Potential purebred cat adopters want to know if the Siamese cat is right for them. The answer is whether you are sort of person who likes the Siamese cat’s traits.
The Siamese and associated breeds (breeds with Siamese in them e.g. Oriental SH and Balinese) are ‘vocal to the point of loudness and are quite active’ (Gloria Stephens in Legacy of the Cat).
The Siamese are lap cats and will sleep on their owner’s bed. In general cats of this breed like to be close to their owner. Gloria says that the desire to be close ‘verges on the desperate’!
The Siamese is intelligent and like all domestic cats inquisitive or ‘nosy’ depending on how you want to describe the trait. They want to investigate everything that their owner does. Are they demanding cats? It depends on how you respond to this breed’s character. A lot of people love this sort of demanding character because there is greater interaction between cat and human.
If you want a fluffy ornament don’t get a Siamese. If you want to be close and involved with your cat companion a Siamese might be the right choice. A lot of famous actresses and actors in the mid 20th century preferred the Siamese for a cat companion.
P.S. There is a range of Siamese cats. Yes, it sounds odd but it is true. You can read about it on this page. I’d go for the old-style Siamese which is more genuine in appearance. They may be healthier. The Siamese has the greatest number of inherited illnesses of all cat breeds. I believe that the development of the modern Siamese (very slender and extreme breeding) caused this state of affairs.
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