Cats are some of the most beautiful and bossy animals on the planet. While dogs worship us, cats want us to worship them.

Persian and Siamese cats have similarities, but their differences help us determine which one we will allow in our homes.

If you have been on the fence regarding which cat breed to choose, the information we provide here should help.

persian and siamese cats
Persian and Siamese cats

Key takeaways

  • Visible differences between the two cats. Persian cats have longer hair.
  • Siamese cats have longer tails than Persian cats.
  • Both cats are affectionate but Persian cats are more playful.
  • Persian cats are bulkier and weigh about 4 pounds more than a Siamese cat.
  • Siamese cats are hypoallergenic, Persian cats are not.
  • Persian and Siamese cats have different faces and eyes.
  • Both cats are friendly and suitable as family pets.

Facts About Persian Cats

Persian cats are one of the most popular cats on the planet, primarily because of their beautiful flowing fur. Obviously, Persian cats come from Persia.

These cats were brought into England from the Middle East and have become beloved pets ever since.

Persian cats have always been prized for their exotic looks. These cats are one of the most recognizable breeds.

Persian cat sitting
Persian cat

Facts About Siamese Cats

Siamese cats are one of the most distinctive and recognizable. These cats represent one of the oldest breeds in the world. Siamese cats came from Thailand.

The Siamese breed arose from the Wichianmat landrace breed. Many people consider these cats the most mysterious and beautiful in the world.

Siamese cat wearing a bell
Siamese cat

What Are the Differences Between Persian Cats and Siamese Cats?

There are many differences between Persian cats and Siamese cats. If you have never stopped to think about how they compare, allow this information to educate you.

This information will especially become beneficial if you are trying to decide which breed to adopt into your family.

The Differences in Fur

We have already discussed some of the basics, but you need to know all the details. Persian cats have much longer fur than Siamese cats. These cats are known for their long, luxurious, and full fur.

persian cat on kitchen floor

People sometimes call these cats “furballs” because they are so hairy.

Because of their long hair, this means more grooming chores due to shedding.

Siamese cats, on the other hand, have sleeker and shorter hair. You cannot see the form of Persian cats because they are so furry, but Siamese cats are sleek and slender.

Many people say Siamese cats look more elegant and refined than Persians, but this is not a fact and is based on preference.

The Differences in Their Tails

Persian cats have relatively short tails compared to the length of the rest of their bodies. Their tails are very fluffy, and they like to flick them pompously.

You may find it fascinating to learn that Siamese cats once had crooked tails. These cats even had crooked eyes. Of course, breeders have bred these once characteristic traits out.

Siamese cat with paw in the air

You can still occasionally find a Siamese cat with a crooked tail and crooked eyes, though they are rare.

You can still tell the difference between Siamese and Persian cats’ tails because the Siamese tails are longer and sleek.

The Personality Differences

Most cats are full of personality. Let’s discuss the personality differences. This is essential information if you are trying to decide between the two cats.

Persian cats are known for their very sweet and affectionate personalities. These cats have a laid-back personality and are friendly with most people they meet, as long as they have been socialized since kittenhood.

Of the two cats, Siamese cats are the most playful. These cats even enjoy playing fetch like dogs. Siamese cats are highly intelligent, and they love to talk.

If you adopt a Siamese cat, you can expect plenty of conversation and interaction.

The Differences in Size

There are also differences in size between Persian cats and Siamese cats. Persian cats typically weigh more than Siamese cats. Persian cats usually weigh between 8-12 pounds in adulthood. Siamese cats can weigh between 4 to 8 pounds.

Persians are also bulkier than Siamese cats, and not only because of their thick and flowing hair. Although they appear delicate and fragile, Persian cats are very thick-necked and muscular.

Persian and Siamese cats
Persian and Siamese cats

Which Cat Is Hypoallergenic?

If you have allergies, cats can cause unwanted symptoms that make life unbearable. Surprisingly, it is not the hair that causes your allergic symptoms, which many people mistakenly believe.

It is actually the cat’s saliva that causes symptoms.

Persian cats have very long hair, so they are constantly grooming themselves. They also have more pet dander that gets caught in their fur.

Persian cats are not considered hypoallergenic and should be avoided by those with allergies.

If you are looking for a hypoallergenic cat, you would be wise to choose a Siamese. Siamese cats, with their shorter hair, are hypoallergenic and less likely to cause allergy symptoms unless you have a severe allergy to cats.

Technically, there are no cats that are 100% hypoallergenic but the Siamese cat is considered to be close along with several other breeds.

Differences in the Faces of Siamese and Persian Cats

When comparing these two cats, their facial differences are undoubtedly different. Their faces set them apart from one another and make it easy to tell which one is a Siamese cat and which one is a Persian.

Persian cats have a “squished” face. You might think these cats are the brothers from another mother of Pekingese dogs. Their cute squished faces are one of the things many Persian cat fans love.

Siamese cats, on the other hand, have been bred to have elongated faces. Their wedge-shaped heads are what has given them the nickname “Wedgies”.

Persian and Siamese cat faces
Persian and Siamese cat faces

Differences In Persian Cats’ and Siamese Cats’ Eyes

You can also tell Siamese cats and Persian cats apart because of their eyes. Persian cats have large round eyes that sometimes do not appear as large as they should because of their squished faces.

On the other hand, Siamese cats have almond-shaped eyes that are usually brilliantly blue. Persians can also have blue eyes, but their eye shape is not as distinctive as the Siamese.

Which Cat Is Right For You?

Choosing between a Siamese cat and a Persian cat is not easy. Both of these cats are amazingly beautiful.

If you have allergies, you probably need to choose a Siamese cat since they are hypoallergenic. If you want a cat with a laid-back, loving personality, choose the Persian.

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