Originally Posted by CC12
I think you will be okay. Most cats don't destroy things unless there are other issues. From what I have learned these cats are ok in smaller spaces and are easy going. Siamese are the ones that are considered higher strung.
If you do your research, provide the cat with a clean litterbox, some toys, a window, some scratching options, good food and love you will be fine. You will have a summer to instill good behavior and get to know what your cat likes. My cats love companionship but Mary was fine being an only cat.
You may find that your mother falls in love and you can get another down the road. Just show her how responsible you are.
We have 2 Siamese and neither one has ever been destructive. I've had a Siamese before these 2 and also a Siamese mix and none have ever destroyed things. I do have a neighbour that told her children that Siamese cats will destroy your house.
Just another Siamese bad rep. I did, however, have a barn cat that destroyed a loveseat.
Originally Posted by emmylou
Keep in mind that cats vary a great deal from individual to individual. It's really impossible to tell what a cat's personality will be from its breed. You can talk to the breeder and ask for a cat that's on the quieter, calmer end of the spectrum, if that's what you're looking for... but you still won't know what the quirks and behaviors will be until the cat has lived with you for a while. They also tend to a adapt a great deal to the owners' home and lifestyle.
Emmylou is right - every cat is an individual. Gentle, patient and loving guidance and discipline will go a long way to having a cat that behaves IMO. Kittens will often play rough so it's important to teach them that claws and teeth hurt humans. If kitty bites, blow in his face and say OW loudly. Also don't pull away when (if) kitty bites or grabs your hands or legs with his claws. Stop immediately and say NO loudly. If you move your hands or legs they think you are playing and will continue the bad behaviour. Also don't play with your kitty with your bare hands so they don't think your hands are toys.
Make sure you have a scratching post or board and if kitty starts to scratch at any furniture, remove him/her to the post/board and holding his paws, scratch at the post so it gets the idea that is the place to scratch. Also touch and play with kitties feet to get them used to having their paws handled so that you can clip their claws. We did this with our kitties and clipping their claws is not an issue at all - in fact I don't even have to hold Bijou to clip his claws, I can do it while he's just laying on the rug or the table. He was a terrible little grabber and biter when he was a kitten so I had my share of scratches before he was taught some manners but he's awesome now. Gentle, laid-back and extremely lovable. In fact, both of them are very, very gentle.