More Cat Care Information:
Siamese cats are very regal, smart and playful felines. They can communicate with their companions and love spending time with them. They can be easily recognized by their distinct body type and fun personalities. Siamese cats have a wide range of skin colors and markings. Lets look at some more cool facts about them.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
The Siamese cat is originally from Thailand, formerly known as Siam. They are one of the oldest domestic cat breeds. In Siam, they were considered a member of the royal family. You can find them depicted in ancient manuscripts dating back to 1350. They were so well liked that, in 1871, this blue-eyed cat was on display in the Crystal Palace of London. There was so much interest created by this display, the Siamese cat increased in popularity.
These kitties can create a wide range of vocal noises. This helps them to express what they want to their owners. The Siamese are not known to be very affectionate but love people. They are very smart cats and can be taught simple tricks such as fetch.
Siamese kittens are born white. They develop their markings at about four weeks. Their coloring will appear on the cooler parts of their body. This is a result of a partial albinism gene in their body that is sensitive to heat. As they age, their coloring will get darker.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
Siamese cats have the longest lives of domestic cats. They call live up to 20 years. The Siamese is a relatively healthy cat with few problems. These cats tend to have some gum problems, so you will need to brush their teeth weekly. A veterinary visit may be needed if their mouth becomes irritated.
These cats have beautiful blue eyes, creamy colored coats and dark markings on the coats, referred to as points. There are a wide range of color markings in this family. The Seal Points have dark brown marks while others may have blue points with grayish marks. They can also vary from chocolate points to red points and even lilac points.
There are also different body types of these classy cats. The traditional Applehead has a round head similar to an apple and is the largest breed. The smaller cats with a triangular face are part of the Classic breed. The Wedgehead, or Modern breed, have a look that is a combination of the Classic and Traditional looks. All of the breeds have long noses, pointed ears and sleek bodies.
Siamese cats love companionship. They become very attached to their owners and don't do well if left alone for long hours. Having a playmate or cat sitter available for those extra long days will help keep your kitty happy.
The Siamese cat is a popular breed for many reasons. Their highly social behavior helps make them sought after for many families. Bringing one into your home will certainly bring added joy to your family.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|