The Thai Cat is an old, but recently recognized breed that is related to the Siamese Cat. This is a medium-sized cat with a substantial yet lithe body. It has a rounded modified wedge-shaped head, long and flat forehead, broad-based ears and vivid blue eyes.
These cats come in color points and their soft coat feels silky to the touch.
This is a people-oriented, talkative and attention seeking breed. They like to follow their owners and are ‘in your face‘ type of cat.
Furthermore, they will talk about everything and anything and expect that you act on their advice. These cats need a lot of attention to live properly and don’t like being left alone.
Thus, they are best suited for homes where there is always someone around to keep them company.
It is believed that pointed cats were cherished in Thailand more than 700 years ago. These cats were called Whichianmat, which translates into ‘moon diamond‘. They were depicted in the Tamra Maew, known as Cat Book of Poems which is dated to period in between 1351-1767.
The Whichianmat is still a very popular cat in Thailand that has stayed true to its original appearance.
In the 1800’s, the first Whickianmat cats arrived in Great Britain where they soon become very popular. The Western breeders renamed the breed to Siamese and started to improve its looks with selective breeding. Thus emerged a cat with finely boned slimmer body, longer head and more intense sapphire blue eyes.
By the 1950’s, the new-styled Siamese was the center of attention and many breeders preferred the new look over the original one. Luckily, some breeders enjoyed the original appearance of these cats and started to breed them. At this point, the two breeds started to diverge.
By 1980’s, old-style Siamese were no longer competitive in show rings and the breed clubs dedicated to these cats started to emerge. In early 1990’s, Annelise Hackmann introduced a classic looking Siamese Cat named Thai, to show halls in Europe.
Her efforts inspired other breeders to begin breeding and showing Thai Cats.
In 1990 the World Cat Federation officially recognized the Thai. The International Cat Association gave the Thai the championship status in 2010.
The Thai is a medium-sized cat with a moderately long body. Their bodies are moderately boned and well-muscled, but at the same time lithe. The legs and the tail are also moderate and reinforce the general feel of the average-built body.
These cats have a modified wedge-shaped head that is rounded on the sides and has a long and flat forehead. The head sports a wedge-shaped muzzle, broadly based ears and round blue eyes.
The male Thai Cats are slightly larger and weigh from 11-15 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 8-12 pounds.
The Thai Cats need to maintain their weight in order to preserve their looks. These cats have a healthy appetite and most of them are overly excited about food. That’s why, you will have to feed your cat with weight control food to prevent obesity.
The Thai is a vocal cat that likes to talk and never tires of the sound of her voice. So, your cat will greet you by the front door and immediately start talking about her day and other things of importance.
This is a curious cat that likes to jump, climb and observe everything from high vantage points. Therefore, get this cat a tall cat tree so that she won’t jump all over your furniture and start climbing curtains.
They are smart cats who will easily learn tricks and how to walk on a cat leash just to spend more time with you. These cats also like to travel and they enjoy a ride in the car.
It likes meeting new people and basks in the attention it receives. They are very attached to their owners and won’t appreciate being left at home all alone. Hence, they are best suited for people who spend a lot of time at home.
Generally, this is a friendly cat that gets along with everyone and is suited for people of all ages.
The Thai is a highly adaptable breed and these cats react well in new situations. Furthermore, they adapt well to new environments and love meeting new people.
However, bear in mind that this is an attention seeking cat that can develop separation anxiety or even depression if it spends a lot of time alone.
The Thai Cats are very energetic and like being in motion. These cats need a variety toy pack to keep them occupied and in great shape.
Generally, this breed knows how to stay in shape. However, due to their social nature, it is best to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat. This way she will get enough exercise and at the same time interact with you.
The Thai is generally a healthy breed that can live very long. Although they aren’t prone to an array of genetic health problems like some other cat breeds, certain issues have been observed in these cats.
This doesn’t mean that your cat is going to be affected. However, it is better to learn about any potential problems prior to bringing a new cat home.
- Crossed eyes: This condition occurs when small muscles in the eye are stretched out and don’t allow normal movements of the eye. A cat can be born with this condition or develop it later in life. Cats that are born with it don’t experience any problems and have normal lives. However, if the condition appears later in life it is usually because of an underlying issue. Symptoms include uncoordinated eye movement, lack of movement in one eye, seizures and lethargy. Treatment varies depending on the underlying issue and can include antibiotics or surgery.
- Kinked Tail: This condition is caused by a recessive gene and it is sometimes seen in Thai Cats. This means that even though both parents have normal tails a kitten can be born with a curled or kinked tail. This condition doesn’t affect the health of a cat. However, affected cats are disqualified from show rings.
- Gangliosidosis: It’s an inherited disease that causes a cat to lack an enzyme that is required to metabolize certain lipids. Thus, excess fats accumulate within the cells disrupting their normal function. Symptoms include in-coordinate walk, enlarged liver, tremors and visual impairment. They are usually observed in kittens between 1 to 5 months of age. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease and the affected kittens die when they are 8 months old. However, DNA testing is available and is used to improve breeding programs.
The Thai Cat has an average life expectancy of 15-20 years. This is a generally healthy breed that can have a long and fulfilling life.
Therefore, take your cat to regular vet check-ups, keep her vaccinate and use dewormer tablets to keep her in good health.
The Thai has a short, single-layered coat that is soft and lies close to the body. Hence, this is a low-maintenance breed that just needs weekly brushing.
Use a grooming glove to remove loose hair and dirt, and to distribute skin oils through the coat. Since they don’t have an undercoat, these cats don’t shed much and won’t leave a ton of hair on your furniture.
The Thai comes in color points, meaning that the face, ears, tail and legs are of a darker color than the rest of the body.
The four basic colors are seal, blue, lilac and chocolate. However, they can also come in cream, red, fawn, tortie, tabby and torbie.
The social and attention seeking Thai Cat is an ideal choice for families with children. These cats love to chase after feather teasers and will play with any child that can match their energy levels.
They also get along with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. However, they form deep bonds with their owners and can become jealous of other pets. So do your best to provide the same amount of affection to all pets, so that you won’t have to justify yourself to this demanding feline.
The Thai likes to play and never passes the opportunity to interact with its owner. So keep your cat entertained with catnip toys and indulge her in a game of fetch. Try spending at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep her happy. And for when you aren’t around, get your cat a ball tower to help her pass the time.