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Do Siamese Mix Cats Make Good Pets? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on June 30, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

Do Siamese Mix Cats Make Good Pets? Vet-Reviewed Facts & FAQ


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Dr. Marta Vidal-Abarca

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If you’re ready to find out whether Siamese mix cats make good pets, we can help! We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about this cute mixed breed so you can figure out if they’re the right choice for you and your family.


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What Is a Siamese Mix Cat?

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Siamese mix cats are what’s known as a mixed, hybrid, or crossbreed. Siamese mix cats will have one Siamese parent and one parent of any other breed.

That means they can inherit a wider range of characteristics than a purebred Siamese. Their color, body shape, health, and personality will all depend on the blend of genes that they inherit from each parent. You may end up with a Siamese mix cat that looks like a purebred Siamese but has a more laid-back personality.

You could wind up with a cat that doesn’t look anything like a Siamese but shares all the main personality traits. Or your Siamese mix cat could blend the appearances and personalities of both parent cats into one new combination!

The bottom line is that while you might be able to tell if your kitten physically resembles a Siamese cat appearance-wise, you might not know whether their personality will follow suit until you get to know them as they mature.

On the other hand, you might find a Siamese mix cat in your local shelter that could be a few years old. You’ll know more about their personality, as the shelter will have made notes on their likes, dislikes, and general mannerisms. This can be a great way to find a cat that is a good match for you and your family, and most shelters will be happy to recommend any cats that they feel would suit your family, which might just be a Siamese mix!

What Personality Can I Expect From a Siamese Mix Cat?

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The answer to this question will depend on the parentage of the Siamese cat you’re interested in.

While they may inherit “classic” Siamese personality traits, these could be blended with or overshadowed by personality traits from the other breed. So, let’s go over well-known Siamese personality traits.

Siamese cats are intelligent, vocal, affectionate, and energetic. They love the challenge of learning new things and can make great candidates for cat training sessions. If you’ve been looking for a cat that you can train, a Siamese mix could be a great choice. Their intelligence can also mean they get bored faster than some other breeds.

Siamese cats love to talk! They’ll tell you that they’re hungry or bored or that you’re not paying them enough attention. They’re also extremely affectionate, so don’t be surprised if they follow you around the house and demand to sleep on your bed at night. This also means they don’t enjoy being left alone while you’re at work, so they prefer a home where at least one person will be in the house for most of the day.

Siamese cats also love to play, so you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of toys and enrichment to keep them entertained. Adding height to their environment is always a good idea, so consider investing in hammock beds, cat trees, cat condos, and shelves that your Siamese mix can explore.

Besides keeping in mind the personality traits of Siamese cats, you’ll also need to research the personality of the other breed that your cat is crossed with. Knowing both will give you a better idea of what kind of personality that you can expect from your Siamese mix cat.

Bear in mind that trying to predict what kind of personality your Siamese mix cat may inherit isn’t an exact science! As a general rule of thumb, when both parent breeds share the same character trait (for example, being highly intelligent or very vocal), then any resulting crossbreed kittens are highly likely to share that trait, too.

In contrast, if both parent breeds have two wildly different traits like one is highly energetic and the other is sedate, then the kittens could end up being anywhere between the scale of those two extremes. The short answer is that with a crossbreed kitten, you never really know exactly what their personality traits are going to be until you get to know them better.

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Are Siamese Mix Cats Hypoallergenic?

Unfortunately, no. No cat breed is truly hypoallergenic. All cats produce allergens, which are proteins found in a cat’s saliva, skin, and urine that can trigger allergies in susceptible people. Fel d1, the most common allergen causing allergies in humans, is produced in cat saliva and carried not only in hair but in cat dander, meaning that even hairless cats are not hypoallergenic.

How Much Do Siamese Mix Cats Cost?

This depends on whether you are buying or adopting your new cat. If you’re buying, there’s a large range of prices, but the cost should be lower than buying a purebred Siamese. We suggest budgeting somewhere between $100–$300. You should be able to visit the breeder’s facilities and ask them if they carry out any health tests and if they have proof of the parents’ pedigree (if making sure your new crossbreed cat really does have one Siamese parent is important to you).

Local shelters are often a great place to start looking for your new Siamese mix cat. While they usually have adoption fees to cover the cost of vaccinations and other expenses, this can be cheaper than going to a breeder.

Remember that whatever your new Siamese mix cat costs, that’s just the start in terms of your expenses. You’ll need to factor in parasite prevention medications, annual vaccinations, insurance, veterinary check-ups, cat food, litter, scratching posts, toys, a cozy bed, and anything else that your Siamese cat may need!

Can Siamese Mix Cats Live With Other Pets?

Siamese cats do have a reputation for being a little territorial when it comes to sharing their home with other cats. Your Siamese mix cat may or may not inherit this trait.

Careful introductions and making sure each cat has their own space so they don’t have to compete for resources like their bed, food, or litter tray can go a long way toward smoothing out multi-cat issues.

Most Siamese cats will get along great with dogs, even joining them for games or zoomies around the house.

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Are Siamese Mix Cats Healthy?

Siamese cats can suffer from a few different health conditions, but even so, they usually live long, healthy lives. The life expectancy for Siamese cats is 14–15 years. We’ve listed the main health problems that can affect Siamese cats, but remember, you’ll need to take into account health conditions that can affect the other parent breed, too, as these may also be inherited by your cat.

Health Conditions
  • Feline asthma
  • Portosystemic (liver) shunt
  • Food allergies
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Skin tumors

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Wrapping It Up

Now that you know a little more about the Siamese mix’s appearance, personality, and health, you may have decided that this cat will be the perfect addition to your family. While your mixed breed cat may not share all the characteristics of a purebred Siamese, we’re willing to bet that they’ll be like their Siamese parent in more ways than one!

Make sure to take your time and research any breeders or shelters so you can be sure that they’re reputable and keep their cats in the best conditions. Adding a Siamese mix cat to your home will guarantee that you’ll always have a warm welcome and plenty of companionship. If you’ve got a Siamese mix cat, we’d love to hear from you, so leave us a comment below.

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