Siamese Cats are an intelligent and playful cat breed. They are best known for their elegant and unique looks, but what do these animals truly need in order to be a happy house pet? Learning about their behavioral traits has helped me to find out.
Are Siamese Cats better in pairs? Siamese Cats don’t do well if they are left alone for long periods of time. If an owner is not home for extended periods of time then their Siamese will definitely be much happier with another Siamese Cat around.
Siamese Cats require a lot of social interaction but this is just another of their different characteristics that make the Siamese into the special breed that they are.
Continue reading to understand the personality of the Siamese cat – it will help you to decide whether to get only one Siamese cat or two Siamese cats.
The Behavior of Siamese Cats
Siamese Cats are very bright animals, sometimes even too bright for their own good. If they aren’t given something to occupy time they will usually end up getting into some sort of trouble.
Curiosity killed the cat could easily apply to these animals, as they are very active and can get themselves into some sticky situations if they are bored.
Siamese are also very athletic cats. They are very strong and muscular, making them great climbers. They love to play with their owners, but often times owners don’t have the wherewithal to constantly entertain their cat.
Many owners choose to remedy this problem by owning two Siamese Cats. The pair then play and keep each other entertained and happy.
It is important, however, to know that Siamese still require significant love and attention from their owners or they can become depressed and have shorter life spans.
Siamese Cats can be wary of strangers but are very loyal and loving to their owners. They follow the people they love everywhere around the house, and many people say it seems as though their Siamese is trying to help them with their tasks.
Siamese do their very best to be by your side whenever they can, sleeping, eating, or working. They have even been known to watch TV alongside their owner, and be just as entertained
Siamese Cats are so intelligent that they are very talkative. Though they are loyal and eager to please, like any cat they have opinions about the way they would like things to be and will tell you with very long loud meows.
Siamese are known for their innate ability to vocalize what they want and almost have conversations with their owners.
As much as this can be a frustration for some owners, it can help others to know how their pet is doing.
If a Siamese doesn’t like his food or isn’t getting enough attention his owner will certainly be aware that something is wrong, due to the incessant complaints that the cat will be making.
Another telling behavioral characteristic of Siamese Cats is that they tend to lash their tails like other cats do when they are angry when they are bored.
This can be very telling about the way that a Siamese is feeling. Usually, when they are bored a more mischevious side can come out to play.
Other Ways to Keep Siamese Cats Entertained
Siamese Cats can be as smart or smarter than some dogs and are certainly more developed than other cats.
Siamese Cats can be taught to walk on a leash, which is great for these animals as it forces them to both learn a new task and to be active and moving.
It also means that their owner will have to be with them walking which means more quality social time with the people they love and a happier cat.
There are also great puzzle games that can be brought home for Siamese Cats. They love using their brains to think through new puzzles.
There are many great designs, including balls that hold food that release treats when the ball is rolled a certain way, or tall standing structures that have to food inside and force the cat to move their paws around to find some snacks.
Siamese Cats can also be taught to retrieve balls just like a dog. Again, this gets the cat to be more active and to learn a new trick at the same time. It also means more time that they get to spend with their owners.
Siamese Cats can be trained, but it is not an easy task. Despite their intelligence and willingness to please their owners they still don’t particularly want to do everything that you want them to do.
Though Siamese are smarter than most cats, they are still cats at heart and love to watch birds out the window. If nothing else, placing a bird feeder outside of a window cat keep a Siamese Cat entertained for a long time.
It is best to have a pair of Siamese Cats together, but they can still be happy and entertained by other cats or cat-friendly dogs (more on Siamese cats and dogs here). They are eager to play and have fun, it doesn’t particularly matter to them how, or with whom, they are doing so.
Is a Siamese Cat The Right Pet For You?
Siamese Cats are great pets, for the right person.
- They are very needy compared to most cats, as mentioned above they need lots of love from their owners. They thrive in environments where they are given love and affection. They can even act pouty and jealous until they are given attention again.
- Siamese Cats love to cuddle and sit on their owners as well, they want to be touched and played with as much as they possibly can be. Giving them attention can also help to keep their minds stimulated. If they get bored they are often destructive and problematic.
- Siamese Cats can be outdoor or indoor cats, so long as you live in an area that is safe for a cat to be outside. Many people who own pure breed or pedigree cats choose to make their cats indoor cats, but Siamese are fully capable of being outdoor animals as well, so long as they are able to come inside with their people at the end of the day.
- Siamese Cats are also very easy to groom and take care of. They have short hair that only needs to be brushed around once a week to keep their coat healthy and beautiful (need a brush?). Like all cats, Siamese Cats are prone to periodontal disease, so brushing their teeth at least weekly is very important to keep your cat’s mouth healthy.
- Siamese Cats are usually very slim, but they can gain weight very easily. Luckily, their build makes it very easy to spot weight gain early on. It is important to control Siamese Cats portions and nutrition to make sure they stay active and happy for their whole lives.
- Some of the downsides of owning a Siamese Cat is the amount of meowing that will be happening once one lives in your home. They meow all the time, for some this trait is outweighed by the positive ones, but for others, it is just a nuisance.
To sum up:
- Easy to groom
- Great all around pets
Negative/Potentially Problematic Traits:
- Some health problems
- Lots of meowing
It is important for both you and your pet that you can make their life a good one, and that both of you will be happy living together. If you can overlook some of their shortcomings, Siamese Cats make great pets, even more so in pairs, and a Siamese Cat is the perfect pet for you.
Are Siamese Cats protective of their owners? Siamese Cats can bond very quickly with one person or a group of people. They are incredibly loyal to this person and have been known to lash out at strangers if they feel that their owner is in danger.
How long to Siamese Cats live? Siamese Cats generally live for around 11 to 15 years. As with any average lifespan, there are outliers, some cats living much longer and others shorter. Cats who lead happy, active, and purposeful lives will always live longer than those who don’t.
How much to Siamese Cats Cost? A Siamese Kitten can cost from anywhere between $400 and $600. Purebreds are more expensive, and can even be around $1000. It is always encouraged to look into adopting, as there are many Siamese Cats in shelters who would love to find a place by your side.