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 because of their ongoing need for attention and inability to be by themselves.
If you love Siamese cats’ beauty and loving personality, but you prefer a lower maintenance cat, then A Lynx Point Siamese could be the ultimate pet for you.
Here is everything you need to know about Siamese Lynx cats.
What is a Siamese Lynx Point Siamese cat?
Siamese Lynx Point cats are a human-bred blend between purebred Siamese and Tabby cats. Because of this combination, Lynx Points (aka Tabby Points or Color Points) possess the beauty of Siamese cats and the affectionate yet laid-back personality of a Tabby.
Where did Lynx Point Siamese cats originate?
The Lynx Point Siamese is a human-made breed first conceived in the late ’40s and ’50s by breeding an American Shorthair with a Seal Point Siamese. The story goes that this was a happy accident because this breed wasn’t intentionally created.
However, whether or not it 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 led to further breed development.
Officially Tabby Point Siamese
In the 1960s, when the Lynx Point Siamese cat 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 build of the Lynx Point is inherited from their Asian breed lines, the Siamese side, rather than the Tabby side. They look delicate with slender paws and lean bodies. They are an incredibly athletic breed due to their muscular and sturdy frame.
Like Siamese cats, this mixed breed cat comes in a range of colors such as chocolate points, apricot, lilac, blue, cinnamon, seal, and red points, and they come with beautiful blue eyes.
Lynx Points have unique ‘tabby’-inherited markings on their points (cheeks, forehead, paws) and various rings on their tail. These were inherited from their tabby-side and resemble Lynx markings, hence their name.
These beautiful markings tend to darken with age, so, although faint as a kitten, they get quite defined in adulthood.
Buying or adopting a Lynx Point Siamese cat
If you got your mind set on getting a beautiful Siamese Lynx Point, looking for a good breeder should be your first step.
While you can get lucky and come across a Lynx Point in a local shelter, that’s incredibly rare. Most people know their worth, so they’re hard to find outside the usual breeding community.
What does a Lynx Point cat cost?
The price range of a Lynx Point Siamese cat can vary substantially, but generally, breeders will charge upwards of 500 USD for Lynx Point Siamese kittens and upwards of 800 USD for an adult.
The cat will be fully vaccinated and have a health checkup in those cases. For kittens without a health certificate and vaccinations, prices usually start around 250 USD.
Where to find a Lynx Point – and what to look out for?
Google is a great starting point when looking for a breeder, but be careful. 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.
Planning to visit a breeder for the first time and don’t know what to look for?
Have a look at this article from yourcat.co.uk about what to expect, things to look out for and questions to ask.
Lynx Point Siamese personality
It’s a well-known fact that traditional Siamese cats have a rather feisty personality with a lot of temperament and 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 intelligent, affectionate cats, curious, and always looking to be involved with their humans.
The best of both worlds
For most cat owners, these are some of the reasons to go for a Siamese cat, but if a traditional Siamese is a bit too much for you and you cannot commit to the constant need for attention and company, then a Lynx Point Siamese cat might be perfect for you.
They are supposed to be a “watered-down” version of a traditional Siamese cat. This is because of their mix with the Tabby cat, which is more docile and easy-going.
Don’t be fooled, though! While they aren’t as restless as traditional Siamese, Lynx Point Siamese cats can also have a mind of their own.
Are Lynx Points good family cats?
Siamese cats, including the Lynx Point, are ideal for families. However, they can be a bit picky about who they like and who not; their playfulness, loving, and generally high-energy personalities make them the ideal companions for kids.
They are not easily scared or annoyed by noisy rooms. Like traditional Siamese cats, they’re always ready to join the fun and be involved with everything going on.
While they’re very sociable, like most cats, they might keep their distance from babies and toddlers since they could be unpredictable and erratic.
Should a Lynx Point go outside?
It is best not to leave them outside while unattended. First of all, because of their curiosity, they tend to explore the world, wander too far, and get lost.
Lynx points can learn to be indoor cats but provide distractions such as toys to manage their energy levels.
Once used to the indoors, Lynx Points can also be perfectly content, sitting in front of a window for hours and spending 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 obligate 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 this breed, getting high-quality protein is essential to maintain their muscular and agile bodies.
Let me say that again: The most critical thing in a Siamese’s diet is protein.
Daily 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.
- Wet food: The majority of their calorie intake should come from wet food containing meat (or the occasional fish) – This resembles their natural diet and wet food also helps to keep your cat well hydrated.
- Dry food: You can supplement their diet with some high-quality kibble – Limit this to 1 cup per day to avoid feeding too many carbohydrates. Feeding kibble has some advantages; for instance, it’s great to keep your cat’s teeth in good condition.
- Fresh food: If you have the option, prepare some fresh food (meat/fish) for your cat every now and then.
- Timing: Spread feeding sessions out over the day, ideally three or four separate meals. Cats have small stomachs and prefer to eat small amounts throughout the day. You can also replace some meals with a healthy cat snack to keep your cat’s tummy full in between meals.
Provide sufficient water
Like humans, cats are about 70% water which needs to be regularly replenished. Make sure there’s always fresh water available to your cat.
Minerals that your cat needs
Minerals are essential for cats. They are the building blocks of our and their bodies. Keeping your cat in top condition requires sufficient minerals to stay healthy.
Sadly, most (cheaper) supermarket food often lacks these essential building blocks. We recommend going for the premium cat food brands such as Royal Canin, Hills, Purina, or others for a balanced diet.
Below is an overview of what minerals are essential for your cat. These 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
How long do Siamese Lynx Point cats live?
Normally, purebred cats don’t live as long as mixed breeds, but the Siamese are exceptions to the rule and live quite long.
A Siamese can live up to 15 years or beyond when kept healthy. This is quite long, especially when compared to 8 to 10 years for other purebreds.
This is likely due to their strong genes, inherited from the Tabby, making them less fragile than other purebred cats.
Common health issues with Siamese Lynx Points
Lynx Point Siamese cats are relatively healthy, although, like all purebreds, they have some genetic issues that make them more prone to some health challenges.
The Lynx Point Siamese is a relatively healthy breed of cat, but it does have some potential genetic issues to be aware of:
- Some respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma
- 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 a Lynx Point or Siamese in general 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 predisposition.
- 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.
Being overweight may lead to arthritis and defects in their joints, 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 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 helped discover what makes them unique and how they should be cared for.
We are sure that you won’t be disappointed and that your new Lynx Point Siamese will be a loving new addition to your family.
If you already own a Siamese Lynx, please let us and our readers know about your experience in the comments below.