The Siamese is a medium size gorgeous cat with alert and intelligent expression. The Siamese is one of the oldest and best known breed. They are similar to the Oriental Shorthair. The body is elegant, long and slender. The head is wedge-shaped and the nose is long with a roman profile. They have almond shape eyes that are a little slanted and oriental type. Eyes colors should be deep dark blue. Their ears are large, pricket and wide at the base. The tail is long and tapering to a point. The weight of the Siamese is around 6-12 pounds.
The Siamese has a short, silky and smooth coat. They have a relatively little or not undercoat. The Siamese born white and the points on their legs, ears and tail will appear later. The most common colors are seal, blue, Red and cream, chocolate and lilac Point, and Tortie Tabby.
The Siamese is very showy and dramatic. They are very loyal, lively, dedicated and affectionate. The Siamese is probably the more vocal breed and could even keep a conversation with them of with you for quite some time. They let you know when hungry and need attention from you. It is important to train your Siamese not to get in the kitchen counter or the breakfast table. They like to eat a lot but do not over feed them, it is better to have couple small portions than one big meal.
Is Siamese the Right Breed for You?
The Siamese is not for everyone. If you are planning to buy a Siamese you should be aware that they are very demanding, demonstrative and have strong character. They are extremely sociable creatures that could be unhappy if not getting enough attention. They need your company most of the time and are not recommended to leave them along for long periods of time. If you have to work or stay away sometime is better to give them another cat for company or just not to get a Siamese at all.
Siamese Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Siamese is around 10-12 years.
Siamese Health Problems
The Siamese is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are PRA (Progressive retinal atrophy), neoplastic and gastrointestinal problems.
Siamese Care and Grooming
The Siamese coat is fairly easy to groom. An occasional rubber massage could be done when the cat is shedding to remove loose and dead hair. An occasional brushing and combing is recommended. Bathing is optional. The Siamese cats should not be bathed more often than once every ten weeks to keep their skin from drying out. It is recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Use a special ear cleaner to keep the ear clean only when necessary and trim off the sharp points of the claws regularly using good clippers.
The Siamese is an average shedder; you’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.