Siamese Cats: Essential Things to Know Before Bringing One Home

Are you thinking about adopting a Siamese cat? Read on for some interesting facts about this fascinating breed!

Are you thinking about adopting a Siamese cat? Read on for some interesting facts about this fascinating breed!

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What Is a Siamese Cat?

Most people like to do some research when deciding whether or not to get a pet. After reading articles from experienced owners, I have talked myself out of owning (for now) pigs, sugar gliders, tarantulas, mice, rabbits, goats, chickens, and horses. I’m not trying to sway your opinion of Siamese cats, but I do want you to make an educated decision and do what’s best for everyone.

The Siamese is one of the oldest recognized breeds of Oriental cats, originating from Thailand (formerly known as Siam). Now, I know the lure of big blue eyes might be enough to sucker you into a 15-20 year sentence, but it’s important that you’re happy so your bundle of kitty will be. Trust me, the last thing you want is an angry Siamese!

If you’re someone who has thought about getting a dog but can’t because you don’t have time to walk them or your apartment/house doesn’t allow them, a Siamese might be a great choice for you since they are very extroverted and some even love to play fetch!

This article sets the record straight and answers some of the most common questions asked about this breed.

Here are some reasons why Siamese cats are wonderful!

Here are some reasons why Siamese cats are wonderful!

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They Meow a Lot

Unless this is the first article that you’ve read about Siamese cats, you probably have learned about the vocalization skills they possess. Please listen––I don’t want you to take this lightly. Let me help you understand just how infuriating and wonderful their little voices are.

When we first brought our baby kitten home, we thought she was broken. It had been years since I’d owned a Siamese, and I’d forgotten just how talkative they are. When I would hold her, she would look deep into my eyes and bellow inches from my face, with no regard to her fishy breath assaulting my nostrils. I almost brought her to the back to the vet because I was afraid she was sick.

If you believe cats are quiet and stick mostly to themselves, prepare to be astonished. Siamese cats are regular “Chatty Cathys” and enjoy nothing more than to tell you about their day. Most of them never tire from describing all of the naps they took during the day, all of the kernels of food they ate, all of the bugs they saw, all of the thoughts they had, all of the furniture they destroyed––in great detail.

They genuinely love the sound of their own voices. The good thing about this is that you will always have someone to “talk” with. I know this will make me sound like a crazy cat lady (which I guess I am when it comes to Rain, my cat), but she will carry on a “conversation” until I get bored and wander away. When she is in a good mood, her meows are sweet and subtle. But if she is angry, they are brain-splitting sharp.

And now the truth––the Siamese caterwaul is very loud, especially if they really want something. There is no wall, door, or fence that can effectively block the sound from traveling directly into your ear canals. If you believe that you will be able to sleep through it, you’re sadly mistaken. It’s more obnoxious than a baby’s cry, your neighbor’s mower early Saturday morning, or even your mother-in-law’s laugh.

Here is an example of an angry Siamese.

Here is an example of an angry Siamese.

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