Recognized for their intelligence, Thais are a vocal and remarkably people-oriented cat breed that succeeds in being involved in everything that happens in their environment.
A Thai cat is a ball of personality fit into their medium to large body. They are a vocal breed that will meet and greet you at the door and express everything about their day. They love spending time with their human companion and their families and blossom on love and attention as they can get. Because they form such deep bonds with their human companion, they do not like being left alone for any length of time. Their outgoing, loving, laidback personalities make them the ideal breed for families with older children.
Thai is a very energetic, athletic, curious, and sometimes mischievous cat breed. They are excellent jumpers and will willingly learn to open drawers, cabinets, and even doors. Make sure to play with them daily using wands and other interactive toys to keep them happy, contented and out of trouble. Furthermore, a cat exercise wheel is suggested and will permit them to entertain themselves if left alone. A Thai love playing with children but will also eagerly cuddle in your lap or shoulder.
Thais are a natural breed of cats. This means they were developed and produced without the need for human intervention. Thai cats are also known as Wichienmaat or Old-Style Siamese cats.
This cat breed comes from Thailand. These feline companions are super friendly, and they will always seek out companionship. So, this cat breed is not for a home where they will be left alone for long periods of time. Thais also have a strong, loving side and will adore to cuddle up on the sofa with their human companions.
- Grooming: Once a Week 2/10
- Shedding: Low 2/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Activity Level: High 10/10
- Playfulness: High 10/10
- Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
- Friendliness to children: High 10/10
- Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
- Vocality: High 10/10
- Intelligence: High 10/10
- Independence: Low 2/10
The Thai people have valued a pointed cat breed called the Wichienmaat for at least seven hundred years. From Thailand's well-known Cat Poems called Tamra Maew, we know the Thais bred this cat in the Thai kingdom of Ayudhia. They continued to breed these cats as Ayudhia was succeeded by the kingdom of Siam; today, they are still bred in modern-day Thailand.
British citizens found out about the Wichienmaat, a remarkable blue-eyed cat with a whitish body and dark points in Thailand, previously called Siam in the 19th century. They were amazed by the fact that these cats can’t be found anywhere else in the world. So, they decided to import these cats, calling them "Siamese." The Western breeders aimed to enhance the natural pointed breed of Siam. They want to make it more consistent and more beautiful in appearance. They soon created cats with much deeper blue eyes than those in the cat breed's native country. They also produced a progressively stylized head and body. Some Siamese in the show ring in the 1960s and had much longer heads, finer boning, and leaner bodies than those at the turn of the century. Many cat owners loved the enhancements in the Siamese, but others still favoured the older, more moderate appearance of the breed.
In the 1950s, the Thai started to separate from the Siamese breed when the cat breeders worldwide decided to breed the moderate, early 20th-century type Siamese. The first breed clubs loyal to the old-style Siamese appeared in Europe and North America in the 1980s. In 1990, the World Cat Federation in Europe granted the breed championship status and changed the name to Thai to differentiate the old type of Siamese from the show-style Siamese. In 2001, breeders started importing native pointed cats from Thailand to keep a healthy gene pool for the Thai breed and safeguard Southeast Asia's native breed of cats while they are still different from Western cats.
In 2007, The International Cat Association granted Preliminary New Breed status to the Thai. After two years, it promoted the Thai to Advanced New Breed, which made it possible for cat breeders in Europe and North America to work together and show together under a single breed standard.
The key to differentiating the Thai from other shorthaired, pointed cat breeds is in the details and specifics of their head shape and body style.
Thais are a shorthaired, pointed cats of Oriental type. They are moderately long and large, supple and agile. Their boning is medium. Their head, legs, and tail are all medium-boned. Because they come from tropical Thailand, Thais have a short, flat coat. It is loose enough to feel smooth and silky but still rather short. Their coat is also not tight and shiny like glass, nor does it feel lush.
The trademark of this marvellous cat breed is their unique head shape. Their forehead is long and flat. It has good width to its head, and its sides are rounded. From their round-cheeked head displays a noticeably wedge-shaped muzzle. At their cheekbones, a slight curve inward is seen to where the muzzle starts. Then, their muzzle recedes steadily toward their nose. The end of their muzzle is slightly spade-shaped, not pointy, but not rounded. Their broad-based ears are set relatively high on their head, similar to fingers in a "peace" sign.
Thai cats are highly intelligent, people-loving, energetic, curious, and gifted with a great sense of humour. According to cat owners, living with these comical cats is like living with small children. Thais will get into your personal things, leap to the top of your door and balance there and many other silly things. They will giddily follow you around the house and offer “assistance” in every work you are doing.
Thais are exceptional talkers. They are not loud, but sure they are chatty. They will meet and greet you at the door when you come home and will commence chatting away – like children. They also express themselves with taps of their paw or by leaping to the top of your shoulder and putting their face in your cheek. They will need a constant response and daily attention from you because, without it, they will suffer and act out.
Emotionally, Thais are considered high maintenance – in contrast with their grooming needs. Thai cats strongly bond with their human companion. They will do their best to get to know you and you to them. They are devoted, affectionate, and committed to their families. They are friendly cats that really adore the company of people. They also adore companionship with another feline companion, especially if they are to be left alone at home for long periods. In fact, Thai cats will make it a point to follow you from room to room and be involved in everything you do. That is why it is essential to have the patience to give the attention that they need.
These cats are also intelligent, clever, and talkative. They love playing with people, as well as cuddling up in someone’s lap to relax. Because of their need for attention, spending a good amount of time interacting with your Thai cat every day is essential to keep this cat breed contented.
Thai cats are doing well in homes with children and pets of other species, such as dogs.
Thais are a bright, very people-oriented cat that blossoms on being involved in everything that happens in their environment. They enjoy discovering and exploring the great outdoors and are curious by nature. However, these adventurous cats should only have access to the outdoors if it is safe for them to do so. What is great about this cat breed is that Thai cats adapt well to being indoor pets. Just make sure to give lots of attention and things to do.
Thai cats are highly intelligent and adore the love and attention of being clicker-trained and taught tricks. Challenge their brain and keep them attentive by teaching them games and tricks. Give them puzzle toys that will reward them with treats or kibbles when they learn how to manipulate them.
When a Thai cat is properly socialized and trained at an early stage, they will grow up to be well-mannered and well-rounded feline. They are very social and loving cats that get intensely loyal to members of their family.
When it comes to grooming the beautiful and elegant Thai, this short-haired breed is considered low maintenance. They will be looking at its best, even with just weekly brushing sessions. This will help eliminate the chances of any mats or tangles forming.
In terms of climate and weather, most Thais are fairly adaptable cats. However, they prefer warmer climates to colder places to live. With that in mind, always ensure that you provide adequate shade and fresh water readily available for them during hotter months.
Like many other cat breeds, it is best to check your Thai’s ears weekly. If you see dirt or extra wax on their ears, you can wipe it using a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a vet-approved ear cleaner.
Weekly brushing is already enough, although daily dental brushing is still ideal. By doing this, it can avoid teeth and gum disease. Trim your Thai’s nails twice a month or when needed. Their eyes must be clean by wiping their corners with a clean, soft, damp cloth to remove any eye discharge.
Make sure that their litter boxes are always clean. If it is left unclean, they may develop a habit of using other places of the house to do their business.
Thais are generally a healthy cat breed that can live very long. Their life expectancy is between fifteen to twenty years with proper care, exercise and a high-quality diet. While they are not prone to several genetic health issues like other cat breeds, certain health conditions may have been observed in these cats.
- Crossed eyes – it is a condition that happens when the small muscles in their eye are stretched out and do not let normal movements of their eye.
- Kinked Tail – it is a condition that is caused by a recessive gene that can be seen in Thai Cats. It means that even though both their parents have normal tails, a kitten can be born with a curled or kinked tail. This physical condition does not affect the health of the cat. But, affected cats are usually disqualified from joining show rings.
- Gangliosidosis – it is a genetic disease that causes the cat to lack an enzyme that is required to metabolize specific lipids. Therefore, extra fats accumulate within their cells, disrupting their normal function.
Thais are an excellent match for families with young kids. Just make sure that early socialization and training take place and their boundaries are correctly set on both sides. Always supervise all interactions between your kids and cats.
When it comes to other household pets, the friendly Thai typically goes well with most domestic animals, including cat-friendly dogs. But as a reminder, always make sure to supervise early interactions between your cat and other existing pets. From time to time, these relationships are very much reliant on individual pets' characters.
Early socialization and training pay off with this cat breed. Make sure to reward your Thai for good behaviour when you bring them home to your family.