Choosing a Siamese cat as a new pet – the pros and cons

Learn why a Siamese cat makes or doesn’t make a good pet

People all over the world have been fascinated by Siamese cats since the late 19th century. This was when Siam, or Thailand as it is now known, gave some to the English ambassador to take home with him. They started appearing on English cat shows right away and in the early nineteen hundreds of shows in America began seeing them.

Some of the reasons to own a Siamese cat as a pet is that they are very loving and affectionate, and are often described as extroverts to show their emotions and enjoy human company. However, she is often depicted as vicious and aggressive, like the two cats in “101 Dalmatians”. This is not entirely wrong, because some of them are quite difficult to deal with. There are cases where Siamese cats are so sensitive that they cannot adapt to human companionship, and therefore they act aggressively. This would be a major drawback to owning one of them.

However, these are isolated cases, which leads to a huge proponent of owning a pet Siamese cat in that they have a need for human companionship and are known to often have a strong attachment to one person. They are very playful and active even as adults. Furthermore, they enjoy the company of other social cats but be warned, these affectionate creatures are not to be left on their own for long. Thus, they depend more on human affection than other cat breeds, so if you do not have enough time and attention to give them to pets, it is not a good idea to get a Siamese cat as a pet.

Another problem with Siamese cats is that they tend to be quite loud with a low pitched meow also called meezer. It is similar to the cries of a human baby and they do it when they want attention. Some often find this special sound annoying, so beware that you get a sound like a pet.

A fun trait is the fact that they are not as active at night as other cats due to their blue eyes which lack the ability to amplify light and help common cats see in the dark. So you don’t have to worry about your cat tearing the curtains while you’re sleeping, because the cat is more likely to sleep right next to you.

Siamese cats are truly beautiful yet complex creatures and they should not be mistaken for one of the common cats that you may see in people’s homes. If you are interested in owning one, these are just a few of the advantages and disadvantages that you will likely encounter when dealing with a Siamese cat. Do some research online or in your area and see if you are ready to give a pet Siamese cat everything it needs. If you can live with the little problems that come with a Siamese pet, you will have one of the best pets you could wish for.

Don Levy, Siamese Cat, Cat Fanciers Association, Inc.

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