National Siamese Cat Day
5th April 2018
The 6th April is National Siamese Cat Day, so we thought we’d take a look at how to care for this graceful breed of cat which originated from Thailand (formerly Siam) and first arrived in Britain in the 1880s.
Sociable, noisy characters
Siamese cats are chatty, sociable creatures who love to spend time with their humans. They will happily follow you around, talk to you and climb onto your lap for a cuddle. They may even want to sleep in your bed with you if you’ll let them!
Because Siamese cats are so sociable, it’s best not to leave them alone for too long during the day. If you’re thinking of getting a Siamese cat and you do spend a lot of time away from home, you could consider getting two from the same family group so that they can keep each other company.
Weight issues in Siamese cats
Siamese cats are particularly prone to obesity so keep a close eye on their diet and speak to your vet if you are unsure how much to feed them. If you have more than one cat, give each of them a SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder to prevent bowl sharing and to keep their weight in check.
Regular exercise will also keep your cat trim so be sure to play with them regularly and give them opportunities to exercise on their own when you’re not at home. You can do this by installing a cat flap so that they can roam outside and putting scratching posts, towers and shelves that they can jump up onto around your home.
Brush your cat’s teeth
Siamese cats can be prone to dental problems due to the shape of their heads. Therefore, it’s important to brush their teeth using a special pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste. Allow your cat to get used to the taste of the toothpaste by dabbing some on their lips before moving onto using the toothbrush.
Grooming your cat
As Siamese cats have short fur, they require minimal brushing; once a week should be enough to keep their coat glossy and free of loose fur. It’s also a great bonding exercise as Siamese cats enjoy being groomed.
An intelligent breed
Siamese cats are very intelligent and can quickly learn how to open cupboards and drawers. Therefore, any cleaning products should be kept well out of reach. You may even need to put locks on cupboards that you don’t want your cat to have access to.