If you’re ready to learn about the Blue Point Siamese cat, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you’ve spotted a kitten for sale and want to do some research before getting yourself a new family member, or perhaps you saw some pictures of this beautiful breed online and are eager to find out more.
Either way, this guide should help you prepare to care for this breed and hopefully let you know whether this is the type of cat for you.
From their personalities to the best types of cat food for them, we will go over a wide range of topics to help you give them the best care. First, let us start with a list of things to keep in mind before deciding whether or not you should buy one.
What to Keep in Mind Before Owning a Blue Point Siamese Cat
Blue Point Siamese cats are often noted for their beauty and personality. Their bodies are mostly white with grayish markings on their ears, legs, and tail. Their eyes are a sharp, beautiful baby blue, and they have the notable feature of any Siamese cat, such as triangular ears, slim and long bodies, and long tails.
They have been popular for quite some time, which drives up the price for these kitties. They can cost anywhere between $600 – $2000 depending on their care conditions. In an effort to protect animal welfare, we always advocate for adopting through registered breeders or shelters.
Since you will be spending a pretty penny on these cats, it is important to understand their personalities and how much you will probably spend on them through their life. They are very energetic and intelligent; hence they require lots of attention. Buying them toys and providing stimulation is key to having them act on their best behavior.
If not enough stimulation or attention is given, their boredom may translate to mischievous behavior. Mischievous behavior aside, they are very friendly and sociable, and contrary to popular belief, incredibly affectionate. Though some people believe owning a cat is easy because they do not require attention or tend to be aloof, that is not always the case.
If you work and will have to leave your cat alone, we suggest leaving this breed with a family member. We discuss their ideal atmosphere/living situation in more detail later.
With regards to their health, these cats have been known to have several medical problems, including eye problems, lung disease, and certain cancers.
Be wary of where you buy them. Just because you get a low price does not mean you are getting a good deal.
Now that you have some idea of what to expect with a Blue Point Siamese cat let us talk about the environment they will thrive in.
If you have children at home or own another cat, then you are in luck. Blue Point Siamese cats are friendly and do well with children and other cats. They do well with dogs, too, if properly introduced, and if your dog themself is cat-friendly.
With that said, if they are your first cat and you want to add another pet to your home, then they may not do so well. They adapt easily with established pets, but not so great when they are the established pet, and you are adding a family member.
They tend to connect to one person in a household. Of course, they will get along with multiple people, but as a child does, they latch on to their caregiver. These cats are quite noisy, so if you are looking for a quiet home, then this is not the cat for you.
The best home environment is a lively home with a family. You want to minimize the time they spend at home alone as much as possible, and you want to engage them. What is not ideal is a small apartment where there is only one person, and that one person has to leave them alone while they go to work.
These cats cannot handle all that alone time and can become depressed. You can, however, always be creative and make your environment work, so long as you put their needs above your wants.
How to Care for a Blue Point Siamese’s Health
Nutrition, exercise, and access to medical care will increase the lifespan of your Blue Point Siamese furball. Your cat will reciprocate the love and attention you give to it, so it is worth providing the absolute best care for them. We will take a look at their lifespan and give you tips on how to keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible.
The average lifespan of these types of cats is typically around 10-12 years. To keep them living their best life for as long as possible, proper nutrition and exercise are advised. Blue Point Siamese cats are very active and need a lifestyle that supports this trait.
To compensate for their high energy, they should eat foods high in protein and fats and eat healthy carbs. Dry or wet foods both work, but the best foods are home-cooked meals. Often in canned foods, they are packed with by-products like artificial preservatives, colors, and other flavors.
If you can provide a home-cooked meal, then that is great, but we know that not every cat owner has the time to make a meal every day. Most people treat themselves by eating out a couple of times a week, so having your cat eat canned food is not the worst thing ever.
The brand Blue Buffalo and their Blue Buffalo Healthy Gourmet Natural wet cat food are highly recommended and it is a good brand to start with. You can buy a 24 pack of cans for an affordable price. They contain no by-products, have a wide variety of recipes, and are all-natural. They also have no added wheat or corn, which is usually added in other canned foods as a thickening agent.
The Wellness Complete Health Minced Grain-Free Canned Wet Cat Food is also another great option. You can get a pack of 24 for around the same price as the Blue Buffalo brand, and they also have several flavors. Again, just like Blue Buffalo, there are no added artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and they do not add any extra thickening agents either. They come with lean meats, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables.
For dry food, we recommend the Royal Canin Siamese Breed Adult Dry Cat Food, which is specifically made for this breed of cats. This is meant to specifically meet the nutritional needs of Siamese cats that are one year or older, so just keep that in mind.
They consider many details, such as the shape of the food to promote oral health. It is shaped like a ring to reduce the amount of intake and increase their chewing. It supports healthy digestion with digestible proteins and prebiotics and helps them maintain their slim yet muscular figure with high protein and moderate fat levels.
With the targeted levels of vitamins, fatty acids, and amino acids, this kibble nourishes and maintains the breed’s signature coat. If you have a kitten, this brand’s dry food for young kittens is wonderful too.
It is not directly aimed at Siamese kittens, but it is overall great kibble to maintain your future baby’s health. It is packed with vitamins, proteins, and minerals to accommodate for their high energy at their young age.
If your cat has developed health issues, certain types of foods are meant to work around their health conditions. There are foods specifically made for: sensitive stomachs, weight management, free of potential allergens, etc.
It is always advised that you consult with your veterinarian first for establishing a diet and before you decide to make a switch in their diet. Lastly, make sure they drink plenty of water. They will know where their primary food and water bowl are, but you can add water bowls to places they frequently visit if you have extra bowls or space.
The Blue Point Siamese breed’s nature is quite playful, so keeping them fit should not be too difficult. They are highly intelligent, and you can train them fairly easily. Some ideas you might want to explore include electronic or moving toys that they can chase around the house, a cat tower, or anything vertical for them to climb up and down from.
If you have space and time, you can work on agility training like running through tubes, weaving through poles, and leaping through loops. These are just some ideas, but the most important part is that you and your feline friend have fun together performing these activities.
There are several problems that Blue Point Siamese cats can develop. We have to acknowledge the reality, and it is better to understand their risk early so you as an owner can do what you can to prevent these issues from getting worse.
Of all the different cat breeds, Siamese cats are the most prone to progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). It is usually caused by a small gene pull but is a trait that is being bred out. What this condition entails is the degeneration of the retina, and the cat slowly becomes blind.
A health screening is necessary. Besides that, they don’t have great night vision and can get into accidents at night. There is also the issue of lens luxation that can also lead to blindness. Unfortunately, PRA can not be treated, but lens luxations can be.
Another issue Siamese cats (or cats in general) may run into is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease. This is another disease that has no cure, but with great care and medication, you can increase the quality of your cat’s life.
With this disease, the muscular walls of a cat’s heart thicken, making it difficult for the heart to be efficient. Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, difficulty breathing, etc. You can do a health screening for genetic testing to see if your future little one is at risk.
Other Health Issues
Unfortunately, Siamese cats are prone to diseases because they are a pedigree breed. This includes liver disease, pancreatitis, cancer, asthma, lower airway disease, and bronchial disease. Some of these are more manageable, and others, like pancreatitis, can be fatal.
Cats deserve to live a high-quality life, and Blue Point Siamese cats are beautiful creatures that deserve a home with a wonderful caretaker. Though there are some health issues at hand, genetic testing and health screenings are a good way to see if you have the capacity to care for whatever issues you run into.
Some problems are more manageable than others, but knowing your limitations will help you provide the best care for your cat. They, in return, provide lots of love and affection.
We are glad that you took the time to do your research and find whether Blue Point Siamese cats fit your home and lifestyle. They are beautiful, intelligent, and active little furry balls of energy that give back so much love and affection.
They are pretty bold, loud, and attention-seeking, which are some of the most desirable qualities about them. They are also a breed of cats that need a great deal of care. From their personalities to their health, special attention is needed, and having a good veterinarian could expand and improve their quality of life.
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