If you love the distinctive breed, with pointed ears, slim limbs, and slanted eyes, you want to learn how to care for your Siamese cat if you’re a first-time owner.
How to take care of a Siamese cat?
Due to their personalities, you will quickly learn that Siamese cats are going to require a different level of care and attention, than other breeds of cats. Everything from learning how to care for them, how much time they need to spend with you when to feed them, and other important factors will be discussed here. We'll provide you a how-to guide as it pertains to taking care of your first Siamese cat.
Are Siamese Cats Prone to diseases?
Siamese cats are prone to certain health conditions, especially as they get older. Siamese cats typically don't have problems with dental/hygiene, they do not cost much in terms of maintenance (doctor visits, medication, etc.), and their short coats mean you won't have to groom them regularly.
Personality Traits For Siamese Cats
You’ll want to bond with your Siamese cat, therefore, you’ll have to know what they enjoy and what their personalities are like. Your new friend is
- Intelligent, and they’re extremely affectionate as well.
These cats will quickly make their presence known in your home. You don’t want to raise a Siamese cat if you can’t dedicate your time to being around them. They like being around family members, they need attention, and their loud and distinctive meow will let you know when they want your attention. So, if you are a cat lover who likes having your cat by your side at all times, you’ll get along just fine with a Siamese cat.
Siamese cats are intelligent, therefore you’ll have to find ways to keep them moving. Scratching posts are great to purchase when you bring your new cat home. Cat toys and even puzzle-style games might be a good investment piece for you to consider when you’re just bringing your new cat home as well. Your Siamese cat is going to want your attention all day. Therefore, if you work out of the home, it’s important to make sure someone is home with them, so that they have the attention they need during the day.
Siamese Cat Care 101
Understanding your Siamese cat, possible health conditions, and how to care for them at home, will help you ensure a long, healthy life for your new feline friend.
Day 1 with your Siamese Cat
On the first day, you bring your Siamese cat home, it’s a good idea to call your vet and schedule an appointment. Your vet will discuss
- Advice on how to care for your cat and proper living conditions
- A vaccination schedule for your cat
- Inform you of the best practices for feeding, type of foods to buy, etc.
Your vet is the best resource to guide you when you’re a new cat owner. Especially with this breed. Your vet can also diagnose any conditions your cat or kitten might be suffering from and immediately provide you with the right medication and diagnosis. This ensures you’re going to get off to a great start with your cat, and they are as healthy as possible from the moment you bring them home.
Siamese Cat Healthcare: Medical Conditions & Diseases
Siamese cats are prone to certain health conditions, especially as they get older. Siamese cats typically don’t have problems with dental/hygiene, they do not cost much in terms of maintenance (doctor visits, medication, etc.), and their short coats mean you won’t have to groom them regularly. But, there are some diseases you should be aware of if you are considering bringing home a Siamese cat, as they’re more prone to these than other breeds of cats.
Heart Disease in Siamese Cats
Siamese cats are known to contract a form of heart disease more frequently than other breeds of cats. The condition is called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. You can’t treat this condition with surgery, and there’s no cure. However, cat owners can speak to their vet about medications, as they can help extend your cat’s lifespan and quality of life.
Siamese cat cancer is something you should be familiar with as well. The breed is more likely to contract cancer than other breeds of cats. Again, there’s no way to prevent it, but if you buy your cat from a breeder, make sure you choose a breeder that properly cares for their cats. And, choose a breeder with no history of cancer if possible; you’ll also want to look for breeders with a history of cats with long lifespans.
This is more common when the cat is a kitten; some conditions your Siamese cat might suffer from include
- Bronchial disease
- Feline asthma
- Couching and sneezing
- Low airway disease
These conditions are a little easier to treat with the help of your vet. And, there’s also a cure with proper care. So, talk to your vet for medication or prescriptions that can help your cat recover faster if they suffer from these conditions when you first bring them home.
Siamese cats are also more prone to pancreatic and liver disease. They might also suffer from something known as Siamese squints. This is when their eyes are cross-eyed; although this won’t affect their health in any way, it’s something you should understand before bringing your new kitten home.
Feeding A Siamese Cat or Kitten
Siamese cats must live with their mother, for the first three months of their lives. The reason is that they should drink breastmilk until they can properly digest foods you’re going to be feeding them as they get older. Therefore, if you buy a kitten, you should choose one that is at least 3 months or older, to ensure they have received proper nourishment while they were growing up.
Your Siamese cat is still a kitten at three months of age. So, the best option is for you to choose fresh food as often as possible to feed them. You know exactly what ingredients you’re giving them, and you can control the quality of the food you’re feeding them when you choose fresh foods. Once they reach a certain age, around 1-year or older, you can start feeding them storebought/prepackaged foods. And, as your cat gets older, you should consider transitioning to senior feline foods.
Grooming A Siamese Cat
You aren’t going to have to do much heavy lifting here. Your Siamese cat’s coat is short, straight, and you won’t see many strays flying around. Nor are you going to have to take them in for grooming/haircuts regularly. If you buy a cat brush and brush their coat once or twice a week, this should suffice. You should take them to a groomer for washing their coat. However, since they’re indoor cats, you probably won’t have to take them in much, maybe once a month (or bi-monthly).
Size, Color, Characteristics of Siamese Cats
Siamese cats were originally imported from Thailand in the 1800s and this is where their namesake is from. You might think of your Siamese cat as “chatty.” They make plenty of noises and their loud, distinctive meow is something you’ll get used to as the months and years pass. The cat is known for
- Slim and long limbs
- The wedge-shaped head
- Slanted eyes
- Distinctive coat
They are also quite lean. Most Siamese cats will reach a weight of 10 to 12 pounds. They also have a muscular torso, so they’re capable of leaping to high heights around your home. Your Siamese will have distinctive features including the markings, and a pale body, with dark face, ears, and legs. These cats are bred in four different color schemes including
- Seal point, that is characterized by dark brown markings on their body
- Bluepoint cats have pale bodies, light brown markings, and a hint of blue is visible in their coat.
- Lilac point cats have pink/gray markings you’ll see throughout their bodies
- The chocolate point has the dark brown body and they have pale markings throughout their bodies
Depending on how the Siamese cat is bred, and which breeder you purchase it from, the color profile is going to differ from one cat to the next. So, make sure you ask the breeder you purchase from which color profile cats they breed/sell.
Siamese Cat Costs
The cost of owning a Siamese cat isn’t very high, in terms of maintenance and routine care. You will want to take them in to visit the vet maybe once or twice a year. Vet costs can range between $150 to $400/$500, depending on where you live. Furthermore, if you’re doing lab or blood work, or if you need to buy medication, the costs will be closer to the higher end mentioned above.
Buying A Siamese Cat or Kitten
In terms of purchasing a Siamese cat, you can buy a kitten for $300 to $700 with most breeders. If you choose to adopt, although this breed isn’t regularly available, you would only pay for the vaccination costs and administrative costs (this will depend on the adoption facility you choose). So, they are a little pricier than other breeds of cats, but they are also friendlier, want your attention, and a cat breed you’ll love owning once you learn how loving they are.
These are some of the basics you should know before you bring home a new Siamese cat or kitten. Make sure you start things off properly and visit your vet. This is the best way to ensure a happy, healthy life, and to make sure your cat has the proper care from the moment you bring them home with you.