A. Generally adult cats can take to younger kittens a bit easier than another adult cat. You may want to get the opposite sex from what your Siamese is. Also, slowly integrate the new kitten into the household giving your current cat a chance to get used to her/him. Start off by having new kitten behind a door for a few days or even a week. From there you can put up a baby gate so they can see each other but still have somewhat of a safety barrier and after that, you can let the gate down to see how they do. You may want to feed in 2 separate areas and you definitely want at least 2 litter boxes. A shelter kitten rescue would be a great idea!
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Once your cat shows interest in trying to leave the room, or is begging at the door to come out, they`re ready to explore the rest of the house! Most cats will adjust within one to two weeks. If you have a multiple-animal household, it may take several months for everyone to fully adjust.
All cats, including Siamese cats, should not be left unsupervised for more than 48 hours. If you are out of the house for long hours, consider getting another cat so they can entertain each other when you`re gone. Leaving your Siamese alone for too long will hurt them.
Siamese cats make great companions – but they need companionship in return! They do not like to be alone for long periods, so are best suited to households where someone is home most of the time (this could include the family dog or another Siamese!).
Attention Seekers: Siamese Cats` Friendly Disposition
Siamese Cats require your touch every other hour and would want to be by your side always. If you`re someone who feels lonely, this cat can help you provide some kitty love. However, busy people should take notice.
This is usually about 4 weeks, but could be longer for some shy and timid cats. Whilst your cat is settling in, they may exhibit behaviours including: Hiding. Not interacting.
The transition to adulthood ordinarily occurs from 1 to 2 years old. At this time, and possibly after neutering, a cat may retain a lot of energy but should be notably calmer with it reaching full maturity at 2. From 3 to 10 years old, a cat is relatively calm but remains active.
If you leave your cat alone for too long it can cause boredom, stress, separation anxiety, and unwanted behavior – not to mention the risk of accidents or illness. Kittens need more care and shouldn`t be left alone for longer than 4 hours.
It`s a little-known cat fact that, like dogs, cats can develop separation anxiety. Because of their love for their humans, Siamese cats are prone to develop separation anxiety. Therefore, your vet might recommend anxiety medication to prevent anxious behavior.
Tips to Make the Training Task Easy for A Siamese cat
Be thoughtful to your cat, understand its cues and use positive reinforcement. Ensure that the litter box is totally clean as a smelling litter box will discourage the cats when using them. Be firm and persuasive when training your cat.
Meowing is their way of telling you they love you or that they are hungry, frustrated, happy to see you, and similar. If they start giving you a silent treatment, that`s when you should become worried.
Although cats are much less obvious than dogs, they do experience the same emotions. Signs of a happy cat may be as subtle as an upright tail and a rub on your leg, a joyous slow blink, a quiet purr, or making some biscuits, so be on the lookout!
Siamese are great jumpers and love heights, so perches and cat trees should be provided. Siamese love to play and appreciate toys around the house for their pleasure. While the coat needs little care, Siamese tend to associate brushing with affection and will enjoy spending time being groomed.
Cats are very territorial and may be reluctant to accept a new environment as their home. If a previous home is nearby, cats may wander back and try to take up residence with the new people! If the move is further away, they may attempt to return home and get lost along the way.
To set everyone up for success, ideally the new cat is kept in a room that the resident cat doesn`t spend all that much time in. (This may not be possible in a small apartment.) For example, if your resident cat enjoys sleeping in your bedroom, ideally the new cat is kept in a room other than your bedroom.
Some cats are quite sensitive, and they can experience mild depression over what seem to us like small things, such as moving their litter box or outfitting them with a new collar. Other examples of major changes that can trigger depression in cats are: Moving to a new home or apartment.
Adult cats will usually accept a new kitten much more easily than they will accept a new adult cat. Cats are territorial, and your cat may resent an adult feline intruder. If you`re able to choose from a group of kittens, avoid a kitten that`s hissing, growling or engaged in serious battle with his mates.
If your TV is on all day when you`re home, leaving it on while you`re gone may be calming for your cats since it mimics what things are like when you are there. However, if they`re not used to having background noise all day, you may be better off leaving the TV off.
This brings us to the question – is it OK to leave my cat alone for 12 hours? Yes, it is OK. In fact, cats that eat dry food can be left on their own for up to 48 hours if, and only if there is also fresh water available. Kittens, on the other hand, should not be left without company for more than eight hours.
Cats Need Stimulation Even While You`re Gone
People think cats can be left alone because they sleep so much and tend to be independent, but Johnson-Bennett says they need interaction and enrichment, too. This will help your cat to alleviate any boredom issues, and the behavior problems that can develop as a result.
It`s a common misconception that cats don`t experience loneliness, but they do, especially when left alone for long periods of time. Learning how to tell if your cat is lonely puts you on the path to helping them feel more content while they`re home alone.
Some cats really don`t like being left alone and can get stressed if they don`t have company for long periods of time. Keep an eye out for signs that your cat is stressed when you start leaving them at home. Some common signs of anxiety in cats can be: Becoming more withdrawn or hidden, even when you`re at home.
Siamese cats are prone to separation anxiety
Because of the strong bond they form with their cat parents, Siamese cats won`t be too happy about staying home alone. They will become sad and bored quickly or develop separation anxiety—the feeling of extreme fear.
Siamese Cats are highly intelligent, talkative and sociable. They have a deep, loud voice and enjoy “chatting” with their owners. They are often described as being “dog-like” in their fondness for playing fetch and capacity for affection.
Siamese cats show their affection by weaving and twirling their tails around the legs of their favorite humans. They also express their affection by resting or physically touching their tails to your body.
Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?
A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients that will help slow the progression of your cat’s conditions, especially phosphorus and lower protein levels. Many of the non-prescription or grocery store foods generally have high levels of phosphorus and would not be ideal for your cat.
To help your cat accept the new food It is important to do a transition. There are two reasons to do a transition:
1) Occasionally a pet will have a GI upset when switched to a new diet,
2) A pet will accept a new food better when a transition is done to allow the pet to get use to the new texture and flavor.
There is more of a chance with a hydrolyzed protein or different (high or low) fiber level food to cause a GI upset. Transition recommendation:
1) Recommend ¾ old diet – ¼ new diet
2) Do this for a few days; if no GI upset, go to the next step
3) ½ old diet – ½ new diet
4) Do this for a few days; if no GI upset, go to the next step
5) ¼ old diet – ¾ new diet
6) Do this for a few days; if no GI upset, go to the next step
7) End with 100% of the new food.
Sometimes a transition should be longer, especially for cats. Use the same recommendation, but instead of a few days, recommend doing each step for a week or more. If you cat is still not interested in the new diet you can research other non-prescription diets focusing on the labels for appropriate levels of phosphorus and protein.
Also, home cooking may be an option but make sure to provide adequate nutrients. A good website to consult is balanceit.com. This website helps you to create well balanced home cooked recipes and offers supplements to add into the diet.
Q. Can you put your sick 16yr cat down with pills, cannot afford a veterinarian.
A. If you are in financial difficulty, there are ways of still getting your pet treated by a veterinarian. Ask if they take Care Credit and apply online. This is a credit card specifically for medical, dental, and veterinary expenses.
Call a local animal shelter or college of veterinary medicine in your area and ask if they have a low- or no-cost veterinary care program.
GiveForward and Youcaring.com are crowd funding websites that help you raise money to help take care of your pets
Harleyâ€™s Hope Foundation is an organization that ensures low income pet parents and their companion or service animals remain together when issues arise.
Many breed rescues and groups have specials funds available for owners who need financial assistance, such as the Special Needs Dobermans, Labrador Lifeline, and Pitbull Rescue Central.
Banfield Pet Hospital has its own programs for owners that canâ€™t afford their petâ€™s care.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP) works with seniors, people with disabilities, people who
have lost their job, good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten who may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.
The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.
God’s Creatures Ministry helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.
IMOM is dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged.
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation has many programs including helping people with medical bills. They are a good resource for information.
Brown Dog Foundation provides funding to families with a sick pet that would likely respond to treatment, but due to circumstances, there is not enough money immediately available to pay.
Some groups help with specific disease, such as Canine Cancer Awareness, The Magic Bullet Fund, Helping Harley Fund, and Muffin Diabetes Fund.
The Pet Fund and Redrover.org are great sources for help to care for your pet.
The Humane Society website has many links to other organizations that help with veterinary expenses.