simese cats

United States
March 9, 2008 2:52pm CST
I am thinking about getting a cat, but I don't want all that cat hair around. I am thinking of getting a simeese, since they are smart and short-haired. Does anyone here owns a simese cat (God, I don't even know how it spells) and can tell me a bit about this breed? What are they like? Do they shed a lot of hair? All info is very appreciated
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@reeseyj (906)
• United States
9 Mar 08
We had a siemese cat before and it wasnt very nice but some of the characteristics of a siemese is they are very attached to there owners and you can take them for walks. If you like long hair cats but dont like shedding try an exotic persian, they are georgeuse and do not shed.
• United States
10 Mar 08
Hi, reeseyj! Thank you so much for your response. Can you tell me if siemese cats shed a lot? Why was your cat not nice? The reason I am looking at siemese breed is that I had a siemese mix once. She was like a dog! She would defend me just like a dog would if someone was not nice to me. She was exceptionally smart and even learned to use the toilet! But she hated when I would leave the house and always spoiled my clothes (on purpose!) by prying open my closet (no matter how I'd try to close it), pulling clothes off hungers and laying on them! What was your siemese like?
@reeseyj (906)
• United States
10 Mar 08
Try this site just so you can see what they look like www.purfurvid.com/
• United States
10 Mar 08
Hi, reseyj! Thank you for the link. I don't think persians are for me (they say I have to comb them once a day!). As a busy working single mom, I need to find the time to comb my own hair! Forget about the cat's hair... My son wants a kitten, and I don't mind because mice and roaches freak me out. I've seen a mouse in my home. She might have been "just visiting" - no droppings or any other signs. But that spooked me. I also have "visiting" roaches (nyc). They are rare, I have combat all over the place. But still... Somehow, cats deter roaches, and certainly mice. So that's good. Also, cats need little attention. I just don't more cleaning. I had a dog that shed like crazy (and she was short-haired). She also developed bowel control problems at her old age. So when she was gone 2 yrs ago, I was releived - even though I've raised her since puppyhood. Now my apt is so neat and clean... But I know I should give in to my son - it's good for kids to learn to care for someone other than themselves...
• United States
10 Mar 08
I would say that Siamese cats shed about as much as any other shorthair cat. But, of all the Siamese cats and Siamese-mix cats that I've had, none have ever gotten a hairball and I didn't see piles of their hair everywhere. They're really great cats and not all of them are like the one that you used to have. But, they really do get attached to a specific person in the household and will follow you around like a dog or even play fetch. As for walking on a leash, that seems to only work if you start them while they are kittens.
• United States
10 Mar 08
Thanks, desertarlene! My siamese mix was my most favorite pet ever. God, that girl was smart! Even as a kitten, she used to catch and eat IMAGINARY MICE! Since then I had a Gray African parrot and a dog of unknown mix that I found in a shelter, and never i saw these animals to play in pretend.. And they were smart too, especially the parrot..
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I have always had Siamese from the time I was 5 years old. They're great cats, at times they seem more like dogs than cats! I have three right now, two boys and a girl. Murphy (the girl) and Khuay (one of the boys) are laid back and easy going. They are very loving and gentle and will talk to you if you talk to them. Willy is a surprise as he was very independent and out going as a kitten. I expected him to be a real trouble maker and not too interested in being close. He is the opposite! He loves to be right beside me when I am doing things, sleeps as close as he can get to me, walks right beside me in the "heel" position that you expect of your dogs. He is talkative and is very smart. When Siamese are young kittens they are very active and will investigate everything. Khuay is a paper ripper. He loves to shred rolls of paper towels. I woke up one morning to having it look like it snowed in my bedroom because I left a roll of paper towels sitting where he could find it. They also are excellent hunters, and you will never find a rodent, spider or snake in your house. Of course they were bred to be protectors so they will do their job. I don't find a lot of hair from the Siamese. They don't get hairballs often and if you start them when they are young they will learn to love not only being brushed but also being bathed! I had one that would beat me to my bubble bath...it was rather unsettling to find a black face sitting happily in between all those bubbles! They are characters that you will absolutely adore and will have a wonderful time teaching them tricks etc. I have had many Siamese that will retrieve for me and they loved the game. I also had one that had a ball stealing socks and hiding them (I always found the hiding place). They will bond with the person who gives them the most attention, but if everyone in the family loves them they will share their time with the whole family. Contrary to popular belief, Siamese are NOT mean. As with any animal, you can make them mean. But if you treat the kitten with the gentle respect that you would give a human baby you'll find that the kitten will grow up being a gentle member of the family. Depending how you want the kitten to be in the house, you might want to watch the litter and see if you would prefer an out going one or one that is more reserved. I have also found that if you want the cat to be really close, choose one. If you want a more independent cat get two of them; as their attention will focus on each other. I will never be without a Siamese. They're like pop corn. You won't be satisfied with owning only one in your lifetime.
• Canada
10 Apr 08
I have 2 Siamese cats, or I should perhaps say they have me. They are brother and sister from 2 different litters.We got our boy as a playmate for his sister as she really needed one! This has led us to believe that they're better off in pairs. Ours are pretty easy going and very friendly. They want to say hello to everyone that comes to our house. They don't shed much at all, being a very short haired breed. Mine hate cold weather and spend winters curled up in a warm spot in the house, on the heating vent if they can! They're a very intelligent breed and love to spend time with their humans. Ours aren't really all that vocal,but my husband and I are pretty good at reading their body language, so maybe they don't need to be. They aren't very docile, however. Our female doesn't like to be picked up and in general has a lot of "attitude". It's her world, we just live in it. Siamese can be very affectionate,though. Ours certainly are. They DO wnat you to spend more time with them some other breeds may require and their intelligence requires regular playtime and stimulation. Also, if you don't want them to have something, make sure you put it away somewhere they can't get to it as they're great problem solvers. If you're getting a kitten, make your house safe as you would for a human baby. Ours are about 3 years old now and I'm convinced they're about as smart as most human toddlers. I think I'll always have a couple of Siamese cats in my life!