The Siamese is one of the most well-known breeds of cats. Their striking coloration and elegant frame make the Siamese instantly recognizable. A little like a teenager, Siamese are known to be talkative and sometimes moody. Given enough attention, they can be a loving and dedicated companion.
When your little Siamese is young, he won't have the trademark “point” coloring: dark ears, tail, paws and face. Siamese kittens are born almost completely white, with only faint hints of their adult coloration. Unlike most cats, those big baby blue eyes will stick around through adulthood. Around three weeks, the points will begin to darken, but you won't see his full coloration until he's one year old.
Each Siamese has a unique personality, and your kitten will develop his own personality at a very young age. He will require a lot of your time, since he is active and can be demanding. If you're looking for a laid-back, lap cat you might consider a different breed. Siamese are extremely smart and have more complex vocalizations than other cats. He will use this to his advantage, talking to you frequently to get your attention. His intelligence makes him ideal for training. Teaching him tricks or taking him for a walk on a leash should be no problem.
He won't like being alone, and may latch onto only one person in the house. Your kitten may become jealous and moody when you give attention to other cats or even other people. He's a sensitive kitty, and if ignored or upset his behavior can be unpredictable. Siamese also are known to be distrustful of strangers, so he probably won't be a fan of the pizza guy. If you have the time and patience, a Siamese can be a very devoted companion, even if a little clingy.
Health and Care
Your kitty's coat is short, making him easy to groom. He'll require only minimal brushing to keep his coat looking shiny and glossy. If he's a purebred, he is more likely to be at risk for some diseases, such as hip dysplasia, asthma, upper respiratory infections, diabetes, gingivitis, heart disease and liver disease. Siamese kittens can go into heat as early as five months and produce large litters. If you don't want a number extra little kittens to take care of, speak with your vet early about getting kitty spayed or neutered.
- The Encyclopedia of The Cat: Michael Pollard
- Cathealth.com: Siamese Cats
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