A General Overview
As the name suggests, the Siamese cat breed is originated from Thailand (previously known as Siam). The Thai meaning of the Siamese word is the moon diamond. Siamese cats can live between 12 and 15 years in general, some cats can make it to the age of 20 years old. But overall, the 15 years is the general maximum average age. People prefer Siamese cats because they are sociable, ongoing, playful and affectionate. Training a Siamese cat is super easy due to their intelligent nature and ability to learn quickly.
Siamese Cat Size and Appearance
Siamese cats are generally medium-sized; Siamese male cats weigh around 8 to 12 pounds (5.44 kg) while females weigh up to 8 pounds (3.63 kg). In general, they are known for their gorgeous blue eyes, kinked tails that usually wrap around tables or between their human legs. In addition, they have long straight noses with long bodies.
Generally speaking, there are two main types of Siamese cats that you can easily recognize. The first one is the traditional Siamese that has a wedge-shaped triangular head with a long body. The second one has a rounded head with a stockier body and long hair.
Longevity and Health
Unfortunately, the Siamese cat has a higher rate of death compared to several cat breeds. There are some health factors that can affect the lifespan of Siamese cat such as difficulties in breathing, glaucoma, calcium oxalate bladder stones, chronic renal failure and crossed eyes. As a result of these health issues, the cat’s lifespan can negatively be affected.
As a caring pet parent, all you can think about is making sure that your Siamese cat stays in good health for as long as possible. Keeping your cat healthy requires routine veterinary checkups, a well-balanced nutritionally diet, much love and attention, and a lot of physical exercising to keep them fit and active.
What prolongs a Siamese cat’s life expectancy?
In general, every breed has at least a weak spot, accordingly purebred cats are more exposed to genetic health problems. In order to make sure that your Siamese cat is safe and potentially will live longer, get them tested for common genetic problems. Therefore, you will not worry about any serious health conditions that show up at all.
In other words, you have to make sure you take your Siamese cat to the vet for regular checkups and also make sure their vaccinations are up to date. Regular vet checkups will help the vet detect any possible health problems at early stages, as a result, your cat will be given a chance to get a full recovery.
Giving your Siamese cat all the up-to-date vaccinations will protect them from feline transmitted diseases and/or cancers that usually linked with leukemia virus.
How to encourage longevity in Siamese Cats?
In fact, there is no certain way to tell how long will your Siamese cat live. But as a caring Siamese parent, you should consider the following things to make sure your cat maintains good health and stays happy for a long time.
Regular exercise can help your Siamese cat maintain a healthy, long and happy life. The best way to ensure this is to keep your cat active, encourage them to jump and climb as well as playing with them. Keeping your Siamese cat indoors will prevent them from getting into fights with other cats over territory.
Keeping your Siamese cat indoors will do wonders for her life expectancy. Despite common beliefs, cats aren’t any less happy living inside and your kitty won’t mind it one bit!
The indoor living will prevent your kitty from getting into fights with other cats for females or territory and diminish the chances of her being hit by a car.
A Well-balanced Nutritious Diet
A nutritious diet extends the longevity of your Siamese cat as well as keeping them healthy. Consider a diet that is high in protein and low in carbs with moderate fat levels to keep them fit.
What shortens a Siamese cat lifespan?
Speaking about the life expectancy, the Siamese cat breed is one of the longest-lived breeds. However, they can be affected by several health problems and diseases such as:
This disease occurs when the protein amyloid is collected in several organs and lead to damage replacing the normal cells. The amyloid deposits inside the liver and disturb its normal function for some Siamese cats. As time goes by, the liver becomes unable to function leading to liver failure.
Siamese cats can suffer from Asthma in the same way that people suffer. This medical condition is recognized by the inflammation of airways inside a Siamese cat’s lungs. When a cat suffers from an asthmatic attack, usually their airways make it almost impossible for the cat to take a breath normally. The symptoms of asthma may include wheezing, coughing, and difficulties breathing. You have to keep in mind that asthma is a serious medical issue that can sometimes be a deadly one. Therefore, you have to get your Siamese cat checked regularly by the vet and take them immediately to the vet if you think they have an asthmatic attack.
This is a congenital condition where the blood flow from the heart to other areas in the body gets affected. The most known symptoms for this medical issue include fatigue, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you do not treat this disease, it could lead to heart failure.
Gingivitis is not considered a deadly disease, however, it can be extremely painful that it can negatively affect the quality of the Siamese cat’s life. It is the first phase of periodontal disease that you can avoid by maintaining regular dental hygiene.
There are some common respiratory problems including upper respiratory infections and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) that can be found in young Siamese kittens and these problems can be treated quickly.
Around a third of Siamese cats have a modified gene related to progressive retinal atrophy. Fortunately, your Siamese cat won’t show symptoms if they have only one gene while if two carriers have kittens, they will display symptoms. On the other hand, Siamese cat eye problems include feline glaucoma.