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8 Reasons to Get a Siamese Cat ...

By Alison

I’m normally in favor of adopting a homeless cat rather than buying a kitten from a breeder, as there are so many cats desperately in need of a home. However, if you do want a pedigree kitten, then Siamese make an excellent choice. Here I list some of the qualities that make them a wonderful addition to your life.

#1

Contrary to their reputation for being aloof, Siamese are actually very sociable and affectionate cats, and like attention from their owners. So they would make an excellent companion for someone who lives alone and doesn’t want a cat who ignores them! Your Siamese will keep chatting to you all day long … in fact, you might wish he would shut up!

#2

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Siamese cats are so beautiful. Think of those gorgeous blue eyes! Plus they have a variety of color patterns. These include Seal point, Blue Point, Chocolate Point and Lilac point. Their beautiful coat is low-maintenance, however, and they need little grooming.

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#3

They are good for people with children as they love to play. Siamese are also very tolerant of the way in which children can be a bit rough (although it is obviously very important that the child is taught to treat animals with respect). They love playing with toys, so kids can have lots of fun with them.

#4

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Siamese are amenable to training, and will learn tricks such as fetching. They can even be taught to walk on a leash. As any cat owner will know, this is not normal feline behavior, which means that Siamese are in a league of their own. I tried walking my cat on a leash once, so that she could enjoy going outside. She made it very clear that she was not impressed by the leash part. I have never tried again.

#5

Have you ever been scratched when playing with your cat? Hazard of the job, I’d say (speaking from experience), and the cat is not doing it to be malicious. Unlike other cats, Siamese learn to keep their claws in.

#6

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They are a very long-lived breed, and it is not unknown for them to live into their 20s. So, if you dread the thought of losing a beloved pet, and want to keep him or her around as long as possible, then a Siamese will give you an excellent chance of maximum time together.

#7

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Do you sometimes find yourself feeling rather put out if your cat treats you like a servant, and only wants to know you at mealtimes? Siamese, on the other hand, are extremely affectionate cats and will follow you everywhere. No chance of being ignored! They love to sit on your lap and sleep alongside you, so would be a great friend for an older person who lives alone.

#8

They usually get on well with other animals, so if you have or are planning to get a dog, the Siamese will probably be very tolerant. Also, if you spend a lot of time outside the home, it would be a good idea to get another cat, given the Siamese’s need for company.

Are you a fan of Siamese? Do you have another favorite breed, or do you prefer your regular moggy?

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