is a "talker". Astonished, I of course said "YES!!!" She comes in the house usually at supper time and has complete conversations with my husband. She only talks when she is on the floor and not being held . Now for the nuzzling! She was just on my husbands lap and came running across a tv table to rub herself all over my face as I try to type this! Having a farm, we have about 20 some other cats. She does not interact with the other cats or play with them much now that she is a year old. As a kitten of 5 or 6 months old, another cat had a litter when it was way too cold out, so they were raised in the house. She gave these kittens a schooling and toughened them up!! Now MIssy is a year old and we have two more up and coming siamese kittens. One is a few months old while the other just two weeks. really finding this an interesting breed to come out of a Tabby. I found the history of a lady in New York in the 1930s who bred pure siamese cats and one got bred by a tabby. It came out with white socks and she liked the results, so kept breeding them this way and they have filtered through the tabby breed throughout the United States over the past many decades.
PinkysMom on August 23, 2017:
Directed to "siamese", below: Being as I have had many rescue and stray cats over the years (including out and out ferals), I have seen a lot of different cat temperaments and situations. I too am not inclined to unhome a cat just because they are difficult, and have put up with a lot of crazy stuff from individual cats. I have had anywhere from two to four cats at one time, and they mostly worked out. But it can take quite a toll on your other cat family members, no question, when you have "insanity" in the family. What I have discovered is that there are some cats that have mental problems, just like people. Or organic brain damage that occurred before you even had the cat or kitten. Some cats can be beautifully tamed and socialized and calmed. Some can't be, they retain a certain impulsive, instinctive desire to get tough with you and strike out from fear. These cats often seem like bullies, but they are actually just very afraid of any noise or smell or change around them, and they are easily triggered by what I call "irritable brain". (And there are still some that are just jerks, NOT scared, and ARE bullies and very dominant, but you'll know that when you find it.) The vast majority of even troubled cats mellow out (I once figured out over the years, since kidhood, I have known over 40 cats quite well, so I've seen a few!!), but there will always be one or two along the way that don't develop into cats you can deal with. And you do have to be wary about the impact it can have on your other cats---cats can be great teachers for each other, and I had terrific luck with this---but some cats just don't handle pet life very well. I keep learning cats, and learning what works and what doesn't work, and often it is about patience and seeing who the cat is, and making sure your home environment supports their healthy development. I have had half-Siameses and they are fun cats, but the one I have now---a dear little rescue, just turned a year old---is a powerful little handful that needs constant feeding and entertainment. She is one long muscle, this little one, and tires us all out. She is very healthy and lives to play and eat and roughhouse. She is also an electrical cord-chewer...I have had to cat-proof such things and am still finding new vices she is indulging in...like clawing the protective cover on my tablet today when I didn't want to get up and feed her three hours after her last mini-meal. It looks like a lion got after it. But at least the tablet is unharmed! Adorable stinkin' brat.
Emily on July 11, 2017:
We have a seal point siemese cat. We adopted him st 2mths. He was so sick we thought he was close to death, upper respiratory infection, could hardly breath, we have our Lil Bullitt lots of Love. He so special, still struggles with respiratory issues, our concern is he randomly attacks my husband, just wants to bite & has many times, every night we go to bed he runs around like speedy Gonzales everywhere. Then we're in bed here we go, starts running over us, jumps on & off the bed focused on my husband, occassionally focuses on my to attack & bite. Confussing thing is he loves my husband up always, he follows my husband around, he wants to be where we are, he's a great talker, love him so much, the random attacking & biting concerns up...have any ideas for us why....thank you
My baby Siamese hates me on June 20, 2017:
My Siamese is 3 months old .. I'm curious she was silent most of the time, she doesn't want to be held I wonder why..when do they really show their affection.
Sorry if I sounded differently here it's because I'm worried..
Madison on May 15, 2017:
I have a seal point Siamese cat. She is 4 years old. She gets scared very easily and we have two dogs that she does not like and your younger sibling and cousins that she's scared of. What should I do?
Alexis J on April 18, 2017:
Thank you so much.Now i understand Siamese cats!!!!
Senda on April 18, 2017:
My aunt has a 10 year old Siamese that does not shut up. I used to live
With her few years ago. I thought I hated cats because of hers. After I left and moved with my partner who had 2 cats (angora and tabby) I discovered that I just hated Siamese. I officially adopted my cats few months ago and absolutely am sure of my love for them. But there is no way I am ever adopting a Siamese.
Jss on March 01, 2017:
I took in a stray who the vet determined to be half Siamese. He's got the big blue eyes. Man does he talk when he's out of water, wants more food or wants attention, you know it. I have two other cats, both female, a mainecoon mix and a tortie. They are both also extremely loving and loyal. But jack is so jealous!! If I am petting or playing with one of the female cats, he saunters over and is right in top of us. When I have company over, doesn't matter how many people, he works the room so that every single person has pet him lol. But the best part? He's extremely cuddly. Every night he follows me up to bed, lies on his back with his head on a pillow waiting for a tummy rub, he just purrs up a storm and reaches with his paws for my face. It's too cute. My mainecoon gives kisses when I ask her to. Ok, I guess I am a crazy cat lady lol.
Tamara on February 22, 2017:
My seal point Siamese is 10 months old and still as wild as the day we got him! He needs several hours a day of constant feather wand attention or he's an insufferable jerk the rest of the day and terrorizes our other two older cats. I know he's just needing to play but IT'S ALL THE TIME! At least he never meows, I mean like, EVER. He meowed once the day we brought him home as a 10 week old kitten and never again after that.
He's so insanely curious about everything I'm doing. When I'm cooking, he wants to *sniff* each vegetable, fruit, meat, spice ... it's like he's collecting data for when he returns to his home planet lol. He never licks or eats anything, just a nice sniff and he's done, looks at me like, "Oh that's very nice, you may continue." or "OMG you guys eat that?!"
He isn't very cuddly, slowly coming around to that I hope. He's very entertaining as long as we can keep his energy drained so he doesn't stalk the other cats. Thanks Jackson Galaxy, I learned a lot of tips from him.
N West on February 08, 2017:
My siamese daily meows and leads me from room to room, going in and out of the house too (he is an outdoors/indoors cat because we live in a safe village area with no wildlife and few cars). I don't know what he wants, do you have any idea?
It might be affection, but he is very cuddly and we pet him and cuddle him constantly, he sleeps in my bed curled up against me, he sits in my lap whenever I sit down and I let him, he drapes across my shoulders like a fashionable shawl.... so I don't think he just wants more pets, because he gets them constantly (unless he wants to be left alone).
It's driving me bonkers because I cannot figure out what he needs :(
Bs on February 07, 2017:
When I was a child I wanted that cute ( white female) Persian in the commercial and my dad brought me a male, certified American cat fanciers ( (?) Persia. (Sorry now a dog owner) male, a lynx who eventually was no where near white. He ( Bright eyes) made his beautiful music at night. I believe my parents learned more about the breed, mated him with my brother'so chocolate siamese and they had gorgeous kittens! I almost became a vet. Still love medicine, but deal with humans and love animals all the same. Thank you author James Herriot! These animals are smart, loving ( taught mine to climb trees for treats and pose,...) and if my dog wouldn't chase them, would gladly have a cat in my house!
Adam Hayes on February 04, 2017:
My siamese cat always wants to sleep in the litter box what do I do about that he is 16years old
siamese on January 10, 2017:
I have a 7 year old seal female, and she's an absolute doll. We originally got her to calm our other cat - who was a literal devil - I rescued a kitten, who became a very scary cat - he kept on attacking my mother and I starting from 2 years old - with very deliberate and serious wounds. Before, as a kitten, he was abused (mom died, he was malnourished, and some teenagers hurt him) and even though we got him at 5 weeks old, he had already shut himself off... He was very playful, but he lacked affection, would constantly hiss and was very fear-driven prior to being 2.
He started to attack my mother at random moments (a wolf spider in the bathroom, bringing back groceries from the store, a knock on the door, etc), turning into 3-4 serious attacks each year. At 9 years old, after 3 months of being chilled, he tried to attack my neck... and my mother intervened.
Anyway, my mom and I thought about giving him away to a non-kill shelter, but after talking with him, they said he would be killed because he was too dangerous. We tried to find a farm for him, but he was an indoor cat (with very long-hair) and needed a special diet (otherwise he would bleed in his urine). We spoke to vets who said to "put him down" and then we decided we wouldn't (couldn't) kill him... In his favor, although he was attacking us, he was ultra friendly and protective to our pet mouse, and was exceedingly gentle to the rodents he "found" in our house.
Anyway, so we decided to get a little Siamese girl, and our little girl taught our rescue how to meow and how to sniff. She tried to snuggle and play, but he refused. She picked up on our rescue's insanity - she became very cautious, and honestly her growth has been stunted by our other cat, even though we mainly had them separated. He passed away - and we recently got another Siamese kitten.
I just wanted to say, that seeing our Siamese female deal with this pure, friendly kitten is heartbreaking. Its heartbreaking to think of our rescue, and how those formative baby weeks couldn't have been changed with even 9 years of constantly working with him. And its unfair that my little girl is so psychologically scarred. It really brings home how we all walked, moved, talked very carefully in our own "den", and were prepared to deal with a hint of warning sign, to widened pupils, a tail wave, a hiss, or a full-fledged attack.
My little Siamese girl accepted our new kitten within 12 hours - we knew she wouldn't hurt him. She didn't approach him, but watched him from a distance, when he got his head caught in a basket and cried in pain, she was right up there to see what was wrong and to help, and she's so very protective. I know it will take time for her to feel free to play, and for her to trust another cat (she only knew one insane one), but I'm glad she has this opportunity. I'm sad it took me so long to see how hurt this made my Siamese, and I'm sad that the little rescue I tried so hard to rehabilitate was forever, a lost, pain-inflicting cause...
We come from a household of die-hard cat lovers. I can see now how some people would hate or fear cats. I still can't see killing cats (no matter what clean terms you'd want to call it), and I know that there are many great strays that are adopted at all ages and exposures, but I do see myself sticking with breeders or loving households, for a long time coming. I want to know my kitty who I'll be committed to for the (hopefully long) duration of their life, is a kitty who was loved, loves and can love.
Ariel on January 09, 2017:
I have a manx black cat, and she had a litter of kittens with a neighborhood cat, and 2 of the kittens were Siamese. This has happened twice before where she has a Siamese colored kitten. I kept the Siamese girl, and I was wondering if you thought that these tips would still apply to her? She has a very Siamese personality and features, including ear and face shape.
Another problem is when I pet her she meows at me quite alot. She will start purring and then interuppt her purring with a loud meow. I am not sure if she is 'talking' to me or if she is annoyed and wants me to move my hand to another spot.
McKenzie on January 05, 2017:
Hi! I just adopted a blue point and she will wail in the middle of the night until I get up and pet her and when I stop she will keep wailing. I've only had her two days but I can't sleep! She is my baby and I love her so much but my mom gets annoyed a lot and I don't know what to do.
Jack Pedersen on January 04, 2017:
I have recently adopted a Blue Point Siamese cat (about 3 months ago now) and she is absolutely beautiful and lovely natured but she is still very skittish. She's not literally scared of everything all the time but she is easily spooked by sudden loud sounds and noises outside. You can tell when she's scared of something because she won't follow me around like she usually would and she just moans under the couch. We have had 2 Siamese (Lynx Point) in the past and they were a lot like this too. Is this normal for the breed or have I just had an anxious batch of them?
Jerry on December 13, 2016:
Our Siamese is 7 yes old. He is the sweetest and most docile cat indoor. But when he goes outside and we tell him to go inside he gets angry. We were working in the front yard and all of a sudden he was transformed into a fierce beast and started attacking us. My wife had lacerations in all extremities. I don't understand the reason for that behavior and I don't know what to do. We love him so much but his bites were very dangerous. We had to go to the ER.
Sarah on July 12, 2016:
I just bought an 8 week old Siamese kitten and was curious as to why he can't go 10 minutes of being alone without meowing non-stop. Or why he likes to wake me up every few hours of the night biting me and meowing. As i can see this is all part of their little inherited personalities. He is definitely an outgoing little guy with a strong personality.
Lydia Irene (author) from Southwest USA on December 15, 2015:
@CRCondina, thank you so much for your kind words!
@Jawad, it's really hard to say. I would hate splitting them up, too. Not only that, but even if you did get just the female, there is no guarantee that they would get along. Maybe the brother and sister would gang up on Stewie, but its not likely. Since they're kittens, Stewie would most likely get his enjoyment from watching them play with each other, thankful that they aren't involving him in their antics.
When my Big Girl (in the pictures above) started seeming lonely, I got her a male companion. For a very long time she absolutely hated him. I adopted him as a kitten to give her the opportunity to bond with him, but her answer was to beat him up every time he had the audacity to darken her doorway. They were all her doorways, of course.
Now, two years later, she love-tolerates him. I think it is because he is now an adult, and thus a little more mature. She'll even give him little baths when she believes no one is looking.
The most important thing is how you introduce Stewie to the new kittens. Cats aren't like dogs, they don't forgive. So keep the kittens in their own space, allowing Stewie to sniff the door and your shirt at his own pace. Slowly blend their scents together, and very slowly introduce them. By slowly, I mean weeks...maybe even months. There may be fireworks for a few weeks, but after the initial adjustment period everyone should be fine.
If it seems like any of your cats are especially distraught, please seek the help of your veterinarian. Thank you so much for commenting!
Jawad on December 14, 2015:
I share a 3 bedroom apartment with my 2 younger brothers. We are all working adults and are out for 8-9 hours on weekdays. We have a neutered 5 month old Siamese named Stewie. He was a little ill lately and our vet told us to get him a companion cat preferably a female. We came across 2 Siamese kittens that were 8 weeks old, a boy and a girl. Those guys are inseparable and being so adorable we have our hearts set on both of them. We just can't figure out if we would make the situation worse by getting both the kittens and making Stewie super jealous and left out. Will the brother and sister gang up on Stewie? Should we just get the girl?
CRCondina on December 08, 2015:
I loved this article. I laughed at it all because it perfectly describes my cat, sushi. She's a seal point siamese. She is loving and cuddle and has the MOST BRAIN SPLITTING MEOW EVER!!!! But, I wouldnt change a damn thing about her. She LOVES to talk to me. But she sounds like shes smoked for most of her life. She loves when I tell her shes beautiful and LOVES to hunt me and chase me. (It doesnt take much time before she wears herself out.) I never considered a siamese, but now that i have one. I dont know if I will ever adore another breed so much. She is simply my world.
kim on November 27, 2015:
My mom's friend got herself a Siamese before being depoyed. And once she returned the little fellow had attached himself to my youngest daughter.
We jokingly say that she is his human. But in reality that's is the truth. He sleeps with he, walks with her outside, talks to her through the bathroom door when she showers, and waits for her on the porch when the bus is dropping her off from school. He comes when she calls, sits down when she tells him to, gets on "his pillow " she but on her bed for him to sleep on when she pats the pillow and says "Come on Minion let's go to bed."
It is a bond I found strange for a cat to have with a human. I mean it's like myself and my APBT.
But the love that I feared would be lost and the heartache that they would feel when my mom's friend returned and wanted to move out and take "her cat" with her prompted me to buy the cat at the cost she paid for him. I honestly believe that was the best thing for my daughter and her Minion. He is nearly attached to her hip.
She even being 6.5 years old knows that he will live a long life. And that he picked her. She saves her money and buys him a new collar ever 6 months. "It has to be on of those that breaks if he gets caught so he don't choke " .
I wish I could share a picture of them it's just to cute. I never thought about a Siamese cat to be an addition to our home but he has shown me that they are a great breed and are very loyal.
Keli on November 13, 2015:
I have a mixed Siamese he looks like a tuxedo cat but has the Siamese traits. Hates being picked up. Very dominant and always near me. He was very vocal and very loud when he was younger but as he gets older not so loud but still vocal lol..
Rainy on November 02, 2015:
My 3 year old male Siamese, Indiana Jones, is talkative and loving. He is crated every night in our bedroom because he gets into trouble during the night due to being able to open any door. Our three story home is great for him because squirrels jump through the trees in front and he runs from window to window, up and down stairs, to keep up with them. He is leash trained and enjoys chasing bugs, frogs, and dogs out of our yard. He is a great friend for my husband and me.
Heather on October 21, 2015:
I have a 2 year old Siamese and everyone in the family adores her. She loves to fetch and boy is she a cuddle bug and very vocal when she wants attention. We have 4 cats all together but have the time and room for them. Siamese like all animals are a lot of work and money but well worth it. I encourage anyone who is getting a Siamese or any animal to fully research and listen to this article this lady hase Sianese's needtoknows down to a T.
Kristen on October 11, 2015:
I have a 19 year old Siamese . She is the most wonderful cat ever. I wouldn't own anything but a Siamese . It is very true my Ruby talks to me constantly and I've always loved it. The article was purrfect:)
l. wirt on April 29, 2015:
I adopted our female siamese at 3 weeks of age. She is now 17.5 yrs oldand STILL does not like being picked up, ever! I was raised around cats from the point of comception. I thought witb enogh patience I could win Jasmine over.
I am STILL waiting......
Paul on April 23, 2015:
Aw- that video with the your sweet dog is priceless. Love that little swat. I have a siamese and an oriental. They're the best cats a person could want. Interestingly, my siamese barely has a meow at all. A weird genetic flaw of some sort I suppose. The sounds that come out are like monkey squeaks. Like a quiet chimpanzee. The oriental, on the other hand- he can be loud.
Enjoyed your page : )
Gloria on April 23, 2015:
I have two Siamese sweeties. One opens bi fold closets and sleeps on shelves.One night I had just gone to bed after watching a scary movie at Halloween.No joke, at around three in the morning the closet door slooowly opened! I jumped to the ceiling.It was only my Siamese.
Kinli on April 08, 2015:
I have a Siamese cat
Lydia Irene (author) from Southwest USA on March 06, 2015:
Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely have to try this. I know she certainly doesn't tolerate rude behavior (if it's me doing it, and not her), so it may just work.
Lydia Irene (author) from Southwest USA on March 06, 2015:
That's amazing! I would absolutely love for you to share your training trips on here, if possible. My rotten little Siamese has me trained, but vice versa has proved impossible for me.
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One of the best-known cat breeds, the Siamese is curious, smart, vocal and demanding. If you want a cat who will converse with you all day long, the Siamese may be your perfect match. The Siamese weighs six to 10 pounds and has a distinctive coat with dark “points” on a light background.
The Truth About Spaying or Neutering Your Cat
An estimated 5 million to 8 million animals are euthanized in shelters across this country every year. Many organizations are working to decrease that number by opening low-cost spay/neuter clinics that will prevent more litters of cats that need homes. One such organization is LifeLine Animal Project, an Atlanta-based nonprofit shelter and clinic where more than 25,000 spaying and neutering procedures have been performed since 2005. Here, executive director Rebecca Guinn answers the most commonly asked questions about spaying and neutering cats.
Q: Why should I have my cat spayed or neutered?
A: Shelter euthanasia is the number one killer of companion animals. Spaying and neutering is the only way to reduce or eliminate that. It’s also better for your pet’s health. And having a cat that’s spayed or neutered will make your life easier.
Q: Shouldn’t I let my cat have a litter before I spay them?
A: No. It greatly reduces the risk of certain cancers if you have them spayed before the first heat and certainly before they have a litter.
Most places are overrun with kittens. There are millions of cats and kittens that need homes and millions more that are abandoned. There simply aren’t enough homes for all the cats that get born every kitten season.
Q: Should I let my cat have a heat before I spay them?
A: It’s a myth that animals should have a litter or a heat before they are spayed. There are no health benefits to that at all, and it’s a much easier medical procedure if you spay before the first heat. All the benefits you get from spaying or neutering your pet are magnified by spaying or neutering before the animal reaches puberty.
Q: Is it OK to spay my cat when they are just a kitten?
A: Yes, as long as they are at least eight weeks of age and weighs at least two pounds. Pediatric spaying and neutering is widely accepted. Those ideas about needing to wait are really antiquated and the evidence is to the contrary. Even the American Veterinary Medical Association supports early spaying and neutering.
Cats can go into heat very early. They can have a litter at six months of age, and they can have three litters a year. Also, if you’ve ever been around a cat in heat, you know it’s miserable for people. They yowl loudly and continuously. They want to get out. It really alters their behavior. And every unneutered male cat in the neighborhood will be at your house spraying your front door. Your whole house will reek of cat spray. It is a really regrettable experience.
Q: It can cost more than a $100 to get a cat spayed or neutered. I can’t afford that. What can I do?
A: There are a lot of low-cost options all over the country. ASPCA keeps a database of them on its web site. You can put in your zip code and find all of the options within a certain radius. Click on the "pet care" tab and look for the low-cost and free spay/neuter database.
Q: Don’t cats get fat once you spay or neuter them?
A: A healthy weight goes back to portion control and exercise. I recommend cats be kept indoors, so you should have enough environmental enrichment to keep your cat happy. Have vertical spaces and climbing trees. Provide places where they can hide and play. But portion control is the main thing. Don’t free feed your cat.
Q: Will my tomcat stop running away from home if I neuter them?
A: We don’t recommend having free-roaming cats. And if you have an unaltered male cat, you’re probably not seeing much of them anyway.
Usually, neutering a tom will curb its desire to roam, although cats are a little different than dogs and wander for reasons other than reproducing, such as hunting. So neutering will reduce the instinct to roam, but it won’t eliminate it.
Unaltered males also are more at risk for feline leukemia [FeLV] and FIV [feline immunodeficiency virus]. That’s because they fight, and deep bite wounds are the leading factor in the transmission of those diseases.
Q: My cat sprays all over my house. If I neuter them, will that stop?
A: More than likely it will. It will certainly take away that hormonal urge to spray. Neutering early is your best bet to avoid that urge altogether. If you have a neutered cat that is still spraying, you should see your veterinarian. It could be a behavioral issue, or it could be a health problem.
Q: Will spaying or neutering my cat prevent future illnesses?
A: You’ll have a lower incidence of mammary tumors. We see a lot of unspayed cats come into our clinic with pyometra -- an infection of the uterus -- which can be a life-threatening disease for them.
For male cats, you eliminate testicular diseases, and for females, you eliminate the risk of uterine diseases. Generally, spayed and neutered pets live longer, happier lives.
The earlier in its life a Maine Coon is introduced to lots of adults, children and other pets, the more accepting of them it becomes. It will have more confidence and be more sociable.
I’ve saved this as the grand finale, it should follow a drum roll … MAINE COONS CAN BE QUITE DESTRUCTIVE. OK. There. I’ve said it.
But you do have a chance to minimize the damage to your furniture if you provide your cat with plenty of things you don’t mind it scratching and use positive distraction techniques and praise to get it to scratch those things instead.
Catnip spray can come in handy. It’s made form a herb that cats can’t seem to resist the smell of.
If you spray a scratching post with it hopefully your cat will scratch there and you can reinforce this with praise so your cat knows you approve.
Unfortunately, your cat might still have a go at your furniture in spite of this. It’s not being naughty it’s just behaving instinctively to physically mark its territory, shed dead outer layers from its claws, and flex and work its muscles.
Unfortunately, indoor cats do seem to cause more damage in this way. Is it something you can tolerate?
10 Things You Should Know About Cats Before Taking One Home
Cats make great pets. They’re nowhere near as loud as dogs and they can curl up in your lap, helping you to relax after a hard day. If you are thinking of getting a cat here are some things that you need to know before you make that decision.
1. This Is a Lifetime Commitment. Cats can live up to 20 years. If you get a little tabby please understand that this is going to be a relationship that will span a lot of time.
2. Have Your Cat Neutered or Spayed. Stray cats are a major problem in a number of neighborhoods. The breeding will result in a number of feral cats who live off your garbage can. Spaying a cat can be a healthy operation, protecting the animal from infections.
3. Leave The Claws On. Declawing a cat takes away its front line defense and is a painful operation for the little kitty. A better alternative is to clip the nails on a periodic basis.
4. You Need a Scratching Post. The scratching helps a cat keep its paws in good condition. The post should be fairly tall and a little bit of catnip sprinkled over it encourages the cat to use it.
5. Have a Room for The Cat. This doesn’t mean having a room with a lock on it, but rather a place where few people go in so your cat can use it just to get away from it all.
6. A Litter Box Is Important. This is where your cat is going to do its business. It should be in one specified area of the house and not moved. You have to clean out the litter box on a routine basis.
7. Set Up a Feeding Schedule. You should do this with any pet so they know there is a regular feeding time. Also, take veterinarian’s advice on the type of cat food to serve your pet. There are certain foods that are dangerous. Grapes and raisins contain elements a cat’s digestive system cannot handle. This is a situation where a talk with the veterinarian can prevent your cat from becoming seriously ill.
8. Groom Your Cat on a Regular Basis. Cats are very fastidious and will spend a lot of time grooming themselves. Brushing the cat will get rid of excess hair and prevent a lot of shedding on your furniture. It also means that there are fewer cases of your cat coughing of hairballs.
9. Keep Your Cat Indoors As Much As Possible. The
old notion of having your cat out all night is no longer very sensible. It is not just an invitation for breeding, but very dangerous for the animal. Cats can contract a number of parasites or diseases outdoors. Additionally, the cat might be attacked by other animals that are larger.
10. Establish a Routine of Trips to the Vet. You want to keep your cat healthy and one of the best ways is to catch problems before they become a crisis. Seeing to it that your cat has at least an annual checkup is a good way to maintain proper health.
You can get a cat at any number of shelters and make sure that a veterinarian sees the animal right away. Your new cat may have some internal parasites or other problems which require immediate attention. When you have a cat at home, you should give it some time to get used to the new surroundings. Cats like to explore and you should let your new pet do exactly that. If you have other pets be sure that the cat is safely introduced to each one. What is true about food is also true with certain indoor plants: they can be toxic to a cat. Find out which ones are dangerous and move them from the house before the animal is brought in for the first time.
Felines are fun and they can provide a lot of entertainment and companionship for you. You’ll find that the cat has a mind of its own, but also can be extremely loyal to you as its owner. By all means spend a little time each day with your cat so the bond will develop between both of you. This is a lifetime friendship that has a great deal of reward attached to it.