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Care Guide

This page will help you learn more about Siamese cats and what it takes to own and properly care for one.

General Care

Grooming and Bathing

Siamese cats generally have smooth fine hair, so grooming and maintaining the coat is not an issue and they do a good job of keeping themselves clean. You will want to occasionally brush them, as it will help with shedding.

Bathing is not usually necessary, unless their coat is unusually dirty do to outside elements or other factors.

Feeding

You need to provide a constant supply of food and water for your Siamese. It is recommended that they always have access to dry food and fresh water. Wet food may be something that you want to consider giving them, depending on what their diet calls for. It is probably a good idea to change their water out a couple of times per day, as hair and other airborne things tend to settle in the water.

You should stick with trusted food brands such as Iams or Science Diet, and buy a formula that is specific for the size of your cat and its health needs (i.e. kitten formula, hairball formula, etc.)

If you plan to go on a trip, or will be away from your house for an extended amount of time, consider using self feeding and watering products that have a large capacity tank or container that keeps the food and water flowing. You can also ask a friend or relative to come over and make sure their food and water supply is ok.

Environment and Safety

Before buying a Siamese cat, you should examine your environment and figure out what risks, if any, exist for a potential feline companion. A new kitten will be curious and want to explore its new home, and many dangers may present themselves if not protected against.

Take care to close off any dangerous places where a kitten can get stuck, including washers and dryers, old refrigerators, and basements with sump pumps that have an opening.

Beyond physical dangers, you must consider the other humans living around you and how they will interact with a new cat in the house. Children are the top concern, and you need to make sure that they are supervised at all times around your new Siamese.

Make sure that your Siamese has its own set of toys to play with. This will help keep your cat healthy and happy and reduce the risk that they will get into trouble on their own.

If you take the steps to provide a safe environment, then you will have nothing to worry about when your furry buddy is roaming the house.

Litter box

Keeping a clean litter box is one of the most important chores in owning a Siamese cat. We recommend using a clay type litter such as Tidy Cats, and scooping it out one or two times a day. (Clumping litter is not recommended, as cats can ingest it and then it will expand, causing blockages and other dangerous health risks). You should actually change the litter out at least once a week and clean the box itself before filling up with new litter.

If you have or plan on getting more than one cat, you should consider getting the largest box possible, or maybe even two. The litter box should be placed in a low traffic and quiet area of the house. Your Siamese will appreciate the privacy!

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Health Issues

Hairballs

Siamese, like most other cats, run the risk of developing hairballs. They groom themselves often, and more than likely will get a hairball at some point.

Brushing them as often as possible will help the situation, but there are other preventive measures you can take to help with hairball development.

Hairball formula food, such as Iams Hairball can help reduce the risk of developing hairballs. There are also malt flavored products that will loosen hairballs up.

Declawing

We do not recommend declawing, as it is a painful and often unnecessary approach to take with your Siamese.

You can easily maintain your cat's claws by clipping them on a regular basis. Plastic caps are also available to help with scratching and clawing of furniture as an alternative. Buy a scratching post or turbo scratcher, and show your cat that it is ok to use these toys but not ok to claw up the furniture.

In our opinion, the only time declawing a cat should be considered is for medical reasons, or if very small children are present in the house and it is viewed to be a danger to the child and you want to keep your Siamese.

Teeth/Dental

Brushing your cats teeth should be included in your maintenance schedule, and if you start early with a Siamese kitten, you will be surprised at just how easy it can be. Teeth that are not cared for properly will develop problems over time and the gums will become diseased. This can spread to other parts of the body and cause major health problems if not taken care of.

Beyond brushing, it may be a good idea to feed them plaque fighting treats and put a special fluoride solution in their water on a daily basis.

Vet Visits

You will need to establish a relationship with a veterinarian that is close to your home. Your Siamese should be taken in on a regular basis to get required booster and rabies shots, and for health checkups.

If your cat will be kept indoors (which we highly recommend) then it may not be necessary to get some of the shots that are available.

The main reason to establish a good relationship with a vet, is to be able to ask questions and monitor the health of your Siamese as they grow.

Use common sense and create an environment that your Siamese can be safe and have fun in. You will be glad you did!

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