:Cat Breed Profile
The Thai Cat is a former Siamese, talkative, but so affectionate, tender, and cuddly. It’s jealous, hypersensitive, playful, mischievous too, and only asks for the attention of Its owner and Its family.
Children will be happy in Its presence. Its maintenance is minimal and its behavior suits almost everyone!
History of the breed
The Thai cat is none other than an ancient Siamese before It developed and took on the appearance that we know It today. Its origin is therefore formally linked to the Siamese.
Thai, as its name suggests, originates from Thailand. It left Its country to join the United Kingdom in the late 19th century and was presented in an exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1871.
The Siamese (Thai) was popular with the public until the start of World War II. After the 1960s, the breed evolved through multiple selections. It differs from the current Siamese by a more rounded shape.
- Its body: According to the breed standard, the Thai cat has a body qualified as semi-foreign. It’s fairly average but has strong musculature. However, it does not give the impression of heaviness. It should be noted a well developed and a little rounded chest. The legs of the Thai are thin and blend well into the body.
- Its hair: The Thai dress is short. The hairs are tight and are lying over the entire body. To the touch, you can feel a silky texture, a really fine coat, which is particularly pleasant.
- Its color: The Thai standard only accepts colourpoint cats. A category that is divided into several divisions concerning it: solid, tabby, silver/smoke. The contrast must be struck between the color of each point and that of the dress, uniform. The standard accepts the absence of a phantom mark. Note that the kitten may not have well-defined points, unlike an adult cat which could have darker shadows on the body.
- Its head: It has soft contours. It is quite long and fits into an equilateral triangle. Females have the particularity of having round cheeks, but males can have more developed ones. The muzzle is not very long and the chin is firm.
- Its eyes: They are medium in size, oval in shape, and placed slightly at an angle. Thai cat has the most intense blue color possible.
- Its ears: They are of fairly medium size and are set high on the head. They are wide at the base and their end is rounded.
- Its tail: It is like in many cats: wide at the base, of medium length, it tapers gradually to end with a slightly rounded end.
Behavior and Characters
The Thai cat has the same characteristics in Its behavior as the Siamese. This is an adorable cat, who feels unconditional love for Its owner. It will follow him/her everywhere, sometimes with the feeling that It’s a pot of glue.
It’s a faithful and loyal feline, who cannot be left alone for a few hours. It’s able to abandon food, to stop eating if It feels abandoned. It’s therefore hypersensitive, but also very intelligent.
The major downside is Its voice. It’s a great talker who does not hesitate to make Itself heard. The Thai appreciates the company of children, with whom It will play without any problem. It’s a born player and also mischievous. Outside, it can be walked on a leash, which makes it a cat-dog.
The Thai cat can live indoors exclusively, or benefit from a small corner of greenery in the form of a garden, or a balcony. It is a cat who enjoys climbing to dominate its territory.
It likes to move, to have fun, or to stay calm in Its master’s arms. There is no point in having a large territory if it feels neglected. It needs Its owner’s company all the time to be happy. Its well-being depends more on this than on Its environment.
Health & Maintenance
The Thai cat is, like the Siamese, endowed with very good health. It can sometimes be thwarted by urinary problems if he does not drink regularly enough. In addition, some hereditary diseases can affect Its liver, heart, and lungs.
However, It’s a strong cat that begs to be vaccinated, like all felines, against the traditional diseases that can affect It. Thus, from an early age, it will be necessary to take the lead and prevent rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of a Thai is between 19 and 21 years
A single weekly brushing is enough to satisfy the Thai’s short coat.
You will need to conduct regular checks to Its ears and Its eyes to anticipate any infection. It will be especially important to give this cat a regular drink to prevent urinary problems.
The Thai cat doesn’t like human food too much, which is not recommended anyway. However, It’s able to swallow milk and cream products. Bits of chicken cartilage as well. It will certainly prefer industrial food made from high-quality kibble.