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  • Writer's pictureMandy Agre

Five things You Should Know About Siamese Cats

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

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In 2019, I decided I was ready to be a mom – a fur mom. I really wanted a dog but was working insane hours at the time, didn’t want to pay someone else to walk my dog every day, and knew I wouldn't be able to manage a dog on my own with my schedule. So I needed a cat.

When I was a baby, my parents had a Siamese. I grew up listening to stories of how sweet, playful, and smart she was. Their favorite tale to tell of Simone was around the fact that she was trained to use the toilet (like Mr. Jinx in Meet the Parents!), but she was bathroom shy and didn’t appreciate other humans trying to catch her in the act.

I decided I wanted a Siamese too, and refused to get anything else. In just a few months, I found my fur baby - I named him Scout, and I call him my twin flame.

Before Scout, I was really not a "cat person," but he has been a completely puuurfect fit for me, and now I can't imagine my life without him.

If you're researching breeds, trying to find the right fur baby to fit into your family, here are five things to know about Siamese cats:

1. Siamese are highly intelligent

They're known for their intellect and problem-solving skills, and they are trainable.

Because this breed is so smart, they require a lot of mental stimulation. Without it, they can get bored, cause mischief, become frustrated and, therefore, even a little aggressive.

One way to keep a Siamese mentally stimulated is to teach them tricks. They love to learn and can learn just about any trick that a dog can. I got Scout when he was just a baby, and he learned his name in one day. He comes to me when I call him. I've trained him to sit, high-five, shake hands, lie down, and roll over, all on command. I'm also teaching him to communicate via Fluent Pet sound buttons. One of his favorite words on his soundboard is "train." When he presses it, we practice all his tricks for 5-10 minutes, and will occasionally start learning a new one.

2. Siamese cats have a ton of energy, love to play, and require a lot of physical exercise

Scout will be four years old this year, and he is still as playful as he was as a kitten. He loves to chase toys across the room, plays fetch, jumps on my bed like it's a trampoline, and still has energy to burn at the end of the night.

If you're getting a Siamese, make sure you have the time and energy to play at least a few times every day. Your kitty will want your constant attention and will start getting himself into trouble if you don't give him enough.

I also recommend investing in a cat exercise wheel, so they can burn off that extra energy while you work or sleep!

3. Siamese are extremely social and affectionate

They love to snuggle, love to be pet (Scout actually loves belly rubs), and they love being around people. If you are looking for a cuddly companion, a Siamese is a great choice.

However, if you are away all day most days, a Siamese may not be the right fit for you. This cat should not be left alone for extended periods of time, especially if it is a solo pet. Siamese cats, similar to dogs, need socialization.

When I first had Scout and was working long hours, it was very hard on him. He cried at the door when I would leave, never left my side once I was home, and developed separation anxiety. I ended up staying at my parents' house with him for almost a month during my busiest season, as I knew I would be working unusually long days, often past 10pm, just so he wouldn't be alone every day.

To his delight, the Covid pandemic hit just four months into our relationship, so then mom was always home! Years later, I'm back to work full time, but my boyfriend Alex lives here now, and we have different schedules, so Scout has plenty of human interaction these days and is a pretty happy little guy.

4. Siamese cats are known for being very vocal

They will gently mew, playfully chirp, kindly meow, loudly whine, and even straight up yell at you.

Scout and I can have entire conversations where I speak to him in English, and he responds back in his own language. At times I’ve ignored his requests to play while I eat dinner or if I’m in the middle of a movie, and after several minutes of whining, Scout starts yelling – a loud yowl. A Siamese may be too “noisy” for some, but I love it. They’re an excellent choice if you're looking for a companion pet and someone to talk to. Just be prepared, this chatty cat will give you some sass when they don’t get their way.

5. Siamese are one of the more hypoallergenic cat breeds

My boyfriend is actually pretty allergic to cats but has had no issues since moving in with us. He loves when Scout curls up in his lap at night, and often buries his face right in Scout’s fur. No sniffles or watering eyes!

Now, I don't want to claim they are 100% hypoallergenic for anyone out there with severe cat allergies, but for someone who has mild to moderate allergies around cats, this breed is a better choice.

It's safe to say I have a strong affinity for these amazing creatures. While they require a lot of love and attention, they make absolutely wonderful companions. If you are looking for a smart animal that will keep you entertained and will snuggle up with you every night, consider getting a Siamese cat.

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