Diseases of the Siamese Cat

Siamese cats are very healthy pets , as long as they come from responsible and ethical breeders and there are no inbreeding problems or other negative factors. However, some who are in adoption are victims of these practices.

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Siamese cats live longer than other races, reaching an average life expectancy of about 20 years. It is in those who become “grandparents” that the pains and diseases of old age appear. However, there are some diseases or malformations that have been accused since young people.

Continue reading this YourCatCareguide article and properly inform yourself about the most frequent malformations and diseases of the Siamese cat .

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Breast cancer

When the Siamese cats are bigger, they usually have mammary cysts . Most of them are benign, but some become carcinogenic. For this reason, the veterinarian should check the cysts if they appear, analyze them and undergo surgery if they are malignant.

With a veterinary visit every 6 months will be enough to prevent this problem and detect it in time should it occur.

Some young Siamese cats suffer from episodes of respiratory problems, URI , which leaves them in a state identical to the flu that we humans suffer. They may also suffer from nasal and tracheal inflammation. They are not frequent infections because the Siamese cats are basically homemade and do not roam the streets. By being larger they are no longer exposed to the URI. These temporal bronchial episodes should be controlled by the veterinarian.

Obsessive / compulsive disorders

Siamese cats are sociable pets that need the companionship of other animals or humans, and it is best to live with them both at the same time. Excessive loneliness can lead to a disorder caused by boredom or anxiety by waiting for people to return home. A compulsion that consists of an excessive cleaning, get to lick so much that can cause failures in the hair.

This disorder is called psychogenic alopecia . Indirectly the ingestion of hair can also cause them intestinal problems as a result of the balls of hair . It is convenient to administer them malt to cats.

Vestibular disease

This disease is usually caused by genetic problems and is related to the nerve that connects the inner ear.

Vestibular disease causes cat dizziness and loss of balance , usually lasts a short time and heals on its own. If this occurs frequently, it should be treated by the veterinarian.

Optical disturbances

Siamese cats may also suffer from changes that are not exactly diseases, but deviations from the Siamese cat pattern. One example is strabismus , the cat sees perfectly well, although his eyes are visibly strained.

Nystagmus is another alteration of the optic nerve, such as strabismus. This change causes oscillation of the eyes from right to left or from top to bottom. It is not frequent but can occur in Siamese cats. Should consult the veterinarian because it can be a sign that the cat about of any kidney or heart disease .


This genetic anomaly has almost disappeared , although it was formerly sought after because it is a typical trait of some Eastern cats. It has no effect on the cat’s health, the tail is cut and twisted into a sort of corkscrew, identical to the pig’s tails.

Porphyria is a normally inherited metabolic disease. It is very complex and difficult to diagnose, can have varying degrees of intensity and affect different organs. It alters the enzymes that favor the synthesis of blood hemoglobin.

It can be very mild or severe. As can attack different organs: heart, kidneys, liver, skin, etc., there are numerous symptoms that can present: red urine, vomiting, skin changes, convulsions and even being asymptomatic. Only a competent veterinarian will be able to make a proper diagnosis.


In the Siamese cat this is a genetic alteration of the hy gene . The accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain pressures the brain can cause irreversible damage. A clear symptom is inflammation of the head , in this situation should the immediate attention of a veterinarian.

You may have noticed that the vast majority of disorders are due to deficiencies in the cat’s genealogical lines. It is for this reason that it is important to adopt puppies in reliable stores, professionals that can assure the origin of Siamese cats.


In addition, we must take into account, especially if our cat enters and leaves the house frequently, the importance of deworming our Siamese cat . In this way, we will avoid the appearance of intestinal parasites and external parasites such as fleas and ticks.

Find out at YourCatCareguide home remedies for deworming cats .

Have you recently adopted a Siamese cat? See our list of names for Siamese cats .

This article is purely informative, in YourCatCareguide.com.br we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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