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Everything You Need to Know about Siamese Cats



If you’ve spent any time around Siamese cats, you know they are pretty special. These enchanting four-legged creatures are divine—and they know it!

Siamese cats have a wonderful uniqueness of their own. They stand out in the cat world with their beautiful appearances and quirky personalities. Siamese cats have some truly distinctive characteristics. Did you know that their fur coloring at maturity can depend on their body temperature? The cooler the part of the body, the deeper the tone of color that develops. This cat also has a ton of finesse and is known for their very fussy eating habits. 

Do you want to know more about this friendly and sensitive feline? Read on for everything you need to know about Siamese cats!

Siamese cats have long lifespans

Siamese cats have been known to live between 12 and 20 years. Twenty years is a long time to have this fascinating furry companion in your home. Keep them well-cared for with annual wellness checkups, and these loyal and loveable cats will be by your side for many years!

adult Siamese cat relaxing

Siamese cats originated in Thailand

This exotic breed was once the temple cat of the King of Siam, where they even acted as guardians. They were first introduced to Europe in the 1800s and have been warming our hearts here in North America since the late 1890s.

Siamese cats are affectionate

The Siamese cat is known as a loving and snuggable cat breed that will happily lay in your lap for hours. If these cats are left alone too often, they can become depressed from a lack of interaction with their favorite humans. 

Siamese cats are chatty

This vocal kitty adores being heard. Be prepared to listen to their unusual and constant meow and get ready to answer! The conversational Siamese cat will carry on a heart-to-heart exchange as long as you are willing to chat.

Blue Point Siamese cat relaxing outside

Blue eyes are a Siamese cat trait

All Siamese cats have blue eyes. They may vary in color from navy to the deepest sapphire to striking cobalt. These alert and incredibly colored eyes don’t miss a minute of the action! 

The Siamese cat is beauty behind a mask

The Siamese cat is famous for their face-covering mask that covers their eyes and whisker pads. With a glossy coat, this cat has what are called “points," or the coloring on their paws, ears, tail, and yes, the famous mask!

Siamese kittens are all born one color

It’s fun to see a Siamese cat develop their gorgeous colors. Kittens are born either white or cream and will start to show their true colors around one month of age. The color can continue to deepen right up to about one year of age.

Red Point Siamese standing up

Siamese cats come in many colors

The colors of the Siamese are called points, in reference to the face, ears, tail, and feet. Blue Point, Seal Point, Chocolate Point, and Lilac Point are the four most commonly seen colors and are the only officially recognized ones. Cat fanciers, however, have been developing even more colors, including Cinnamon, Tabby, Red, and Caramel.

Siamese cats are highly intelligent

Siamese cats are said to be clever and easily trainable. They are willing to walk on a leash outside and love to play games with you. Try giving your cat a puzzle game, or teach your Siamese to play fetch with a light rubber ball and let the dog join in!

Siamese cats can be prone to asthma

Bronchitis and asthma are two respiratory illnesses seen in the Siamese cat. Using a dust-free cat litter, keeping their weight at a healthy level, and working with your vet to monitor and treat any symptoms is the best way to keep your Siamese in tip-top shape and feeling great. Got more questions about your Siamese cat's respiratory health? Chat with a veterinary professional today to get the lowdown.

Siamese cat cuddling with a Beagle dog

Siamese cats get along well with other animals

Siamese cats are pretty furiendly and get along well with other animals. Adopting a new cat always involves some preparation, but with gentle introductions, they make a great addition to the family home and typically fit right in with their humans. Give them a little leeway when it comes to strangers, however. Allow them their own space and let them come check out the visitors when they are ready. 

Siamese cats have graced the White House

Presidential pets of the past have included two notable Siamese cats. Siam lived at the White House with President Rutherford B. Hayes in the late 1800s. Fast-forward to President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, and you’ll see mention of Misty Malarky Ying Yang! If you're looking for some name inspiration for your sweet Siamese, check out more Siamese cat name ideas here

Don't want to leave your sensitive Siamese alone for too long? Download the Wag! app to book a drop-in visit from one of our pet caregivers. 

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