Siamese kittens are born with an eye defect that causes them to stare blankly into their eyes. Their lack of eye contact is so severe that even people standing just next to them cannot see them staring. It can be incredibly difficult for this breed to maintain eye contact with you or anyone else. Their owners usually notice this early on in the training process and rush to the veterinarian to have the kitten’s eyes tested. If the test is negative, the owner(s) can breathe a sigh of relief as it means the kitten will not need corrective eyewear for the rest of its life.
There is another common problem found in Siamese kittens. Their eyes are dark-colored, but when they blink the light stays on the colored part of the eyeball. This leads to a condition known as crossed eyes. When your Siamese kitten stares into the eyes of another animal and the dark-colored portion of the eyeball stays on the other animal’s face, this is considered crossing the eyes. In this case, the kitten has crossed its eyes.
Another eye problem in many breeds of cats is a condition known as “sitting out.” When a Siamese kitten is born, he may sit up straight, but he will eventually lean his back against his mother as she sleeps. The weight of his chin on her back will cause this kitty to slump back into his mother’s pouch. It is possible to correct this behavior by gently nudging your kitty out of his slumber, but if your cat is still sitting after several attempts at this treatment, it is time to head to the vet.
The ears of Siamese kittens can be an issue. They droop and stick out because of a lack of growth in their ears. Some kittens will have their ears pinched closed by the hair before they can completely outgrow them. If you notice drooping ears in your new kitten, don’t be alarmed. All he is experiencing is a temporary condition.
The teeth of Siamese kittens can be a problem. Their mouths are small and their teeth do not grow in until they are four months old. If you notice that your new kitten has yellowish colored mottling in his or her mouth, it could be due to an infection caused by fleas. These are easily treated with medication, and most cats with fleas will stop having them after they are two to three weeks of age.
One more important characteristic to consider when choosing a Siamese kitten is the personality. While Siamese cats are exceptionally friendly and loving, they can also be stubborn at times. This breed was originally bred for herding purposes, so the instinct to herd animals can be difficult for this breed. This can also mean that when socializing with other cats, you may find that your new cat will be shy and dominant. These traits are common among all Siamese cats, but the first lady is said to have a more docile personality.
The final character trait to consider is the voice of the breed. The sweetest voice of this breed is called a “squeaky voice.” Others have described it as a “honking” voice, a “surprised” voice, or a “tossing” voice. It seems to depend on the tone of the voice that is used. Many people compare Siamese cats with British Bulldogs, which have a similar voice quality.
While Siamese cats can be wonderful pets, they require a lot of grooming. Especially if they are young, they will shed a lot. So, a grooming schedule that includes a high level of consistency and regular brushing will go a long way in keeping your fur cat completely white. You should also invest in a good brush with very short hair for the grooming sessions.