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Siamese Cat – Companion Review

The Siamese is a cat that originated in Thailand. At first, a cat that was only allowed to be owned by the royalty and then it gradually was exported out to the British Islands and then to North America. Its a cat that has been around for many, many generations. I would encourage you to take a look at a breeder located in Michigan, Mitten Kittens, who often has Siamese kittens for sale.

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Personality

I tell people that if they want to have a Siamese cat then they should not be looking for a quiet cat. Its a cat that is very active, very vocal, enjoys being around people, and it does do very well with lot of other cats as well.

It can be very protective of the owners. If it feels that the owners are threatened, it will basically sit on the owners lap and not let any other animal or person around! They can tend to be a one person cat but will integrate well with the whole family pretty much. Theyll be protective in the whole family. Because theyre so active I tend to like to see them with another cat in the house or dog in the house because when they get too bored they will go for your sheers or try to knock things off just to look for playtime. They do tend to like company with them but it doesnt have to necessarily be another person.

A lot of my cats do go to single family homes or single pet homes and they do just fine. My cats travel with me to shows obviously. We also go between home and our cottage and have a three and a half hour drive and usually no less than four or five go with us on the trip. If they didnt travel well, I couldnt tolerate having that many cats in our car for that length of time so they travel very well. My cats are all indoors and I think they do better indoors because they are very territorial and protective. I think that while outdoors they are going to be getting into more scraps with the neighbors pets, more than some other cats would do.

These are one of the longer living breeds. They live out an average of 15 to 20 years. I have one now that is 19 years of age! They do tend to stay very healthy to that end so youre not nursing an elderly cat for the long last few years of its lives. Ive had people coming to buy kittens from me because theyve lost their 22 or 23 year old Siamese. They also do very well with other animals as far as dogs.

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Temperament

They dont seem to have any fear of any other animals so I think they do very well with just about anything, human or animal. I think just about anyone could one of these cats. As they say if youre in an apartment, where there are great restrictions on the noise levels, you might not want to get a Siamese because they do tend to vocalize. It may upset a neighbor. I think they would go very well just about with anyone!

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Birman Cats – Companion Review

Origin

The breed originates from Burma and was introduced in Europe in 1932, approximately, and brought over in the US after that. Its a breed that was almost eliminated in Europe during World War II. They are also often classified as dog-like cats. Cats that like to follow you around the house, love lots of attention, generally very people-oriented cats.

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Personality

The cats that I bring to the cat shows I do not cage. Instead I let them run around in my car. They love to be in the drivers seat sitting with you. They are very good companion cats so they are not trouble-some cats in the car and they do travel well. They enjoy the trips out to the cat shows. All the pure-bred cats to my knowledge are indoor cats and with the diseases that are prominent in outdoor cats we do not recommend any cat being an outdoor cat.

They really do like to talk too! When they want attention they will speak to you in their own distinctive voice that is not the annoying type. They will meow very, very softly in hushed tones and very lovable sounds. We found that the Birman cat is very sociable, it likes attention from everyone in the family. Its not necessarily a one-person type of cat that you will get with some breeds that will attach themselves to one person.

This is a cat that loves to play especially with some of the cat toys that they have. Its an enjoyable time to play with the cats and they like to participate with everybody. They enjoy that time of rough housing and a child can be like that at times and you will see the similarities. With their temperament, they take a little bit of abuse from kids but they love to play.

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Temperament

These cats can be introduced to many different types of households with a variety of animals, not only cats of the same breeds but other breeds as well as dogs. They adapt very well to new environments with other animals. A Birman doesnt have an undercoat like a Himalayan or Persian so they are very low maintenance cats. They brush just slightly to the hair even though its long hair cat. Combing them is very, very easy; picks up all the loose hair.

A Birman is a cat that doesnt need the attention as far as the grooming aspect goes as a lot of longer hair cats are. An ideal owner would be anyone that likes cats! It likes to have attention. Any person that wants a company of cats would be a fine owner.

We recommend that you do your reading about the Birman once you have decided to adopt one!

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Bengal Cat – Companion Review

Origin

The Bengal breed was originally developed in California from a hybrid?of an Asian leopard cat to a domestic cat. The Asian leopard cat is a small leopard like an Ocelot or a Margay. But it comes from China rather than South America and its also a little wild cat thats not endangered and they used to be sold in pet stores as pet. This one lady named Jean Mill purchased one and it bred with her domestic cat. She assumed that the offspring would be sterile like most hybrids are but the females are actually fertile.

Once they get to the fourth generation you have both fertile males and females and you have a new breed. And those are the ones that were showing now! The breed started about 14 to 25 years ago, but its only been a recognized for showing in Canada for about the last 6 years and in the United States about 8 or 9 years. In one word, they’re very outgoing, very social, they love people. They are into everything.

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Temperament

They are very busy, very active. They’re not a cat that just lies around all the time. They wanted to be with you and on you and helping you type and helping you do the dishes. They’re very personable cats. They travel very well. They seem to be very adaptable and it you take them in the car, they’ll stand and look out the window like a dog rather than hiding under the seat and screaming like most cats will.

They can be vocal if you teach them to be vocal. I don’t like my cats to be noisy so I don’t reward them when they make a lot of noise. If you get a new kitten and it cries and you pick it up, it learns within two days that by meowing a lot until it gets attention. They’re very intelligent! They’re not naturally noisy but you can teach them to be pretty noisy.

The Bengal is a very good cat with children. They are very tolerant. If they need to get away, they will struggle without using their claws. There’s really not a lot of grooming and brushing involved with the Bengal because they have a single coat. There’s no undercoat so they don’t really shed very much. Just petting them is mostly enough to keep them shiny. Maybe brushing them every once in a while but they don’t really require brushing.

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Recommendations

Bengals live to an average age?in?cat years which would be approximately 14 to 18 years. Some might go a little bit more, others go less if they happen to be in contact with diseases that are common to cats. The Bengal is a breed that is extremely tolerant because of its high intelligence and the high breed health that it tends to have. It makes a very good family pet.

The ideal owner for a Bengal would a person who is around quite a bit, who is willing to spend a lot of time with their cat because the Bengal will demand their attention, and somebody who is willing to pick up on the cats wants for new toys to cat-proof their house because the cat will get into things when they are bored and they do not like to be left alone a lot. Children make for?great families for these cats, very active families are wonderful for Bengals.