Raising Siamese Cats
Siamese Cats - How to Raise Them Happy and Healthy
Congratulations....you did it! You are the proud owner of a beautiful Siamese....Welcome to the Club! :D Now how the heck do you care for them and raise them???
Siamese cats (or Meezer, as they're known in the cat fancy community) are some of the most beautiful, vocal, athletic, loyal, personable, intelligent creatures you'll meet. They can also be one of the most diva-like, strong-willed, stubborn, and sometimes exasperating animals in the feline world. But I wouldn't have it any other way. :)
How the do you raise one?? It's actually pretty easy....and if done well, they'll grow up to be one of your most loyal and dedicated fans. They'll become accustomed to your daily routine including when you wake up, when you come home at night from work, and that all-important early morning "feed me now" schedule.
Siamese cats can be trained (if started at an early age....and if they're in the mood) to fetch, walk on a leash and even sit.
We'll give you a little insight into their world and how you'll see that once you've owned one, it's easy to fall in love with them.
What's the General Health of a Siamese Cat?
Generally speaking, Siamese cats are a very healthy breed.
Maintain their annual physicals, keep current with their vaccinations (i.e., FeLV, Rabies), feed them a good quality brand food (with mine, I personally feed a premium dry food especially made for Siamese) to help keep their points brilliant and their lithe, athletic bodies toned and "low fat"...give them fresh water daily, clean litterboxes (daily), keep their nails trimmed (my two, Gena and Bella, generally get their manicures every 2-3 months), brush them occasionally, and you're good to go.
As with any animal, the moment you suspect something may not be right with their health....call your vet. Better to be safe than sorry!
Hey, Don't Siamese Cats Change Color or Something?
Siamese kittens are born white / cream white or in that range and their "points" will start showing within a few weeks.. It's actually fun to watch their "mask" grow, which starts out just on the nose and grows out to eventually cover the face which really shows off their exquisite blue eyes.
The tail, legs, feet and ears will also begin changing and getting darker. Depending on the color point you've chosen, anywhere from dark brown (Seal Point) to a very light blue/gray (Blue Point) or "lilac" color (Lilac Point). As they get older, their bodies will get a little darker to coincide with their points.
Will My Siamese Cat Ever Stop Talking So Loudly???
The short answer?? Nope.
Siamese cats are notorious for "talking" to each other, to themselves, to you, or anyone else within earshot. It's a known trait of theirs, it's not gonna change, so just accept it. :D
At any given moment, you'll get a running detail of their day, they'll "complain" when you're not paying them enough attention, or when they need more food..or water....or anything else they can think of.
Not all Siamese cats are play-by-play talkers...just like people, there are introverts and extroverts. My Gena talks all the time, while Bella just talks when she has something important to say.....or when she's in the mood to speak. ha!
Siamese Cat Olympics
Climbers and Jumpers...
While Siamese cats make great pets, are very vocal and highly intelligent, they also love to play...and climb...the higher the better. These natural-born athletes are VERY good jumpers and if you have a piece of furniture in a room that you don't want them climbing or jumping on, you'll be better off to close off the room from them or get them a nice scratching post (a tower is preferable) that they can use to scratch their claws and climb and look out over their territory.
Those cute little doggy gates that you can buy?? Won't work for a cat...and especially won't work for a Meezer...they'll use them as just an easy hurdle to jump over. Just remember...if they can see it, they can jump to it. :)
We are Siamese, If You Please...
They're affectionate, intelligent, playful, and love to be the center of attention. They'll give you years of enjoyment and loyalty.
Check out the link I found that's very helpful in equipping you with the basics of raising a Meezer.