This article is from the Traditional Siamese Breed FAQ, by Laura Gilbreath email@example.com.
Are they outdoor cats?
No, no, no, no. Almost all breeders will sell kittens with a contract
stating that they be indoor-only cats, permitted outdoors only on a
leash. Too many outdoor cats end up as traffic fatalities, or are
severely injured by other animals. Breeders are very concerned with
the welfare of the kittens they produce, and usually take great pains
to insure that the kittens are going to good homes where they will be
well cared for. Since most of these kittens have never been outside,
they never miss it.
What health problems are they prone to?
Crossed eyes still crop up occasionally within the breed. Though
undesirable, this is not a problem for the cat, and does not affect
its behavior or longevity.
Kinked tails also show up occasionally, but this is merely a cosmetic
Other than that, there are no known defects that are specific to the
Traditional Siamese. As in most purebred animals, there are some
genetic problems that creep in from time to time, but responsible
breeders work very hard at keeping their lines as healthy as possible.
Things to watch for in any cat, purebred or not, include umbilical
hernias, heart murmurs, and kidney disease.
How big do they get?
In size, they are about what you think of when you think of an
average-sized generic cat. Males weigh from 11-15 pounds, and females
Where can I find Traditional Siamese breeders in my area?
Check the ads in the Siamese section of any cat magazine for breeders'
names. Look for those advertising "Traditionals" or "Appleheads".
The Traditional Cat Association (TCA) offers a kitten referral service
and Breeder's List. This list includes many breeders who are ethical
and offer healthy, purebred kittens. Contact:
18509 NE 279th St.
Battle Ground WA 98604