Q: What is the Difference between Siamese & Oriental cats?
A: Essentially they are the same cat, except siamese have point colours/patterns on their face, feet and tails and the oriental is coloured or patterned all over. Some people say they are the same in personality and temperament, but i have always found the oriental to be a bit more adventurous.
Q: What's the difference between a Tom and a Queen as a pet?
A: Toms tend to be more laid back and affectionate and two boys always go very well together. Queens are affectionate, but do like to take over and rule the roost and there is normally a pecking order if you have more than 1 cat. Unless they are really close sometimes brother and sister will compete and bicker between them. In general I would say both make good pets, its normally down to personal preference.
Q: Is it fair to have one Siamese or are they best in pairs?
A: Watching and playing with one kitten is good fun, but having two is fives times as much fun as you share the interaction with them both and when they are playing together. If you can provide alot of time and you are home alot the one will be very close and special to you. If you are likely to be out alot then having two or more will keep each other company. I quite often home one kitten and the same people come back againfor another one a bit later to join the family, that way they can devote time to settle one in at a time. It is not uncommon for families to have siamese in twos or threes and sometimes more!
Q: How will my new kitten get on with my other cats and animals?
A: We try and socialise all our kittens before they go to new homes and are accustomed to children, people and animals, including cats, dogs, rats, rabbits and mice.It is natural for an older cat to feel jealous and possibly threatened as a new kitten is on his or her territory. I always advise to fuss your older cat more than normal and give the kitten space to explore and sort him/herself out. If the kitten is too overwhelmed and fussed over and your other cat is ignored this can cause problems as you may upset them and it will take longer to settle them in. If you limit your kitten to one room, treat your older cat and slowly introduce the kitten to the new home and family, you should have no trouble in settling them in. In fact older cats often become kittenish again and are quite happy to take the new kitten under their wing and accept them as a member of family. There is always the odd cat, who is happy to keep themselves to themselves and will be content on doing so.
Q: Can you tell me more about the Siamese/Oriental cat as a breed?
A: Siamese/Orientals have been compared to children, dogs or monkeys for their interactive, intelligent and affectionate nature. They are very people orientated cats and want to be with you helping and following you about. They can be vocal and will have conversations with you and can use a variety of different tones to communicate. If you go shopping they are in your bags when you get home, if you open a drawer they are in it and they will happily play fetch or open doors. These cats are super company and are very comforting but require a lot of attention. If left to their own devices without mental stimulation they can be naughty and will look for trouble, unless they have a friend or family to play with. They are perfectly trainable and will understand what is right or wrong, although more often or not it is the cat who rules the roost and trains the people to be their personal slaves.
Q: Can Siamese cats be left outside to roam like a moggie or do they have to be kept indoors?
A: Siamese & Orientals love the outdoors in the summer, however they would sooner be with you than roaming about on the streets. The are really Indoor cats and they are quite happy to stay in all day, providing they have enough stimulation. As a rule most people take their cats out in the garden or have play pens outside for them to appreciate fresh air but are mainly indoor cats. Siamese & Orientals are likely to be stolen if left to roam and with the colder weather it will make the coats go darker. They are not as streetwise as the hardy moggies and can be prone to picking up illnesses from other cats if let to roam. It depends where you live a countryside cul de sac or farm would be safe, but a busy street in town is not advisable. Personally i prefer them to be kept mainly as indoor cats and with people, which is what they want the most