Ah yes, a topic both near and dear to my heart ... near in that my own Seal Point Old-Style Siamese girl, Lexus is laying across my chest as I type this - I declare it would take a surgical procedure to remove her when she wants to be on me ... dear in that I chose to breed these stunningly beautiful little beasties. Many people will easily recognize a Seal Point Siamese as they are truly one of the ancient cat breeds in the world. They are believed to have first appeared in Europe in the late 1800's. It is said that the British Ambassador to Thailand received a mating pair of Siamese cats from the Royal Family of Thailand as a gift for his wife. They were debuted at The Crystal Palace Cat Show in England. The Siamese cat is known for its long and slender body, dark, wedge shaped head, ears, tail and legs, which stands in stark contrast to their light colored bodies. These cats have a long lean structure, often referred to as a "moderate Oriental body style" which is accentuated by their short sleek coat. Siamese cats have only one fur coat whereas most other cats have two -- the downy undercoat and the over or outer coat. They are thought to be less irritating to people who suffer from allergies than other breeds.
In keeping with their Thai heritage, their eyes are almond-like in shape and slant downwards towards the nose. Some develop super-occluded upper canine teeth which can protrude from the mouth giving them an amusing toothy grin. Siamese cats are extremely intelligent, curious, active and athletic cats. They are slinky and crafty, they are nosey and into absolutely everything. They possess an extremely high level of energy and become bored easily. They can be demanding in whatever quest they undertake and will demonstrate absolutely no fear in conquering new and interesting endeavors. They crave attention from their owner and they do not like to be left alone so consider owning two. Siamese cats bond closely with their people and will become depressed if separated from them or other animal companions. It is not uncommon for Siamese to literally grieve to death if parted long-term from a beloved person or companion. They are extremely social. They do not like to be kept away from the normal daily routines of their homes. It is a severe punishment to deny them access to any areas of the house and they will let you know their dismay in no uncertain terms if you offend them. Siamese cats are one of the more vocal breed of cats, with a loud, throaty voice. When people hear a Siamese cat vocalize for the first time, they often associate it with the sound of a baby crying. Many Siamese will mimic their owners repetitive speech patterns. My own Siamese male, Tonka, tells me NO NO NO all the time. He also calls me Momma. My Seal Point female, Lexus walks around the house all day long trilling and cooing to me. I have no idea what she is saying but she has plenty to talk about so we have epic conversations.
In the way of some useful resource info on Siamese cats ...
Breed Classification: Exotic
Seal Point - very dark brown points with beige-cream body
Chocolate Point - milk-chocolate brown points with a pale-cream body
Blue Point - blue-grey points with a frosty white body
Lilac Point - pale blue-grey points with a pale frosty white body
Average Litter Size: 4 to 6
Average Size: 7 to 10 pounds for Females, 8 to 15 pounds for Males.
Life Span: 15+ years, many have been reported to exceed 20 years.
Grooming Requirements: Their short, glossy coat does not usually require excessive grooming. However, almost any cat will enjoy the attention and sensation of being stroked and brushed.
Social skills: Siamese cats are territorial and may bully less domineering cat breeds. They usually are OK with dogs.
Suitability for Children: Generally good with kids.
Energy Level: Very lively, feisty and mischievous.
Noisiness: Very vocal with a legendary voice, especially when seeking your attention or scolding you for leaving them alone while you were out working in order to pay for cat food and litter. *wink*
Health Issues: These are normally very healthy cats, however some lines do carry genetic issues which may shorten their lifespan. It is imperative to be diligent in providing the necessary attention to their teeth and gums during normal vet visits and to proceed with a dental cleaning and subgingival scraping as indicated, but no less frequently than once every two to three years. Follow up care (brushing, food supplements or additives, etc.) at home is also highly recommended. Chronic renal failure, Renal Amyloidosis and Feline Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy are among the leading known causes of death in many Siamese cats. CRF can be postponed by protecting the integrity of the teeth and gums with proper dental attention.
Shedding: Shedding during normal season is moderate. Stress can play a large part in how much or how little a Siamese will shed. Proper diet and hydration are also extremely important to minimize shedding.
When considering a Siamese cat, you will need to determine which body style you prefer. There are the modern, or "show-style" cats, with tubular, sleek bodies and a very wedge-shaped head with low ear-set or the traditional, classic or "Old-Style" body type, which are a more robust, hearty body with a moderate wedge-shaped head softened with a rounder appearance to the head and higher ear-set.
There are many reputable breeders of both body styles. There are also people like me, who are breeding to preserve the Old-Style bloodlines for health and longevity. While I do not wish to offend any of our modern Siamese breeders, the fact is that the modern-style cats tend not to live as long as their Old-Style counterparts. Breed Preservationists breed solely to ensure that healthy, long-lived Siamese bloodlines are preserved for future use in the gene pool.
When choosing a breeder, you will have many questions and you will need to expect many questions from her. It is common amongst Siamese cat breeders to have very strong feelings about what does and what does not constitute a good potential home for one of their beloved and precious kittens. Be prepared to be grilled very invasively when interviewing and have your list of questions at the ready. Write them down in advance so you will be organized and prepared for your interview.
Siamese cats are priced on average in the $400 - $600 range for a pet and up to the $1000 - $1500 range for a breeding cat, however no ethical breeder would allow a kitten to be placed in a home with breeding rights without first thoroughly knowing and trusting the person with whom the kitten was to be placed. Expect to sign a Sales Agreement which contains (at the very least) a Spay/Neuter clause, a No-Declawing clause, and an Indoor-Only clause.
Expect to visit the cattery in person. While many Siamese cat breeders will consider shipping a cat, many also will do so only after personally meeting the potential kitten buyer.
I sincerely hope this helps you in your quest for information about Siamese cats. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to let me know. Best of luck in your search.