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21.06.2022

Meet the Applehead Siamese cat—the descendant of the royalty

The Applehead Siamese cat is a fun, friendly, and clever feline that will easily fit in with your family. While they are affectionate and cuddly, they can be high maintenance. They crave human attention, and they will do what they can to get it. 

Learning about the Applehead Siamese cat’s physical and psychological characteristics will help you determine whether the breed would be the right fit for your household and take proper care of this adorable kitty. Read our article to find out about the breed’s appearance, temperament, common health issues, and dietary requirements!

Applehead Siamese cat appearance

While the modern version of the Siamese cat has an angular face, elegant and thin body, and relatively large eyes, the Applehead is a bit different.

I’ll show you bulky and stocky. You just wait!

Source: webandi

Refer to the table below to see the physical characteristics of these felines:

Body part

Description

Head

  • Round, apple-shaped head and muzzle
  • A slight indentation on the top of their head

Eyes

  • Blue, slightly rounded

Ears

  • Small
  • Not widely set

Body

  • Round and muscular
  • Long legs
  • Long tail

Coat

  • Short and silky
  • White or cream body with darker points that can be teal, lilac, blue, or chocolate

Applehead Siamese cat size

Applehead Siamese cats can weigh anywhere from 2.5 kg to 6 kg once they reach maturity (around 12 months). Consult the table below to find out more about the growth and development milestones of Applehead Siamese cats:

Age

Weight

Development stage

Week 1

50–95 g

  • Eyes are closed
  • Claws are not retractable
  • The umbilical cord falls off in the first 4 to 5 days

Week 3

250–450 g

  • Eyes start to open
  • Teeth start to grow

Month 1

550–850 g

  • Eyesight and hearing slowly improve
  • Teeth develop further
  • Claws are retractable

Month 2

850–950 g

Months 3–5

1.3–2.2 kg

  • Kitten continues to grow and explore

Months 6–10

2.7–4.5 kg

  • Kitten reaches sexual maturity
  • Baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth

Months 10–12

Females weigh between 3 and 5 kg, while males can weigh up to 6.8 kg

  • The cat is considered adult

Applehead Siamese cat personality

Like any other type of Siamese cat, Appleheads are curious, playful, and highly intelligent. They also love attention. Unlike other types of the breed, Appleheads are less vocal.

I’ll just lie here, and you pet me.

Source: Alex Meier

In general, Applehead Siamese cats are:

  1. Great family pets
  2. Prone to anxiety
  3. Good with other animals
  4. Easy to train

Are Applehead Siamese cats family-friendly?

Appleheads are fantastic companions and will be happy to play with all family members. They love to be in the company of their humans and will do anything to get their attention. They are an active breed, so they enjoy playing. When Appleheads want to relax, they will gladly do it in your lap. 

These kitties are great with kids. As long as your children don’t cause them any pain, your friendly feline will tolerate any activity.

Applehead Siamese cats—issues with anxiety

The main downside of the breed is that they are prone to anxiety. Appleheads can get overly attached to their human parents and get lonely and depressed if left alone for long periods of time. In this case, you could encounter some behavioural problems, such as lethargy and biting or other forms of aggression. If your schedule keeps you out of home for longer than eight hours a day, Applehead Siamese might not be the cat for you.

Are Applehead Siamese cats good with other pets?

Sure, sure. I love him. Mostly when he sleeps. 

Source: Sharon McCutcheon

If you have a cat-friendly dog, your Applehead won't have issues socialising with them. These felines also enjoy the company of other cats. It is a good idea to have another pet to keep your Siamese company. Being needy for attention, they will most certainly enjoy it and won't feel lonely when you're away.

How easy is it to train an Applehead Siamese cat?

Since they are intelligent, Appleheads are easy to train. Besides making your life easier, training is a perfect opportunity to ensure your cat gets the cognitive stimulation that they require. 

Housetraining and teaching your feline to use a litter box will be effortless, and they will be happy to learn a few tricks, such as sitting on command or giving you a high-five. The most effective way to teach them good manners is the reward system. Use healthy treats to reward good behaviour. 

Since these felines are friendly, they will perceive the time you spend training them as playtime. It will be a fantastic bonding opportunity.

Applehead Siamese cat life expectancy

The average life expectancy of this breed is between 10 and 14 years (some Appleheads can live up to 25 years!). To increase your cat’s life expectancy, you should keep them on a tasty and healthy diet so they stay fit and healthy.

Applehead Siamese cat health issues you should be aware of

Siamese cats are prone to certain health issues, but most of these problems can be prevented or managed with a healthy diet. The most common illnesses you should be aware of are:

  1. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  2. Asthma
  3. Pancreatitis
  4. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  5. Liver problems
  6. Obesity
  7. Diabetes

Progressive retinal atrophy

PRA is a common genetic disease in Siamese cats, and Appleheads are no exception.

Source: Felix Mittermeier

This congenital disease almost always ends with blindness. The degenerative gene is passed from generation to generation, and breeders typically do genetic analysis to see if a cat carries the gene. 

As the illness progresses, the cells responsible for light reception deteriorate, and the cat loses their vision. Cats with progressive retinal atrophy suffer from night blindness at the beginning and typically lose sight entirely within four years.

Asthma

Siamese cats seem to be more susceptible to asthma than other breeds. The common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing

Corticosteroids can help when the cat starts experiencing symptoms. Bronchodilators are also an option, but they are typically used in the case of an emergency. 

You should also try to figure out what causes asthma attacks and try to eliminate the triggers. The most common culprits include:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume
  • Scented laundry detergent
  • Hairspray
  • Dust

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. It leads to many other issues that cause pain and digestive problems. If left untreated, this condition can be life-threatening.

Pancreatitis is associated with the following diseases:

  • Chronic intestinal disease
  • Liver or gallbladder disease
  • Diabetes

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

HCM is the most common cardiac disease in felines. It's a condition that causes the thickening of the muscular walls of a cat's heart, which leads to decreased efficiency of the heart.

If a cat shows no symptoms, they can live for years with slightly compromised heart function. The disease should be kept under control with adequate therapy and food containing omega-3 fatty acids. 

Liver problems

Applehead Siamese cats are prone to several liver diseases, as follows:

  • Liver shunts
  • Bacterial infections
  • Inflammatory liver disease

Symptoms to watch out for are:

Obesity

Feline obesity is a common problem that affects about 60% of cats and poses a serious health risk for felines. It can trigger many other health issues, including:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Endocrine and metabolic disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis

The good news is that you can manage your cat’s weight with adequate portions of well-balanced food. 

Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease, and obese cats are at a much higher risk of suffering from it. Diabetic cats have a continually high blood glucose concentration due to insulin resistance or inadequate insulin response. 

A proper diet and exercise regimen can help prevent diabetes or keep it under control if your cat is already suffering from this illness. 

Adequate diet for an Applehead Siamese cat

Nutrition plays a vital role in keeping felines healthy. All cats have similar dietary needs and need the following nutrients to live healthily: 

  1. Animal protein from lean meat or fish (at least 50%)
  2. Animal fat (not more than 20%)

The best you can do for your feline is to feed them a high-protein diet.

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Why not plant protein?

Meat is the only source of essential amino acids, such as taurine, cats need for:

  • Energy
  • Good muscle tone
  • Healthy skin and coat
  • Normal organ function

Plant-based diets are not a good substitute. A cat’s digestive system is not designed to process plants, which means that they won’t benefit much from eating fruits and veggies and might even experience gastrointestinal issues. If the cat food contains the following ingredients, skip it:

With so many different cat food options available—e.g. wet, dry, semi-moist, and raw—choosing the right product can be tricky. Whatever food type you go for, you should pick cat food that contains high percentages of:

Feeding your cat a high-protein diet with meat or fish as the primary ingredient will help you prevent:

Why is animal fat necessary?

Even fussy cats love the taste of animal fat, which is essential because the best food in the world won't do anything if your cat won't eat it. Besides making the food irresistible, animal fat will help hydrate the skin and keep your Applehead’s fur luscious. Fat also plays an essential role in all metabolic processes and promotes healthy digestion.

Keeping your Applehead Siamese healthy and happy with Untamed

Untamed will help you keep your Applehead Siamese cat healthy, active, and happy!

This is gonna be good!

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Every Untamed meal is designed to keep felines fit and energetic while preserving the delicious taste cats will love. All our recipes are:

  • High in protein—Every Untamed tin contains more than 60% meat, which is double the amount of protein you find in most commercial cat food products. We steer clear of common allergens and only use the highest-quality ingredients
  • Formulated by vets—Whether you have a kitten, fully-grown, or a senior Siamese, vet-formulated recipes ensure your feline companion gets the right amount of protein, fat, minerals, and vitamins in each tin of our tasty jelly or gravy dishes
  • Picky eater approved—Thanks to the slow steaming, we make sure all the essential nutrients are locked in while preserving the taste felines love. You won't have to worry about your cat disliking wet food—they will go crazy for Untamed recipes!
  • Kind to the environment—We are dedicated to minimising our environmental footprint as much as possible. All our packaging is fully recyclable, and we strive to keep our supply chain carbon-neutral. We also source all our ingredients from cruelty-free suppliers

Try Untamed and ensure your Applehead gets the best nutrition!

Getting Untamed delivered to your door

Monthly deliveries of high-quality cat food, anyone?

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All it takes are three simple steps to get your first Untamed trial pack delivered right at your door:

  1. Tell us about your Applehead
  2. Select the meal plan
  3. Place the order

Your job is done. Leave it to us to keep you stocked up on healthy meals for your Applehead Siamese cat by delivering you a fresh batch every month.

Check out the positive effects cat parents who switched their furry friends to Untamed have reported:

Timeline

The Untamed effects

Week 1

Month 2

Month 4

  • Luscious coat
  • Fewer hairballs
  • Reduced shedding

Long-term

  • Easy weight management
  • Better immune system 
  • Improved overall health