Siamese Cat Breed Traits and Personalities

Siamese Cat Breed Traits and Personalities

The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat and is one of the several varieties of cat native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam) and became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 20th century. One of the most mysterious Siamese cat breed traits was that they were thought to bring good fortune to their owners. Siamese cats are one of the most recognized and one of the most popular short-haired cats.

Siamese cat breed traits and personalities make the Siamese cat an exc

The modern Siamese cat breed traits are characterized by:

  • elongated, tubular, and muscular body;
  • light blue, almond-shaped eyes;
  • a triangular head shape, forming a perfect triangle from the tip of the nose to each tip of the ear;
  • large wide-based ears positioned towards the side of the head;
  • long neck and a slender tail;
  • short, glossy, fine fur with no undercoat;
  • and point coloration (a form of partial albinism).

Aside from the coloration, the modern Siamese cat bears little resemblance to the original stock, and the more moderate, traditional or “old-style” Siamese, with a much rounder head and body, has been re-established by multiple registries as the Thai cat.)

In the United States, a major cat registry, the Cat Fanciers’ Association, considers only the four original fur colors as Siamese: seal point, blue point, chocolate point, and lilac point.

Siamese cat breed traits and personalities make the Siamese cat an excellent choice for a pet.

Other Siamese Cat Breed Traits

There are several different colors to this breed, but they are mostly known for their light-colored bodies with darker areas throughout, particularly around the feet, tail, legs, or face. Siamese cats weigh between 6-16 lbs, (3-7 kg). Their eyes are bright and somewhat slanted – which is another clue that the cat is a pure Siamese.

Temperament and Personality

Siamese cat breed traits and personalities make the Siamese cat an excellent choice for a pet
One of the Siamese cat breed traits that you should be aware of if you’re looking for a [quiet] cat is that some Siamese cats are extremely vocal, with a loud, low-pitched voice (known as “Meezer”). This ‘talking’ that has been compared to the cries of a human baby, and persistent in demanding attention, to the point of aggravation to the pet owner. (I speak from experience.)

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, the Siamese cat may not be for you.

Siamese cats demand a lot of attention and often bond strongly and can become dependant on their owners. These cats love to play, are intelligent, and being the most social breed of cats, they also crave interaction, enjoy being with people and are sometimes described as “extroverts.”

Siamese cats, due to their desire to be near people or other cats, occasionally suffer from depression if left alone for extended periods of time, and it is for this reason that Siamese cats are often bought in pairs so that they can keep each other company.

Health and Life Span

Major health issues with Siamese cats are neoplasms, mainly mammary tumors. These cats are at higher risk of neoplastic and gastrointestinal problems but have a lower risk of feline lower urinary tract disease. The Siamese also has a higher rate of morbidity.

The median life span of the Siamese breed is between 10-12.5 years, having a higher rate of mortality compared to other breeds.


In my opinion, Siamese cat breed traits and personalities make the Siamese cat an excellent choice for a pet if you don’t mind a noisy (but interesting) pet. Even though these cats are emotionally high maintenance, they do not need a lot of maintenance about grooming.

Sources: Wikipedia ~ The Cat Fanciers’ Organization

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  1. I have been owned by SEVEN wonderful Siamese cats over the years. My 1st, Pyewacket, decided he owned me when he was only about 2 weeks old way back in 1985. His Grandparents were brought over from Thailand so he had an “apple” face. He was only with me for 5 years before he crossed the rainbow bridge. He was my guard-cat and definitely tightly bound to me and ONLY me. I still miss him. Next came Pyedeaux (Pye-der) & Blitz in 1990. I purchased Pye from what I later learned was a cat-mill. Blitz was going to be destroyed because he wasn’t perfect – his eye was funky. I said I’d take him and I got 2 for the price of one. I know that mill is now out of business. I wonder how they got reported after Pye & Blitz & I went home? Anyway, those two were a loud riot around my house for about 4 years before I had to rehome them due to excessive family allergies (never again!). Many years later, in 2003, I found out about the Siamese Cat Rescue and contacted them in 2004 when I was ready to have “Meezers around me again. I adopted FOUR Siamese kittens this time. Rudy was an apple-faced, snowshoe with seal coloring and the most loving cat on the planet! He was supposed to be my younger daughter’s owner but he chose the entire family instead. Silver was an apple-faced, silver lynx point, snowshoe, who wound up being my older daughter’s owner. Rascal was an apple faced, Chocolate point & Pyewacket III (Pyder) is an apple faced, Seal point with VERY crossed eyes which makes him a bit skittery when you come at him from the front. Rascal & Pyder were brothers. Rascal was my owner until he passed over the rainbow bridge. Pyder is an amazing love-bug who is still with me. He is coming up on his 12th year with me. He owns me now & he knows it. The others passed on 2 & 3 years ago, but Pyder, remains. Even though I prefer being chosen by kittens, I understand the need for good homes for older ‘Meezers who have lost their homes, so my next adoptions will likely be older cats who need a forever home to call their own. They’ll have to be able to tolerate Rayven, though, she’s my Pitt-Shephard mix that I adopted through the AASPCA when she was 11 months old. She’s almost 6 now. It turns out that she is instinctively an indicator dog for when I have bad days with my MS. She’s used to cats. They rule and she knows it. Lol. When Rayven is gone, I’ll go back to being strictly a cat-person. And you can count on my cats being Siamese!

    • Hi, Kim! Wow, that’s quite a story. You’re a real-life Siamese person for sure. You must have so many amazing stories to tell. Thank you for sharing with us, and kudos to your one dog. He’s obvious one smart mutt to respect the cats. 🙂 I’m glad you stopped by Animal Bliss, and I hope you’ll come again.

  2. All our Siamese have lived past 16, the oldest, Metoo living to the grand old age of 19. He talked, sang, sat on my shoulder like a parrot when I took the dog for a walk, and because I started when he was a kitten, loved having a warm bath in the sink especially when he got older & stiffer.

    • Aww, Metoo sounds like he was such a fun cat, sitting on your shoulder during dog walks. That’s hilarious. I’m glad all your cats lived long lives. I have a 20-year-old tabby and she’s doing very well. Thank you, Kate, for visiting Animal Bliss. I hope you’ll visit us again. 🙂

  3. I had no idea Siamese have a shorter life span! I’ve always suspected Bear has some Siamese in him … from his build, to his talkative nature. I have to say, I like that he talks … though I’m not always appreciative when he’s caterwauling at passing cats outside at 3am or howling on the way to the vet!

    • We took in 4 feral cats this year – trapped them all and had them spayed and neutered. They’ve become tame enough to come into the house for visits and to get fed. One of them has pretty much become a housecat. He’s sitting in my lap as I write. But anyway, 3 of them are gray, and one has the Siamese coloration. He’s beautiful. I call him Siam, or Sam. Thanks for stopping by!


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