The Siamese cat personality is what makes this breed so extra-special. I believe that every cat breed has its own particular nature, and the temperament of the Siamese cat makes it quite unlike other breeds.
So just what is it about the Siamese cat personality that sets these cats apart?
They're fun-loving and adventurous – these are not placid, quiet cats. They love toys and games and the more active they are, the better. They adore being entertained.
Toys that rattle and jingle, 'adventure
playground' cat trees and cat condos and anything with feathers or fur
that looks vaguely like a bird or a mouse will all excite their interest.
They love stalking, so a piece of string (preferably with something
looking like a mouse attached and dragged round the house by you!) will
keep them entertained for hours. You'll probably get bored of playing long before they do!
Siamese cats are muscular and athletic and very graceful … except when they're not! They have an extraordinarily beautiful walk and they generally leap and pirouette with all the strength and precision of ballet dancers.
But there's a clown-like, clumsy side to their nature too, and they occasionally misjudge their intended target when jumping up on something, resulting in a rather undignified scrabble for balance.
When this type of thing happens their personality really shows. They'll pretend they have no idea what you're talking about - "who, me?" - by ignoring it completely and finding an urgent spot on their leg that needs licking.
These are very talkative cats who'll keep up a running commentary on everything you do.
have extraordinary voices that can communicate a wide range of commands
and emotions from a short, protesting grunt if they're unhappy about
being woken up or moved, through a mournful 'mmwwaahh' when they're
lonely, to a loud, strident yowl if they're hungry or want to be let out
- or in!
They love exploring and will get their noses and paws into everything. They enjoy fresh air and like the outdoors, so if yours is an outdoor cat it will investigate every nook and cranny of your garden and probably all your neighbors' gardens too.
Siamese cats kept indoors can become bored and neurotic if they don't have enough to entertain them, so if you have an indoor cat, make sure they have plenty to keep them occupied.
Otherwise they may just entertain themselves by digging up your carpets and tearing holes in your furniture – common behavior problems - so scratching posts are essential.
These cats are intelligent and clever; defining aspects of Siamese cat personality. They don't like being confined and if they're large enough can learn to open doors with lever handles (although round doorknobs do present them with a little more of a challenge).
A Siamese cat will also see an open window (even if it's just a little tiny crack) as both a challenge and an opportunity; a challenge to the escapist side of its nature and an opportunity to have some fun.
The Siamese cat personality is loving and loyal. They seem to need human contact more than other cats, and they form strong bonds with 'their' humans.
Although they have a sociable and generally outgoing nature, this possessive bond with their owners may sometimes make them aloof and shy with strangers.
But they don't like
being left alone and I've known several who, in the absence of their own
people, spent their days curled up on other people's sofas, returning
home only when it was time to eat!
Siamese cats are talkative, fun-loving and adventurous, intelligent and
clever, loving and loyal, sociable, graceful and, just very
occasionally, a little clumsy too. Have I missed anything? Of course! Like all cats, they do enjoy sleeping in the sun …
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