Siamese Cats

Looking for information on Siamese cats? This page tells you the main facts about the breed including personality, markings and the history.

Before we get into details, here's a quick overview:

picture of 2 siamese cats sitting together

Personality: Very outgoing, sociable, highly intelligent, people orientated

Suits: Lively families, experienced cat owners

Other: Need lots of attention and stimulation. Very vocal - loud, penetrating meow which they tend to use excessively

Breed Information

1) What are they like as pets?

These cats are highly intelligent, energetic, agile and curious. They need lots of interaction with their owners. They often enjoy being taken for walks on a leash, once they've got used to it. They're also very affectionate; it's not unusual for them to sleep with their favorite human on - or in - his or her bed every night.

They are extremely vocal. They have a large repertoire of vocal sounds, but tend to use their loud, penetrating meow (which can sound a bit like a baby's cry) to excess.

A Siamese cat isn't suitable for everyone. These cats need lots of attention and stimulation from their owners. They generally suit experienced cat owners who are able to play with them every day.

They are good with lively families - the more stimulation, the better. They're also good with other pets, including dogs. They are very vocal, so if their constant verbal assault is likely to drive you crazy then they're probably not the best breed for you. Like the Bengal cat, Siamese thrive in lively, energetic environments where there are lots of different activities going on all the time.

2) Looks, build, colors and markings

These elegant cats have a triangular shaped head, pointed features, piercing blue eyes and large ears. Their body is lean and muscular, but slim and small-framed. They have cream-colored bodies with darker points at the ears, face, tail and toes. They darken with age. They are quite small; adults usually weigh between 5 and 7 pounds.

3) History

This is one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. Siamese cats originated in Thailand in the 1300s. The cats belonged to the Siam royal family, who gave them as gifts to visiting VIPs. The breed appeared in Europe and America in the late 1800s.

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