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Siamese Cats Facts and Personality

Updated on July 22, 2013

A beautiful Siamese with an amazing Necklace


Siamese cats are a pretty old breed and pretty elegant. They are directly related from ancient times with royalty and high status. These cats are beautiful and have some unique characteristics. Mind that every cat is different and unique, but each breed usually carries some dominant characteristics. Also, depending on their environment, some of these traits might exhibit more than others.

We will start with some historical background and move on with their appearance and their personality. Knowing this information can help you decide whether a Siamese cat is ideal for you and if so, how to treat them.

Historical Background

This breed is unique and almost instantly recognizable; you could call it, the equivalent of “Dalmatian Dogs”. This is because Siamese cats are one of the oldest breeds, since they were the pets of royal families during the 14th century in Thailand. Back then, this royal family was called “Siam”, hence the name of the breed.

In 1800 they expanded from Thailand to USA, Europe and even the White House, while Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford were reigning. Well, nothing less to expect from this elegant breed.

Now, they rank 5th in the popularity ranks provided by Cat Fanciers Association.

Siamese cat with the distinguished blue eyes

Appearance and Longevity

Siamese cats usually live 13-14 years, but it is not unlikely to live even to 20 years with the correct diet, care-affection and genetic disposition. Males are usually 23 inches and females 21 inches. Their weight is in the range of 9 to 14 pounds and 6 to 10 pounds respectively.

Their voice and meows may sound like baby cries. They are not deep, but rather kitten-like. They have elegant long legs, tail and nose. Their short fur is usually shining and they have a pretty classy appearance. Their ears are sharp and slim and they have distinct blue eyes.

Personality and Temperament

Due to their constant interaction with the guests of their ancestors’ royal families, they are one of the most sociable cats. They love being around people and love affection. They will easily sense if you like or dislike the guests and respond accordingly. They will be like a mirror of your feelings.

They bond extremely with their owners and they follow them almost constantly. At least, they want to be in close vicinity with them. They need lots of commitment, affection and grooming. All these require a considerable amount of time each day, so if you are on a tight schedule you will probably have to choose another breed. However, this trait might make them ideal for elder people.

They can clean themselves so baths are not necessary.

Siamese cats are rather confident and independent, so they are not really fond of any kind of training. They will rarely obey to your instructions, leads or anything else you might try to teach her or grab her attention.

They don’t like and fear dogs. So, if you already have a dog, chances are they won’t go along pretty good. If the dog is chained though, it will relax Siamese cat, but the dog might feel miserable.


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      Henri 16 months ago

      This was a very poorly written article and contains grammatical mistakes.