One of the common factors cat owners consider before bringing a cat home is the behavioral problem aspect. As a matter of fact, cat behavior problem rank as the number one reason people give up on their cats! It is a sad fact indeed. Well, what about the Siamese cat behavior problems?
While the Siamese cat is known for her sociable nature, it is also possible to witness behavioral problems in her. Therefore, you must pay attention to your feline friend to detect any change inhabits. Note that we are usually the cause of various behavioral problems in pets. Since the domestication of cats, they have relied on humans. I mean, we feed them, play, and even provide sleeping spaces in our houses.
Below, we are going to discuss some of the most common behavior problems Siamese cat owners’ face on a day to day life:
- Attention Seeking
- They crave to be dominant
- They are compulsive
- Vulnerable to separation anxiety
- Scratching and hair-pulling when bored
Due to their sociable nature, the siamese cat may require a lot of attention. Sometimes, no matter how much you want to spend time with her, it is going to be impossible. For instance, if you have to work from the office, you may not be able to give her all the attention she needs.
In return, a siamese cat will not take ignorance too lightly. It is going to be very frustrating for her when you do not spend the morning cuddling or that evening grooming session. Well, if you are looking for a fulltime companion, a siamese cat is the best choice for you.
On the other hand, if you do not have as much time to spend with your cat, I would advise you against getting a siamese cat. Do not get me wrong, she is adorable and quite friendly, even with children and other cats.
When you fair to provide your cat with the attention she seeks, she can turn out to be destructive. Some cats start spraying urine while others will ruin your furniture.
She craves domination
Even though the siamese cat breed is adorable and all calm, she does love to dominate. This is especially if you have other cats or pets around your home. Note that as with all the other cat breeds, your cat is territorial.
This means that she is going to fight for her place in the household. Do not be surprised when she starts a fight with other cats or pets. You might consider separating her from the rest for a while. Then gradually introduce her to her counterparts. This way, you will ensure that the two live peacefully and even enjoy each other’s attention.
The Siamese cat will be compulsive
These cats, once again due to their friendly nature, get attached to their human companions. Well, they also tend to be very expressive. Therefore, do not be surprised when your cat won’t stop obsessing in compulsive behavior.
Some cats will chew and lick their paws hence causing self-mutilation. Other cats will engage in scratching surfaces and others tend to be aggressive. Watch out for your cat when she seems upset. Sometimes she could be simply moody. Also, a bored cat can engage in such behavior.
Other times your siamese cat will engage in pica behavior. However, compulsive behavior in a Siamese cat does not include meowing. Well, we all know that meowing has a lot to do with the Siamese character.
Your Siamese is vulnerable to separation anxiety
The Siamese cats are vulnerable to separation anxiety because of their attachment to their human owners. When we talk about separation anxiety, we are talking about the extreme fear your cat develops when you leave her alone. A Siamese cat hates being alone.
It is always a good idea to have a companion for her. You will notice that she starts to behave in a certain way when you are about to leave. Actually, this is a common reason why cats start meowing excessively. She might also start pacing and even give you the ear-splitting caterwaul when you leave her.
Well, to alleviate the signs and symptoms of separation anxiety, you must meet all her needs. Particularly, your cat is going to obsess about attention. Schedule some time to play with her every day. Also, check with your vet if she seems extremely affected.
Also, teach your cat how to be alone. Start with leaving her in one room for about five minutes. She is going to nag you to come out but then, only reward her when she is quite. This is going to take some time and therefore you need to be patient with her.
Also, invest in various toys that will help keep your cat busy. Somehow, separation anxiety can be linked to stress and boredom. Make sure that your Siamese cat stays busy for most of the day and also remain consistent with your set schedule.
Scratching and Hair Pulling when Bored
Cat owners have had their furniture damage by their cats. Well, when your cat is bored, she will definitely try to get busy. Often, they do not engage in productive activities. Rather, they are mostly destructive.
Now, when it comes to the Siamese cat, she will get bored really quickly. All it really takes is to leave her idle for a few minutes without something to occupy her. Therefore, as we have indicated above you must buy several toys for her. Additionally, you can leave the TV on for her, especially on a nature channel.
Our elderly cat (14 years old) started up a habit of pulling out large clumps of hair from her back leaving almost bald patches. However, with some stimulation and play this soon stopped.
The Siamese cat is generally known for its talkative nature. I mean, she will not shut up for the most of the day, and especially when she is keeping you company. Therefore, we cannot really attribute this as a behavioral problem, it is more of a personality.
However, sometimes your kitty is going to overdo it. I mean, have you seen an angry Siamese cat? He yowling can be quite loud. Below, we are going to solely focus on the excessive meowing in Siamese cats. Why are they so vocal?
They are expressive
Cats are generally expressive, which means that she will not shy away from telling you when she needs something. For instance, when you delay her mealtime, for example, she will not let you be. Failure to feed her will lead to that powerful and demanding caterwaul. Well, you know what to do about it, always keep a consistent feeding schedule.
Also, it doesn’t always have to be about food. Sometimes your cat probably wants to get into another room and you have closed the door. She will nag you until you open it for her. Well, this might become quite undesirable when you want to keep her out of your room. Some Siamese cats result in night time meowing.
You need to teach her that meowing unnecessarily is unacceptable in your household. You just might want to invest in good earplugs. This way, you will be able to ignore her for the first few nights. Once your cat learns that meowing does not bring the expected outcome, she will definitely quit crying.
A Siamese cat needs a lot of stimulation
While I insist on spending time with your cat, the Siamese breed is a different case. She is naturally a talker, and quite attached to her owner. When you fail to provide as much attention as she seeks, then she might develop an excessive meowing problem.
Make sure you include playtime as well as petting sessions in the daily routine. These cats also require to be highly stimulated. Therefore, if you are not spending the day at home, leave her with something to keep her busy all through. For instance, exciting cat toys or even the TV on.
Spend as much time as you can with your cat. Engage in stimulating play, especially just before you go to bed. It is going to tire her out and therefore fall asleep sooner.
You may need to check with your vet
In some instances, your cay could be meowing excessively because she is ill! Therefore, do not blindly ignore her when you notice a sudden change in her vocalization patterns. Focus on how she meows. Note that this breed has quite a distinctive vocalization.
For instance, if she is consistently meowing in a lower pitch, maybe she is ill. Examine her to take note of any behavioral changes. In addition to the consistent meowing, look for other symptoms such as litter box avoidance, pica, or physical injuries.
Check with your vet to determine if your cat is ill or has any underlying medical illnesses.
How old is your Siamese cat?
Before you go ahead to recognize excessive meowing in your cat, have you considered cognitive disorders? Well, just how old is your cat? Some cats may develop dementia and senility as they get older. Others may develop these disorders from the age of 8!
Therefore, if your older cat has just started meowing excessively, she could be losing her cognitive functions. Once again, your local vet will be able to diagnose senility in your cat.
Is she spayed?
Your Siamese cat may suddenly start meowing and exhibiting other behavior problems when she is looking to mate. This is not going to be an easy time for you, but the good thing is that it will last only a few days.
Unless you are looking to breed your cat, then I suggest that you have her spayed. However, you must wait until the season is over. Your vet will advise you on how to go about it.
When we are outlining the Siamese cat behavior problems, we have to keep it in mind that meowing is in their DNA. Therefore, it is difficult to settle on that. Some of the common problems we have seen in the Siamese breed is the compulsive habits, scratching, and attention-seeking.
Always make sure to leave her enough treats for the day. This is especially when you are spending the day outdoors. Additionally, spend as much time as you can with your talkative feline friend. Play and engage with her and you will earn her trust. Once you establish a strong bond between the two of you, I can attest that you will never regret getting her.
What are some of the Siamese cat behavior problems have you observed?