Common Health Disorders Among Siamese Cats

siamese cat health problemsOne of the most popular cat breeds in the US and Europe is Siamese. These cats that are natives of Thailand have a rich history. Did you know that the cats used to live in the royal palaces in Thailand?

Like is the case with any purebreed, there are a number of genetic issues that Siamese cats are prone to. Mixed breeds tend to be healthier due to their diverse genes.

Below are some of the common medical disorders that Siamese cats may have.

Meezer Issues

Initially, Siamese cats were quite delicate and frail. However, this is no longer the case. Over the years, responsible breeders have evolved the breed to make it relatively free of serious health issues. The cats may, however, still experience some minor disorders.

Siamese cats usually have a difficult time with anesthesia, more than other cats. Therefore, you should be careful when carrying out routing procedures such as spraying or medical procedures such as dental work. Also, some Siamese cats still carry the gene for cross-eyedness (convergent strabismus). While the cat may look funny, her behavior or ability to see well will not be affected.

The other Meezer issue you should know about is kinked tail. You are likely to see this issue from time to time. In the past, breeders wanted cats that had kinked tails or multiple coccygeal hemivertebrae. However, times have changed and breeders know that these are a fault. This is why most cats do not have these traits.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Siamese cats and intelligent and gregarious, and hence need company. This explains why majority of Siamese cats in rescue centers are given to Siamese rescue organizations. When you put Siamese cats in a shelter, they don’t “show well” and become depressed. However, the cats do much better in foster homes.…

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