Siamese cats have a sleek, short-haired coat, silky smooth to the touch. People with allergies to cat fur often choose cats with shorter fur in the hope that they won’t react to them. One other thing they consider is fur length.
Do Siamese Cats Shed? All cats with hair shed their coats as new fur grows. So, yes, Siamese cats shed but their fur is so short it shouldn’t be too noticeable. Regular grooming helps to remove loose hair before your Siamese cat sheds it all over your home.
Do Siamese Cats Shed All Year Round?
Like most cats, Siamese cats traditionally have two major shedding seasons. The first is in spring as the weather warms up and they lose their winter undercoat. The second is in the fall when their new winter undercoat begins to grow. During both of these periods, it a good idea to groom your Siamese daily to speed up the process. This prevents your clothes and home from becoming extremely hairy and helps to stop your cat from developing fur balls from ingested hair.
As these days we all tend to live in temperature-regulated homes it is not uncommon for a cat to shed lightly all year round as the seasons don’t really have the effect that they once had on their coats. You may find a couple of grooming sessions a week keep shedding under control and that regular vacuuming keeps your home fur-free. Lint rollers are a good idea to remove cat fur from your clothes.
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.
Siamese Cats and Allergies
Many people seem to think that the shorter a cats hair is, the fewer allergic reactions they invoke in humans. This just isn’t true and scientists have proven that there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat.
As someone who is allergic to cats, I find that the longer a cat’s hair is the less I suffer (more information about the Siamese cat and whether it can be classed as hypoallergenic here). Many allergy sufferers react to cat dander (dead skin cells) and I think that the longer a cat’s fur is the more it seems to prevent the dander from escaping to cause problems. Hence I live perfectly comfortably with two furry Maine Coons but have reactions when I visit my parents’ house where a short-haired tabby currently resides.
My advice is before getting a Siamese cat make sure you aren’t allergic to it. Spend time with one first. If you find you aren’t allergic to it then the shedding really won’t cause you any problems (apart from a little extra housework). Siamese cats are extremely social felines who like a lot of human love and attention.
To help minimize Siamese cat shedding, invest in a suitable grooming brush for a short-haired cat. This fantastic Zoom Groom which I can really recommend (click the link to read reviews and check out the price on Amazon) is excellent as its rubber bristles will not scratch your cat’s delicate skin and it attracts hair like a magnet. If you prefer a bristle brush make sure you pick one with really soft bristles that can’t scratch your Siamese cat’s skin.
To ensure your Siamese will allow you to brush it, start a grooming regime when it’s a kitten. Be very gentle and make it seem like a game. Begin with short sessions and gradually build to the length of time required to give a thorough groom. Always stop if you cat appears to have had enough.
Grooming wipes are excellent to finish off a grooming session. They can also be used to clean eyes and other areas as necessary. Our favorites are these ones because:
- They contain natural ingredients to help clean, freshen and condition your cat’s coat and are perfect for wiping away dirt and odors.
- They are large (8 x 9 inches) so one is enough each time you use them.
- They are Earth-Friendly as they are made from 100% sustainably harvested bamboo fiber.
- They are completely free of parabens, alcohol, and harsh chemicals.
- A pack contains 100 wipes so could last for over 3 months.
Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
These are so easy to grab for a quick clean up and don’t involve the fuss of unwinding a cable and finding a socket. We use a Dyson (click the link to read reviews on Amazon) and find it perfect for the job of sucking up cat hair, light-weight and very easy to empty.
These are essential, especially if you wear dark clothes. They are brilliant at removing hair and work well on furniture too.
We use this sticky sheet type and leave them dotted around the house and keep one in the car. You can buy a reusable roller that required rinsing every so often but the sticky sheet ones are more convenient and remove more hair.
Conclusion – so, does the Siamese cat shed?
Siamese cats are fabulous pets buy yes, of course the Siamese cat sheds! They are great with children and other animals. But if any sort of shedding is something you can’t tolerate for allergy reasons or because you like a spotless house then there probably isn’t a cat that will really suit you.