How to take care of a Siamese cat
Siamese cats are elegant cats. The Siamese has a long body, tail, head and legs, and striking long ears and blue eyes. In addition, the ears and the head make an almost perfect triangle; a feature of the Siamese that many find attractive. The Siamese has a smooth short coat that is usually a contrast of chocolate, fawn, cream, silver, lilac, cinnamon, red or seal. These ‘points’ create an elegant dissimilarity between the extremities and the body and are a well-known feature of the Siamese. And, if you thought the coat could not be more beautiful, it also has a low tendency to shed. Today, we will discuss taking care of a Siamese cat.
A popular cat
Siamese cats are popular because they are smart and curious. Plus, they can be affectionate and do not mind spending time with their humans or other four-legged friends. However, although the Siamese can be taught a few tricks, they usually end up training their parents (like most cats), and moaning about, well, everything.
Another reason Siamese cats are popular is their willingness to walk on a leash. Although some Siamese will reject a leash, most of them are fine with going for a stroll with the family. Moreover, they are good with people of all ages and can be quite entertaining little creatures.
And, of course, we will not leave out the fact that Disney noticed this cat back in the 1950s. Disney’s popular film, Lady and the Tramp, feature two Siamese cats.
What you need to know about health and environment
Siamese do not have too many health issues other than those that are genetic; including, crossed eyes or eye problems, respiratory and bladder problems, and dental problems. However, the most common health issue a Siamese can have is weight.
Taking care of a Siamese cat always starts with diet. Consider feeding your Siamese a breed-specific food so they get all the nutrients they need to stay healthy. That is to say, a proper diet is extremely important to ensure you can enjoy your cat for a long time!
Remember, kittens have different nutritional needs than adult cats, and theirs is different than geriatric cats. For example, a kitten diet is fed up to 12months of age, an adult diet up to 7 years of age, and thereafter, recommendations can be made to ensure older cats get the best possible nutrition to support their teeth and organs.
Taking care of a Siamese cat always includes vaccination and deworming. That is, your Siamese cat will be kept free from preventable diseases with a regular vaccination and deworming protocol.
Siamese cats are vaccinated at 6, 9 and 12 weeks of age, with a 4-in-1 vaccination to prevent:
Feline viral rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes 1)
Respiratory disease (Calicivirus)
Feline panleukopenia (Feline parvovirus)
Feline chlamydiosis (Chlamydi psittaci)
Vaccinate against Rabies at 12 weeks. Rabies is a deadly neurological virus that infects mammals, including humans! After that, boost the Rabies vaccine at 1 to 9 months later.
In addition to the primary vaccination protocol, take care of your Siamese cat by vaccinating against Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV). So, discuss this with your vet as it is important to ensure your Siamese has the best care available.
Deworming keeps your Siamese free from internal parasites that can cause harm and loss of condition and vigour!
Take care of your Siamese cat with a good tick and flea treatment
Cats have access to the outdoors and tend to pick up ticks and fleas that can cause serious diseases. However, there are many products available to prevent tick and flea infestation; such as, Bravecto, Spot-on, Broadline, Revolution, Advantix, and many more.
Keep your cat safe
Siamese cats are curious cats. That is, they have no problem opening cupboards, playing with locks, or finding other ways to entertain themselves. So, if you have anything that could potentially harm your cat if ingested or if opened, make sure to lock these away.
Keep your cat happy
Another reason Siamese cats are popular is because they are social. If you decide to get one, make sure you have time for playing, grooming and attending to their needs.