The ancestors of the modern Thai cat were known as the “wichien maat” in Thailand. The English translation of it is “moon diamond”. Towards the end of the 18th century, the Thai cat was exported to the western countries. In England, the breed became famous as the Siamese breed of cats. It was during the early 19th century that a German lady introduced a Siamese cat that featured the look of the traditional Siamese cat. She named it the Thai Cat. Since then the breed has been developed into a large gene pool that can be found all across the world and has been a favorite of many cat lovers.
The Thai is a people’s cat. It just loves human company. Apart from that it is highly intelligent, active and a great chatterbox. You will often find it waiting at the door to greet you. These cats are great attention seekers and extremely loving at the same time. Having a Thai at home is just like having a baby at home. They jump and climb all over even on your shoulders and play with you for hours.
- Activity level: 5/5 (playful and very active)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (intelligent and humorous)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (sticks to you most of the time with curiosity to know your activities and learn them)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (very friendly and affectionate)
- Vocal: 5/5 (highly talkative)
Thais are medium sized with a graceful and flexible appearance. Their head shape is unique with a long and flat forehead. The cheekbones curve inwards and they have a wedge shaped muzzle. The ears have a wide base and are set up high on the head. The limbs and tail are well in proportion to the moderately long body.
- Fur: The fur is usually short, fine and glossy in texture. The color may range from black, brown, tan to white.
- Eyes: The eyes slantingly positioned and are usually deep blue in color.
- Body structure: It has a moderately long body with medium boning and well proportioned legs and tail.
- Facial features: The head is wise with rounded sides. The ears have a broad base and the muzzle is wedge shaped.
- Weight: Males weigh between 10 to 15 lb while females weigh from 8 to 12 lb.
Though the breed is naturally healthy, the Thai cat can suffer from health ailments that are hereditary to most Siamese cats. Some of them may develop a kinked tail or cross eyes. However, these conditions are not known to affect their longevity. The Thai may fall prey to heart disorders which can be detected by means of an echocardiogram.
As the Thai tend to keep themselves clean, this breed requires negligible grooming. Also with its short and silky coat, weekly brushing is all that it requires.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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