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Hi, Norman

I have a 5 month old traditional Siamese kitten. She keeps yowling at night when I go to bed. The thing is if I bring her upstairs she just makes too much noise and goes crazy getting into my belongings. I share a room with my sister so I have to keep my kitten downstairs because my sister has to get sleep for school. How do I stop her from yowling? Also my siamese yowls when I go to another room. She could be fast asleep and the next mintue she's up yowling if I'm gone. She also follows me around I want to know why? How much food is a 5 month siamese kitten meant to eat? I feed her dry food only. I did research the breed before I got her I've always wanted one she's really a nice cat. Oh, and she cries when I'm in the front room at a certain late evening until I go to bed then she follows me upstairs I want to know why?

Your advice would be good :) thanks.

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Ash,

Is your Siamese spayed?  If not, she is probably in heat. You can check with your vet, but she is old enough to be spayed.

Like children, kittens need almost all they can eat. She should eat enough so that she continues to gain weight.  She will probably reach her mature size by about 18 months.  Like people, individual cats have different metabolisms, so you just have to watch her size and weight.  Kittens should be a bit chunky, but not fat. If she is not yet spayed, some of her food intake will be taken up by being in season. If she is spayed, you will have to really watch her diet as she can gain weight if she is not fighting those hormones.

Siamese cats are often dog like and will follow you around. They seem to latch on to a person and can be very demanding of attention.

I hope the above is helpful.

BTW, there is no way I know to keep a cat from meowing. The best solution I have been able to think of is ear plugs, especially the kind used for trans-oceanic flights (available from most travel stores).

Best regards... Norm.

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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