If you think a talkative and sometimes loudly vocal cat is irritating then you have a Siamese cat behavior problem. I could put that a different way; if you like peace and quiet and an undemanding cat who minds his own business, you might describe your Siamese cat as having a behavior problem but, conversely, many cat owners would describe this sort of behavior as a positive trait.
The Siamese cat is also quite active. You wanted an inactive pudding of a cat? Well, you have a problem cat. Get a Persian.
The Siamese cat is “loyal” which translates to enjoying being on your lap, sleeping on your pillow or on the bed. If you like a cat’s company but you also like your space then once again you might say these traits are a problem.
Gloria Stephens (Legacy of the Cat) says:
“They want to be as close as possible, and their need for closeness verges on the desperate…”
You wanted an independent cat? Well, you haven’t got what you wanted.
The Siamese is also described as a “demanding cat”; the kind of language we use for wild cat hybrids like the Bengal cat. But wait a minute; all you have to do is to threat these as positive character traits and use them to your advantage.
Everyone who owns a cat likes a cat’s companionship. It’s the main reason people care for a cat. You won’t get a better cat companion than a Siamese if you respond to his/her demands. Simply love your Siamese. Talk to your Siamese, stroke him, hold him and more.
Then you’ll have that beautifully close bond that many cat owners treasure. The Siamese cat character and behaviour is an open invitation to interact and form a close friendship with all the benefits this brings to both cat and person.
Note: As Cass, in a comment rightly says, cats are individuals so you’ll meet Siamese cats which are not as described by the “experts”. We shouldn’t band all cats of one breed with the same personality.
Note 1: you’ll have to include the Balinese, Oriental Shorthair (at least) in this discussion and they are part of the Siamese cat family. There are other cats in this extended family.
Note 3: A cat that likes company will tend to develop behavior “problems” if that desire is unmet. In this case there may be true behavior problems but they would probably be caused by the owner in failing to recognise and be able to provide appropriate care.
Note 3: The Siamese cat has the greatest propensity to genetic health issues of all the purebred cats. Health affects behavior and lifespan. Just thought I’d mention that.
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