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How long do Siamese cats live?

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Siamese cats are reputed to be one of the longest-lived purebred cats, although their average lifespan of 13 to 14 years is well within the overall cat average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Very well-cared-for Siamese cats can live into their early 20s.

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Siamese cats are considered one of the healthier breeds out there, but they still have their share of hereditary illnesses. In particular, the wedge-shaped head called for by the breed standard encourages respiratory illnesses and dental problems that can shorten the cat's life if not looked after carefully. Siamese can also suffer from heart problems, renal failure and cancer. Indoor cats of all breeds live longer than outdoor cats due to reduced exposure to communicable disease and fatal accidents.

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    Are Siamese cats hypoallergenic?

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    Siamese cats are not hypoallergenic. No cat breed is entirely hypoallergenic, but Siamese cats are more so than most because they have short, fine fur.

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    What are some characteristics of Siamese mix cats?

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    Any Siamese mix cat has Siamese traits due to the breed's very dominant gene structure. Siamese cats are typically very loud, demanding and energetic. They get bored easily, which leads to their becoming destructive around the house, so they need many toys and preferably some sort of companion during the day. A companion is also valuable because Siamese are more affectionate and social than other cat breeds.

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    What are some types of Siamese cats?

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    There are three types of Siamese cats. There is the Applehead or Traditonal Siamese, the Old Style or Classic Siamese, and the Modern, Wedgehead or Extreme Siamese. Physical characteristics distinguish each category of cat and breeders classify each cat by its body shape.

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    What do Siamese cats eat?

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    A Siamese cat eats a diet that is no different than any other cat. Although these felines can eat table food, it is recommended that they be given high-quality nutrition to maintain their well-toned body structure. A good and constant supply of clean water is also vital.

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