My seal point Siamese was with me for 18 years - not bad going for a cat and very typical of a Siamese.
They are am Amazing breed, very very different from an average moggie. One of the traits that many Siamese owners pick up on is the feeling that the Siamese does not see itself as a cat but instead more like a dog. I think I can agree with this although would not say this is exclusive to the Siamese, for example my ragdoll behaves very similar to this too.
What is very evident with a Siamese is that they are very intelligent, very loving and yes they do act a bit strange - mine reminded me of an alien a lot of the time! He was seal point (dark brown pointing) with eyes that were both bright blue and cross eyed (other colours include blue, tabby,chocolate and lilac point or pure black).
He was very loving, very good at hunting (in his prime he would kill about 8 creatures a day - voles, rats, shrews, mice, snakes, birds, toads and attempted larger birds, squirrels (he managed to take an arm off one) and bunnies). He could beat any cat in the area to a cat fight which he relished in and he (although rarely) would if in a bad mood literally pounce on me sticking his claws in and attack.
This sounds terrible I know but I often find when excusing a cats behaviour that I sound like I am defending domestic violence (cat's are mad and we are more mad for liking them!) BUT the rest of the time he was lovely to me - honest!
He (typical of Siameses) was incredibly vocal - his meeow was unavoidably loud and constant especailly when he was hungry on when entering a room!
He was a little beauty that I do miss and I will at some point get another Siamese. If you like something a bit strange, demanding, loving, active and strong in a cat then you can't go wrong with a Siamesse - they are purrfect!
Siamese are definitely a love em or hate em breed of cat and I fall into the love em category without a doubt.
Apparently, when I was young, I had a cat breed book and from the age of 2 nagged for a chocolate point siamese. My mum, having seen Lady and the Tramp absolutely refused to get me one because she hated them. It took until I was 9 years old before I was finally allowed one and she was my very best friend.
As other people have written, you don't own a siamese cat - they own you. My cat was my permanent companion, sleeping round my neck at night time and I had to carry her on my shoulders during the day. Their personality is just amazing and they are indeed very haughty - you can see where their reputation comes from.
Since my first siamese, which my mum fell in love with, as a family we have had lots. We even bred siamese and oriental shorthairs for a number of years and got involved in the cat show world. I can honestly say that every one of the siamese we have had has found a place in my heart and been an important (the most important from the cat's point of view) member of the family.
If you want a friend for life who will change the way you look at cats, then you must look to having a siamese. One word of warning - if you get a female, get them neutered as soon as you can. They are incredibly noisy when they are on call. They can also get pregnant before they actually start to make the noise - as we found out!
Make sure that you get your kitten from a reputable breeder who will give you their pedigree and make sure they at least 12 weeks old before they leave their mum. Also make sure you see the mum.
Good luck and enjoy...
Siamese cats - love them or hate them!
I must confess, I love them. 2 Siamese cats share my home, I wouldn't say that I own them, as any cat lover will understand, they own me! I have had them for 10 and 8 years respectively and cannot imagine not having them around. I have kept cats my whole life but always had moggies beforehand. I rescued one male Siamese aged 2 and then purchased a scrap of a kitten (all knees and ears with piercing blue eyes. Although she looked like a helpless waif, trust me, she wasn't!) to keep him company. They hated each other on sight but within a couple of weeks, they bonded and are now frequently found in fluffy purring heaps together on the bed.
I would definitely recommend that anyone considering keeping a cat would think about having 2. They are such good company for each other and it makes a huge difference for them to not be alone. This is especially true of Siamese cats who are highly intelligent and welcome stimulation. Siamese are also quite demanding and so please do look carefully at the kind of cat that you can manage before getting one (or 2!) as they expect to be entertained and have lots of attention. They are also very vocal and their loud cry is not for everyone!
As with any animal, please research Siamese cats carefully and ensure that you are only rescuing or buying from a reputable breeder. If you decide that a Siamese is for you, I would recommend it highly. They are beautiful, spirited, intelligent, funny and loving. They bring such character to the family, and we adore them. They interact with everything that goes on and insist on being involved, in fact, they utterly believe that they run the house - and who are we to argue!
Good luck with your potential Siamese companion, I hope you love them like I do and you are very happy together. :-)
I am proudly owned by red point siamese cat called Jasper. Yes I did say owned by, as you do not own a Siamese they own you. Once a Siamese cat moves into your house you become its body slave anytime of the day or night. I have frequently had to wake at 3 in the morning to open our bedroom window to let Jasper in, even though he could enter just as easily by the door. If I try to ignore him his wails get louder and louder till I fear that he will wake the neighbours. Once he is in I then have to spend 10 minutes at least worshiping him. If you try to sleep he sits on your chest and puts his nose as close to your face as he can get and purrs at double volume. So I give in and adore him. In the winter he then burrows under the covers and curls up against my stomach to get warm. In the summer he usually goes back out to make sure that the local mouse and bird population does not exceed its quotas.
The Siamese is a very regal and snooty cat (except when you catch them rooting through the rubbish.) Every move they make is elegant and controlled. They never waste energy. They dole out their affection in carefully controlled doses so that you never get quite enought and keep going back for more (sort of like Cat Heroin).
Jasper is our youngest cat, but is king of the house. The only animal not to show him due deference is my Cavalier King Charles Hector who is his main wrestling partner. They play cat and dog tag which involves Hector pouncing on Jasper when is asleep and then they chase each other around the front room. Jasper does ninja like stealth moves onto Hectors back as Hector runs away. Once they have tired of the tag game they will curl up together and go to sleep.
Jasper is no respecter of laid down meal times. When he wants feeding he demands his food and his wail is so loud that he usually gets his own way. Meals are eaten fending off a skillfully aimed paw from the peice of meat you are trying to eat (he does not waste his time with chips or veg.) A butter dish left on the side is not safe even when the lid is shut tight as Jasper can usually get this off and then you have to pick out the cat hairs before you make your sandwiches. Foil covered packages are there to be attacked by Jasper just in case they contain a recently roasted joint. I have frequently wrapped a joint and then covered it thinking it safe only to walk into the Kichen 20 minutes later to find that he has lifted the cover and sliced open the foil and is sat munching on fresh lamb or beef. Even the egg pan is not safe as he is not adverse to a little drink of olive oil.
When we got ducks I was worried he would kill them. He did show a lot of interest in them when they were in their cage and used to stalk them. Once we gave the ducks the run of the garden however they soon discovered that if they attacked Jasper first with their wings out, heads down and beaks wide open that he would run for the hills. Now I worry that Jasper might not be safe!!
I think that Siamese cats in general are adorable and that Jasper in particular is worthy of my servitude. They may be a noisy breed, but their personalities and the love that they give you are worth any drawbacks.
Siamese cats make fantastic pets given time and commitment and a good amount of love and care.
My husband and I bought our first Siamese cat around three years ago, a male tabby point who we named Charlie. Charlie soon filled our lives with endless entertainment, playing fetch, bringing us gifts, following us everywhere to see what we were doing and often sitting on our shoulder.
Charlie became a little possessive with me and did not like me leaving the house for work after his breakfast and morning cuddle. He would run in front of me and block the doorway, often attacking my ankles!
This was the point when we decided to buy another Siamese for company, this time a female chocolate point who we called Lillie.
Lillie has a completely different personality, she is shy but loveable still and follows Charlie as though she were his shadow.
You can expect to pay anywhere between £400-£600 for a Siamese kitten from a reputable breeder.
We now have a baby who they have been fantastic around. They never touch his toys and on a few occasions when he has grabbed one of them in curiosity they have remained calm. They also wail loudly to me whenever he is crying as though to tell me!
My husband and I believe that children should be bought up with pets to enable them to learn a healthy respect for animals and a responsibility to care for them. Our Siamese are very much a big part of our family.
Siamese cats originate from Thailand (formerly Siam). They were so highly valued that only members of the royal family were allowed to keep them. Their original name - Royal points - refers to both their famous appearance and their distinguished environment.
The cats were also honoured as guardians of the temples. When a member of the royal family died, one cat was selected to receive the person's soul and intercede for it with its special powers.
In the past, crossed eyes and a kinked tail were considered regular features. There are various legends to explain them individually and one that explains them both.
All the men of the kingdom had left to defend it. Only two cats - one male, one female - were left to guard Buddha's golden goblet in the temple. After getting the female pregnant, the male left her to look for a priest for further protection for the temple. She was so overwhelmed by having the sole responsibility that she didn't dare to leave it out of her sight. She kept her eyes focused on the goblet, and wrapped her tail around it, in case she fell asleep. By the time the male returned with the priest, she had been putting off the birth of her kittens - and passed on her temporarily assumed features. They all had crossed eyes and a kinked tail, and to make sure this history isn't forgotten, these features occasionally still show up.
The first Siamese cats registered in the UK were Pho and Mia, imported from Bangkok in 1884 by Owen Gould. Cat shows for this "new" cat breed first took place in 1885. Between then and the turn of the century many more cats were imported. The original English Siamese Cat Club was was also founded in this time.
Th first American club was founded in 1899, though the first Siamese cats probably arrives as early as the late 1870s.
Around a year ago I realized we had to have a pair of Siamese cats, after staring at the calendar picture of one for a whole day. Previously, both of us had always lived with cats, and it was time to do it again. At the same time we wanted to find cats that needed a home instead of buying from a breeder. Extensive research led us to one such organization. It is a good point that one has to provide a reference from a vet before being recommended as potential "adoptive parents". We were happy to find such safety measures when so many people mistreat animals. Such screening helps to weed out unsuitable people as owners. Additionally a representative might visit an point out dangers to pets.
After getting in touch with the young man in question, we arranged to visit him and the cats. They were two females, one 2, the other 3 years old. The older one is a seal point (the only original colour), the younger a seal tabby point (paler with stripes in place of solid colour points). They had both had kittens once and are now dressed. Though they're unrelated, they are inseparable because they've always lived together.
After meeting them, we agreed that he would take them to us on the following day. We felt guilty that he didn't want any money, but he was happy to know for a fact his precious cats would be well looked after. So we ended up with pedigree cats for free. Though of course this isn't what matters. We decided for Siamese cats due to their fascinating personality, and not as a status symbol. That was in October 2006, and we are a very happy family.
From the start the two showed as much personality, and more, than one would expect from Siamese cats. And of course they are also very different. From now on I'll just use their names. The little dark one is Luthien, the name of an elf princess in Tolkien's books. The tabby one is Pandora. But we generally use lots of nick names.
Luthien is more forward when it comes to taking her place on one's lap, and she'll stay for hours if there's enough time. She's here now. She is very gentle and affectionate. She'll often sniff my hair and face till it wakes me up. We often call her (cat) burglar or little thief. Both are very suitable with her little dark mask and the skill to noiselessly steal anything, from our hearts to food and potential toys. When she's not getting enough attention, she leaves the room and howls in the most heart-breaking way till you call her out of concern. Then she comes up and uses a sweet tiny voice to emphasize her point and collects yet another session on one's lap. Since they arrived, the use of the tiny voice method has been steadily increasing, thanks to its efficiency.
Pandora is a bag of nerves, but an affectionate one, even though she's in motion most of the time. You can even make her jump by blowing her an unexpected kiss. She also has loads of imagination when playing - so much so that her tail resembles a toilet brush half the time. Recently she started resorting to the tiny voice method, seeing how well it works.
There's a lot more to say, but impossible to do justice in a review. Both are extremely smart. Here's an example. We have one of those sophisticated artificial fire places. With its technology I prefer to light it with a match. Initially the cats would run away based on their instinct. But after a few times they understood that striking a match meant warmth. With their short fur, they seek out heat sources even more than other cats. Their fur is also exceptionally silky to the touch.
It's an interesting detail that despite their loud voices they're silent when they're fighting. I'm not sure if it's just these two or a general Siamese characteristic. It might well be general, these two are unrelated after all. People liken their voices to a crying baby, but I find it demeaning to use such an ongoing, high-pitched and irritating sound as a comparison. Actually they sound very much like lion cubs or tiger cubs - deep, rough whisky voices (though adaptable). I quite like the sound, though they can overdo it.
I hope this has given you a taste for these wonderful cats. Please do lots of research to find out if you're prepared for Siamese cats. They are very human orientated and are sad to see you leave the house. It is important not to have one cat alone. There are many ways to give a loving home to cats that desperately need it, even pedigrees. There are many websites that look for people willing to take older cats or those with health problems. So you can do a kind thing as well as indulge an exotic taste in cats.
Today's show cats are quite different from those first exported from Thailand. Originally, Siamese cats had a similar body shape to house cats, plus the well-known markings. With time they have become more slender, with long thin legs and tails, tiny faces and big ears. They are known as modern Siamese, the others as traditional. Generally only the modern type is now used for shows. Despite these two official types there is a "moderately pointy" looking type, called classical Siamese.
When overbred, modern Siamese not only look extreme, but their health, immune system and life expectancy suffer. It can also affect their temper for the worse, which probably accounts for negative reports and an unnecessarily damaged reputation. Aggression is NOT part of the Siamese nature, it is man-made. Our two children are of the moderate pointy kind - pointy enough to be gorgeous, but without being the worse off for it. Naturally we would have taken any kind.
There are new colours being added all the time. There are the typical solid colour points and all sorts of patterned points in various colours. All have intensely electric blue eyes.
There are also a number of breeds derived from Siamese or related to them such as:
- Balinese: Originally a natural mutation with slightly longer fur with the same body type. Usually, only the tail has very long for with little difference elsewhere. Since the mutation is rare, occasionally Siamese are crossed with long haired cats.
-Tonkinese: A cross between Siamese and Burmese. Traditionally, Burmese cats are a solid chocolate brown, thought there are new colours. Tonkinese have colour points, but with less contrast to the rest of the fur. Their eyes are a light blue-green. They reportedly combine the best characteristics of both breeds.
-Oriental: They are cats of the same slender body type as Siamese but with all colours, patterns and eye-colours as other pedigree shorthairs.
There are probably many more.
I hope you have lasted this long without being bored. But the cat lovers out there will hopefully just want to read more elsewhere. I will soon post some pictures, so please visit again.
I dont like to generalise but of all the siamese I have met and Ive met a few I can count on one hand the ones that were not aggressive towards carers other than thier owners. We have been running a boarding cattery for some time and I have seen over a hundred different siamese from different breeders and they all display this characteristic. They are very socal cats and are to thier owners incredibly affectionate and intelligent. However they do not like people other than those they are in day to day contact with. Intelligence is the key here they will look at thier owners with adoring eyes, they look at another person with real hate. That hate does not temper but they become more aggressive when thier owners are out of the room. some say this comes from overbreeding done in the UK from some lines I cant comment on that but I would say be careful this beed has an aggressive streak that can shock your visitors.
Pay attention, as I rank more highly I am taking the opportunity to write first. The method by which I am transferring this into type it is not necessary for you to know. My brother and myself chose our family when they came to visit us with our mother. On taking advice we chose people who had been partially trained already as it's cuts the work load down. When we arranged the pick up we listened in on the journey and weren't too appalled when they named my brother Pippin, a good sensible (by their standards) name. Then they called me Mustard. Oh well it's one of the risks I suppose. Anyway in order to punish them for their oddly chosen names instead of getting out and exploring as they expect we immediately hid ourselves on hunger strike down the back of the chest of drawers in the leaders' room. Obviously they tried to tempt us out by being welcoming and seeming 'safe' and by waving food at us, what do they think we're like? Anyway after what seemed an appropriate length of time, about a week, long enough for them to feel punished but not so long as for them to become bored and the punishment to wear thin, we emerged. We had also provided ourselves with plenty of time to plan our operations. We decided that keeping in verbal contact all the time would convince them of our intelligence. Mother had advised us that they will assume that they are more intelligent than you no matter what and that there are two courses of action to take: Firstly you can ignore it totally and let them live in their own little world, stretching this it can even be a good technique for passing blame as when something occurs and you have to act they will ignore the possibility it could have been you, I mean they simply don't believe you are capable. The second option is to convince them that you know what you are doing so as they are on guard against antics all the time. This presents a slight challenge every now and then and can be stimulating. We
decided, partly from the rashness of youth, that we needed them to think we were intelligent. Thus we talked aloud as we 'explored' the room. In general when you have decided upon an approach it is best to stick to it even when you are weary and wish to just settle in. It will convince them that you have 'character' and this is definitely worth doing. We gradually expanded our area of operation to cover the whole house and were most pleased to discover that the previous owner had had them install a personal door at the back to allow easy access to the garden and roofs. Like my mother said unless you want a real challenge try to find someone who has been partially trained already. The garden came as a blessing to us as it would allow us to drop the facade of nervousness and relax a little. Obviously upon returning to the house we would have to take up the act. To our dismay they seemed to be intent upon not letting us outside until we appeared less nervous. When presented with this kind of dilemma don't panic. If you are not alone consult with your team members and remember not to get too excited. The pair of us decided that the best option was to fast track the nervousness ploy so as to remain convincing but to speed up their trusting us enough to go outside and have free run of the house. The other result of this of course is that you will not have a litter tray indoors, now I personally prefer the natural approach but this can be inconvenient when the weather is bad. Overall though it has to be worth having a run of the garden at the cost of a litter tray. The deputy of the house made us a toy, it provided us with a good place to sit and a particular place to sharpen our claws. Obviously we wanted them to think that we wanted to sharpen our claws elsewhere but to be honest the toy was a good investment. If you feel the need of something like this then gradually implant the notion in their heads. Sharpen your claws when they c
an see you on things they find useful. Try to avoid things they find precious. As a tip try to use fabric as opposed to wood. The bottom step of carpeted stairs is a good one as it's easily noticeable but not too damaging. Gradually build up the intensity of sharpening until they get you a toy designed for the purpose. Warning: Don't make a miraculous turn around when the toy arrives, go through the motions of 'learning' that this is where you are supposed to sharpen your claws. Obviously integrate this into your general approach, if they are convinced you're the cleverest cat they've ever seen then the swift jump to the toy will be ok but if you are slow and just a silly pet take time to adjust them to the idea of you knowing where to sharpen your claws. Roads: Unfortunately I doubt this will get passed on to many of those who need this. When you are younger you are impetuous, I recognize it now and to be honest most of it recognise it then, it's one of the reasons we are. Anyway the road is dangerous. Very very dangerous. We must learn about it but the only way to do that is to take the risks and put yourself through the danger. Learn to recognize the sound of the cars, this is useful for two things, firstly surviving the road and secondly to know when your people are home after a day at work or out of the house. Sadly my brother Pippin was run down at the age of about 1 year just outside our house on the road. The people have a saying: If they live to 2 then they've learned. Of all the things they say this is one of the most accurate, if we have learned to survive in the first two years of a road then we will know how to cope. Be careful; I lost my brother, it could have been you. Bereavement: If, like me, you suffer a loss be strong. One of the best things for you to do is to engage yourself in helping your family through it. They will also be suffering and won't expect you to be suffering the same amount. If
you have them trained well they will know that you are in pain but, 'knowing' that they are higher beings than you they well expect you merely to be confused and lonely. Although you may be surprised at the time to think of it, if you are left as the only cat when you are used to having a team member with you then suggest to them slowly that they could buy another cat. The technique for this is more difficult, look lonely, do things that you usually did as a pair or team, generally make them feel that you, and they, need another member of the team. I didn't do this, I didn't want a team member to replace my brother I wanted to rule the house on my own. People being people they went out and bought a pair of babies. This raises an interesting point: Don't expect 100% success. No matter how well trained your people are they will sometimes do things against your wishes. When this happens, recognise that there was nothing you could have done and accept it. Don't try to change things and don't berate yourself for the failure, no one is perfect, not even you. I was horrified when these two kittens got out of the basket and started prowling around my house. Although it is difficult to let my dignity down so far I must admit that their approach in the face of a hostile adult cat (myself) was marvellous. They got out of the basket and instantly took over the house. I will now pass over to my esteemed team member Oliver to recount their tactics. * I am the lazy one. Yes. We were named Roland and Oliver, my brother and I ad , as you have read we deemed no punishment necessary for these relatively sensible names. We arrived at a house with an owner as we had expected. He was hostile but that was, to be fair, due to the recent loss of his brother to the road. We decided upon the 'We are in charge now' approach but slightly misjudged it and resulted in them merely thinking that our actions were cute. Like Mustard and h
is brother before us we decided upon verbal communication to show them that we also could talk to each other. Unlike our predecessors we met up to talk, we roamed a little way away from the basket and then returned to talk. Remember humans can't hear what you're actually saying and will tend to place meaning over the top. This is useful. I have only a brief word to say on general training, Mustard has, expectedly, done a very good job of telling you the rest. I have taken what I am told is a novel approach: I don't treat with the people very much, Mustard is loud at them and they like it, they are convinced he is more intelligent than me by a long way, in fact they are convinced that I am stupid. By cultivating this and running away as if scared every time anything remotely out of the ordinary happens I have secured myself peaceful days of lounging on the central heating system undisturbed by the people as they don't wish to frighten me. If you are more active and wish to play with your people then this is probably not the avenue to take. I also pretend to have an appalling memory, one of the people goes to a place called 'university' and returns months later, I pretend I have no idea who he is and then grow to like him again and when he goes away pretend not to notice. This makes them think I am 'cute' a useful thing from my approach. The other thing I have managed to cultivate is that I don't like being fussed for a long time. This means that I can come in, be fussed whenever I feel like it and then leave when the whim takes me. Be warned this means that the people probably value Mustard more highly than myself but this is a price for the added freedom I get. It is worth getting to know the likes and dislikes of your team members and working together to ensure the best life for you both. As Pippin, Roland was run down by the road at the age of nearly one year. Mustard helped me through it. Beware roads
. * Thank you Oliver for his almost unique approach, it makes my life easier. We work well as a team as we want different things from our people, we fit together well and run the house efficiently. Oliver and Roland accepted me as Boss and then everything went smoothly. The tragedies of Pippin and Roland will not be forgotten. When your people go on holiday they may leave you in the house with other people to feed you, or they may take you to a cattery. Accept either. Be aware that being taken to a cattery is a sign of love and that they wish to protect you, this is merely them being feeble and unable to accept the consequences of leaving you alone for a week or two. Whichever option they plump for be sure to make clear that you are cross with them on their return. Follow them around for a while and appear agitated any time anyone appears to be packing, or leaving for more than twelve seconds. This will convince them that you are aware of the fact that they left and that you love them and want them around. All in all take care of your people, work together with your team members old or new and respect them. Beware Roads. Thanks to Cobweb the owner before us who trained the people so well. *** As you can see, life in my house is ruled by two masters of feline superiority. My parents have had cats longer than they've had me and I've had a cat all my life apart from one period of three months between Cobweb and Mustard where we had to have no cats as Cobweb died of Cat leukaemia which may be viral. Basically this is a review to say that cats are great. And no I don't think I'm clever doing this, I know that it's a rip off of Paul Gallico's book but that's not a crime is it? Cheers, Matt
Ah , what a breed . I would have no other cat than a siamese . I take that back , I also used to own an oriental short hair so that would be another. However, my siamese is the most adorable, huggable animal I own. I used to own a choclate point, a seal point and an oriental short hair. My seal had to be put to sleep when he fell ( from old age) , my chcolate point and my oriental had cancer and I had to put them to sleep within a month of each other, ah but what wonderful pets they made. Now all that's left is my rare and beautiful cream point siamese. He is a bit skittish and sad to report, he too has cancer. But he is so loveable and cuddly . Whoever says that siamese are nasty don't have the facts. The only time a siamese is nasty is when it is inbred. If it is a purebred , there is no problem. Also that is how you can tell a purebred from a non purebred. The siames has a long ( and I do mean long) body . It's points are well defined and there WILL be NO crook in the tail. Siamese ( and don't let anyone tell you differently) make wonderful pets and I would own that breed anytime.
Two years ago we adopted two beautiful black siamese cats and they were the most gorgeous creatues I have ever seen in my life. Unfortunatly, being black one of them, my baby boy, fell victim to some mindless idiot who doesn't watch the road whilst driving, and passed away. But my baby girl is strong and healthy and sitting on my lap as I type. She is my life. I'm only 18 and am way too young to have a baby, but she is my child, I love her as if she were my baby. I spoil her rotten because she is so loyal. She follows me to college, to the shops, anywhere! Everyone in the nieghbourhood knows and loves her. People stop in the street to admire her. She looks so elegant and proud, and being black she has an almost magestic look to her. I don't know much about her specific breed, but I'm pretty sure black siamese are quite rare, and I've heard that they are a very intelligent breed. This definatley shows in her. She can open doors and is very good at getting attention. She is also very active and loves playing games with me. Unfortunalty she is very nervous, there are only 5 people she goes near, everyone else she runs from or attacks. She is also terrified of cars and the vets as she was hit by a car in November and spent 2 months in the vets, which has changed her, but for the better. (at least I know she won't get run over) Her purr goes straight to my heart and I love her to bits
I was first introduced to Siamese cats when I met my husbands family. My mother in law is a breeder, and having never come into contact with the extravagant creatures before, imagine my reaction when I walked into the kitchen to be confronted by 13 howling for their dinner! It was love at first sight- I have always enjoyed cats company but there was something about these quirky felines that fascinated me. A couple of years on, once we had settled into our new house, we were over at my in-laws for Sunday lunch. After we had eaten I was shown the latest arrivals. It was a huge litter, which had caused one of the kittens tails to be deformed where it had been squashed up in the womb. It was like a corkscrew, or a spring! (Hence Zebedee) My mother in law was bemused as to what to do- she sells for a high price due to excellent pedigree, usually to people that show cats. This little fur bundle could not be shown due to it's tail defect. To cut a long story short, she ended up with me as a birthday present. We have been inseperable since. She follows me everywhere, even to the local shop where she waits outside until I reappear then walks me home again! My son adores her and vice versa. She really is part of the family. The only thing that does tend to drive me crazy is how vocal she is, although it does add to her character. Anyone considering a siamese mustn't think of having a cat around the place, but more of a dog. Their characters definately bear more resemblence than that of your average moggie. I wouldn't be without her for the world now- definately the best birthday present to date!!!
So often I have heard someone say, "I don't usually like cats, but I do like SIamese!" In fact, I fall into this category myself. SImilarly, a lot of cat lovers are not keen on Siamese. And the reason why? We know that Siamese are cats, because we are told that they are - but if scientists told us that they were dogs, maybe we would have more accurate ideas of what to expect from them. Or maybe they are closer in nature to the big cats... I have had cats around for the whole of my life... 46 years. I love Siamese, and have little time for other cats, my husband loves other cats, and hates Siamese. I try to compromise by sneaking home half Siamese kittens, that tend to have the character, but not the looks, of my preferred breed. I try to find one without blue eyes, which are a dead giveaway! Alright - it isn't compromise - it's stealth! And it doesn't work for long, because as the kitten grows, he will have the leaness, hunting instincts, and strength of character and voice that his slinky parent had! But of course, by that time, he is 6 months old, and boss of the household... and if hubby looks at him too hard or doubtfully, then he will be given The Siamese Stare, a warning that can be easily translated into, "Cross me if you dare!" During the first 2/3 of my life, pure Siamese abounded. Chang accompanied my parents and brother and I on holidays. He travelled light, in the back of a family sports car, or watched wisely out of a train window, or trotted along town pavements or beach on a collar and lead without a care in the world, despite the fact that we came from the deepest countryside. A holiday to him was a similar type of adventure as it was to anyone else - and certainly nothing to be frightened about. Despite having the deep throated cry that Siamese are known to overuse, Chang would always be silent and hop into the shopping bag when entering 'No Pet' zones. Siamese can
be trained as easily as a dog, but their own superior intelligence and attitude prevents them from following commands that have no advantage to them! As the years passed, and overseas holidays became affordable to my parents, their later cats had to be content to holiday without them. Catteries they found of interest for an hour or two, but neighbours' homes made acceptable hotels, provided conditions and attention were 5 star. However, when my parents returned, they would be treated to The Siamese Stare, and worse still, The Terrible Telling Off, for days. Siamese impart messages very clearly. Their purr can shake the foundations, their requests are undeniable, and their telling offs ooze with venom! Most of ours used to forewarn of visitors too... a welcome to someone known, a warning growl when a stranger approached. Siamese are courageous and curious. They tend to have wide territories, especially when hunting; but they do at least remain calm and sensible about most things, which is reasuring with the increased amount of traffic on even country roads. Their homing instinct is excellent... if you have never read "The Incredible Journey", or seen the film version, "Homeward Bound", then find a copy now... (a Siamese and two dogs returning home alone, against all odds - get tissues, too!) Concerning bad habits... Siamese are very talkative, so be aware that if you encourage them to be too vocal, then you might live to regret it when they are in a demanding mood!Their hunting instincts are very strong (although ours always permitted family pet rodents and birds to live without fear), so be prepared for your pet to dine out a lot, and turn up its nose at your finest tinned offering. We have never had trouble with furniture being clawed for any time, although I did have one that whipped up the curtains as part of nightly exercise routine, and shredded an ever widening pathway up their sides. Generally speakin
g, they can be trained to use an outdoor post or tree, but being keen hunters, they do need to keep their weapons ready for use. Be aware that if teased by children, they do have very sharp claws, but mine have ever only scratched as a very last resort, and rarely. They don't usually scratch in play, and their fearlessness makes them more tolerant of children's 'loving' attention. They don't 'make puddings', by kneading you with feet and claws before getting comfortable - a habit that I find very annoying in other cats. They love to share the Sunday joint, considering themselves to be as entitled to their share as anyone else in the house. If it isn't served to them in an appropriate manner - ie. first - then they will rarely have any qualms about bawling the house down, or serving themselves! My overall advice... if you are fond of fluffy, nervous little pussies who scamper away from fluttering leaves, and beg you sweetly to fill their needs, then the Siamese is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you are prepared to share your house with self-appointed royalty; listen to a haunting, demanding cry; apologise to the neighbours because their alsation has just been chased back home by your dynamic ball of hissing, yowling, defiant fury; and loved to bits by your equal; then you will never want another cat again.
Mothers day one year ago my sisters both chipped in to buy my mother an unexpected gift. Two beautiful Siamese kittens!! Since that day my mother and I have been both doting upon them and cleaning up the various messes they have made. Both cats are pedigree, but they are different types, one is a blue point and the other a seal point. They are in my opinion the most beautiful breed of cat. They are so elegant and graceful (most of the time!!) Out of all the pets I have owned (not including Staffordshire bull terriers who are of the same high class!) they have the most character. They are also the most intelligent and wicked, if you are intending to buy a Siamese I suggest covering all scrachable surfaces with reinforced steel! Also keeping plants well out of reach is an extremely good idea. I can see how what I have said so far might not convince you that buying a Siamese is a good idea, but believe me they can really light up a dull day. They are incredibly affectionate and a lot like dogs in many ways, mine sit at the window looking out for me when I come in, they are also very vocal and like to join in many a heated debate. I would not say they were high matainance just not perhaps for the faint hearted!!! They do make wonderful companions and it I believe every house should have one!
When I was younger and still living at home, my Mum and Dad were asked to look after two Siamese cats for a friend who went to Peru. Not a great idea when you already have a puppy, a ginger Tom, two gerbils and a fish, as well as two kids, but they said they would. Well poor old Sammy and Susie were petrified from the moment thay got to us! Noddy, our Tom, terrorised them, Laddie the dog chased them round the garden, and the gerbils and the fish didn't say much. Anyway, one day my Dad was doing some work in the cellar, and somehow tha Siamese went down the hole. But no-one noticed!! Then later on that day we could hear them yowling, but couldn't work out where they were.It was awful. When we took the floorboards up again they wouldn't come out!!! Eventually we enticed them up with food, but that was a couple of days later, and they were so thin..... After that we took care to always know where thay were, and they gradually got to trust us a bit more. Bit I think that if you're considering Siamese, be warned that they are very timid, and very inquisitive. If you have a Siames, I suggest only having a siamese!
My sister-in-law loves cats, and has got two siamese ones, she has had them since they left their mother three years ago, and they have both been neutered to stop them from breeding. They are very lovable animals and will sit on your lap all day if you let them, although they are loving they can also be destructive if they are not looked after properly, always give them a scratching post to keep their claws sharp, that way they woll not destroy your best furniture. They also are infected by various parasites such as fleas, lice, ticks, mites and worms, but if you give them the right treatment, they will not get any problem with them. I would like a cat but will not get one because I already have two small dogs.