When it comes to Siamese cats, the knowledge base around them is kind of a paradox.
Being as popular as they are there is just so much to know about them yet queries, questions and doubts pop up every day.
I actively follow many pet forums across the internet and questions regarding the personality specifics of Siamese cats are the most common.
In this article, let me cover the topic are Siamese cats dominant in a comprehensive way.
Now it’s not for nothing Siamese cats are one of the most preferred cat breeds for a domesticated ecosystem.
They are affectionate, playful, energetic, active, attention-loving, chatty, and get very well along with other pets, family members, children, and even strangers.
Yet, in order for you to see their joyful bright side, you need to ascertain certain steps and actions that their personality demands.
This is precisely what we are going to learn in this article, by taking into account their personality.
So, let me first answer the personality-specific question which in a way will lay the groundwork for further discussion.
Are Siamese Cats Dominant?
Well, it would be wrong to outright declare that Siamese cats are dominant. They are very sociable cat breeds however, if their persona demands aren’t met there is a chance Siamese cats may develop undesirable character traits that include jealousy, aggressiveness, and dominance.
Now you see behavior is such a complex thing that presents itself in a simple way. There are just so many factors that work to create an animal persona.
Well, you could argue it goes true for humans as well and you would be correct.
For this reason, the question are Siamese cats dominant, warrant a more in-depth look.
You need to be aware of the different factors that work here.
Moreover, the context of the question is important too. For instance, are you asking the question because you are looking to get a Siamese cat and want a cat that is more docile? Or a cat that will have a friendly expression towards other animals in your home?
Or maybe you already have one and you see her developing aggressive patterns and would want to keep that in check.
By the end of this article, you will have a thorough understanding and insight into Siamese cats regarding what can potentially turn them into being dominant or aggressive.
Here are a few more articles that I have written over time on Siamese cats that should append everything you will learn here.
- Why are Siamese cats so vocal?
- Why are Siamese cats so needy?
- Best companion for Siamese cats
- Are Siamese cats annoying?
- Are Siamese Indoor Cats?
Siamese Cat Personality
There is a good chance that you are to a great degree familiar with the popular traits that hallmark a Siamese cat.
Still, I think it will be a good idea to put all traits of a Siamese cat’s persona to understand the topic properly.
So, here are what Siamese cats are like.
Siamese cats are one of the most beautiful cat breeds that you can have the pleasure of owning.
Yes, there is so much to their persona that appeals to anyone wanting a house cat, but they would be lying if they said their obvious physical beauty isn’t what initiated their love for her.
They have slender muscular bodies earmarked by a high-contrasting colorpoint pattern.
The dark coloration is limited to their extremities namely, their face, tail, toes, and ears, giving their coat a unique pattern.
Now keep in mind every single cat is unique.
At best you can project what a particular cat breed’s general behavior would be like using data from studies of their general behavior.
But that is the beautiful thing about cats.
Doesn’t matter how much you think you know about your particular cat breed; she will still have her own unique attributes.
Siamese cats are no different.
In general, Siamese cats are one of the most affectionate, friendly, playful, and engaging cat breeds that you can own.
It is their love for activity, and engagement that they are one of the most sought family cats.
The company of people, pets, and children is the ideal living ecosystem for a cat like the Siamese. They are very intelligent and thrive very well in an environment with a lot of positive interaction.
They can be trained easily into normal stuff like using the litter box and even how to play fetch with some positive reinforcement.
They are also chatty and will not shy away from making you realize exactly what they are feeling, what their day was like and what is it that you need to do for them right away.
If you are looking to get a cat that loves to cuddle, sits on your lap, on your head, and on your laptop while working, well Siamese cats are tailor-made for you.
While they do have a strong sense of self and like to be aloof doing their own thing but that doesn’t mean they want to be away from you.
They are also known to bond heavily with one person in the family but do have a heart where there is sufficient love for everyone in their family including strangers with positive, cat-friendly vibes.
Common Siamese Cat Behavior Problems
As incredible as Siamese cats are they aren’t elusive to potential behavioral issues.
Now, something in our eyes hankers for perfection.
One would want Siamese cats to be as perfect as they seem from the outside and hey, they are.
But realistically, it is essential that we as pet owners fulfill our responsibility by giving them the right ecosystem where they can express their perfection.
Fail to do so and you shouldn’t be surprised if they overtime develop behavioral issues.
Here are some common behavioral problems that Siamese tends to develop.
Excessive Attachment and Neediness
Now it’s no secret Siamese cats crave attention and that is precisely one reason people love adopting them.
They are excellent at sharing love and can go out of their way to express love and demand it in return in their own ways.
That being said, Siamese cats can go overboard with the affection and develop attachment and excessive neediness.
I have already written an article on why are Siamese cats so needy and clingy. You should check it out for further info.
Siamese cats are not the ones you leave alone in your house. Do so and she stands a chance to develop anxiety and depression.
Once again Siamese cats are famous for talking. I mean they will tell you everything in as many details as they can, so to speak.
Different people perceive their vocal nature differently.
Many find it endearing and many find it annoying to the point they refuse to get one because of it.
But when the chattiness gets excessive most people tend to agree on the behavior initiating feelings of annoyance in them.
Of course, the degree of how vocal your cat is going to depend on different factors plus what you would regard as excessive.
I know I mentioned a Siamese cat’s response to being left alone above.
Still, I think this negative behavior pattern needs to be highlighted separately.
You see there are people who want a laid-back, easy-going feline companion and there are those that enjoy cats that are curious, inquisitive, and active.
If you like the former Siamese cats aren’t for you.
Siamese cats as I said are intelligent and their intelligence comes with a lot of physical bubbly energy.
If this isn’t given an avenue to express itself, in the form of scheduled and tiring activity and engagement, your Siamese is likely to develop separation anxiety.
Overly Aggressive and Biting Behavior
A little aggressive play is fine.
As a matter of fact, it is really healthy. I am pretty sure you must have seen cat’s bunny kicking and biting catnip toys in real life or even in videos.
This is a good exercise for them.
However, a good ecosystem where she expresses her energy in the form of play and exercise is essential.
You need to look at it this way. Siamese cats come with a lot of physical energy quota that needs to be expended in the form of play, exercise, and engagement.
If the relevant avenue isn’t provided, the energy in a sense is transformed into a negative energy trap that takes the form of aggression, biting, and dominance.
Territorial and Dominant
This negative behavior is more in line with the context of this article.
So, yes, if the ecosystem around her is that of lack among other factors, your Siamese may adopt territorial and dominant behaviors.
Now many experts argue that dominance is an inherent part of a Siamese cat’s personality.
Well, I don’t disagree with them but I definitely think that in itself is an incomplete statement.
An animal’s instinctual nature can render it to turn aggressive, jealous, and territorial but in an environment where its basic needs are taken care of the way it is needed (which we will discuss in a while), you can establish them in their joyful behavior.
So, yes, Siamese cats can turn dominant but it can be addressed with the necessary attention.
Signs that your Siamese Cat is Dominant/Aggressive
As you will see in the coming sections that most of them could be avoided with certain proactive addressing but it is important for you to be aware of the potential Siamese cat behavior problems.
Although, I have listed different negative behavior patterns above, and many cat behavior experts relay methods to address every single one of them, I like to go directly to the roots.
I am not saying the methods offered by these experts are wrong but it’s really the core issue of ‘developed insecurity’ that needs to be addressed.
In the upcoming section, I will put forth very organic ways in which you can ensure that you raise a well-adjusted cat.
But before that let me tell you some clear indicators of a dominant and or an aggressive cat.
Jealousy is one of the biggest indicators that your Siamese cat is either dominant or is developing in the direction of being a dominant pet.
Now the jealousy can be directed at anyone.
At other pets of the house and it may also manifest as your Siamese biting you if she doesn’t get the attention she demands.
Fawning is an extension of a cat’s jealous behavior where the cat starts to exhibit attachment behaviors in excess.
These behaviors may include excessive meowing, purring, rubbing against you, and similar acts to harness your attention.
While these behaviors when happening in moderation are endearing and fun, you will definitely notice when they go into excess.
This can be an indicator of a dominant behavior especially if you have other cats or pets in the house.
- Extreme territorial behavior
This is probably the biggest indicator of a cat’s dominant behavior. Cats are naturally territorial and they derive this trait from their time in the wild.
While cats have traveled a long evolutionary journey from the wilderness to our domesticated ecosystem they do still carry their wild instincts with them.
And all the exercise, engagement, and play when it comes to cats is necessary to give our cats an avenue where they can in a controlled way express their wild instincts.
Failure to do so and you will find them expressing their wild instincts haphazardly.
Now talking about Siamese cats specifically, they are very intelligent and perceptive.
They are quick to sense subservience and if they aren’t properly exercised and given the necessary space to move, run about, rest, and eliminate (like separate litter boxes) they can turn extremely dominant and territorial.
So, if you see your Siamese getting overboard with her territorial traits, it is an indication that your cat is insecure and possibly dominant as a consequence.
How to Properly Socialize a Siamese Cat?
Now with all the text that I have written, I am implying an understanding that I hope you are picking up.
And that is a cat, let alone a Siamese cat, is a simple animal.
She has very specific kinds of needs and they need to be addressed in a domesticated ecosystem for her to develop as a well-adjusted pet and not develop negative behaviors which have their roots in insecurity.
Now of course there are traits that are common among all cats irrespective of the breed but there are also specific traits that are dominant in a particular breed.
Siamese cats as we have established is an activity-loving, engaging cat that needs attention, lots of love and if possible, a second cat (or cat-friendly pet).
I want to make this as simple as possible, if the needs stated above are addressed in an organic way, your cat will more likely develop as a super friendly and lovely pet.
Still, let me give you certain steps that you should follow with Siamese cats specifically to ensure they are socialized properly.
Get Siamese Cats in Pairs, if Possible.
Getting a feline sibling is hands down the best way to ensure that your Siamese cat develops as a super friendly, super loving, and joyful cat in a domesticated environment.
You see Siamese cats are like bubbles of energy that need constant engagement and activity. They have this resolute need to express their energy.
Using toys, or engaging with her personally is good and important but having a feline companion (possibly raised together by a competent breeder) will ensure that most of her engaging requirements are taken care of in the most organic way possible.
Siamese cats thrive when raised in pairs.
Not for nothing Siamese cats are called the Divas of the feline kingdom.
They have a need to be seen and acknowledge and if you don’t do that, they have a voice to let you know your dire mistake.
So, if you are looking for a quiet, laid-back cat whose favorite festival is snoozing, Siamese cats aren’t for you.
For this reason, Siamese cats become good family pets as there is always someone to engage or play with and there is enough traffic they can get along with.
Get Separate Litter Boxes
I can’t stress this point enough.
I have seen so many cases of cats going aggressive, territorial and because they don’t have a clean, separate, and proper place to eliminate.
If you own more than one cat, please make it a point to get each of them a separate litter box.
Most experts agree and I attest that the number of litter box in your home must be equal to the number of cats in your house plus one more.
If you don’t take care of this, this can be one of the single most important causes of your cats becoming aggressive and hostile.
Cats obsess over cleanliness, especially over places where they eliminate. In the wild, it is their elimination with which they mark territories.
If cats are forced to share a litter box, it can have serious impacts on their behavior and hygiene rituals.
She may even resort to eliminating in places she shouldn’t thereby increasing the territorial and dominant behavior.
Now I know there are many people who will attest that in their case two or more cats occasionally or always share a litter box and they don’t face any problems.
But again, that depends on so many factors, like how accustomed the cats are to each other’s presence, what age they are, and what breed they are among other things.
It’s better to take out potential factors as a pre-emptive step to avoiding any problems, especially so with a sensitive and intelligent breed like Siamese.
So, I urge you to provide each of your cats with a separate, clean, and disturbance-free zone to eliminate.
Don’t Punish Your Cat
You see sometimes due to lack of attention or patience we refuse to see things the way they are and act out impulsively.
This happens so much when it comes to pet care.
Punishing a pet, let alone a cat, you can attribute that to logic but not responsibility.
This is because of the fundamental fact that their behavior isn’t taken into accord.
You see animals are simple beings.
As long as their needs for survival and attributes of persona are taken care of, they will be fine and happy.
So, if you see your cat doing something that she shouldn’t do, you need to see what is are her needs that her ecosystem isn’t addressing.
Do not force and fix what you don’t like directly with punishment. It won’t be good for you nor for the cat.
Make Time for Play
Once again bringing into context a Siamese cat’s persona.
You need to provide your Siamese cat avenues where she can express her excess energy.
Active, possibly scheduled playtime and toys are the second-best things after having a feline sibling for that.
Siamese cats are intelligent and active therefore, you need to get her toys that she can bite into, throw around, and roll around with in addition to puzzle toys that exercise her mental energy.
Siamese cats are known to learn how to play fetch just like dogs so you can train her how to do that which again becomes an excellent engagement exercise for her.
Exercise, engagement, and play are the keywords here that you need to take note
Create a Conducive Siamese Nature-Friendly Ecosystem
Now look at it this way, a cat is a gift of nature that is willing to live with you.
They have taken their sweet time to evolve from being a child of the wild to wanting to live in your houses.
All they ask in return really is to have an ecosystem where they can express their natural and persona instincts in a controlled sense.
Fail to do so and you render them to develop aggressive patterns.
Which in simple words are outbursts of unaddressed needs.
So, for Siamese cats specifically, you need a space that is active with people, pets, kids, occasional strangers, and the likes.
She needs places where she can rest, can climb, can play, can scratch the husk on her claws, windows from where she can supervise birds or bath in the morning sunshine heat, and high vantage points from where she can supervise you and your acts.
If you can create a space like this you will see you have a joyful, loving, and super friendly cats that also has her own unique perks.
I love writing about Siamese cats. I am pretty sure you must have figured that out by now. Unfortunately, I have to stop somewhere.
Here are a few related questions that I receive regarding Siamese cats that I think are relevant to the context that is Siamese cats.
Do Siamese Cats have a Favorite Person?
Siamese cats do tend to select a favorite person in the house. But this isn’t a fact written in stone. They have sufficient love to throw around with all members of the family including pets and even strangers.
Do Siamese Cats Get Jealous?
Yes, given their attention-demanding nature, Siamese cats do have a tendency to develop jealousy that can consequently lead to them developing negative behavior patterns like biting, aggressiveness and dominance.
I hope with this article, I was able to put forth relevant insights and knowledge pieces that enhance your understanding of Siamese cats.
I could have created a very short article on the topic of are Siamese cats dominant but you see to put everything in context to the many of you with different levels of experience I need to make the article comprehensive and holistic.
And I hope I was able to do that.
Take care of yourselves and I will see you in the next one!