We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Siamese Cats

Siamese cats are one of the oldest breeds of domesticated cats in the world, they are one of the first recognized breeds of Asian cats, one of several varieties of cat’s native to China and brought to Thailand.  Siamese cats are one of the most popular breeds, especially in North America and Europe.

Siamese cats can be identified by their almond-shaped eyes, triangular head shape and large ears.  They have a slender, elongated and muscular body and a variety of forms of point coloration. For several centuries, a large amount of Siamese cats had crossed eyes and crooked, kinked tails, although there are several Siamese cats with crossed eyes and crooked kinked tails today, it is not as common as it was centuries ago.  The gene that caused the crossed eyes and crooked tail has been bred out of the Siamese cats over the centuries.

Siamese cats tend to be affectionate, intelligent, social and playful well into their adulthood.  Siamese cats often seek human interaction and enjoy a good game of fetch, as well as liking companionship from other cats.

Siamese cats’ coat colour is determined by their genetics as well as the temperature of their surroundings. Most often, Siamese cats are born white and then develop their markings in the following weeks of their life. There are several variations of colorations in Siamese cats. The following are some of the colorations; Seal point Siamese (extremely dark brown, almost black), Chocolate point Siamese (lighter brown), Lilac point Siamese (pale warm grey), Bluepoint Siamese (cool grey).

Siamese are generally affectionate and intelligent, often known for there social nature.  Most Siamese cats enjoy being around people, often bonding strongly with a single person. Siamese can be very vocal with a very loud, low-pitched voice; they are often persistent in demanding attention. Siamese cats will often vocalize all of their opinions on their food, what they may observe out the window and in general, anything that they encounter throughout the day and night.  Siamese cats are often very active and playful well into their adult years and are sometimes described as having dog-like behaviours.

There are several breeds of cats that have been derived from the Siamese cat.  The following are a few of those breeds;

Balinese, Bengal Cat, Burmese, Havana Brown, Colorpoint shorthair, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, Oriental Shorthair, Oriental longhair, Savannah, Snowshoe, Thai Cat, Tonkinese, and Mekong Bobtail (Thai Bobtail).

Siamese cats are perfect for a family with children, a family that can keep them active all day long as they may get bored and destructive if they do not get enough interaction throughout the day. Keep in mind as well if you are looking at adopting a Siamese cat, they love to talk.

If looking to adopt a Siamese cat, do your research into breeders or a shelter that you know and trust, often a certified breeder is your best bet as you know that the animal has been treated properly, and raised in a clean, healthy environment.

Written by Shannon Knox, Practice Manager

Sources:

https://www.mondou.com/en-CA/advice/siamese-everything-youve-ever-wanted-to-know

https://www.hillspet.ca/en-ca/cat-care/cat-brees/siamese

https://www.thesprucepets.com/facts-about-siames-cats-4173491

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamese_cat

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following policies were updated on Tuesday April 7, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-542-7337. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We accept credit card and debit card.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Kingston Veterinary Clinic