If you are interested in getting a Siamese cat, then you are bound to have at least a few questions about this cat breed. Adopting or buying a cat is a big responsibility, so it’s important to learn whether a Siamese cat is the right pet for you or not, before you bring one into your home.
One of the questions you might have is whether Siamese cats shed or not. The short answer would be yes, Siamese cats do shed, but no more than other cats. In fact, because Siamese cats have rather short hair, the shedding is not as noticeable as it is with most other cats.
Do Siamese Cats Shed a Lot?
The good news is that Siamese cats do not shed a lot. They undergo two molts a year, which is normal for cats as well as other furry animals.
You can expect Siamese cats to shed more than normal in the spring when they are getting rid of their thick winter undercoats and in the fall when they start to grow a new undercoat for the winter. During these periods, it’s recommended to comb your cat’s hair daily to keep the shedding process under control and your carpets and furniture free of excessive cat hair.
Sadly, indoor cats often lose track of seasonal changes, and therefore shed continuously all year round. In that case, the shedding won’t be as excessive as during the spring and fall molts, but it would require you to comb your cat regularly all year round and vacuum often.
If you do not want your cat to always shed hair, then you have to make sure that he or she doesn’t lose track of the seasonal changes. To do that, you need to make sure that your cat spends plenty of time outside. If you do not trust your cat outside unsupervised, then you’ll either need to take your cat on leashed walks or buy an outdoor cat enclosure.
Are Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?
Siamese cats are not hypoallergenic. Truth be told, there are no hypoallergenic cat breeds. Some cat breeds do produce less allergens than others, but no cat breed is 100 percent safe for people who are allergic to cats.
The fact that Siamese cats have short hair doesn’t make this breed more suitable for people with cat allergies. People are not allergic to cats’ fur, but to proteins in cats’ dander, saliva and urine. Unfortunately, there’s no reliable evidence suggesting that Siamese cats produce less allergens than other cat breeds. So, if you are allergic to cats, then this is not the right cat breed for you.
If you are looking for a cat that gets along with the whole family, kids and dogs included, is easy to groom and doesn’t shed a lot, then a Siamese cat would be the perfect choice. With Siamese cats, regular combing is all that is needed to keep the shedding under control and your clothes and home free of excessive cat hair. An important thing to note, though, is that Siamese cats enjoy attention and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.