Siamese cats are loved by many for their beauty, their playfulness, and the affection they show to their humans. For some people, though, Siamese cats are just too much of a responsibility for their ever ongoing need for attention and inability to be by themselves.
For those people, A Lynx Point Siamese could be the ultimate pet. Let’s have a look at all the characteristics and need-to-knows of this exceptional cat breed. What is a Lynx Point Siamese?
Lynx Point Siamese cats are a human-made blend between purebred Siamese and Tabby cats. Due to this crossing, Lynx Points (also known as Tabby Points or Color Points) have a more moderate temperament than pure Siamese. They possess the beauty of Siamese cats and the friendly personality of a Tabby.
Where did Lynx Point Siamese cats originate?
The Lynx Point Siamese is a human-made breed that was first conceived in the late ’40s and ’50s by breeding an American Shorthair with a Seal Point Siamese. The story goes that this was actually a happy accident because it wasn’t intentional to create this mixed breed.
However, whether or not it really was an accident, it had a beautiful outcome because Lynx Points are one of the most beautiful breeds you can find. This inspired further crossbreeding between the two and lead to further development of the breed.
In the 1960s, when the Lynx Point gained popularity, the breed was officially recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in Londen and classified them as a subset of the Siamese and referred to them as “Tabby Point Siamese”.
Because of their many names, people often get confused. For example, The American Cat Fanciers Association refers to them as “Lynx Colorpoint Shorthair”.
What does a Lynx Point Siamese Look like?
The built of the Lynx Point is something that they inherited from their Asian breed lines, aka the Siamese side, rather than the Tabby side. They look delicate with their slender paws and body but are an incredibly athletic breed due to their muscular and sturdy frame.
While males are usually larger than females, Lynx Points can weigh in at around 6 to 12 pounds which is average for most domestic cats.
Like Siamese cats, this mixed breed cat comes in a range of colors such as apricot, lilac, blue, cinnamon, seal, and red.
Other than purebred Siamese, Lynx Points have distinct patterns on their cheeks, forehead, legs and down their backs, all the way up to distinct color rings on their tails. These resemble Lynx markings, and that’s how this breed got its name.
These beautiful markings tend to darken with age, so, although faint as a kitten, these patterns can get quite defined in adulthood.
Out of all color combinations, the tortoiseshell pattern is scarce in Lynx Point Siamese. If you’re looking to own one, you can expect to pay a hefty price or get very lucky in finding one at a shelter that doesn’t realize the value.
Where to get a Siamese Lynx Point, and what do they cost?
If you got your mind set on getting a beautiful Siamese Lynx Point, looking for a good breeder should be your first step.
Yes, you can get lucky and come across a Lynx Point in a shelter, but people know their worth, so you’ll rarely find (a cheap) one outside the usual breeding community.
The price range of a Siamese Lynx Point can vary substantially, but generally, breeders will charge upwards of 500 USD for a kitten and upwards of 800 USD for an adult. In those cases, the cat has had a health checkup and will be fully vaccinated. For kittens without a health certificate and vaccinations, prices usually start around 250 USD.
When looking for a breeder, Google is a great starting point. I hate to say it, but there are quite a few clandestine breeders around. For your (and your cat’s) sake, do your due diligence and make sure everything is on the up and up.
Always find a breeder that treats the animals well and keeps them happy, healthy, and safe.
Lynx Point Siamese personality, social skills, and temperament
It’s a well-known fact that Siamese cats have a rather feisty personality with a lot of temperament and lots of energy. On top of that, they are very attached to their humans and have a constant need for acknowledgment and attention.
Siamese cats have very distinctive personalities. They are affectionate cats, curious, and always looking to be involved with their human.
For most cat owners, these are some of the reasons to go for a Siamese cat, but if a pure Siamese is a bit too much for you and you need some personal space as well, then a Lynx Point might be perfect for you.
They are supposed to be a “watered-down” version of traditional Siamese cats. This is because of their mix with the Tabby cat, which is a lot more docile and easy-going.
Don’t be fooled, though! While they aren’t as restless as traditional Siamese, these cats can have a mind of their own as well.
They’re sharp, smart and due to their build, they are agile and fast. They love playing and are always ready for action.
Another thing they clearly inherited from the Siamese side is their curiosity. They always need to be involved, and there is little that escapes their attention.
Are you looking for a playful and intelligent cat that has the stunning looks of a Siamese but a more laid-back and mild version but with the loving personality of a Tabby cat? Then you’ll find living with a Lynx Point very pleasing.
If you’ve ever known a Siamese owner, you know that Siamese cats are one of the most devoted and loving cat breeds. The Lynx Point is no exception.
Are Lynx Points good for families?
Siamese cats, including the Lynx Point, are ideal for families, and this breed is no exception to that. However, they can be a bit picky in who they like and who not; their playful and generally high-energy personality makes them the ideal companions for kids.
They are not easily scared or annoyed by noisy rooms where there is a lot going on. Like Siamese cats, they’re always ready to join the fun and be involved with everything that’s happening.
While they’re very sociable, like most cats, they might keep away from babies and toddlers because young children could be unpredictable and erratic. But don’t let this deter you from getting a Lynx Point because they can be wonderful companions for kids.
Can Lynx Points go outside?
It is best not to leave them outside while unattended. First of all, because of their curiosity, they tend to go out exploring the world, wander too far, and get lost.
Secondly, in general, Siamese cats are very much sought after and depending on where you live, they get reported stolen quite often.
They can learn to be inside cats, but you should make sure that these cats can manage their energy levels with toys or other distractions.
Lynx Points can also be perfectly content while staying inside the house, sitting in front of a window for hours, and spend time looking at what happens outside. Be it a busy street or nature, it will be interesting to them as long as something happens.
What about a Lynx Point’s diet?
Lynx Point Siamese cats need a high-quality diet to keep healthy. Like all cats, they are obligatory carnivores which means that they have to eat meat to satisfy their need for animal proteins. These can also be sourced from eggs and milk, but cats shouldn’t eat much of both.
Especially for Siamese cats, getting high-quality protein is essential to maintain their muscular and agile bodies. Let me say that again: The single most important thing in a Siamese’s diet is protein.
Dialy Recommended allowances for Protein and fat
|Kittens (up to 1.8 lb)||Adult Cats ( up to 9 lb)||Nursing Cats (9 lb with 4 kittens)|
|Crude Protein||10 grams||12.5 grams||41 grams|
|Total Fat||4 grams||5.5 grams||12 grams|
Components of a healthy diet
The following should be taken into account for your Lynx Point’s diet.
- The majority of their calorie intake should come from wet food containing meat (or the occasional fish) – Apart from that, it’s healthy and resembles their natural diet; wet food also helps to keep your cat well hydrated.
- If you have the option, it would be great to prepare some fresh food (meat/fish) for your cat now and then.
- Spread the feeding sessions out over the day, ideally three times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. – Cats have small stomachs and prefer to eat small amounts throughout the day.
- You can supplement their diet with some high-quality kibble – Limit this to 1 cup per day to avoid feeding too many carbohydrates, which they have trouble digesting. Feeding kibble has some advantages; for instance, it’s great to keep your cat’s teeth in good condition.
- Treat your cat with a healthy cat snack to keep her tummy full in between meals.
Provide sufficient water
Like humans, cats are about 70% water which needs to be regularly replenished. Your cat needs to drink sufficiently, so make sure there is always a bowl of fresh water around.
Cats that eat a lot of wet food will drink less water because wet food typically contains about 75% water. Dry cat food/kibble only contains 10% of liquid, which is another reason to feed primarily wet food to your cat.
Minerals that your cat needs
Minerals are essential for cats. They are the building blocks of our bodies, and to keep your cat in top condition; she needs sufficient minerals to stay healthy.
Sadly, most (cheaper) supermarket food often lacks these important building blocks. We always recommend going for the premium cat food brands such as Royal Canin, Hills, Purina, or others for a balanced diet.
The list below gives an overview of what minerals are important for your cat and should be present in a balanced diet. For more details and quantities, have a look at this great resource from the National Research Council.
- Vitamins A, D, E, K, B1, B6, B12
- Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid
Beware of cat obesity
Cat obesity is a growing problem and a huge problem for cats. It can affect both the physical health of your Lynx Point but also her mental health. Sadly too many cats meet an early demise because of their unhealthy body weight.
Obesity is often caused by over-feeding and too little exercise. The table below shows the recommended daily calory intake. These are recommendations, and if your Siamese is very active, they might need some more. More laid-back or older cats may need less.
The average weight of a healthy Lynx Point Siamese is between 6 and 12 pounds.
If yours is heavier, consult your vet to determine your cat’s ideal weight and decide together on a strategy to get back to a healthier weight.
|Daily recommended calorie intake for cats||5 lbs||10 lbs||15 lbs||20 lbs|
|Kitten||200 kcal||400 kcal||600 kcal||800 kcal|
|Lean Adult Cat||170 kcal||280 kcal||360 kcal||440 kcal|
|Overweight Adult Cat||180 kcal||240 kcal||280 kcal||310 kcal|
|Nursing Cat||336 kcal||603 kcal||850 kcal||1090 kcal|
How long do Siamese Lynx Point cats live?
Normally, purebred cats don’t live as long as mixed breeds, but there are always exceptions. Siamese cats are the exception to the rule and live quite long. When kept healthy, a Siamese can live up to 15 years which is quite long compared to an average of 8 to 10 years for other purebreds.
A Lynx Point has the best of both worlds. Because it’s actually a mixed breed cat, it got strong genes and it’s less sensitive and fragile than purebred cats. It is not at all uncommon for Lynx Point’s to live 15 to 20 years and beyond.
Common health issues with Siamese Lynx Points
Relatively speaking, Siamese cats are relatively healthy, although, like all purebreds, they have some genetic issues that make them more prone to some health challenges.
The Siamese is a relatively healthy breed of cat, but he does have some genetic issues to be aware of:
- Some respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma, often caused by
- Amyloidosis, a form of liver disease
- Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes inflammation and can cause teeth to fall out when left untreated.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a well-known issue with Siamese cats which your cat may have inherited from their bloodline. It can lead to total blindness in a span of just 16 weeks.
- Urinary Tract problems are not specific to (Lynx Point) Siamese cats but worth noting because it’s a very common disorder in cats.
- Vestibular Disease is a condition that affects the inner ear, responsible for maintaining balance and coordination. It can affect all cats but Siamese and Burmese cats are more prone than other breeds due to genetic predeposition.
- Eating disorders – Siamese cats are picky eaters who may lead to malnourishment when they don’t get the food they want (need). It’s good to keep an eye on the eating habits of your Lynx Point to make sure they get the nutrients they need.
On the other hand, they’re also prone to over-eating, which may lead to obesity. Obesity is a problem for all cats, but especially Siamese cats are at risk because their slender bodies are not built to withstand much weight. Overweight may lead to arthritis and defects in their joints, all of which are quite painful.
It is good to be aware of potential health challenges that your Lynx Point Siamese might encounter. No cat is immune to health problems, especially when they get older.
Luckily, there is a lot that cat-parents can do to avoid or delay health problems by going for regular veterinarian checkups. For younger cats at least once a year and more often for older cats.
Ensure your cat has had all her vaccinations to avoid them getting sick of something that could have easily been avoided.
A Lynx Point Siamese is a treasure of a cat to own. We hope this overview was helpful to discover what makes them unique and how they should be cared for. Is there something you missed? Let us know, and we’ll add it on.