VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital



Basic Siamese Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Weight: 5 - 8 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Siamese

Siamese Traits

  • Lap Cat
  • Intelligence
  • Ease of Training
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Chattiness

Siamese History

  • Reigns as one of the oldest domesticated cat breeds, dating back to 14th Century Siam (now Thailand).
  • Once cherished as members of the Siam royal family and high-ranking priests.
  • Bestowed as gifts to visiting dignitaries from Europe by Siam royalty in the 1800s.
  • First known Siamese in the United States belonged to First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes in the late 1800s.
  • The Siamese was used in cross-breeding to create newer breeds, including the Balinese, Burmese, Himalayan, Ocicat and Tonkinese.

Siamese Behavior Concerns

  • Extremely active yet affectionate.
  • Very loving, loyal and engaging with their favorite people and pets in the household.
  • Big talkers, Siamese are capable of producing a variety of sounds, including one that resembles a human baby's cry.
  • Favor being paired with another cat, especially another Siamese in the family.
  • Determined climbers, they need suitable, sturdy cat trees and shelves to prevent them from climbing drapes or window blinds.
  • Can exhibit anxiety from being left home alone by over grooming, possibly leading to psychogenic alopecia.
  • Young Siamese are prone to wool sucking and PICA (eating non-food items).

Look of Siameses

  • With exotic Asian looks, the Siamese sports a long, lean, lithe and tubular body with a triangle-shaped head, oversized ears and oval-shaped blue eyes.
  • Ears, face, tail and feet are darker than the body.
  • Four main types of Siamese are seal point, chocolate, blue and lilac.
  • Kinked tails and crossed eyes were more common in earlier generations of Siamese, but careful breeding has reduced the incidents of these physical traits.
  • One of the inaugural breeds accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1906.

Grooming Siamese Cats

  • The Siamese coat becomes progressively darker with age.
  • Its short, silky coat requires minimal maintenance and yields little shedding.
  • Running a quick comb once a week is ample to remove dead hair in the coat.
  • Fastidious cleaners, the Siamese rarely needs to be bathed.

Suggested Nutritional Needs for Siameses

Please consult with your veterinarian about the type of dieta nd amount to feed your cat during their different life stages. Different breeds may have a greater risk of obesity based upon their diet, metabloism, activity and age. Thus, your veterinarian is your best source for information on this topic.

Fun Facts of Siameses

  • Siamese have been part of the White House pet family during three presidencies: Rutherford B. Hayes, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
  • Starred in the 1965 Disney classic, That Darn Cat with Dean Jones.
  • Regarded as a natural breed because no other cat is needed to create its specific Asian appearance.

Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 203-272-3266. We are located at 1572 S. Main St. Cheshire, CT 06410.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.