Questions About Siamese Kittens

Siamese kitten

Siamese cats are very popular, so naturally our Cat Expert receives a lot of questions about Siamese kittens. Share a few of them here.

Visitor Questions About Siamese Kittens

Is This Cat Worth the Money?

I have a friend that wants to sell me his kitten that is mixed with Siamese and another unidentified breed. He wants me to pay $250 for it, and I just want to be sure that the kitten is actually worth that much. Thanks.~~Keona

Expert Reply

Hi Keona,

There are a few designer cats that are a combination of Siamese and other breeds. Some of these kittens are highly sought after, but if the owner does not know what the father's breed was, then the cat is not truly a Siamese.

The cost of purchasing a Siamese can vary, depending upon the breeder and the quality of his or her cats. Whether that cat is really worth $250 depends on how badly you want her. Monetarily wise, she's probably not worth that much. What you may want to do is take a trip to your local Humane Society or pet shelter and see what kittens they have available. Adoption fees are generally $150 or less and include shots and spay or neuter. You can often find part Siamese cats if you are patient. If you are willing to adopt an adult, you will probably find a Siamese quicker. Also, the adoption fee on adult cats is generally less than for a kitten.

Kittens are cute, but they can also be a pain when they climb your curtains or claw your legs. The kitten stage also lasts such a short amount of time. However, some people like the control of knowing that their cat hasn't had a traumatic past, so you have to take that into consideration as well.

It is a mistaken notion that all cats at the shelter are there because of behavior problems. Many are there because their owners died or grew ill, or they got into a situation where they could no longer care for the pet. One of the best cats we've ever had came from a local Animal Control office. They only give them three days to live there, so we rescued her in the nick of time. She seems very appreciative of that fact; she is loving and just good as gold.

Good luck whatever you decide to do. I hope you find a cat that is a perfect match for you.

~~Lori

Siamese Kitten Colors

I bought a Siamese kitten, and both its parents were clearly seal point. The kitten is now four months old and has developed a brown stripe on the tummy and his tips are brown, but he is not darkening up on the rest of the body. Does this happen later in life or is it possible for him to be a chocolate point? Can a chocolate point be born of seal point parents? Thanks~~ Kristina

Expert Reply

Hi Kristina,

For any of our readers not familiar with Siamese coloring, the cats have a pattern of darker color on their faces, legs and tail, while the rest of the body is a lighter cream color. Seal point is a very dark brown, nearly black. Chocolate point is more of a reddish-brown like the color of a Hershey bar.

Now that we're all on the same page, yes, it is possible to get a chocolate point from two seal points. The chocolate coloring was originally a mutation from the original seal brown, and both colors are frequently bred together. So the chocolate is bound to pop up now and then, even if a breeder isn't purposely breeding for it.

One of the things that many people don't realize is that all Siamese kittens are born quite light, and don't get their true coloring for weeks after birth. It can be a little difficult to be sure of the exact coloring by the time the kitten is old enough for adoption.

I hope you're not too disappointed with your cat's coloring. It may still darken more with age, but I actually prefer the softer look of the chocolate. Hopefully it will grow on you.

Thank you for a very interesting question~~ Kelly

Searching for the Right Siamese Kitten

Hi,

My companion cat of 14 years passed in March, and I am hoping to replace him. He was solid black with yellow eyes, but since his kittens with another solid black cat were Siamese, I am sure he was part Siamese.

I would like to find another black Siamese kitten, but I am not sure how to tell if a kitten is part Siamese. I would appreciate your help. I really do feel that these cats bond much better with people, and I miss my companion.

Thank you~~ Debbi

Expert Reply

Hello Debbi,

First let me say how sorry I am to hear of your furry friend's passing. It's never easy to lose a pet, but a companion of 14 years is not easily replaced. I'm glad you feel ready to begin a fresh relationship with a new kitten. I think it will be good for you.

Now, as for how to identify if a kitten has Siamese breeding behind it. The only way I know of to tell for sure is to know who the parents were. Unfortunately, there is no DNA test that reveals cat breed lineage as of yet. Since there is a DNA test that reveals certain dog breeds, hopefully one for cats isn't far behind.

There's no way to replace your original cat, but why not consider a purebred Siamese kitten? These cats are renowned for the way they bond with their human companions, and actually attempt to "speak" with them. These beautiful cats are available in the traditional cobby style, as well as the elongated, pie-wedge headed show style. The color pattern also comes in a range of shades. Since you prefer black, the seal point coloring might interest you the most. The brown is nearly black, and these cats tend to darken with age.

If you're not sure this is the way you want to go, you can always visit a few breeders to spend time around some purebred Siamese. Since you loved the Siamese qualities you found in your previous cat, you may really like getting the full Siamese treatment. It's something to consider.

Thanks for your question, and good luck with your search.

~~ Kelly

Questions About Siamese Kittens