Siamese kitties have climbed up the social cat tree with the help of their loving personalities. These special felines are known to be incredibly vocal, playful, and affectionate. They’re often compared to dogs more than their fellow aloof felines.
Siamese cats do not like being alone! Unlike normal moggies, Siamese cats enjoy personal time with their humans more than anything. In fact, this unique breed can actually develop depression or anxiety if they’re left alone too often.
Because of this, many people become confused or irritated after bringing a Siamese cat into their life. It is easy to misunderstand just how much attention and time these kitties need.
Since Siamese cats strive to be surrounded by their human parents, it’s only natural they’ll get lonely and possibly a little bit naughty when you’re not around.
How Long Can Siamese Cats be Left Alone?
You’ll have a hard time finding a straightforward answer to this question. What we love about our kitties is that they all have individual personalities – that’s what makes them so special!
Some Siamese kitties may be perfectly fine spending some time alone (although they certainly will be lonely) whereas others may leap for your nearest valuables in an attempt to punish you.
Siamese cats become incredibly attached to their owners. Sure, they’re more independent in the sense that you don’t have to take them for walks (unless you’ve adapted the harness method) but you’ll still have to spend a significant amount of time playing and caring for them.
Once your Siamese has formed that special bond with you, they’ll miss you like crazy once you’re gone. You’re not the only thing they’re crazy about though.
Of course, we can’t be expected to sit at home with our Siamese kitties all day every day! It’s only normal that we’ll need to leave our Siamese cats alone every once and a while.
The recommended time you can leave your Siamese alone depends on a few factors: age, diet, environment. If your adult Siamese is perfectly healthy and doesn’t turn to destruction, they should be fine at home for up to 8 – 9 hours.
If your Siamese is still a baby, you should never leave them longer than 3-4 hours. This time is absolutely crucial in your relationship as this is when you’ll begin bonding.
If a Siamese cat is left alone too long too often, they’ll quickly become lonely and depressed. Once this happens, your house will become their destruction zone. Say goodbye to sleep, as you’ll be up all night with their constant meowing. Your walls and couches will become their scratching posts. Not only is this a pain for you, it’s just sad knowing your Siamese isn’t happy!
If you’re planning on leaving your Siamese cat alone for a while, think about this:
How Can I Deal With My Cat’s Separation Anxiety?
If you worry your Siamese may be experiencing separation anxiety, there are quite a few things you can do to overcome this! But first, we should determine whether or not your faithful feline misses you more than they should.
Cats with separation anxiety often show the following signs:
Personally, I believe you should never punish your cat for bad behavior due to anxiety, and I strongly recommend you do the same. Reacting negatively towards this behavior will only heighten their anxiety, and while it should not be rewarded, there are a few positive actions you can take to help your Siamese feel at ease.
Step 1: Training
While people usually reserve training for dogs, cats also need training to correct certain behaviors. Here are a few techniques that can help with anxiety:
Step 2: Entertainment
A bored cat is an anxious cat and one that will turn to destruction. The key to reducing separation anxiety is providing a fun environment that’ll keep them entertained until you’re home.
Step 3: Quality Time
Not spending enough time with your Siamese can heighten the separation anxiety. Siamese kitties crave human affection, and when they’re not given enough, they’ll develop depression and anxiety – even if you’re home all hours of the day.
Dedicate at least 30 minutes of your day to playing with your Siamese and have multiple play sessions when you can. Try teaching them a few new tricks or introducing interactive toys.
Step 4: Give Them A Friend
Siamese kitties thrive off companionship. If they can’t have their humans 24 hours a day, they’ll settle for the next best thing – a furry friend.
Most cats have been proven to live a happier life if they’ve lived it with a fellow feline. This is the main reason people tend to adopt cats in pairs, especially from the same family.
So, if you have the option to, consider adopting a friend for your Siamese. Although these kitties can be quite territorial, once introduced right, they can be the perfect pair. Simply follow the guide on the link for a successful introduction.
It’s important to keep in mind that just because they have a friend, they won’t miss you any less. You still have to give them just as much love and attention, this just means they will have some company and entertainment when you’re away.
Siamese kitties are incredibly energetic, so it’s important you find a playmate just as energetic as them.
Other steps you can take:
So, do Siamese cats like being alone?
Not at all! They’re incredibly sociable creatures and rely heavily on human contact.
That being said, it’s completely fine to leave your feline home alone for a few hours at a time. Just make sure they have everything they need and they have plenty of toys to keep them entertained!