Breed Focus: Siamese Cat

Siamese Cats

What springs to mind when you think of Siamese cats?  Is it an aloof and elegant feline slinking across an exotic  backdrop? Or perhaps the crafty pair of Siamese cats in Disney’s Lady & the Tramp movie?

Well the reality is that these cats are often called the ‘children’ or ‘dogs’ of the cat world as they are so intelligent and affectionate! Find out more about this unusual breed and why it could be a great pet for you…

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The Siamese cat has two very distinctive body shapes, beautiful in different ways so it’s a matter of personal choice which you prefer.  The applehead variety (right) has a rounder head shape and less extreme features. These cats are bred from the original Siamese cats which first came from Asia in the late 19th Century.

The wedge-head variety (below left) is the more striking in terms of angular features and is the type more commonly found in show rings.  The wedge shaped head, large ears and very slender, almost tubular, body were selectively bred for during the 20th Century.

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The Siamese cat’s special colouring is a result of a genetic mutation which means that the melanin which colours the hair is not active in warm parts of the body but is seen in colder areas such as the tail, ears and nose. Siamese cats can be seen in a number of different shades, from the darkest ‘seal point’ through to rich chocolate or the pale ‘lilac point’.

Siamese cats have BIG personalities!  Some people liken them to dogs in terms of their reliance on human contact.  If you want a cat who will be independent and happy to spend most of the day alone, a Siamese is not for you.  These cats thrive on interaction with you and tend to be very vocal – it won’t be long before you’re having full length conversations!  Be aware though that their intelligence can easily lead them into causing mischief if they are not channeled into more constructive activities. Kitty ‘Brain Train’ and other interactive cat toys can help with this.

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Experts advise that Siamese cats should preferably be kept as indoor cats, particularly if they live near busy roads, as they are not as street savvy as your average moggy.

Indoor cats benefit greatly from the installation of a cat tree in their homes.  A cat tree like our Bora Bora will give your Siamese cat an outlet for vital exercise.  He or she will have great fun climbing, jumping, playing and scratching on this indoor adventure playground!

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Feeding your Siamese Cat according to his or her particular needs has been made much easier by Royal Canin’s introduction of Breed tailored diets.  Royal Canin Siamese 38 is specially formulated for Siamese cats.  High quality proteins and added L-Carniture help keep the Siamese body shape long and muscular.  The food is highly digestible and contains fatty acids, zinc and biotin which help maintain a healthy, beautiful coat.  Even the kibble shape has been carefully designed to enable the wedge headed Siamese to pick up food easily.

If you own Siamese cats and have any more tips or information about looking after Siamese cats, make sure you tell us in the comments below!

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