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Thai Cat Breed… Everything That You Need to Know at a Glance!

If you’re already a fan of the Siamese cat breed then there is a really good chance that you’ll like the Thai cat breed simply because these cats were “designed” to accentuate certain favorable characteristics of the Siamese cat breed.

And while…

Some Siamese purists might feel that you can’t improve upon perfection, we here at IndulgeYourPet are BIG fans of these little guys.

Which is why…

We wanted to take a moment and discuss the Thai cat breed so that if you ever get a chance to own one of these little guys, you’ll know for sure if its going to be a good fit for you.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Thai Cat Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin:  Thailand

Size: Small to Medium

Weight:  8 to 15 pounds

Eyes:  Almond-shaped (blue)

Shape of Head:  Wedge-shaped

Nickname:  Apple head

Lifespan:  15 to 20 years

Origin of the Thai cat breed

The Thai cat is from, Thailand, but that much was obvious.  What isn’t obvious is how these cats came to be, because that story is a bit more “murky”.  You see, Thai cats came to be mainly by accident.

Basically…

What happened was that breeders in the 20th century wanted to try and improve the Siamese cat breed. What They wanted to do was create a “Siamese” cat with “certain” features that would be more consistent and even more striking than they already were.

But instead…

They failed (or succeeded, depending on your point of view).  You see, these “new” and “improved” kittens that were born looked quite similar to Siamese cats, but it was obvious to the true Siamese cat lover that they weren’t.

These “new” kittens…

Had deeper blue eyes, and their heads and bodies were slightly larger than that of a Siamese. And as they kept breeding these kittens, they also noticed that they also had shorter heads, and heavier bodies.

Eventually…

People stopped calling them Siamese cats and made them into their own breed—the Thai cat— mainly because Siamese purists didn’t consider these cats “true” Siamese cats any longer and because some people began to prefer these “new” Siamese cats to the “older” variety.

This new breed name…

Was granted by the World Cat Federation in Europe in 1990.

Fun fact:

The Thai cat was commonly referred to as Wichien-Maat, which means “moon diamond,” or “diamonds and gold.” Pretty fancy, right?

Physical attributes of the Thai cat

The Thai cat has a point-colored body type along with a wedge-shaped head and a flat, long forehead. Their head is also round and their cheeks concave, giving them really distinct cheekbones.

These cats will also…

Have a shorthaired coat, combined with a rather moderately long lean body that will be accentuated by their medium sized legs, and a medium sized tail.

Their flat coat…

Will be soft, and it feels as though you’re running your hand through silk which can come in colors such as:

  • Seals points,
  • Lilac point,
  • Chocolate point,
  • And blue point.

But what’s most…

Striking about the Thai cat is their deep, blue eyes which is probably going to be one of the first things that you’ll notice about these little guys.

Thai cat temperament and personality

The Thai cat is a very social cat. They love to be around people and interact with others. They’re kind and warm creatures that will bring anyone in.

That said however…

They are a cat breed that can play “favorites”.  Or in other words, the person they prefer to be around is their owner. They’ll unashamedly follow you around everywhere, even the bathroom if they get a chance to sneak through as you close the door.

Now because they’re…

So calm, they’re good around children. They don’t get anxious around loud noises, and they’re patient. You don’t have to worry about them biting children, and they make good playmates because they’re so volunteering and friendly.

They’re affectionate, too…

They like to cuddle with you as you nap or sit on your lap while you watch a movie, preferably The Aristocats. They’ll also stand on your shoulder if given the chance.

Did we mention that…

Thai cats love to “talk”.  If not, we probably should because they’ll tell you what they want and talk to you as if they’re a person with their high voices. Some people have said that they sound like crying babies. Talk to them, and they’ll share their thoughts with you whether you want them or not.

They’re also…

Highly intelligent and curious. Pair their curiosity with their playfulness, and you’ll be endlessly entertained. They love to be challenged, and enjoy playing with toys that make them think, and they like learning new tricks.

These guys also like to…

Try out new things.  They’ll even look at the same shelf they’ve been perching on for years and see if there’s something new that they can do with it. They’ll climb and jump on anything that’s “jumpable”.

You’ll never be bored…

With a Thai cat, especially because they’re attention seekers. They tap you with their paws or just straight up get in front of your face until you’re paying attention to them.

If you want a cat that’s adventurous, caring, loyal, and cuddly all in one, then look no further than the Thai cat.

Thai cat common health problems

Thai cats can live between 12 and 15 years. They’re generally healthy cats, but they do have one problem that could arise within.

First things first though…

Because this breed is fairly new, so it could just be that they haven’t found anything in them yet. Despite me saying that Thai cats are generally healthy, it’s always wise to have them screened and tested for any diseases anyway.

That said…

There does seem to be one hereditary disease amongst Thai cats. It’s known as either Gangliosidosis or lysosomal storage disease.

What this means is…

That cats with this disorder don’t have an enzyme that’s essential for them to metabolize some fats known as lipids. Lipids build up in cells that make up their body, and because of this, they’re not able to function properly.

There are two forms…

Of this disorder, GM1, and GM2. GM1 lacks an enzyme called acid β galactosidase, and GM2 lacks an enzyme known as hexosaminidase A and B.

The symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Ataxia (which causes a cat to be uncoordinated),
  • Dysmetria,
  • Tremors,
  • And nystagmus (a condition that causes the cats eyes to move from side to side randomly.)

And while…

The Thai cat is generally a very healthy cat breed, this doesn’t change the fact that if you do choose to adopt one of these wonderful creatures, he or she may become sick or injured at some point during their life.

And as any…

Experienced pet owner can tell you, when this happens, if your pet requires the services of a veterinarian, this could become quite expensive.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet always advise any new pet owner to take a moment and see what it might cost to purchase a pet insurance policy on their new loved one.  This way if they ever do become sick or injured in the future, you won’t be on the “hook” for 100% of the cost of treatment.

For more information on who we “feel” currently offers some of the “best” pet insurance policies on the market right now, be sure to check out our Best Pet Insurance Companies article.

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