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Siamese Cat Health Issues

Cat StethoscopeSiamese cats are one of the most popular breeds of cats. Not only are the friendly but they are mostly hypoallergenic. But like any breed, they are prone to some genetic health issues.

Siamese cats use to be rather frail but most breeders have worked to help evolve the breed into a more stout cat that is relatively free of health issues. That being said, all animals have health issues and it is good to know which ones your pet is prone to.

Anesthesia- Siamese cats tend to have more difficulty with anesthesia. This is why it is important to get them spayed or neutered when they are young and will have an easier time under anesthesia. Make sure to practice good dental health care, like brushing their teeth regularly, so they are less likely to need a professional dental cleaning.

Cross-eyed: I always loved the cross eyed Siamese. Fewer Siamese have this issues anymore, but you still see it from time to time. Don’t worry, it does not affect their vision.

Respiratory Problems- Siamese are prone to respiratory issues, but this is mainly only in young cats. URI, upper respiratory infections, are common in young Siamese. Keep your cat indoors and up to date on their vaccines and this will reduce this problem.

Psychogenic Alopecia – Siamese cat’s don’t do well on their own, they become depressed. Psychogenic alopecia is a coping mechanism where they excessively lick in an area causing a bald spot.

Vestibular Disease- This is a genetic problem in the inner ear. The cat will have consistent loss of balance, head tilting, appear disoriented or dizzy. Often it can resolve itself but your Los Lunas vet may need to prescribe medication.

Don’t let any of these things scare you away from getting a Siamese cat. They are also one of the longest living breeds and often live to the age of 20.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.