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Siamese Cat Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

If you just went out into the street and flagged down 100 strangers and asked them to name 10 different “types” of cat breeds, chances are you wouldn’t find many who would be able to do this.

But most of them…

Would probably be able to name two or three.  And we’re willing to bet that out of those two or three, one of them is going to be the Siamese.  And why not, the Siamese cat breed is one of the most admired, and most sophisticated, felines out there.

And as one…

Of the first Asian cats recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, this breed has along history of being appreciated not only in the United States but also all throughout the world.

But is a Siamese cat right for you?

That’s the real question which we hope to help you answer here in this article.  Because in this article, we’re going to try and shed some light on what it might be like to own one of the awesome little guys.  So that if you’re ever given the opportunity to own one, you’ll know for sure it’s going to be a good fit.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Siamese Cat Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin:  Thailand (previously known as Siam)

Size:  Small to medium

Weight:  7 to 15 pounds

Eyes:  Almond-shaped (blue)

Shape of Head:  Wedged-shaped

Lifespan:  15 to 20 years

Origin of the Siamese cat breed

While no one is 100% sure how the Siamese came into being, we do know that they are one of several breeds of cats native to what was once called Siam, or modern-day Thailand.

Their “existence” …

Really only became well known or at least well known in the West during the mid-19th century when it quite fashionable to own one of these unique creatures.  Early on, owning a Siamese cat was considered very “chic” because importing them from Thailand was very expensive.

Over time however…

As these cats continued to be very popular, the available gene pool within the United States began to increase which helped bring down the cost of owning one of these beauties making them affordable to just about anyone.

This is why today…

The Siamese cat remains one of America’s most popular cat breeds in addition to the fact that they make a great pet for just about any family.

This is also why…

The Siamese has helped to develop many other breeds including the Havana Brown, the Tonkinese, the Balinese, Oriental, and the Himalayan division of the Persian.

Siamese cat breed physical characteristics

The breed standard for the Siamese recognized by organizations like The International Cat Association and Cat Fanciers Association includes a large wedge-shaped head, with large ears.

These cats…

Should have short hair which will naturally accentuate their long, slender, muscular body. Males will typically weigh in at about 9-15 pounds and females at 6-12 pounds.

Most people will…

Recognize the Siamese by their seal point markings. These light-colored bodies and darker extremities can come in four “recognized” colors prints including:

  • Blue point,
  • Chocolate point,
  • Lilac point,
  • And traditional dark brown seal point.

Their colors come from a temperature-sensitive enzyme that causes these sleek sweethearts to develop darker colors on the cooler parts of the body and to stay light on their warmer torso.

But don’t be…

Surprised when you see a fluffy all-white Siamese kitten – they don’t develop their distinctive coloring until they are a few weeks old and grown into their sleek short hair when they’re a little older.

In addition…

To their very recognizable coat colorings, one of their other captivating features is their large, almond-shaped blue eyes.  Which gives them a very intelligent gaze and regal demeanor causing people to feel like they’re being judged by this ancient breed.

Which is ironic because…

Once upon a time, Siamese cats had crossed eyes and kinked tails. Through selective breeding, cat breeders were able to eliminate these less than desirable traits.

Vocal Vitality

Spend any time with a Siamese and you’ll quickly notice that they are anything but quiet. As a matter of fact, they’re one of the most vocal cats you’ll meet. Your little friend will want to chat and follow you around to provide a running commentary on their opinion of what you’re doing.

When they’re happy…

They’re meows are mellow and sweet. But when they’re angry their vocalization can be downright earsplitting.

Plus, it should be noted that…

A Siamese cat loves the sound of its own low-pitched voice and wants to make sure everyone hears them. They are very loud and will make sure to let you know when they’re unhappy. You’ll quickly discover there’s no door or wall that can keep out the sound. So, will your neighbors. You may want to have a bottle of wine on hand in case your kitty decides to complain in the early morning hours.

Kitty Charisma

From a distance, the Siamese may seem aloof, but they really are attention seekers. The Siamese is intelligent, curious and affectionate. They will love upon the whole family, but they’re known to pick their favorite and spend their time following their human around the house.


If you’re looking for a kitty that likes to be independent and spend time entertaining themselves, the Siamese is not that cat. You’ll learn very quickly that they want to be around you and will smother you with love given the chance.

You will need…

To give your Siamese the attention it wants or you might just find yourself faced with a naughty kitty. They aren’t big on “training” and will pretty much dismiss all attempts at correcting their behavior with a look of disdain.

Siamese cats also…

Tend to have a general air of superiority and a regal demeanor. If you think they’re silently judging you, you’re probably right.

But we should point out that…

Just like people, every cat has its own special personality. Breed guides for personality are generalizations of temperament and behavior. The only way to really know if a cat or kitten is right for your family is to spend time with them and get to know them.

The Care and Handling of Your Siamese 

Siamese are short-haired cats with easy to care for coats. A good brushing once a week will keep their short hair clean and shiny. Don’t forget to brush their teeth and clean their ears to keep them in tip-top shape.

These royal cats are…

Considered fairly healthy as a breed with few genetic diseases. Of course, there is always a potential for health problems. You’ll still find the occasional Siamese kitty with crossed eyes or kinked tail, a holdover from abnormalities in early generations.

And any cat…

Has the potential for respiratory problems, bladder stones, heart problems, eye problems, and cancer. Feeding your feline friend, a good diet will help keep them healthy and lower their risks of complications later.


Just about every cat needs a yearly visit to the vet to catch health issues early and to keep them up to date on their vaccinations, and the Siamese is no exception. Your sleek partner in crime will be much happier as an indoor cat. Keeping them inside will make sure their safe from harm and any diseases that may be carried by stray animals they come across.

And while…

We would love to tell you that if you do decide to adopt a Siamese kitten he or she will live a long and health life, you just never know.   This is why we here at IndulgeYourPet always like to advise any new pet owner to take a moment and consider purchasing a pet insurance policy for their new loved one.


Just ask any “experienced” pet owner and they will tell you that veterinarian bills can be really expensive especially if your cat develops a serious health issue or suffers from a traumatic injury.

Now will a pet insurance policy be “right” for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you know what they will and won’t cover and how much they’ll cost you, how can you possibly know for sure if getting a pet insurance policy isn’t right for you?

For more information on who we “feel” currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies in the industry be sure to check out our Best Pet Insurance Companies article

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