Siamese cats have been popular in our country for several decades. In Soviet times, they were considered a symbol of wealth and prosperity. They were acquired by high-level officials, sometimes without realizing that not a Siamese cat appeared in their house, but her closest relative - a Thai beauty.
Do you know which breed your pet belongs to? Siamese and Thai cats, the differences of which are obvious to specialists, are sometimes invisible to ordinary animal lovers. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter what breed your favorite animal belongs to, but as information we want to introduce you to the differences in appearance and character that exist between these animals.
In the distant past, Thai and Siamese cats were considered representatives of the same breed. The differences in animals, not only external, but also in character, were so obvious that after a while they were divided into two different breeds, despite the fact that they had a common ancestor - the traditional Siamese.
The confusion arose over the kingdom of Siam, which today we know as Thailand. It was from here that the first Siamese cat was taken out. Then, during the selection, another breed appeared, which also began to be called Siamese. For a long time, the Siamese and Thai cat, which had differences (you can see the photo in this article), belonged to a single breed. Despite the fact that today these animals are separated, most cat lovers consider all individuals with a characteristic dark mask on their faces to be Siamese.
Experts argue that the density of the coat and its shade most often depends on the climatic characteristics of the country in which the variety appeared. Today in the world there are almost forty different species of such cats.
We will talk about the differences between the Siamese and Thai cats a little later, but for now let's figure out what are the common characteristics of these animals. Representatives of both breeds are smart, curious and very playful. They become obligatory participants in all family affairs, animals are extremely sociable and "talkative."
They have almost the same, at least very similar color, which on the paws, tail and muzzle can be brown, gray, black or purple. The body coat is light. In cats, the eye color characteristic of these breeds is blue or blue. That's all the similarities. If you look at the photos of representatives of one and the other breed, then you will never confuse them again.
External differences between Thai and Siamese cats
All varieties and subspecies of Siamese cats have external differences. Although a specific standard has been developed for them. These are graceful animals, endowed by nature with some thinness, a long, thin tail and the same limbs. The head of these cats is wedge-shaped. If you look at the profile of the Siamese, you can easily notice the absence of the “nose bridge”, the nose and forehead are almost in line.
The eyes, in addition to the characteristic blue color, are almond-shaped, slightly slanting in shape. A dark mask on the face with a light body color is a distinctive appearance of the breed. Interestingly, Siamese kittens are born completely white, and only by the age of six months they acquire the coat color characteristic of the breed. Siamese cats have huge ears, compared with the size of the animal’s head.
In Thais, they are more proportional and rounded at the tips. The nose of the Thais is slightly concave at eye level, the almost “Greek” profile is with the Siamese. The color of Thai cats is interesting: a mask on the face, dark extremities (brown, gray, purple and black). Eye color is blue, and the shape is different - it is almond-shaped from above, and the lower eyelid has a rounded shape.
The head, unlike the Siamese, is round. Ears look proportionate to the head, their tips are rounded. Thais have a muscular torso, but not very long. By their appearance, these cats demonstrate flexibility and strength. A feature of Thais' wool is the lack of undercoat.
Siamese and Thai cat: differences in character
There is an opinion that Siamese cats are endowed with a harmful, unsociable and vengeful disposition. However, the owners of these animals and breeders strongly disagree with this statement. They note that the Siamese are very smart, easily, effortlessly master the training, and extremely, like dogs, become attached to their masters.
However, these animals are wayward and jealous, although they are the first to try not to show aggression. If they feel some kind of threat in relation to their master, then they will immediately defend him.
Experts believe that a completely different Siamese and Thai cat. What differences in character are immediately apparent? Thais are peaceful, more affectionate, active and loyal animals. They value care very much, they are always friendly not only towards the person, but also to other pets. Thais are playful, and if the owner does not pay attention to them, then they themselves will find an occupation that family members may not like.
Thai breed open. This means that any person who suspects a Thais in their pet can bring their pet for examination at the club. Two experts will determine the cat’s breed. This cannot be done with the Siamese, since the breed is closed.
How to distinguish a Siamese kitten from Thai?
We have already explained the difference between Thai and Siamese cats. The differences are obvious, but they apply only to adult animals. Identification of kittens is somewhat more difficult, because the characteristics typical for the breed by two or three months, when usually the babies acquire their new owners, are not yet fully manifested.
First of all, pay attention to the shape of the skull: in Siamese breed kittens, the head is wedge-shaped with large ears and a straight long nose. Little Thais have a round head. The tail of the Siamese is even in thickness along the entire length, while in the representative of the Thai breed it narrows from the base to the tip.
Siamese cats even at a young age have an elongated and thin body, long limbs. Little Thais are distinguished by a more dense physique.
The external differences between Thai and Siamese cats are not related to animal care. Representatives of these breeds are not too picky in care: they are happy to eat cooked and prepared food. Their short hair does not require complicated care: it is enough to iron the hair once a week with a wet hand to collect the hair, saving time on cleaning the house. These pets should only be bathed if they are contaminated; in other cases, the animals themselves can do excellent hygiene procedures.
For a long time, it was believed that Thai and Siamese cats belong to the same breed. After all, their homeland is the state of Siam, which was later renamed Thailand. First, cats appeared in Siam, resembling Thais in appearance, they were called Siamese in accordance with the name of the country. Under this name, they were taken abroad.
Later, by breeding, another breed was bred, which received the same name. Due to the obvious differences between the two species of cats, they were divided into two breeds - the second was officially called Thai, since the Siamese breed of cats was already officially recognized by all countries.
The first Siamese (left) resembled Thais in appearance (right)
Siamese breed history
Siamese breed for more than 600 years. In their country, these cats were considered sacred, they were respected, were participants in various rituals and were protected by law. It was forbidden to take Siamese cats out of the country, so the animals did not leave Thailand for a long time.
They began their journey around the globe only at the end of the 19th century. Europeans liked the Siamese, began to participate in exhibitions, the first of which was held in London in 1871, and in 1892 a breed standard was developed. Over time, the appearance of the Siamese has undergone changes, leaving behind the previous appearance of squat cats with rounded outlines of the head. They got big ears, sophisticated limbs, a wedge-shaped head.
The Siamese’s appearance gradually changed, their head became wedge-shaped, and their ears were large
Siamese cat: description
The breed represents a Siam-oriented group. The appearance of these animals does not quite resemble a terrestrial animal, but rather speaks of extraterrestrial origin. The head shape of Siamese cats is wedge-shaped, but the ears are huge, like locators. The eyes are somewhat stretched and are distinguished by a bright blue color.
The cat’s body is flexible and sophisticated, while there is complete harmony with the size and shape of the head. The legs are long (relatively) and powerful, which indicates the excellent physical shape of the animal.
Thai breed history
Representatives of this breed are often called Old Siamese, traditional Siamese. Today, the exterior of the Thai cat is similar to the appearance of the XVIII century Siamese - well-built, strong animals. The description of Thai cats is found in the “Book of Poems about Cats” (XIV century), it presents drawings of all cats living at that time in Siam. Thais (then Siamese) lived in royal palaces, Buddhist temples. The breed was officially recognized in 1990, its standard was approved a year later.
After the birth, it seems that the kittens are albinos, because they do not have a characteristic color, but this is not so, since after a few days, remote pigmentation of the coat appears. By half a year the main color (color point) appears, especially by 10 months.
In this case, darker shades begin to appear on such parts of the body as the muzzle, ears, paws, tail. The older the cat becomes, the less noticeable is the difference between the general background and the colored parts of the body.
Characteristic for the breed shades of spots are:
- Blue Point - Blue.
- Lilac Point - lilac.
- Seal Point - Dark Brown.
- Chocolate Point - Chocolate.
- Tetby Point - Tiger Striped.
- Red point is red.
An interesting moment! In the United States, the first four types of color are considered officially recognized, compared with Europe, where up to 18 shades of Siamese breed of cats are allowed.
Siamese cat is a slender and graceful, as well as flexible and muscular animal, while the females are smaller and smaller.
The neck is long, the head is wedge-shaped, with wide-set ears, which especially emphasizes the shape of the wedge. The muzzle is designed in the form of a mask that does not extend to the upper part of the head and does not come into contact with the areas of the auricles.
The eyes are more like tonsils, which are placed obliquely. The iris of the eyes is colored either in dark blue or in a bright blue tone.
The skeleton is powerful, the muscles are well developed, and the body is tube-shaped. The legs are elongated, and the legs are oval. The tail is relatively long and relatively thin, tapering towards the end. The coat is short and adheres well to the body. Painted areas of the body are characterized by smooth, monotonous staining.
It is customary to attribute to breed defects:
- The presence of white spots and white fingers.
- The presence of the wrong bite.
- Various colors of the iris, except for blue.
- Different number of fingers.
- Crooked tail or tail.
Table: Siamese and Thai cat external data
|Differences||Thai breed||Siamese breed|
|Torso||Has a medium or large size, muscular.||Long, flexible, slim.|
|Head||Rounded shape.||In the form of a long wedge, an equilateral triangle forms between the nose and the tips of the ears.|
|Profile||It looks like a soft convex line. There is a slight concavity at eye level.||Direct, has no transition, recesses.|
|The chin||Slightly rounded.||Doesn't look weak and massive.|
|Neck||Strong, muscular, medium or short length.||Slender, long.|
|Limbs||Medium length, muscular, proportional to the body, legs slightly rounded.||Proportional, long with small oval paws.|
|Tail||Thick, medium length, proportional to the body, at the base wider, more pointed.||Thin, long, tapering to the tip and resembling a whip.|
|Eyes||Rounded, large.||They are medium in size, slanting, almond-shaped.|
|The ears||Medium in size, broad at the base, rounded.||Large, broad at the base, pointed at the ends.|
|Color||On the muzzle of both breeds there is a characteristic dark mask, dark paws and tail (brown, gray, purple and black shades) with the main light coat color.|
|Eye color||Bright blue, blue.|
|Wool features||Silky, short, snug, no undercoat.|
Thais look bigger than Siamese
Representatives of both breeds are united by their characteristic colors of the muzzle, paws, tail, ears:
- black on a pale yellow background (force point),
- blue on a cream background (blue point),
- light brown on an almost white background (chocolate point),
- red point
- tabby (with a pattern),
- tortie (tortie color) and others.
Siamese cat character
Siamese cats are quite obstinate, but very good-natured. The cat may dislike one of the family members, and for the rest of his life.
If she loves someone, then this is also for the rest of her life. In this case, the cat will always demonstrate its devotion and its love. Experts believe that such a quality of Siamese can be compared with the same quality of dogs.
An important point! It is very important that the person answers the same, because the cat can be offended and then it takes a long time to establish a cooled relationship.
This breed will not tolerate being forced into anything and remember for a long time about unjust reproaches in its direction. Children do not show aggression, but on the contrary, can constantly participate with them in games, but only until the moment when the cat is tired. She doesn’t like to be dragged around, especially children.
They can be jealous of other pets, and also be wary of strangers.
Table: Thai Cat Character
Table: Siamese cat character
The cardinal differences between Siamese and Thais are reduced to the fact that the former are considered to be the “standard of harmfulness”, while the latter relate to excellent students in the cat school.
Thai and Siamese cats are curious, smart, playful
Table: longevity of Siamese and Thai cats
|Thai cats||Siamese cats|
Table: Siamese and Thai cat health
Rarely, there are diseases caused by a violation of blood coagulation, and inflammation of the third century. The average life expectancy is 12–18 years. Some cats live up to 28 years.
- violation of protein metabolism, leading to amyloidosis of the kidneys, liver,
- cardiomyopathy ending in heart failure,
- congenital strabismus,
- hyperthyroidism associated with impaired thyroid function,
- glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure.
Life expectancy is an average of 10-20 years, they can live longer with good care and an active lifestyle. In the Guinness Book of Records there is a record of a Siamese cat who has lived 38 years.
Thai and Siamese cats have good health
The differences characteristic of the appearance of cats do not relate to the conditions of keeping animals and caring for them. In these matters, both breeds are unpretentious and require the same approach.
The content and features of caring for Thai and Siamese cats
The basic principles of caring for Siamese and Thai cats are the same:
- they should live in a warm room, not be exposed to drafts, since they do not have undercoat,
- Once a week, you should stroke the cat with wet hands to remove dead hairs, or comb with a comb with frequent cloves. They don’t need bathing, the pets are clean and take care of their cleanliness themselves,
- to care for the claws, the animals require a high and wide claw point to sharpen the claws not only on their front but also on their hind legs,
- once a week you need to brush your teeth with a special paste, and wipe your eyes and ears with a cotton swab dipped in water,
- timely need to fight against parasites,
- Once every six months, it is necessary to show the pet to the veterinarian,
- curiosity of cats should be taken into account and safety measures should be taken, for example, to prohibit free walking,
- cats need to be fed with high-quality industrial food of premium and super premium class or natural food,
- they clean the cat’s toilet every day, wash it every 2 weeks with no pungent odors,
- bowls for water and dry food are washed daily, from under wet food - after eating.
Caring for cats of Thai and Siamese breeds is the same
Thai cat reviews
I have a secret, clever, beautiful, real family member. Very curious, takes part in everything that happens at home, that is, she is constantly with us. He loves when they play with her as a teaser, bring her in the teeth, put them at her feet and sit, watch or ask her voice to play with her. Without a reason it will not offend, but it will also stand up for itself. Son 1, never scratched him, it happens, hiss at him, but this is when he does not want him to touch her. In general, the nanny is also good. Once the son burst into tears, so she came running, lay down beside her, purred. The child, of course, began to calm down. He teases her, but she suffers. You can talk and talk, and only good.
2 years and 2 months ago I bought from one woman a small, thin, ugly, shy kitten. At that time, the kitten was more than a month old; he did not even know how to jump from the couch. We arrived home, showed the cat a pot, a bowl of food and went to bed with her alone. At 7.00 in the morning there was a miu, miu! I jumped off, and she sits beside me and asks for something. It is not clear, she decided that she was hungry, brought her to the bowl, and she ran to the pot. The poor child, suffered, did not shit. Since then, we are inseparable from her. Every day Milka, than she did not surprise me. I always met when I came from school, slept on my chest, when I sat at a computer or TV, rode on my shoulder in the car (I'm driving) and looked at the world curiously, ran around the apartment, crashing into the walls. I climbed like a tree and sat on my shoulder as I cooked. In the afternoon I slept exclusively on a laptop, dragged elastic bands for hair. After the game, she put them in her bowl, felt sorry for me when I cried or was sick, kissed me (she likes to suck my lower lip), called me to sleep, when I sat at the computer wherever I was, she was always either on me or next to me. To this day, almost all of her habits have been preserved, except for climbing up to me when I stand. Kisunya has grown and has already become 2 times mom.
Today I want to talk about the most wonderful breed of cats that I know is Thai! For two years now I have been living here with such a blue-eyed miracle, whose name is Gav. Yes, yes, in childhood, he looked like his prototype from the cartoon, so the nickname attached to it somehow by itself. Although sometimes his daughter also calls him Gavryusha. What I really like about Thai cats: they are smart, affectionate, with a dense short coat, that is, they don’t need special care, the hair never rolls, as is the case with long-haired breeds - games, very sociable, incredibly charming and charismatic . This breed reminds me of the most faithful dog: my Woof understands me from a half glance, knows several commands: “Go to Mom”, “Eat”, “To Place”, “Kiss Me”. A Thai breed cat is never bored: they come up with entertainment for themselves, and in games they are very inventive. My blue-eyed is involved in all household chores. An interesting fact is that Thai cats, like all other Siamese groups, are born completely white. And only a little later, "darkness" begins to appear. My favorite is Seal Point, that is, the body is the color of baked milk, and the muzzle, paws and tail are dark. Thais, like Siamese, are centenarians among cats, a cat of my friend lived up to 26 years old, didn’t get sick, and once on the 27th year he just didn’t wake up. Gavka loves to kiss and hug. He also shows his mood with great facial expressions. Sometimes he pulls something off the table, and then “puts on a mask of misunderstanding: eyes in a heap, a mustache in front, and such a muzzle expression is funny, like:“ Well, don’t scold me, “a moron!” But in fact, there is no smarter cat in the world!
Siamese Cat Reviews
My Siamese cat's name is Philemon, simply Phil. I bought it from a breeder in a nursery. I saw a photo of Siamese cats and cats on the website of the cattery and could not resist the temptation! These huge ears, aristocratic nose and blue eyes! I was not going to go to exhibitions, I just wanted a cat for myself. The cat was grown up, the age of 6 months. I'll tell you about the character. Never once did a cat scratch or bite because of malice. But, there are several nuances. The fact that Siamese and other southern cats are aggressive is true. Only if not neutered. A castrated cat is an affectionate, adequate, contact animal. It plays a little. More likes to always be next to the owner. Participates, like a dog, in all his affairs. Brings hair bands and rags when tossing him. It treats guests selectively: hiding from someone under a bedspread in bed. He climbs into someone's arms and talks. Probably determines what kind of person is by smell, since he is hiding even before he sees a person! For those who doubt the choice of breed, I’ll say there is one caveat - these cats are not amenable to training by violence! No usual methods of education with slippers, spanks, other punishments - they do not work! In response to such an impact - the cat simply turns off the brain from stress, and it becomes dull like a cork! And you won’t do anything with it. If you continue the punishment, the cat will never understand, for which he gets and will assume that you just love him! He will begin to defend his right to live in an apartment, mark, poop and write anywhere, spoil things and so on, all from stress! Cats can easily learn if they use normal training methods, like dogs, with affection and a simple ban. And you need to treat him like a little child who cannot be beaten and cannot be yelled at. It’s easier for a cat not to be allowed to do something at once than to wean it from it later!
My cat’s name is not very Siamese - Muska. I also call her Marmysh, Manyasha, Masinsky. Diverse, in general! Everyone says that Siamese cats are vicious, but a more affectionate creature is hard to find. When I come home, she runs to meet, asks for pens, when I watch TV, I sit at the computer, she doesn’t get off her hands. And the sweetest thing is in the morning. When she hears the sound of the alarm clock, she runs to me and begins to lick, climbs to hug. And I really like the talkativeness of Siamese cats. It seems to me that I can recognize my voice from hundreds. The only thing is that he treats strangers indifferently, and if a large crowd of friends comes to visit, then she hides, is afraid. Little coward! She is almost 10 years old, and she plays like a kitten with mice, balls. Solid positive. And she doesn’t like to wash her ass. She prefers to wipe it on a bath mat. Preferably, a freshly washed mat. Well, you have to wash the mat! Why not do it for her!
Cats of Thai and Siamese breeds are distinguished by their beauty and unpretentiousness. Thai and Siamese will become reliable family members, and for the love of a person they will repay him with devotion and love.
History of Siamese and Thai breed
The ancestors of domestic Siamese and Thais hail from Thailand. These graceful animals lived in palaces and at Buddhist temples. At that time, they were recognized as divine messengers and were given special honors. Thailand in ancient times was called Siam. When in the second half of the XIX century. These animals were brought to Europe, the breed was named after the country of origin.
For many years, felinology breeders worked to improve the appearance, so today the appearance of the Siamese cat has specific differences from what it had when it came to Europe from Siam. So it turned out 2 different subspecies of 1 breed.
To avoid confusion, in 1990, animals with their original appearance were renamed Thai. Then the standard of this breed was established, which coincided with the descriptions drawn up at the end of the 18th - beginning of the 19th centuries. Among the fans of the breed there is an unofficial name - "old Siamese." These animals are officially recognized as classic carriers of the pristine species of these graceful tailed.
Today, this breed is considered closed: to maintain the purity of the species, breeders who breed Thais, crosses with other breeds are prohibited. People who do not understand the intricacies of selection, still confuse representatives of 2 different breeds. This is due to the similarity of color and country of origin.
External differences and standard
Although both Siamese and Thai breeds belong to 1 qualification group (Siamese-oriental) and come from 1 ancestor, these are 2 feline subgroups that are characterized by characteristic interspecific differences.
Let's try to figure out how to distinguish a Siamese cat from a Thai one in appearance. A key distinguishing feature is the body structure of the animal. In the Siamese, as a result of many years of selection work, it became long, thin and graceful, while among the Thais it remains dense, round and muscular. Distinctive features between the Siamese and Thai breeds are given in the comparative table:
|Torso||strong body with developed muscles||elongated, toned, slim and flexible body|
|Head||rounded skull, converging to the muzzle with a small wedge, convex profile||pronounced wedge-shaped elongated skull shape, nose bridge missing: nose and forehead merge in a straight line, forming a straight profile|
|Paws||muscular limbs of medium length in harmonious proportions to the body||long slender and thin legs|
|The ears||small ears with rounded tips||triangular wide-set ears with sharp tips, disproportionately large relative to the head|
|Tail||thicker at the base, tapering to the tip||thin and long with a pointed tip, resembles a whip|
|Eyes||round gas, shades from blue to bright blue||almond-shaped slanting eyes of sky blue color, lower eyelid rounded|
|Wool||dense coarse with a complete absence or minimal amount of undercoat||short, shiny, soft, undercoat is absent or minimal|
|Color||color-point of all shades, standardly light body from white to ivory, only protruding parts: legs, tail and “mask” on the face (from light brown to black) have a dark color|
Both breeds are united by sky-blue eye color: the more saturated and brighter it is, the higher the score for the exterior gets the animal at cat shows and competitions.
How to distinguish a kitten
If it is not difficult to distinguish between an adult Siamese and a Thai in appearance, the situation with the determination of the breed in newborn kittens is much more complicated due to the fact that the distinctive characteristics of the breed in a kitten appear only by 3 months of life.
In order not to be deceived when buying a Siamese breed pet, attention is paid to the following signs:
- wedge-shaped skull shape, characteristic straight profile,
- thin elongated body on long thin legs,
- ears with disproportionately large ears,
- between the tip of the nose and the corners of the ears you can mentally draw an isosceles triangle,
- oblong elongated eyes with sharp upper corners and a peculiar squint,
- thin long tail, even along its entire length, with a sharp tip.
For a small Thai, the following symptoms will be characteristic:
- round head with a concave profile at eye level,
- dense, rounded and well-fed body with strong legs of medium length,
- small ears, like an average domestic cat,
- wide eyes wide open
- the tail is thick at the base, tapering evenly to the tip.
Remember that taking a pet into the house is recommended no earlier than three months of age. Then his immunity will be ready for adaptation in the new conditions, since the separation of the kitten from the mother is always a big stress for the animal.
Differences in character and temperament
Siamese cats are sociable and friendly pets. They do not like to be alone and prefer to spend most of their time communicating with a person. They are extremely undesirable to leave alone in an apartment or house. Having a naturally loud and piercing voice, the Siamese cat, left completely alone, will cause inconvenience to the neighbors with a mournful and drawn out meow.
So he will roar for hours, so those who leave their pet alone for a long time are advised to have a second cat or choose a different breed of cat.
Siam are playful and agile. They prefer active games to relaxing on the couch. The breed lends itself to insignificant training, but great success cannot be expected from them due to the wayward character.
In the information space there is an erroneous opinion about the aggressiveness of this breed. It is not true. Aggressive behavior in an animal is the result of improper upbringing or psychological trauma suffered at an early age.
Thai cats are calm, affectionate and sociable pets. They like to lie quietly on the couch, near the owner, preferring the peaceful contemplation of events around noisy games. Thais get along with other domestic animals, including dogs, and get along with all members of the family, unlike the Siamese who choose 1 owner.
Although Thai cats are not attached to 1 person, they are just as bad at loneliness. A pet locked in an apartment will become apathetic and depressive, its character will deteriorate.Therefore, it is better to start 2 Thais at once: then they will calmly wait for the owner from work, doing joint games and not arranging a cat concert for neighbors.
Which breed is smarter
The fact that the intellectual abilities of Thais is higher than that of the Siamese is not in dispute. Thai cat is famous for its natural gaiety, curiosity and good learning. It is difficult to outwit and uselessly hide the things she liked.
The Thai beauty has the intelligence to open the door or drawer of the kitchen cabinet. She has a wonderful memory - she will remember where you hid your favorite toy, wait until you get distracted, and take the trophy away.
Thais give in to training: in this respect they remind dogs, they are trained to bring different little things. If the cat realizes that they are playing with her, she will gladly bring the ball or toy mouse to the owner. Like a dog, she understands the commands: "sit", "lie" and knows how to give a paw.
Although the Siamese, like the Thais, have high intelligence, their poor learning ability is determined by an independent and freedom-loving burrow. You should not expect complete submission from the Siamese breed - rather, the owner will have to adapt to the nature of such a pet.
Attitude to children
By nature, Thai cats are sociable and socially adapted to live in a family where other animals and small children live. They, unlike the Siamese, will find an approach to all members of the family, being with their children will not release their claws even in a game of chance, patiently endure the grip and annoying affection.
In addition, Thais belong to the "talkative" cat breed: when the owner speaks to them, they make funny sounds in response, supporting the conversation. Sometimes they “talk” incessantly, so those who like silence in the house should get a more phlegmatic breed.
Unlike Thais, Siamese individuals who are attached to one owner, they are jealous, and this negative character trait sometimes extends to children. If the Siam pay less attention than children, he will harbor resentment and will not make contact with the younger members of the family.
Both Siamese and Thai breeds are recommended for those who are able to spend a lot of time with their pets.
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Care and hygiene rules
The peculiarity of the coat of Siamese cats is that it has no undercoat, while the coat is short and smooth. It is quite simple to remove the falling hairs, it is enough to draw a wet hand over the hair.
Even if this is not done, the animal copes with this problem on its own without much effort. Water procedures are not necessary for domestic cats, but show-class cats will have to bathe, especially when the cat returns home from the street. In any case, a bath will be required for those individuals who often walk on the street.
It is imperative to monitor the condition of the ears, sometimes wiping them with cotton pads. They can simply be moistened in warm, but boiled water. Eyes are rubbed with the same discs if discharge is noticed in their corners.
Important to remember! Siamese cats have weak teeth, so their condition must be monitored, as well as cleaned with a special paste.
What to feed
The most suitable option is to use ready-made factory feed for feeding, giving preference with the marks “holistic”, as well as “super-premium”. The most acceptable feeds are Acana, Applaws and Orijen, as these products are characterized by balanced compositions, which has been confirmed over several years.
Experts recommend feeding pets one type of feed: either natural or dry ingredients. As for breeders, they take a different position. They believe that it is more optimal and useful to use both types of feed alternately.
Siamese cat's diet should include some basic foods, such as:
- Boiled Chicken Breast.
- Raw beef.
- Meat-based baby food.
- Dairy products.
It is not recommended to give the domestic cat pork, as well as milk, which contributes to diarrhea due to the fact that the cat's body does not digest lactose.
Diseases, breed defects
This cat breed has very beautiful eyes, but for this beauty they often have to pay with pedigree anomalies. One gene is responsible for the color and shape of the eyes, which can also cause not only strabismus, but also vision problems in general.
There is another hereditary problem associated with the presence of nodes, hooks, and kinks on the tail.
Interesting to know! According to legend, when the Siamese princess went swimming in the river, she took a cat with her. She strung her rings on her tail so as not to lose. And yet, once she lost her jewelry. To prevent this from happening again, she tied a knot on the tail of the cat.
These cats, especially at a young age, suffer from respiratory problems. Cats are often diagnosed with calcivirosis, a disease of the upper respiratory tract.
Kittens born may suffer from a lack of coordination of movements. This ailment can be determined by the head sagging on the side. In fact, this is a genetic defect and it is associated with problems of the inner ear associated with the work of the vestibular apparatus.
Siamese cats, prone to psychological discomfort, will lick themselves until bald spots appear. Therefore, they are prone to diseases associated with psychological discomfort, that is, on nerves.
There are some more ailments that are associated with this breed, such as:
- The manifestation of asthma.
- Achalasia of the esophagus, which is associated with the difficulty of food intake.
- Oncology of the small intestine (adenocarcinoma).
- Hyperesthesia - hypersensitivity.
- Oncology of the lungs.
Siamese cats, moreover, may experience allergic reactions to certain types of feed, to cigarette smoke, to various aerosols, to flea bites, and even to an increased concentration of dust.
Where to buy, what to look for
Naturally, you should not get in touch with the first breeders that came in, giving preference to well-known, as well as nurseries where breeding of this breed is practiced. If there is no experience, it is better to connect an experienced specialist to this process, if any, among friends.
When buying a kitten, you need to pay attention to the fact that he has a metric (pedigree), as well as a veterinary passport, indicating all vaccinations, as well as dehelmentation. It will not be superfluous to see the kitten's parents, as well as to observe their behavior. The kitten should be curious, playful and healthy and mobile. By purchasing a kitten, you can already decide on the main color, since on the 14th day the legs, nose, etc. are stained.
Siamese cat price
On the territory of our country in almost all major cities you can find a cattery that practices breeding Siamese cats.
For a kitten, depending on some factors, such as the popularity of the nursery, the thoroughbred of the breed, as well as the exterior, you can pay between 100-800 euros.
Naturally, not everyone is particularly interested in the pedigree, with well-known parents, but only those who plan to further engage the animals in pedigree work or in cat shows. Kittens that match the show class can be priced between 300-800 euros. If Siamese kittens are brought from abroad, then they cost much more.
If the kitten does not belong to the show class and has minor deviations, then no more than 100 euros will be asked for it, which will save a lot of money. Of course, you can buy cheaper, and significantly, if you use the ads on the Internet, but at the same time there is a high probability that the animal will not at all meet breed standards.
Many who kept a Siamese cat or cat at home speak only positively of them, indicating that these animals are devoid of aggressiveness and have a friendly disposition.
Kittens that were torn early from their mother are recommended to be fed with cream diluted with water. For such purposes, Agusha cheese curd is also suitable.
Already after 6 weeks, kids can be accustomed to factory dry feeds, soaking them in the bowl at the first stages. A bowl of clean drinking water should be placed next to the food bowl.
From about 2 months old, kittens can be given the Royal Canin Baby Cat dry food, as it presents small granules designed specifically for kittens' teeth. Many owners indicate that they do not give their pets vegetables.
A very big problem is periodic sexual arousal. The best option if the animal does not take part in the reproduction of offspring is sterilization. The use of drugs such as "Contrax" does not solve the problem, moreover, this hormonal drug negatively affects the health of pets. Other drugs, such as dopopromone or covinan, do not solve the problem.
To ensure that the cat's reproductive functions always remain at a high level, you can mate it only at 10 months of age and not earlier. It must be remembered that the cat after mating requires rest, so the breaks between mating should be at least 2 weeks.
Keeping pets at home is not as easy as it seems at first glance. This is especially true in relation to thoroughbred cats and cats, since they require increased attention to themselves. In addition to the fact that these animals are "with character", they need to be fed only with high-quality food, otherwise they can harm their health. This is especially true for natural food, since there is a great temptation to feed a pet food from a person’s table, which can significantly harm his health.