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This article is from the Traditional Siamese Breed FAQ, by Laura Gilbreath lgil@cts.com.

04 Traditional Siamese Breed: Frequently Asked Questions: 2

Do they scratch furniture?

Not usually - it's very easy to train them to use a scratching post,
and most breeders do this. In general, they prefer a nice carpet or
sisal-covered scratching post to your favorite sofa.

Are they noisy?

One of the traits a Siamese cat is known for is its voice. They can be
extremely loud, and sometimes it sounds like your cat is in absolute
torment, when in fact he's just trying to make a point. It's not
uncommon for people on the other end of the phone to ask if there is a
baby crying.

Traditionals tend to be less vocal than the modern cats - though some
have the harsh "you're killing me" voice, others have a rather quiet
meow. Some are non-stop talkers, while others don't talk unless they
have something important to say. The voice and conversational style is
apparent from kittenhood, so you'll know what you're getting into.

Do they have any bad habits?

When there are no people around, they like to be up high, and can
often be found on the top of bookcases, refrigerators, or curio
cabinets. If you can't find your cat, look up. It's probably best to
keep any breakables off of high shelves.

Some Siamese cats engage in a practice that denizens of rec.pets.cats
have dubbed "smurgling", wherein the cat holds a piece of material,
usually a blanket or sweater (but sometimes human skin), in its paws
and kneads it, while happily sucking and/or drooling on it. The eyes
are often glazed over, and the cat is usually purring loudly. This is
not a serious disorder. ( :-) for the humor-impaired.)

What are points?

Points refer to the face, ears, tail, and paws - the term is generally
used in combination with color. "Seal Point" means the cat has seal
colored (dark brown) points, while a "Blue Point" has blue (gray)
coloring.

Will a male or a female make a better pet?

Sex of the cat makes no difference as long as they are neutered/
spayed.

 

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