If The Aristocats is anything to go by, then no – Siamese cats aren’t the best to be around babies. However, in reality, Siamese cats are actually good with babies and toddlers.
Siamese cats and kids can be best friends for life. Not only are Siamese cats known for being loving and affectionate, but they also have playful personalities – enough to keep up with the high energy of toddlers.
A baby or toddler and a Siamese cat getting along is not automatic though. There are a couple of things you need to look into which we will explore as we go along.
What is the best breed of cat for a child?
One quick google search will have tons and tons of articles popping up, claiming that the Siamese breed is one of the best to be around babies.
The main reason for this is because Siamese kitties are incredibly social creatures. They thrive in big households, knowing there’s someone to give them attention if they ever do need it – this includes kids too.
These felines make wonderful companions, with lots of intelligence and a big heart.
Will my Siamese and toddler get along?
It’s no secret that babies and toddlers aren’t the most gentle when it comes to animals. First and foremost, you have to teach your child that it’s not okay to pull their ears, their tail nor throw them around.
Once some sort of mutual respect has been found, then it is more than likely your Siamese and toddler will get on like a house on fire.
Once a Siamese cat is comfortable in their surroundings and has bonded to their family, they become kind, caring, and incredibly patient.
You could say that Siamese cats let kids get away with things most moggies wouldn’t. Whether this means dressing up like a princess or inviting them to their tea parties – Siamese cats adore the attention.
These felines are full of energy, so maybe that’s why they don’t mind the frantic and random energy of a toddler. So, if you’re looking for a breed that will get on well with your kid, count the Siamese as one!
How will my Siamese react to a new baby?
Any change in environment and routine will have your Siamese feeling anxious and a little bit stressed. This especially includes introducing a new baby into your family.
Siamese cats can become incredibly hostile and territorial about their environment, especially when attention is taken away from them.
Think of it this way, your family has introduced new sights, smells, sounds, changes in routine, and foreign objects – all without an explanation. This will make you feel like you have no control over your surroundings.
That’s why it’s incredibly important to slowly introduce your Siamese ahead of your baby’s arrival. This will help ease the ‘shock’ factor when your baby finally arrives.
You’ll also have to take into consideration that your baby will grow and become more mobile and active, therefore you should plan how you will manage that.
Getting your Siamese and baby acquainted
Once your baby has arrived, quite a few things in your daily routine are subject to change. If you have an idea of what’s going to change in your Siamese’s schedule, try implementing some of these changes ahead of time. This will help them feel less overwhelmed.
Some things that may change in their schedule include:
How can I safely introduce my baby to my cat?
Introducing New Sounds And Smells
As soon as your baby is brought home, your house will be filled with crying, squealing giggling and all sorts of sounds your Siamese isn’t used to.
Before your baby is due, try playing baby sounds quietly. Over time, increase the volume till it’s as loud as your baby will be. This will slowly get your Siamese accustomed to these sounds.
You can also give your Siamese a few treats as you play these sounds, so they associate good things like tasty treats with them.
If mom is planning on spending a few days in the hospital with the new baby, it’d be a good idea to bring home an item that has your baby’s smell on it. Place this item in your home somewhere and let your Siamese approach it in their own time.
Both of these things will help your Siamese get used to your baby without them even being there.
Introducing New Sights
Soon your home will be filled with new sights and objects ready for your baby’s arrival. Your goal is to gradually introduce these new items and furniture to your Siamese.
Once something new arrives, try playing it in an open area (away from their food and bed) and leave some treats around the new item. This will give them the go-ahead to explore the new object in their own time.
Pheromone diffusers are a great way to get your cat feeling a lot less stressed and used to the sudden change.
Space, Space, And More Space
Some Siamese cats will just want to be alone – and you have to be okay with that. You should let your cat decide if and when they want to be around the new baby.
Your Siamese may be a curious little critter and want to investigate the new baby as soon as they have the chance. Others may be more cautious and prefer to observe from afar.
Never leave your baby and Siamese unattended, especially in the first meeting, so you can keep an eye on their behavior.
How can I tell if my Siamese isn’t adjusting?
If your Siamese is content with their new life-long friend, you can expect:
If your Siamese is having a hard time adjusting to their new life, you’ll notice obvious behavioral problems (such as aggression, increased meowing, unwillingness to eat) and physical symptoms.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to changing the environment in which your Siamese lives, you should always be cautious of their feelings. Bringing a new baby into your life is not only a big step for you but for your Siamese too.
Ensuring both your child and Siamese have mutual respect is incredibly important. Always introduce new sights and sounds slow to avoid any added stress for your kitty.