This article is from the Traditional Siamese Breed FAQ, by Laura Gilbreath email@example.com.
Are Traditional Siamese friendly with other people?
Yes. They love people, and most will go right up to strangers and
demand to be petted. They have the somewhat perverse nature of most
cats, so are sometimes most attracted to people who either don't like
cats or are allergic to them.
How are they with children?
They are good family pets, and are very indulgent of small children -
they will tolerate liberties (not to be confused with ill-treatment)
from them that they will not take from adults. When they've had
enough, they simply make themselves unavailable. Most of them learn to
sheathe their claws when playing with people, and it is rare to be
Are they good with seniors?
With their mellow temperament they are very good with seniors - they
are marvelous companions and lap cats.
How are they with other pets?
When introduced at an early age, they will usually become friends with
dogs or other animals. An adult cat who is already used to dogs is a
wonderful "teacher" for puppies entering the home as a pet.
How many cats should I have?
Single cats in a household do fine, though they can get lonely if left
alone during the day, and will therefore demand more of your attention
in the evenings. Two cats, especially if they are close in age, become
good friends and are often found sleeping or playing together and
grooming each other. But they still crave human attention, too.
Are they intelligent?
They are very intelligent - which does not necessarily mean that they
are easy to train. Each cat has a different personality - some, if you
tell them "No" once, will desist from the activity forever, while
those with the more mischievous natures, though they know it's
forbidden, will merely wait until you're not around, and then do it
anyway. :-) Many Traditional Siamese are quite adept at teaching
humans the game of fetch or other tricks. Some cats will readily learn
to walk on a harness and leash. These behaviors are far more
successful if introduced at an early age.