What Are Some Characteristics of Siamese Mix Cats?

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The traits of Siamese mix cats are typically similar to those of purebred Siamese cats. That’s due in part to the Siamese breed’s dominant gene structure. The Siamese mix cat’s personality can be very loving and affectionate, and this is an ideal breed if you’re looking for a friendly companion. Siamese mix cats are also often very vocal; they’re not afraid to let you know when they need your attention or want a treat or two. Because they’re relatively skilled as far as human-animal communication is concerned, these cats can be quite loyal, but they’re also highly playful and need mental stimulation because of their intelligence. Expect a social Siamese mix cat to need lots of toys to occupy their time with, particularly if you won’t be at home during the day to interact with your pets.

Siamese cats have a very rich history in Thailand — previously known as Siam, which is where their name comes from — dating back to the 1300s. Many ancient manuscripts describe them as beautiful creatures that stand for prosperity and grace. For the first century of their existence, Siamese cats were owned exclusively by royalty. They only made it to the western hemisphere in the late 1800s, when they were given to English royalty and then to American politicians as gifts.

Due to their centuries of isolation in Thailand, Siamese cats are more prone to diseases than other breeds and may have more trouble with their digestive systems than other breeds. They are also prone to respiratory issues, so if they start sneezing or vomiting excessively, they should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. Their teeth should be brushed two to three times a week to avoid gum disease, and their fur should be combed once a week to deter skin irritation.