Siamese cats, originally from Siam (now Thailand), are one of the oldest cat breeds. They typically live long lives (upwards of 15 years) and are considered to be an intelligent but moody breed, according to website We Are Siamese. Siamese cats are known for their distinct seal (brown), blue (grey), chocolate and lilac colourings and intense blue eyes. As pets Siamese cats can be loyal and calm but often require a lot of attention.
Siamese cats are typically intelligent and very trainable. However, they can also be wilful and often require consistency, especially when first learning a new behaviour, according to the website Traditional Breeds. If they are not given enough attention they can act out, developing bad behaviours like scratching or eliminating outside the litter box.
One of the traits Siamese cats are known for is vocalisation. Siamese cats have complex vocal cords and are capable of a wide range of intonations, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Many owners of Siamese cats say they can identify different vocalisation as referring to specific feelings, like hunger or upset. Typically, vocalisation tendency is apparent from kittenhood, so prospective owners can evaluate the level of noise before they adopt, according to Cat Channel.
Siamese cats can be very territorial, according to We Are Siamese. They can be possessive about places and people and often will display aggressive behaviour when they feel they, or their owners, are threatened. Fortunately, Siamese cats can be trained to be less territorial through careful socialisation with other cats, though this becomes more difficult as they get older.
Male vs. Female
Male and female Siamese cats behave differently, according to Siamese Rescue. Generally (and there are many exceptions) female Siamese cats tend to be more independent, moodier and smarter than males. They also tend to form a very close bond with one person, and have more difficulty adjusting to new things. Males tend to be more like puppies: affable, friendly and more adaptable.
Siamese cats are more prone to neurotic fabric sucking or chewing than other cats, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Fabric chewing and sucking is thought to be a compulsive behaviour, similar to obsessive compulsive behaviour in humans. While it can be troubling, it is relatively rare.
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